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Why Reviewing is an Important Part of Team Building Activities

Reviewing the Team Building Activity

Reviewing is an important part of any team building activity or learning program. It is a point in the activity session where you can connect the dots, confirm the learning with the team and consolidate any information that they may have taken on board during the team building activity.

There can be many positive results from reviewing during a team building activity, including highlighting any learning points for the team to take on board for the remainder of the session and setting progressive goals for the team.

Reviewing Energizes the Team Building Activity

The more fun someone is having then the more they will learn from it. Reviews allow participants to holistically look back on the team building activity and offer a dynamic approach to learning – whereby learning can be made obvious through fun and stimulating methods.

Reviewing Enriches the Team Building Experience

Reviewing can encourage people to notice more about themselves, others and their surroundings. By team members, valuing their experiences more, they will increase in confidence and build a better rapport with others. By knowing a review is coming up, participants may also start anticipating the review and think about the team building activity and any other potential review material.

Reviewing Help Teams Make Sense of the Team Building Activity

Reviewing takes participants beyond their normal responses and helps make sense of their experiences. It may also introduce a fresh perspective, or provide the opportunity for team members to talk things through and be listened to. During the activity, participants may experience – fear, anxiety, exhaustion, peace, solitude, camaraderie, pain, anger, alienation, sadness, frustration and joy. Each team member may encounter a very different experience from each other or at different times during one activity or challenge. It is important that reviews can support these ranges.

Reviewing Helps the Team to Make Connections

Team building activity reviews help team members make the connections between the team building activity and everyday life (transfer of learning). It encourages them to think about the wider significance of the activity and by comparing experiences with others, they can reflect back in such a way to enhance the programme and what can be learned. It makes learning obvious and helps them understand the purpose of the session (especially in training specific to job role).

Reviewing Helps to Develop Learning Skills

Reviews enhances the team member’s ability to learn from individual or group experiences and therefore take more responsibility for own learning and development.

Reviewing Assists in Goal Setting

Sometimes it is important to set goals to help transfer or apply what has been learnt to future application, e.g. time management and how this can be applied to workplace schedules. The outcome of reviews may be goals for the task, session or the workplace. This can provide focus and a starting point for future reviews.

Related: Goal Setting Outcome Based Team Building Activities

 

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Team Building Quotes From Confucius

Team Building Quotes From Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor veneration, and respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Confucius, which you can use to motivate and build your team:

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
– Confucius

“When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.”
– Confucius

“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
– Confucius

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
– Confucius

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”
– Confucius

“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.”
– Confucius

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
– Confucius

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”
– Confucius

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
– Confucius

“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
– Confucius

“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”
– Confucius

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
– Confucius

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Confucius

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”
– Confucius

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.”
– Confucius

 

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Encouraging Your Team Members

Encouraging Your Team Members

“When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.” – Zig Ziglar

Your team members should never feel that they are merely a resource. A resource is something you use as long as it is functional. When the shelf life expires or is no longer as effective as it once was, you throw it away without a thought. Employees, workers and team members are not robots. Human beings have intellect and emotions. Failing to deal with them on those levels will ultimately backfire. You cannot program loyalty.

Sharing Rewards With Your Team

If your team members are going to share in the work, make certain they share in the rewards. If you are going to get a bonus for a successful task, share at least a portion of it with your team. More than one employee has felt betrayed by leadership when the boss gets a big bonus and those who do all the work get nothing. You don’t need to give them half or divide it all up among all your followers, but you should at least throw them a party, provide a free lunch, organize a team building event, or give everyone a pair of movie tickets or a lottery ticket. Do something to show they didn’t work hard only to see you take all the credit.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Celebrating Team Accomplishments

Set both personal and team goals and milestones. Nothing motivates someone like public recognition. Although some may seem somewhat embarrassed by a public display, inside they are proud they have been recognized. There has never been a recorded study that quotes an employee who was honored in public with them saying that they never wanted that to happen again. Celebrate team milestones as well. It breaks up the routine of the workday, gives a well-deserved break, and motivates people to work harder when they return to work refreshed.

Making Celebration Part of Your Team Culture

You don’t need to decorate the office each day or have morning pep rallies, but the workplace should never be dreaded by your team. People spend most of their waking lives at work, with substantially less time for family, friends and activities they would much rather be doing. By the very definition, they come to “work” and you have to pay them to be there. People have to feel motivated by more than just a paycheck.

Be sure to have a welcoming environment where people feel respected. Celebrate special occasions to break up the routine, but don’t make celebration itself the routine or no work will get done.

