When it comes to your business, your team is one of your most valuable assets. However, it’s important to remember, as the saying goes: “There’s no ‘I’ in team.”
“My model for business is … the total (is) greater than the sum of the parts. … Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”
~ Steve Jobs
Nothing could be truer. Each employee brings to your business beneficial attributes and complementary skillsets. Each day, that’s how your business effectively runs. But, your employees must work together to drive your company to thrive.
86% of employees and executives site lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. (Salesforce study)
Now, you can force employees to work together and call it “teamwork.” But, without trustworthy relationships among team members, there are major differences of opinions and over-stepped leadership boundaries. People feel uncomfortable. Then, they’re unable to produce their best work.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
~ Helen Keller
So, let’s focus your vision on putting your business team on the winning path. Here are 3 fun team-building activities that nurture company spirit and breed excellence:
True Colors Test:
No, it’s not about your favorite color. It’s a great way to get to know each other and get a laugh or two among team members. It encourages participation, improves productivity and puts everyone at ease.
Experts say there are four basic personality types: yellow, red, blue and green. By knowing their personality color and what it means, employees better understand themselves and why they react to certain situations in a certain way. And, when they understand who they are, it allows them to open up to at least try to understand others.
Get the team together and take the test: free-color-personality-test. What’s your color!
It’s especially meaningful when team building is paired with a corporate social responsibility or philanthropic component that benefits your community or a local charity.
Beyond building bicycles and planting trees, for a fresh perspective, try as a group to make a difference by:
- Preparing school breakfasts for low-income kids
- Volunteering at a children’s hospital
- Lending a hand at a homeless shelter
- Decorating area libraries with murals
- Supporting disabled veterans
- Assisting animal rescue groups
- Assembling disaster relief kits for the Red Cross
Create Your Own Group Activity:
Get your group to design and present a new group activity. A challenging exercise which requires all the elements of teamwork—communication, goal-setting, planning, cooperation, creativity, task orientation, etc.
By adopting one or more of these activities, you’ll be closer to an environment where personal relationships are built, a level of trust is established, and your business stays on the track to success.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
~ Michael Jordan
Next week, we will report on one of Marketopia’s team-building, morale-boosting efforts. We blast the beach at the 33rd Annual SportsFest, a competitive corporate event for proving company pride. Stay tuned!
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