The selection of outdoor, culinary and indoor team building activities allows each participant to gain some insight into how people’s behaviour can significantly affect a team’s dynamic. Whether it’s leadership skills, communication skills or problem-solving skills, each participant tends to gravitate towards a role in which they feel most comfortable. This provides one way in which strengths can be identified, but a facilitator can also intervene to alter these roles if required, so that they can observe how someone responds in a role unfamiliar to the one they usually occupy.
The Accredited Teamscapes Facilitators are able to identify which members of the group possess certain strengths and attributes that may usually remain hidden. For example, quieter members of a group, when taken out of the office environment and placed within a new situation, can often flourish and contribute far more actively in a non-threatening environment than they do usually. Even if this is not forthcoming during the activity, a debriefing session can make the rest of the team aware of the potential contribution that they overlooked during the task – bringing with it a realisation of the value that particular person may be able to bring to a team.
Lucy McGibbon, Sundial’s Learning & Development Director, explains that this is something she has encountered frequently. “During various team building days, if a quieter person’s contribution has been drowned out by their more exuberant colleagues, when pressed during a debriefing session they very often comment on how ‘that’s exactly what it’s like at work’. When pressed a little further, they reveal that they knew the solution all along, but have somehow been conditioned into keeping it to themselves. This is a very powerful learning outcome not only for the individual concerned, who gains more confidence in their own ability, but for their colleagues, who realise that behind a quiet exterior lies some very clear and precise thought. Back in the office, these team members become more aware that their colleague has something useful to contribute, and make more of an effort to seek their opinion, thereby improving the overall performance of the team.”
To see further details of the teamwork training activities available from Teamscapes at a selection of stunning meeting venues; please visit the website on http://www.sundialteamscapes.com.
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Sundial Teamscapes are indoor, outdoor and culinary team building activities that challenge the brain, not the body. They simulate workplace issues in a non-threatening environment and offer creative solutions to a wide range of team development needs.