Build Teams, don’t “Team Build”

Found an interesting article in The Telegraph about how ineffective “team building” actually is in most organizations.

Workers would much prefer being able to communicate with each other better at work rather than being forced to build rapport with their co-workers by sharing adrenaline experiences or performing ‘trust’ exercises….  While the majority of workers surveyed (66 per cent) have been made to do some form of team-building activity, more than half (54 per cent) don’t feel that doing more would help them work better with their colleagues.

I’m in complete agreement, and it is a problem I see at many law firm retreats.  Too often silly “team building” activities replace meaningful opportunities for people to think together and collaborate effectively.  It is far better to allow people to practice the actual teamwork, meeting and collaboration skills they’ll need back in the office instead of putting them up on a ropes course in the middle of the woods.

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