Team Building Success – 4 Steps To Implement

Do you want your team building program to be a success? While many factors play a part in creating a successful meeting, off site and team training program – here are 4 ways that work for organizations team success.

1) Full understanding why they are there.

It is imperative for the team to be knowledgeable of why they are involved in the team training. Transparency in the goals expectations and needs of the team and members that are part of the team make participants feel comfortable. If you plan on surprising the team with a jolt of, “The Company feels you are dysfunctional and we are going to spend a day team building” this will show a lack of trust and that you are treating the team as children. Even youth groups will not take well to this.

Meet with the team ask them what they feel is the team problems involve them in making decisions. Team members know what is going on and they will tell you what they need – all you have to do is ask.

2) Proper sequencing of events.

This is why meeting with the team building consultant is necessary. Sequencing is building from a “safe” point to a “riskier” point. If done properly the team grows and the program progresses. Whether it is 2 hours or 4 weeks – sequencing takes planning and time. A good starting point to understand how to sequence would be viewing Tuckman’s Stages of group development, Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. This illustrates the progression of teams in development. It is imperative to understand that at any point the team may shift from one stage to another. This should be kept in mind when sequencing team building activities and lecture based materials for the team program.

3) Focus on Processing and De-Briefing.

If you truly wish for a team building recreational event – realize that is all you will get a great time and laughs. That is a wonderful thing, and does build teams.

If you wish for an educational event (recreation – fun and education – fun) then do your research. The team building activities are just vehicles to deliver learning to the team. The point of hands-on initiatives is to allow the team members to reinforce and test new learning and skills gained during a lecture part of the team program. Additionally the hands-on and experiential nature creates a learning centered environment. Processing (with the right facilitator) is exciting and motivating. Before you commit to a program ask the facilitator to lead a small sample exercise. You should feel at the end that you learned and gained some knowledge, a great facilitator in the processing makes you feel like you taught him something.

4) Follow up and now what?

Team building and experiential training are long term projects. At the end of the session ask the team what to do to harness the energy and ideas that were generated. Create a concrete plan to follow up. Even go so far as to write down and put the goals and skills learned from the team building program into evaluations for the team members.

An effective team building program has the ability to encompass many different learning styles and skills at once. This is best viewed as a symphony of ideas. Any great composer (in this case team building facilitator) is able to keep the sounds beautiful and know just when different instruments are needed.

Invest in your teams abilities and the results sound like beautiful music!

Popularity of Bicycle Team Building

Almost ten years ago an Event Planner in Dallas asked my colleague to generate a conference event with a philanthropic element. After a good bit of brainstorming on our team, the bicycle team building was created. The Dallas program was warmly received with some minor glitches. We rethought some of the elements and I conducted the second ever bicycle team building in Orlando for a large pharmaceutical company. The Senior Vice President emailed me to say, “Your bicycle program was the single best team building event I have ever attended. And let me tell you I’ve attended plenty.”

When I last checked online there were 80+ companies offering bicycle team building events. Over the years tens of thousands of bicycles have been given to children in need. As someone who did the second event ever held and since that time has conducted over 200, I think I am uniquely qualified to answer the following questions: Why has this program become so popular? What are the key elements that make a bicycle team building successful?

1. Why so popular? A well-planned bicycle team building has three key elements…

A. Accomplishment – Team building can be fun, and at the conclusion of a bicycle team building your group has accomplished something tangible. Participants feel a sense of pride after coming together as a team and creating something valuable for needy children.

B. Bikes – Everybody has had one. Think about how you felt when you received your first bike. Remember the thrill of ownership and feeling of freedom your bike gave you. Quite simply, bikes engender fond memories for most adults.

C. Kids – The well-selected charity will bring children who need bikes and often times have never owned one. The look in a child’s eyes when they receive their first bike is something adults won’t soon forget.

2. What are the key elements? There are many decisions to be made correctly when planning a successful program.

A. Venue – Making a decision where the event will be held is important for two reasons. The first is to insure sufficient square footage for the size of your group. Participants will be moving around and assembling parts. If they do not have enough space it can create logistical problems. The second decision is whether to hold the event indoors or outdoors. When the weather is good, having the event outdoors gives participants a break to the indoor meetings they have likely been attending all day. A change of surroundings can foster a change in mood. Keep in mind that temperature and weather conditions where you are traveling from can be radically different than where the event will be held. Late spring can be extraordinarily pleasant in the Northeast, but uncomfortably hot and humid in Florida.

B. Charity coordination – It is highly desirable to work with an organization that is accustomed to moving their children in groups. They are likely to have suitable transportation and staff to manage their youngsters. They must select children of the appropriate age for the bicycles being built. Finally they must need the bicycles. I live in Orlando, a key convention destination. Some charities have become saturated with bicycles. If you don’t ask, they won’t tell. I was recently told by a nationally known organization with branches here in Orlando, they had almost a hundred new bicycles in storage. Your team building consultant should be able to find a children’s agency in need of bicycles.

C. Secrets – Who knows what? I believe it adds a vital element of “POP!” to the event if participants don’t know what they are going to be doing. So calling the event Bicycle Team Building pretty much gives away the story. I also strongly encourage the presence of the children receiving their bikes at the end of the event. The surprise experienced by the participants who are building bikes is surpassed by the excitement of meeting the children for whom the bikes were built.

Bicycle Team Building has grown from a standing start ten years ago to the most popular team building event. Many of our large corporate clients do events repeatedly for different divisions within their organizations. I was recently talking with a large healthcare client at the conclusion of an event and she told me, “This is my tenth bicycle team building and I cry every time!”

Why One Should Take Advantage of Boat Building Design Software

Building boats can now be not that much complicated as we think nowadays compared to how it was before. This is all because of the introduction of technology enhancements in designing such as the availability of a boat building design software.

If you are building boat as a way of living you should have enough designing skills to make sure that the boat will be a sufficient vehicle which people can use to travel on water. To aid your designing skills you can now take advantage of the 3D CAD technology used by boat design software.

This new technology will allow you to cater to the needs of your clients when it comes to specific designs they want for these boats and at the same time, you can use your time effectively through the use of a state-of-the-art system so you can build boats without having any trouble when it comes to making last minute alterations.

Through the use of a boat building design software, one can easily take a look at the 3D plan that was created, make changes on the dimension and angles of the boat plan and integrate any changes to be made on your craft. This is one of the best features of this software why you need to take advantage of it.

More often clients would ask to have a more personalized look for the boats that they want built. To do this, the designer would have to make major changes to an ordinary 2D plan which would take a lot of time to work on and have it applied to the specimen. With the use of the boat design CAD software technology, a designer can now easily alter the plan and at the same time show a simulation to the client to observe on what the changes can do to the boat itself.

This time around, both the designers and the clients carefully look at the outcome of the project and evaluate on any changes that has to be made. Using this software would then be less costly for you and your clients just in case you need to make last minute changes for the boat plan.

Do yourself a favor by searching for an option like this that can benefit you and your clients as well. You’ll just have to find the right software that can surely give you a good view of the finish project and at the same time provide an accurate building guide for the boat that you are building.