Team Building - Don’t get confused

Team Building - Don’t get confused from Team Building Made Easy

By: Team Building Made Easy  05-Apr-2011
Keywords: Corporate Events, Corporate Functions, Team Building

There are some words or expressions in the English language that have such a broad interpretation it is hard to understand their true meaning. Team building is one of these. It is used for such a wide variety of activities it is downright confusing. Perhaps we can start to use more precise expressions that make it clearer what type of activity we are looking for. Here are some suggestions.

“Team Experience” - activities designed to provide a unique experience that people may never do otherwise. Rafting, Jetboating, making a movie, even playing Survivor would all qualify as they are experiences you may never get another chance to do. Ever watched a TV show and thought about participating? Well the team experience type of event may give you that chance.

“Team Bonding” - Yep, it’s all about an activity that connects people so they bond. They might unite in small teams to compete with other teams, or do something unique together that becomes a great shared memory. The point is that they feel connected with each other afterwards.

“Team Entertainment” - the name says it all. The team building activity is purely entertainment. Singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, they all qualify and yet I’ve so often heard them described as team building. Strange.

“Team Development” - this would refer to an activity or event that can provide insight into the dynamics and effectiveness of the team so that they can genuinely learn to work together more effectively. These activities are designed to create discussion and learning opportunities.

So what are you really looking for? An experience? Bonding? Entertainment? Or genuine team development? Perhaps if we stop calling all these things “team building” we might save ourselves some confusion and start understanding each other better.

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