A team that sticks together, stays together. And we all know that such a team translates into an organization winning half the battle. A team typically comprises people who come from diverse backgrounds – in terms of culture, education, and experience. From a company point of view, it is important that every employee overlook these differences to think of themselves as a unit. Only then will they be able to put collective goals ahead of personal ambitions – a sure sign of a great team.
Team Building plays an unmatched role in making your team a cohesive unit. It refers to various activities that are undertaken to get team members to interact, connect, and bond – thus laying the foundation for improved coordination and better performance. The objectives of these activities include:
- Identify qualities of a winning team
- Internalize company values
- Enhance team communication and coordination
- Foster stronger relationships
- Ignite a spirit of belonging and achievement
At Trebound, we recognize the indispensable role of team building, especially when seen in context of the organization. Through our sessions, we offer competencies such as:
- Conflict Management
- Listening Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
Training Techniques: Games and Group Activities
The training commences with a concise yet impactful discussion on the essentials of a successful team. This gives employees the right perspective for introspection – helping them identify the gaps they need to bridge. The following are the modules that will be covered as part of the Team Building Exercise:
The Communication Jungle: Understanding Different Communication Styles
This activity helps team members identify their own behavioral styles and also recognize those of their colleagues – setting the base for improved communication, better understanding, and enhanced co-ordination. The session is ideal for a group that comprises diverse people.
Beyond Hearing: A Model for Better Listening
Listening is just as important as communicating. In fact, it forms an integral part of the process of communication. This module seeks to sensitize employees with the need for better listening skills – they will learn to focus on the speaker, empathize with what is being said, analyze the message, and respond appropriately. They will also be given several practice listening sessions, helping them identify their biggest challenges and adopting relevant remedial measures.
Better Questions, Better Answers: Skills for Eliciting Communication
Most people go through an entire conversation without asking any questions, which only implies that they have not been entirely involved or have not understood the context of communication. Questions help remove doubts, and misunderstandings thus, getting the communicator’s message across, clearer and better. To ensure that employees know how to ask the right questions, this session uses various techniques to teach them how best they can use open- and close-ended questions for a comprehensive understanding.
It’s Not What You Say: Rephrasing for Better Relationships
A popular phrase says “It’s not about what you say, it’s about how you say it”. In an official environment, there are several communications that can lead to conflicts and misunderstandings, yet these cannot be avoided. This session will help employees understand how they can get their message across in a polite, yet impactful manner. Special emphasis is laid on saying ‘no’ with civility – a necessary evil in every corporate environment.
Difficult Personalities and Difficult Situations: Dealing with Challenges
Every office has all kinds of people – from the whiners to the backstabbers and the minimal contributors. This session equips employees with skills to deal with all of them effectively. It will guide them on how to communicate better while establishing relationships with such individuals.
Lost in the Desert: Team Building Survival Skills
This will be a fun simulation game in which a team will be stranded in a desert with limited supplies. As a team, they will be required to identify items that will be needed while they wait to be rescued. This game will help employees focus on their listening and negotiation skills, while also helping them work as a cohesive unit outside work environment.
By the end of this session, employees will have understood their teammates better, established strong relationships and also sharpened their listening and negotiation skills. That’s not all, they will also be able to identify different behavioral patterns – helping them better their communication skills, thus taking the first step towards a performance that will be unmatched.