- By Jonathan Ruales
- In Team Building
- Posted August 22, 2017
Team Building Tips 2017
Deciding How to Split Up the Teams
You either pre-select groups or random team split-ups as part of the program kick-off by the facilitator? These options will afford some great benefits – let’s explore them both.
You want to pre-select teams because:
- You have individuals that already interact with each other in the workplace on a regular basis. You want them to have a different type of shared experience that is interactive, bonding, and which will allow them to enjoy each other’s company in a fun and stress-free setting. A CSR program like the “Bike Build Donation” with a connection to the community or an energizing, competitive building event like “Pipeline” are common choices for this scenario and provide a great opportunity to share in a fun project while strengthening the existing relationships.
- You would like to prevent participants from automatically gravitating to the folks that they normally would interact with. Therefore, you pre-select the teams in an effort to mix up people from different departments or for very specific reasons related to future work goals. This also helps to plant the seeds for new productive relationships in an environment that is designed for positive interaction without feeling “forced”. Any program from the BCE menu would meet this goal with some great choices including “Build a Guitar” or “Chocolate Architect.”
- You have a newly formed project team and it is imperative that they start working well together very quickly. The workshop “Igniting Team Performance” will help you fast-track the group into exploring work-styles while completing fun and challenging initiatives together. In this workshop, groups will also get hands-on experiences in the tenants of high-performing teams including goal setting, role clarification, meeting management, time management and rotational leadership. The “DiSC” workshop is also a great fit for this scenario as participants will foster a greater appreciation for behavior and skill differences while related the key lessons to positive and productive team dynamics.
You want the facilitator to split up the teams randomly as part of the kick-off and opening ice-breaker.
- You do not want to pre-select teams and you would like the participants to see that the choice is truly “random” and in the moment. This keeps the them from wondering “why” and “how” the teams were selected and a wonderful chance to expand and grow the network of productive workplace relationships. Any of the BCE choices would be great for this scenario, but “Speed Networking” is an exceptional choice with the bonus of having participants continually switching to different table assignments for each (up to 6) mini-activity thus ensuring that each person will interact with up to 60 different team members!