In any company today there are talks and plans being made to host a team building activity or weekend retreat in order to improve overall team performance. Team building games have become an essential ingredient to any organizational success – no matter if it is a business, a religious organization, hospital staff or school. Team building can be directly attributed to more than half of an organization’s continued success.

How?

The answer is both short and long. Simply put, a team building activity has several outcomes that create a highly effective, highly developed, team that can tackle problems, think innovatively, and communicate with ease. The more complex answer is found within the three essential outcomes that any team building activity must have.


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There are thousands of different games, events, tasks and challenges that can be placed under the moniker of ‘team building’. However, in order to truly be a team building asset there must be some essential outcomes; outcomes that are measurable, can be tracked, and can be built upon.

Team Building Activity Results

Holding a team building event is a lot of fun for everyone involved. The games can get crazy, people leave the event with memories, and hopefully new skills are learned. But, what skills? What are the desired outcomes of a team building activity?

Emerging Leadership Skills – The backbone of any organization is those who lead. Leadership guru John Maxwell wrote;

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”

Team building activities and events are a tremendous breeding ground for strong leaders and grooming emerging leaders. A team building activity should always result in improved leadership ideas and skills.

Innovative Thinking – You really have to appreciated a mind like Albert Einstein’s. He once said, “We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” In essence, that is another outcome, or result, of a team building activity or game. There should be some work that goes into the game or challenge which leads to opening doors to innovative thinking. Coming up with new ideas is essential to continued success in a volatile economic world.

Interpersonal Communication – Communication is something that should never be taken lightly. And, it should always be worked on. People who communicate better, have better relationships and trust implicitly are going to be people who continue to meet every trial and succeed through it. Any organization that has a focused approach to building strong interpersonal communications will always rise to the top.

Build your company today through the results of team building. As you incorporate a team building activity into a work week, or host a full weekend of team games, measure the results of leadership, innovative thinking and communications to see if any improvement has been made.

As the nation starts to recover from its Pimms fuelled hangover and the arguments of whether Andy Murray is Scottish or British rage on, we look at how Team Murray finally helped break the hoodoo of British tennis and led Andy on to become the first British male to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years.

Andy beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the blistering London sunshine, whilst over 17 million tuned in at home to cheer him on.  With the cameras alternating between the on court action and the expressions of the rich and famous seated at SW19 we also got to see a lot of the people who were actively involved in Murray’s emphatic victory.

To achieve his best in the sport, Andy isn’t alone in his quest.  To get to the very pinnacle of his game he needs help; from emotional support from his parents and girlfriend to the army of behind the scenes professionals who make sure that he is mentally and physically in the best shape he can be.

Whilst most winning sports stars will pay homage to their parents in some way, it was Andy’s mum, Judy, who first started him on his course to becoming the Wimbledon champion.  A proficient tennis player herself, she coached Andy and his brother Jamie (also a Wimbledon champion having won the mixed doubles title in 2007) from an early age.  Judy has proved to be a rock to Andy and is often present at his games when her work as captain of the British Federations Cup team will allow.

Like most professional tennis players, Andy has changed coaches often throughout his career, with each new coach bringing on his game and developing him more as a player.  However, many pundits will agree that employing the coaching services of tennis great, Ivan Lendl, was probably the turning point in his career.  Under Lendl’s guidance Andy has become the Olympic champion, US Open champion and now finally the nation’s sweetheart as Wimbledon champion.

Along with Lendl, Andy also has two fitness coaches and a hitting partner who work along with psychotherapists, masseurs and nutritionists to ensure that his is as physically as fit as he can be in both body and mind.

Another vital component to the Team Murray is the great British public.  Andy praised the crowd at Wimbledon, both on centre court and up on Henman Hill (will that now be changed forever to Murray Mount?  It should be!) and thanked everyone in the country for their support saying how much it had spurred him on to victory, so if you watched and cheered yesterday you can also consider yourself part of Team Murray’s victorious triumph.