I was in Corporate America for 30 years. Which means I've been involved in team building activities for 30 years. Which means I've fallen off chairs backwards for my team mates to catch me; I've tethered myself to ropes and strapped my feet to boards with my staff to race against another departments; I've shared my inner-most fears and insecurities with my colleagues at Executive Retreats in the boundary waters of Minnesota, resorts north of New York City and remote regions on America's Northwest Territory.
I've done scavenger hunts in Mall of America, shot paint balls and "solved" murder mysteries.
I've sat in front of someone where we were required to stare into each others' eyes for 10 minutes and not speak. [Awkward.]
The one thing I learned through ALL of these experiences is that there's really only ONE THING that matters in building a team. Check that --- ONE THING that matters in building a successful team. That one thing is that you are all committed to the same outcome.
That's it. Commitment to the primary goal. Every individual doing what they can do to support the team's primary goal/objective/outcome -- whatever you call it in your team.
But it's easier said than done.
Egos get in the way. Side projects come up. "Urgent" outranks "Important." Q1 hits a shortfall which result in a "right-sizing" that puts more work on everyone's plate. Stress sets in. There's a misunderstanding between employees. Feelings get hurt and "sides" are taken. You lose faith in your leadership and "pretend" to be on board while you're actually wondering if this is the right place for you anymore. But you can't say anything because you might lose your job. Trust erodes.
The job you once loved. The company you were once very proud to say you work for. The team you used to laugh with. Where did it go?
Nowhere is this illustrated more clearly than in a band. If every band member is committed to an outcome of playing a song that means everyone must play their instrument in the same key. It means everyone must play at the same tempo. It means everyone must start and end at the same time. If any one band member is off on the key, the tempo or the timing, the song won't sound right. Even if everyone else is spot on.
THAT's where the concept for InTune Teambuilding came from. But if were as easy as that, we'd just say "have your employees learn to play music and your team will be better." Just like the simple idea that commitment is easier said than done, so is translating the band concept into a team concept.
We called on the expertise of the former publisher of Training Magazine - a national business-to-business magazine servicing the corporate training industry - to assist us in developing workshop content.
We collaborated with professional musicians to share their know how and mastery and we invited Minneapolis company presidents to evaluate and provide input into the team building exercise.
The result is one of the most fun, most inspiring and most effective teambuilding events a small company, department or executive team can engage in in the Metro Minneapolis market.
Call us and let us show you what we mean.