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Why too many meetings and emails lead to bad team development

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Business meetings have been hailed one of the biggest office time-wasters, and we can’t say we’re surprised. We’re sure, in the past, you’ve found yourself sat in the boardroom, eyelids heavy, stifling yawn after yawn while thinking, “Surely this could have been resolved in a five minute chat?”

…But no. An hour and a half later, you’re still sat in that stuffy room, eyes now fully glazed over, and you’ve started to daydream about dinner, and plans for the weekend, and your holiday next month. Then, whoever’s speaking asks you a question. *Gulp.*

And then, we have emails. Claimed to be a super-efficient mode of communication, which we don’t doubt for a second – but why do we feel compelled to compile a message on email when we can just ask our work chum, who’s sat less than a metre away from us, the question about that project with our mouths!?

Yes, meetings can be effective, and yes, email is a great way to keep in contact with colleagues and clients. But too many of either can sap productivity and motivation, and end up having a huge impact on team development.

In meetings, people tend to talk at people (while others listen). When we send emails, we talk to one another, but digitally. See what’s lacking here? Quality, genuine, two-way interactions, which are vital for good team development.

Tip-top communication is what makes good tribes great, so it’s time to sign-off from email, shut that boardroom door, and start developing your tribe the Go Ape way!

Have fun developing in the forest

Have you heard about our Team Development days? In a nutshell, you and your tribe get to escape the office for the day to reconnect, in the beautiful surrounds of the forest, as you take on a whole heap of tree-mendous activities.

The two-three hour session is aimed at improving communication among your tribe, as well as skills related to teamwork and problem-solving.

A couple of activities you can expect to take part in include the Plank Walk, which requires oodles of communication from every tribe member as you try to walk in synch (chanting “left, right, left, right, left right”). And then there’s the Blindfold Knot, where you’ll have to rely on tip-top communication to create a human-sized knot…blindfolded!

A Team Development day is an opportunity to bring all of your tribe together, away from life’s little (but many) distractions, and bond on a deeper level. And we guarantee that you’ll feel the positive impact the very next day in the office, when communication between all members of your tribe will be flowing!

Find out about our different team building days here …

How Go Ape Does Team Building On A Budget

Team Development Knot Tie Activity

The Go Ape motto has been the same since day dot: to encourage others to live life adventurously.

 

From families to friends to work tribes, we want to inspire adventure among the masses – we want to start an adventure revolution!

 

We know that to make adventure accessible to all, we need to make our adventures affordable for all. That’s why we offer tree-mendous forest adventures for a price that won’t break the bank. Any company, large or small, can enjoy the wonders of the woodland at Go Ape, swinging through the trees en-masse just as Tarzan would.

 

Our turn!

 

We’re always going on about how regular team building trips are the key to forming happy, super-motivated tribes (especially when those trips take place in the forest). So, it’s only right that we practice what we preach!

 

Of course, we don’t hold Go Ape team building trips at Go Ape. While we’ll never get bored of our canopy escapades, we like to mix things up a little. So, can you guess what we did for our last team building trip on a budget?

 

…Garden party!

 

If only you could see the looks on our tribe’s faces when we were all handed our invitations. Hosted by our MD, the Go Ape garden party promised to be a day of games, giggles and getting to know one another even better!

 

And it certainly delivered. Not as au fait with floor-level activities, we started off with a few rounds of rounders (and unearthed competitive streaks in many a member of the Go Ape tribe). That worked up a real sweat, so we got to cool down in the coolest way we could…by taking a dip in the lake! Never experienced wild swimming? We highly recommend it!

 

As soon as we dried off it was time for lunch and in homage to our Go Ape offering, we were treated to a hearty BBQ. We must admit, we’re always a little envious when tribes get to tuck into a table full of tasty, grilled grub, so we were chuffed that we finally got to indulge!

 

Fuelled by our mighty feast, the afternoon consisted of even more activities. We went to war with one another on an inflatable gladiator ring and raced on a blow-up bungee run to see who could reach the furthest point before they were catapulted back to the beginning (one of our fave activities of the day, by far).

 

The more humble activities on offer were large chess and draughts and a range of card games – perfect for later in the afternoon when we were feeling slightly subdued!

 

The Go Ape garden party was the perfect team day out; a day where we could let our hair down, meet new members of the tribe and ultimately, have lots of fun! Which is what team building should be all about, right?

 

If you’re looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.

How to inspire better teamwork!

Team Development Knot Tie Activity
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!

Or book your Tribe onto a Team Development Day here!

De-stress on treetop nets with your tribe!

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No one likes to feel stressed, but for many people it’s an unavoidable reality of their busy working lives. Saying that, a smidgen of stress isn’t always a bad thing; according to experts, it can actually motivate you to meet your goals for the day.

But then there’s also bad stress, when you constantly feel under pressure and pushed to the very max. And this type of stress is counter-intuitive, as it can make you feel less driven and less enthusiastic about your work. It can even make you unwell, if it carries on for a long time.

So, as tribe leader, you need to help your tribe to achieve that perfect balance in their roles. No doubt they want to be challenged (as this will help them to develop and flourish), but there’s a line between tasks and responsibilities that are challenging, and those that are downright impossible!

Time to unwind!

You know what will help your tribe to secure that golden balance? If you treat them to regular away days, where they can switch off from work and leave their worries behind in a pile on their desk! So, how does de-stressing in a netted playground suspended 30 feet up in the air sound!?

Yep, you read that right! Go Ape is pleased and proud to unveil a brand new, one-of-a-kind adventure soon to be launched in Black Park! Nets Kingdom is a mammoth connected structure of bounce nets (one filled with giant balls), bridges slides and climbing towers and is fun for all ages!

The Kingdom is encased within 3,000 square metres of hammock-like netting, so it’s safe as tree houses. Speaking of which, there are some of them in Net Kingdom, too!

Nets Kingdom is the perfect spot to kick back with your tribe. To unwind, to switch off, to reconnect with nature. And most importantly, to have some fun!

For the ultimate Go Ape day out, why not swing through the trees before hanging out in them? An award-winning Tree Top Adventure course is the perfect team building and team bonding activity. You’ll take on tunnels, bridges, swings, stirrups and zips. Oh, you’ll also have to clamber up and across nets, so you’ll get in some practice before venturing to the Kingdom!

Between your adventures, you could always back with your tribe in our exclusive Forest Shelter and enjoy some tasty grub, prepared by us. Choose from a simple picnic, or a more hearty forest BBQ (which your tribe may appreciate more after swinging through the trees and working up an appetite).

Black Park is the only Go Ape with Nets Kingdom for the moment, but we’re sure that the activity will be launched in other courses in the future. So don’t feel too disappointed if you aren’t near, anyway, there’s bound to be a local course where you and your tribe can swing through the trees or whizz through the forest floor via a bunch of all-terrain, self-balancing Segways!

De-stress your Tribe by booking a team day out to Nets Kingdom …

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