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Team building 2.0

A day teambuilding is for many organizations a familiar recipe. But often have this kind of day is more like a school trip. "Spending time together 'is the aim in itself. But bringing the top of an organization together, is a huge investment in time and money. In all the years I have been in the consulting business, I have joined dozens of these team building days. I often marvel at how little thoughtful often is dealt with the time available. Teams are climbing in trees, participate in golf clinics or are going hiking through the mountains together. My experience is that there's almost always a few participants who participate in the whole program reluctantly. Has that particular someone already surfaced in your mind?...

The approach that we have developed throughout the years, is aimed at working together as a team through a very intensive workshop. The team focuses during these workshops on the implementation of the strategic objectives of the organization. In our view, this is often a much better investment of the available time and resources. Because it's by focusing on the execution of the strategy that the organization can accelerate. The team works together across the silo's and around the priorities, they assign actions to the priorities, together they solve possible barriers and all of the actions are given an owner. Remember that it is often the lack of execution of the strategy is that gives the boss sleepless nights.

So if you want to coach your team to become a dream team, look at the following checklist:

  1. Is there an appropriate level of trust in the team to start working in teams? If not, start first with investing in building mutual trust. Otherwise you are going too fast and the team work has little effect. You then build on quicksand.
  2. Are the characters in the team complimentary to each other? Or do you primarily have a group of look-a-likes around you?
  3. Do you have more or less your final team together? Or are you expecting big changes in the short term?
  4. Is silo thinking an issue? Team oriented work helps you to fight silo's.
  5. Is the strategy clear?
  6. Is the strategy communicated and familiar to everyone?
  7. Translation of the execution in this way helps you to appoint owners for the different actions.

By actually working together in this way, everyone gets to know each other better during the workshops. This increases the mutual trust. The result is team building 2.0

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