 

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Team Building Quotes From Stephen Hawking

Team Building Quotes by Stephen Hawkings

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Hawkings was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Stephen Hawking is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Stephen Hawking, which you can use to motivate and build your team:

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
– Stephen Hawking

“It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem, but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.”
– Stephen Hawking

“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
– Stephen Hawking

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”
– Stephen Hawking

“When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.”
– Stephen Hawking

“I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity.”
– Stephen Hawking

“I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.”
-Stephen Hawking

“The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”
– Stephen Hawking

“We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.”
– Stephen Hawking

 

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Four Keys to Setting Goals for Your Team

Four Keys to Setting Goals for Your Team

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

Goal Setting is a very important part of building a successful team. Your team needs goals to ensure that things get done. However, not every goal is effective. The way that you word your goals will determine whether or not your team accomplish them. The following are four keys to establishing goals that are effective.

Goals Need to Be Positive

It is important that the goals you create for your team are positive. Positive goals focus on what you what you want to achieve, whereas negative goals focus on what you want to avoid. Staying focussed on the positive will help improve the team’s outlook and remove any negativity. This, in turn, will improve your team’s chances for success. Also keep in mind to be as specific as possible when creating positive goals.

Make Goals Personal

Try and create goals that incorporate the dreams and desires of the team members. Goals that are personal are usually also more effective. Making goals personal places the responsibility of reaching the goals on the team members.

Goals Need to Be Possible

When creating goals for our team, you need to make sure that they are possible. When you set impossible goals, you set your team up for failure and disappointment. Creating possible goals demands that you are honest with yourself. Some goals may require continued education or experience to achieve while others will remain out of reach. You need to assess the talents of the team and determine what you can achieve with hard work and what will be impossible for the team to accomplish. Once you have determined which goals are possible for your team to achieve, success will be within reach.

Goals Need to Be Prioitized

Brainstorming goals can become overwhelming and your team can easily end up with more goals than they can handle. This is the time to prioritize the goals of your team. Begin by numerically ranking the goals and choosing the five goals that are the most important. All of the team’s time and energy should be spent working towards these goals. Any other goals should be placed on the back burner. It is not possible to focus on 20 goals at the same time. You may need to re-prioritize the goals periodically. For example, you can re-prioritize after your team achieved one of the top five goals.

Find out more about TBAE’s Goal Setting Outcome Based Team Building Activities

 

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Team Building Quotes From Mark Twain

Team Building Quotes From Mark Twain

Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is best known for writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age” and William Faulkner called Mark Twain “the father of American literature”.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Mark Twain, which you can use to motivate and build your team:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
– Mark Twain

“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”
– Mark Twain

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
– Mark Twain

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
– Mark Twain

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
– Mark Twain

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
– Mark Twain

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
– Mark Twain

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
– Mark Twain

“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.”
– Mark Twain

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
– Mark Twain

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”
– Mark Twain

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
– Mark Twain

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
– Mark Twain “Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
– Mark Twain

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
– Mark Twain

“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”
– Mark Twain

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
– Mark Twain

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
– Mark Twain

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
– Mark Twain

“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.”
– Mark Twain

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”
– Mark Twain

“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.”
– Mark Twain

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”
– Mark Twain

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Step by Step Guide to Deliver Great Team Building Activities

Step by Step Guide to Deliver Great Team Building Activities

The following is a guide that will help you deliver effective team building activities that encourage teamwork, communication, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, time management, trust and support. It takes you step by step through each phase of the team building activity, from selecting the appropriate exercise to reinforcing the learning outcomes.

Step 1 – Select Team Building Exercises Appropiate to Your Team

To select the right exercises you must understand the purpose of the team building event and identify learning objectives. The age, ability and any physical limitations of the team members also need to be taken into consideration. Select a number of team building exercises that suite the group and venue, and that will help you achieve your learning objective.

Step 2 – Prepare For Your Team Building Activity

Go through the activity notes and gather any equipment or learning materials. Practice presenting the team building exercises to gain a better understanding of the activity and identify potential problems. Set up the activity area at the team building venue and identify and remove any hazards or potential safety issues.

Step 3 – Introduction and Explanation of the Team Building Activities

Introduce yourself to the group, discuss the importance of teamwork and the learning objectives of the team building activities. Introduce the team building exercise and outline the rules of the exercise. Obtain feedback to ensure that the team understands the activity and clarify the instructions. Provide the team with the equipment needed for the activity.

Step 4 – Run the Team Building Activity

During the activity, encourage and support the team members. Observe and note anything you can use later during the review. If there are time constraints on the activity, make sure you watch the clock and give the team a ‘time check’ occasionally. Do not stop the activity unless you run into serious issues.

