How Facilitated Team Development Experiences Improve Organisations
You find yourself with the problem of a ‘disconnected team’. Your team trust you will deliver the perfect event to meet their needs. Ultimately, it’s up to you to deliver an event that will get their team working better together. With Facilitated Team Development Experiences, you can.
For most of your team, the working environment is excellent, the relationship between colleagues is positive, so on the face of it everything seems fine. But having a staff of individuals working to the best of their ability is still not enough. A successful business needs its staff of talented people working together as one – as a unit. They need a ‘team’.
And so they turn to you. But how can you be the hero and create an event that’s beyond your team’s expectations? Team-focused events, like teambuilding and team development activities, can achieve a high level of cooperation, and help get teams working more happily together. But a more structured event – a Facilitated Team Development Event – can see even greater results.
Whether your team is struggling or is already on the path to greatness, it needs to continually evolve.
So, What’s A Facilitated Team Development Event?
The purpose of a Facilitated Team Development event is to address a very specific problem in a team. To do this, it’s necessary to first identify what that problem is, and then create an event that targets it and builds a stronger, more effective team from it.
What enhances the effectiveness of these experiences is ‘facilitation’. Facilitation is about finding ways to make it easier for groups to do whatever it is they set out to do – set goals, dissect problems, generate ideas, discuss issues, make decisions or plan actions.
A facilitator works with your team to make sure the event fits with their requirements, and ensure the aims and objectives are achieved. They do this by helping groups to work more effectively together – creatively, constructively and productively.
3 Reasons Facilitated Team Development Is Your Client’s Solution
1. Identify And Understand The Team
In many cases, managers pay attention to having sufficient members in their teams, each tasked with a specific role. What’s overlooked, however, is the ‘people’ that make up that team, the array of personalities involved.
We often use MBTI to help delegates understand different personality types within their team. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (to give it its full title) is designed to promote self-awareness and improvement.
As the key starting point of a Facilitated Team Development Event, it not only serves to identify the personalities in a team but helps to better understand how team members can be motivated individually so as to achieve higher team productivity as a whole.
2. Effective Problem Solving
The idea of ‘facilitation’ as a tool for businesses to develop teams and their teams’ performances started in the 1970s. Consultants developed techniques to analyze and solve problems, but called themselves facilitators because their role was not to solve an organisation’s problem and instruct a team on what to do. Instead, it was to analyse how the individual team members worked together.
Team members may have the expert knowledge and experience to do the job but, despite this, how they work together can affect the performance of the team as a whole, making it less efficient.
Facilitated Team Development Events incorporate an experienced facilitator in a team as they tangle with a team challenge. So, they are perfectly placed to help your team to examine, analyse and ultimately solve problems through the activity, equipping them with the insight to boost their collective performance in the office.
3. Better Decision Making
With a facilitator involved, your team can also develop its decision-making skills. It is part of a facilitator’s set of objectives to help team members clarify and maintain focus on their goals and to enable them to utilize the knowledge and skills of each member in dealing with whatever issue has arisen.
Perhaps most importantly, they prevent any one individual from dominating discussions or from cutting off relevant ideas. This promotes collective decision-making, with decisions drawn from the insight and knowledge of the group.
When group members feel involved in the process, and decisions are reached inclusively, these are more likely to be acted upon with enthusiasm and a stronger team spirit cultivated.
Workshops and seminars promise to improve performance, but they may not have the impact your team is looking for.
We have a number of facilitated Team Development Experiences for you to offer your team. These experiences all share a common purpose – to set challenges that get team members motivated to think outside the box and demand close collaboration.