When I first started working with teams I was often asked, “will we be doing trust falls?” I always answered in the negative because I didn’t see the direct connection between falling blindfolded into someone’s arms and working together effectively.
While shared experiences can create team cohesion, they can also cause problems:
Consultants are usually called in for teambuilding when there’s an issue on the team. I recommend that you work directly on that issue instead of “teambuilding”:
While I might not believe in “trust falls,” I do believe in team effectiveness, which means working with your team to ensure the processes, structures, responsibilities and link to the big picture are in place.
We don’t have the time and resources to waste time being ineffective working together. We should make the time and resources available to ensure your team is high performing.
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