Does Your Team’s Roof Leak?How To Use Team-building As Strength Tests

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Team building can help you spot weaknesses before trouble arises.

When it rains it pours…

If it hasn’t rained in a long time, you may have no idea that your roof leaks. But when the rain finally does come, the failure points of your shelter will be exposed at the very moment you need protection the most.

Such is the experience of many managers who turn to their teams at critical moments, only to find dysfunction and disarray within the group. When project leaders must commit valuable time to locating the sources of stress and fixing these bonds, it can derail a project, possibly leading to failure.

Testing for strengths and weaknesses

Teams must be given the chance to practice solving problems in order for the group to reach peak performance. And improvement comes with practice, observation and refinement. Dinner parties and barbeques are fun, but they don’t really challenge a group to solve problems. Although social interaction is a laudable goal, individuals tend to become closer as a group when there is a common challenge involved.

The goal of team building activities should really give groups the chance to work through issues in a controlled setting. These experiences will then give clues as to the level of success to expect when larger tasks present themselves, and possible weakness areas as well.

Invite Japan is here to help

An organized team building event with Invite Japan will give your team a fun and thrilling experience while remaining low-stakes and controlled. Furthermore, our Workshop program adds another element that is necessary in order to deepen the experience: team roles. Before playing the game, members are introduced to the Belbin Team Roles model and are asked to consider the parts that they each play, thus making each individual team members think consciously about their roles in the group.

By priming individuals in this way to consider how groups tend to function, they can evaluate themselves and appreciate the contributions of others. This only helps to reinforce the degree of bonding that happens as a result of game-play, and how such bonding continues into the future.

Smart leaders will seize on this unique opportunity to spot relationships and personality types that work well together. If teams exhibit frustration or disagreement during the game, it might be a sign that they need extra support to be successful, or that they could improve trust and communication.

Whatever the issue, your organization will be be ready to weather any challenge after participating in an Invite Japan activity!