How can your organization harness the benefits of team building ?
Where does Swazi Trails fit in ?
Teambuilding is a valuable human resource management tool and is constantly growing in popularity with progressive corporate groups.
Team building however, is NOT a miracle cure, nor “silver bullet” for problem-solving or raising organizational performance, but used correctly it can be an integral component, or the very foundation for getting it right.
Understanding how, why and when teambuilding REALLY works is the key focus of our Swazi Trails mission: to shape better, healthier and less stressed teams.
To start with “team building” is a very generic term and can cover as broad a range of activities as the imagination can picture:
- Having a company braai… is team-building
- Participating in a unique adventure activity… is team building
- Attending a music concert with work colleagues… is team building
- Playing a soccer match or other competitive sport… is team building
- Travelling together to explore a foreign destination… is team building
- Breaking away from the office to discuss future plans and strategies… is team building
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success!
– Henry Ford (long since dead & buried, but still making sense)
Our experience in this field is that team building starts and finishes with COMMITMENT.
- The first commitment: is for both management & staff to make the time for regular team-building events.
- The second commitment: is for participants to make the most of the experience.
- The third commitment: is to carry that positive momentum back into the office… and to keep moving forward.
How that COMMITMENT is demonstrated, practised and constantly communicated is where our Swazi Trails facilitation team can put heads together with you. We’re ready to engage with your team leaders, human resources management or even 3rd-party training or management consultants. We listen, we learn and we try to practise what we preach… to work with you as part of a team.
Just a lot of flowery language ? Too true – let’s get to the nuts and bolts:
We follow the philosophy that there are two main types of team build activity:
1. The Morale Booster Team-build
This is involves attaching a particular message, to what is really just a fantastic fun day out. Often held as a ½ or one-day event, the focus here is on making your team feel good – individually and collectively.
If you can laugh together…you can work together !
– Robert Orben (don’t worry, we didn’t know who he was either until we googled him – the good news is that at 80+years he’s still listed as a motivational speaker – Khululeka Mkhulu khululeka!)
A couple of our favourite team building options in this sphere are:
- The Swazi Games
- The Amazing Race – Swaziland
- Team-build Meals
- White-water rafting
- Adventure Caving
- Canopy Tours
- Canoe Safaris
- Hiking Trails
2. The Skills Sharpener Team-build
This involves a closer focus on skills development and cognizance of teamwork dynamics. Ideally suited to smaller groups, or a big group split into sub-groups, here our activities are designed to give teams the opportunity to put teamwork principles into practice.
” Every person I work with knows something better than me. My job is to listen long enough to find it and use it.”
– Jack Nicols (nope… not the actor… nor the golfer – but if we quote him enough maybe he’ll be famous one day too)
Better suited to overnight or multi-day activities, a skills-based or technical team build should be closely linked to an ongoing process within the organization conducted either internally or by a management consultant. The teambuild program can be structured to include “talk sessions” broken up by activity sessions to ensure lively thought, enthusiasm and active participation.
Almost any challenge or event can provide a backdrop to facilitated discussions on skills development and post-activity analysis of team dynamics. Some of our favourites are:
- Communication is the Name of the Game
- The Platform
- Seeing is Believing
- Filling the Gaps