Step 5 – Debrief the Team Building Activity

During the debrief, try not to call on anyone by name unless you have to. Be comfortable with silence. Watch for head nodding, smiles, and other indications that they agree with what is being said by others. If any team members give a response that is wrong or inappropriate, ask the team how they feel about it rather than correcting someone. Remember that even if the activity did not go as planned, most participants probably learned something. Try to use a mix of reviewing methods, reflection and questions to engage the team and draw out key learning outcomes.

Step 6 – Reinforce the Learning

Encourage the team leader to display anything the team created during the activity at their workplace. Advise team leaders to often refer to the activities and the lessons learned when they are coaching, giving feedback, or conducting meetings. The team leader should watch for examples of how the participants used what was learned in the team building activities. The team leader can also follow up a couple of days later and ask participants to share what impact the activities had on them.

 

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Team Building Quotes From Helen Keller

Team Building Quotes From Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an American born author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelors of arts degree. Keller was a prolific author and was outspoken on her convictions. She was a member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World. Helen Keller was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Helen Keller, which you can use to motivate and build your team:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
– Helen Keller

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
– Helen Keller

“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
– Helen Keller

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
– Helen Keller

“I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.”
– Helen Keller

“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”
– Helen Keller

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
– Helen Keller

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
– Helen Keller

“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”
– Helen Keller

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”
– Helen Keller

“Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves – and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.”
– Helen Keller

“Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.”
– Helen Keller

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
– Helen Keller

“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”
– Helen Keller

“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
– Helen Keller

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
– Helen Keller

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
– Helen Keller

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.”
– Helen Keller

“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.”
– Helen Keller

“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.”
– Helen Keller

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How To Draw Up a Team Charter

How To Draw Up a Team Charter

A Team Charter is necessary to ensure that every member of the team is on the same page and that you do not have team members pulling in different directions. Team members need direction to prevent them from focussing on the wrong objectives or failing to use important resources. The Team Charter will also help minimize infighting.

The Team Charter defines the purpose of the team, how it will work and what is its expected outcomes. Ideally, it should be drawn up at the time the team is formed but is also useful to help a team that is in trouble to refocus on its objectives. The time taken to draw up a team charter will be repaid many times as the project progresses.

The team charter should include the following elements:

The Context of The Team Charter

This will basically serve as the introduction to the Team Charter. The section covers questions such as:

  • Why the team was found?
  • What problems are the team trying to solve?
  • How does this problem fit into the broader objective of the organization?
  • What are the consequences if this problem remains unsolved?

Related: Problem Solving Outcome Based Team Building Activities

The Mission and Objectives of The Team Charter

This section forms the heart of the Team Charter. Here you will be defining the mission so that the team knows what it is to achieve. Without a clear mission for the team, individuals in the team often pursue their own agendas. The next step is to turn the mission into measurable goals and objectives. It is important that each objective can be measured so that success can be monitored.

Related: Goal Setting Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Team Composition and Roles

Here the team looks at the mission and decide who is needed to accomplish which goals. A decision is made as to what each person will do to support the team in its mission. Team members are matched to roles and any gaps in skills are identified. Each team member is listed with their roles and responsibilities.

Authority and Empowerment of Team Members

With the roles of the team members defined, it is time to look at what each team member can or cannot do to achieve the mission of the team. In this section the following questions are answered:

  • How much time each member can allocate to team mission and what priority does it have over other activities?
  • How team members are to resolve any conflict between other duties and the team mission?
  • What budget is available in terms of time and money?
  • Can the team recruit new members?
  • What the team members can do, what can it not do, and what does it need prior approval to do.

The Available Resources and Support

In this section you list the resources available to the team to accomplish its goals. The list of resources should include budget, time, equipment and people. Any changes to the required resources should be monitored regularly. It also details the training and coaching support available to the team.

Operations Section of The Team Charter

This covers how the team will operate on a day-to-day basis. It can be as detailed or minimalist as the situation warrants. For a long duration team it is likely to be more comprehensive than for a team with a short life.

Negotiation and Agreement

A good Team Charter is usually one that emerges naturally through a process of negotiation. The team’s objectives, composition, roles, boundaries and resources ideally emerge through negotiation between sponsor, team leader, team and other stakeholders.

Conclusion

The final element of the Team Charter is the approval section where team members sign off on the Charter and commit to the principles, roles, responsibilities detailed. This final act communicates commitment and creates accountability.

Source: www.mindtools.com

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Team Building Quotes from C.S. Lewis

Team Building Quotes from C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis was a British novelist, poet, academic, lay theologian, lecturer and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. Lewis is best known for fictional works such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian Apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies.

We have put together a collection of quotes from C.S. Lewis, which you can use to motivate and build your team:

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
– C.S. Lewis

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
– C.S. Lewis

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
– C.S. Lewis

“We are what we believe we are.”
– C.S. Lewis

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less”
– C.S. Lewis

“Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.”
– C.S. Lewis

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