On-Site Team Building

Team building is the use of different types of team interventions that are aimed at enhancing social relations and clarifying team members’ roles, as well as solving task and interpersonal problems that affect team functioning.

 

Team building was originally a group process intervention aimed at improving interpersonal relations and social interactions but over time has developed to include achieving results, meeting goals and accomplishing tasks.  It refers to the activities in which teams can engage to change its context, composition or team competencies to improve performance. It is distinct from team training, which is also a team-development intervention that is designed to improve team functioning and effectiveness.

 

Team building is not necessarily formal or systematic in nature, does not target skill-based competencies and is typically done in settings that are not in the actual environment where the team works on the task.

 

Team building generally sits within the theory and practice of organizational development, however in my practice I apply it to sports teams, school groups, other child and adolescent contexts. I will come to your school, meeting place or other facility where all participants will be comfortable in their natrual environment.  There is consensus and conceptual clarity about what team building constitutes exactly. Its four components are:

  • Goal setting: aligning around goals

  • Interpersonal-relationship management: building effective working relationships

  • Role clarification: reducing team members’ role ambiguity

  • Problem solving: finding solutions to team problems

 

These team-development interventions have proven to have positive effects on cognitive, affective, process and performance team outcomes. Team building has seen the strongest effect on affective and process outcomes. Team building is seen as one of the most widely used group development interventions in organizations today. Of all organizational interventions, team-development interventions were found to have the largest effects on financial measures of organizational performance.

On-Site Team Building

Team building is the collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams. These often involve collaborative tasks. Many team building exercises are intended to find and address interpersonal problems within the group.[1]

Over time, this activity developed to address the best practices for accomplishing tasks in a team-based environment.[2] It is distinct from team training, which is designed to improve the efficiency of the process, rather than the interpersonal aspect of it.

Team building is in the category of the theory and practice of organizational development. It can, however, be applied to a multitude of cooperative groups, such as sports teams, school classes, divisions of armies, or flight crews. The formal definition of team-building includes the following pillars:

  • Goal setting: Aligning around goals

  • Interpersonal-relationship management: Building effective working relationships

  • Role clarification: Reducing team members’ role ambiguity

  • Problem solving: Finding solutions to team problems

Shirin Zarqa-Lederman, MA, MS, LCADC, BCPC, LPC, CFC 

© 2012 Shirin Zarqa-Lederman, MA, MS, LCADC, BCPC, LPC

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