Having strong teams and trained leaders is more necessary than ever - particularly in economically difficult times

Having strong teams and trained leaders is more necessary than ever - particularly in economically difficult times

Advantages of team building

Team building is an important factor in any environment, its focus is to specialize in bringing out the best in a team to ensure self development, positive communication, leadership skills and the ability to work closely together as a team to help problem solve. Particularly in difficult times when companies struggle teams that are strong and highly effective thanks to their cohesiveness help gain market shares and maintain a company’s good financial results. Thus, team building views employees not as individual workers but as members of interdependent teams. It also plays a role for sports teams, school groups and other teams.

Team building is pursued via a variety of forms, and can range from simple bonding exercises to complex simulations. Team building   designed to develop a team can be one- to multi-day team building retreats consisting of a variety of tasks designed to develop group members and their ability to work together effectively. Team building activites can be accompanied by group assessment and group dynamic games ranging  from games for kids to games and challenges that involve novel and complex tasks.

Besides, team building can range from simple social activities - to encourage team members to spend time together - to team development activities - designed to help individuals discover how they should approach a problem, how the team works together, and discover better methods of communication. While doing team building, frequent interactions involve "soft" interpersonal skills including communication, negotiation, leadership, and motivation - in contrast to technical skills directly linked to the job at hand.

Whether indoor or outdoor, the purpose of team building exercises is to assist teams in becoming cohesive units of individuals that can effectively work together to complete tasks. Some corporate team building companies theme their events around ideas from popular culture such as TV game shows to add a fun element to the event.

The training of team building skills

With the advantages of team building, many companies are paying more attention to this way of working in order to improve competition effectively, and to increase income, particularly in difficult times. There is a leading company in Nha Trang, called Top Team, Vietnam, (web: www.topteam.co), which specializes in leadership training and team building. This company provides communication exercises (focusing on problem solving activities that are geared towards improving communication skills. A lack of communication skills may prevent the team from performing well.); problem-solving/decision-making exercises (focusing specifically on groups working together to solve difficult problems or make complex decisions. These exercises are some of the most common as they appear to have the most direct link to what employers want their teams to be able to do.); planning/adaptability exercises (focusing on aspects of planning and being adaptable to change. These are important things for teams to be able to do when they are assigned complex tasks or decisions)…

Team building is not to be confused with "team recreation" that consists of activities for teams that are strictly recreational. Team building can also be seen in day-to-day operations of an organization; it is often appropriate for working on a project. Thus these teams work more effectively than groups with an individual mindset, bring more advantages to  the work; encourage both individual and team development and improvement; improve flexibility in abilities and skills of problem solving, foster action-orientedness by collaboration in  creative thinking.  

Beside working as an effective team, winning teams need effective team leadership. A competent leader is focused on goals, ensures a collaborative climate, builds confidence of team members, sets priorities, demonstrates sufficient “know-how” and manages performance through feedback. Top Team explains that not every business leader was born a leader. Like team building, leadership can be learned. In indoor and outdoor training courses leaders learn to devise strategies based on reliable information gathering; develop plans with the input of their team; create a safe environment where members can openly discuss issues; build confidence amongst members by building and maintaining trust and offering members responsibilities; define clearly the team tasks and demanding yet realistic goals; set a manageable list of priorities for the team to keep members focused; offer clear performance expectations by recognizing and rewarding excellent performance, and provide feedback to others.