Although team members might be working together towards a common goal, they may not always see eye to eye. Individuals on a team might have different ways of doing business. One person might be a more aggressive personality with a desire to work hard, while another might prefer to do things in a more measured manner. Trainers and managers must deal with a variety of personalities.
Types Of Variables To Plan For
Because there are many variables that can go wrong, it is impossible to anticipate every possible outcome of a plan. There is a standard set of variables that can be used to plan team building activities and games. While not an excuse to discriminate, superficial differences among team members are a crucial aspect of team building planning. These issues include each member’s gender, age, job type, department, seniority, and general personality. It doesn’t matter if you have a small group or a large one; there is a number of issues that needs to be addressed.
If possible, assigning members game roles should be a strategic decision. This will allow you to observe how members respond to pressure and in different situations. You can have a significant role like team leader, or a minor one like reviewer, presenter, timer keeper or note taker. You can learn more about your team’s interactions by watching them interact. It’s acceptable to discuss psychometrics and acknowledge the theory and testing of what you are doing. This is not something you should keep secret and could be of particular interest to your coworkers.
The logistics of an event planning
A team builder must keep not only track of the team members but also plan the logistics of the event. You should plan the entire exercise, including how to explain the rules to your team members if you’re using team building games. What is the difficulty of each task? How much help will you give if needed? What length will each game take? Will there be prizes or competition? (Prizes, even if they are not expensive, can be an excellent way for your team to stay motivated.) How is the scoring done if there is a competitive element? How will unique materials (e.g., charts, markers, etc.) be provided? Are the space and location adequate for the activity? These are the logistical aspects of organizing an event.
Variables are essential because they allow you to adapt to unexpected changes. You should plan a variety of activities for convenience (location changes and avenue changes) and team growth (lessons on leadership, cooperation and time management). You should be open to the idea of team members designing their own games or helping with the decision-making. It is a great motivator.
You can plan as many team-building activities as you want to be able to inspire your team to win.