Your tribe may work superbly on their own, but you’ve noticed that performance and productivity slip a little when they work together. So how can you improve those teamwork-related skills? How can you build a greater tribe?
Naturally, we’d always recommend swinging through the trees at Go Ape. It’s the perfect way to build greater bonds among your tribe, which leads to greater teamwork. Tackling an array of tree-mendous obstacles helps to fine-tune skills such as leadership, communication and problem-solving, essential ingredients in the teamwork recipe. And at the same time, our Tree Top Adventures will give people’s confidence an almighty boost.
So, as well as swinging through the trees in a Tarzan fashion, just how else might you inspire better teamwork? Here are some ideas:
Turn to TED
TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on subjects such as business, education, tech and science. Teamwork is a hot topic, so why not round-up the tribe one afternoon and play them a vid (popcorn optional)? Try Tom Wujec’s ‘Build a tower, build a team’ and Simon Sinek’s ‘How great leaders inspire action’ for starters.
Be motivated by a mountaineer
Motivational speaker and world-class mountaineer, Andy Cave, visits companies delivering messages that inspire people to get the very best from themselves and from one another. A man after our own hearts, he uses adventure to back up his points, focusing on key topics like leadership, teamwork and communication. You can book Andy to pop by your office or speak after an event.
Check out a conference
A team will only be great if they are led by a great leader. So, you need to focus on improving your own skills before improving your tribe’s. One way to do this is to attend one of the many leadership conferences that take place throughout the year, across the UK. One to check out is the University of Salford’s Leadership Conference; its agenda features workshops and keynotes on team building and the role leaders play in improving teamwork.
Bury your head in books
There are plenty of books out there that tackle the topic of team building. Read a couple of them and suggest that your tribe do, too. You could even host an office book club, where you read the same book on team building and chat it through over some food one lunchtime. When it comes to picking the books, we suggest:
Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High-Performance Teamwork by John J Murphy
If I could Tell You Just One Thing: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice by Richard Reed
Building Team Power: How to Unleash the Collaborative Genius of Teams for Increased Engagement, Productivity and Results by Thomas A. Kayser
Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork by Kevin Pritchard & John Eliot
By taking one (or several) of the steps we’ve mentioned above, you’ll be able to improve team skills and build a world-class tribe!