in the hustle and bustle of year end wrap up we often push team development to the side, yet this is often one of the richest times of the year to create a pause and take stock of what the year has been like, as well as do some planning or focusing for the future. It's also a great time to have some fun together as a team. What we know about high performing teams is that they are great at getting results and having solid relationships with each other. In the relationship category, it doesn't mean that everyone has to be the same, but that they can work effectively across the differences which inevitably exist within teams.
Three areas I like to focus on with team development at the end of the year includes:
Fun, light activities getting people to know each other and/or working together. The activity you see in today's photo is an activity called Tower Building. I've used it for years with teams of all industries and geographic locations. It's a useful initiative task which helps teams get much clearer on roles, communication, initiative, innovation and even problem solving. For a treasure-trove of different group activities check out the Wilderdom.com site which has a great list of links to hundreds of group activities.
Another area you may want to explore together is that of strengths. We often do quite a bit of work in this area, whether it's with an individual leader, a group of leaders or a whole division. As we continue to see, teams that leverage strengths are more productive, and usually more engaged. Check out the Gallup Strengths Center for more details on strengths.
The final fun and purposeful team development year end process I wanted to share today was in the area of styles. One of the main challenges of team work today is helping people become more aware of their natural affinity for work and the impact of this. Are they more big picture thinking, or detail oriented? Do they want to work quickly or more methodologically? Providing support in the area of styles work through an Everything DiSC or other can be not only insightful, but can help change the conversations happening across a team. There is real power in the self-awareness generated when you learn about not only your own styles but those that you work with, so that it's easier to adapt to the needs of the group. Contact us to learn more about the Everything DiSC and how we could support you on bringing this in for individual, group or team development.
As you consider what you have planned for year end team development, what do you want to add or change?
Have a great start to the week,
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