Team building is literally the building of a group or team.
It is a tool available to companies to improve teamwork and facilitate the achievement of goals.
In fact, not surprisingly, more and more companies are using this approach within their production departments.
Coordinating sets of people during work shifts, forming a united team, and experiencing day-to-day operations using tools such as team building enables companies to get much more done, much faster.
The history of team building: birth and curiosities
Team building was officially born in 1941 with Kurt Hahn, a pedagogue who, fleeing anti-Semitic persecution, moved to Wales.
Here, Kurt founded Aderdovevy together with Englishman Lawrence Holt, the first true school of experiential education.
The managerial and corporate team building we know today in international realities are the direct evolution of Aderdovevy’s educational methodology.
In fact, precisely because of its originality and the quality of its results, experiential education spread extremely rapidly as early as the 1950s in the United States, arriving almost 30 years later in Europe and only in the 1990s in Italy.
The different natures of team building
Team building can have two different natures:
- Formative team building typically consists of many structured activities, with needs analysis and the achievement of team members’ awareness that they have begun a strategic change in their lives. Often, this kind of team building is structured into activities that occupy several days.
- Playful team building, on the other hand, which is more focused on fun and cohesive experiences that aim to unite and solidify the group.
Usually, this type of team building is developed into activities lasting a single day, if not even a few hours
Both natures of team building enable group development, allow for deepening relationships with colleagues and increasing mutual trust.
It is necessary to be able to contextualize the best team building activities for each reality, but there is no doubt that improving workers’ interpersonal relationships will also improve their professional performance!
Why does team building work so well? Together we get more results
“Unity is strength,” the popular saying goes. And, usually, sayings are not very wrong. In this case they are not wrong at all!
Why does team building work so well?
Imagine a soccer team in which the goalkeeper, after catching the ball, starts running all over the field, tries to discard all the opponents and stands in front of the opponent’s goal. What are the chances that he will arrive with the ball between his feet and score a goal? Very few.
But what if the goalkeeper, after catching the ball passes it to the defender who throws it to the center forward and crosses it to the attacker on the other side of the field? The chances of scoring are much higher.
This is not only because of the cooperation among team members, but also because each player knows very well what to do and what role to play.
Here, the same must happen within corporate realities, and when this happens, it is the result of team building!
Each person on the team is different from the others and plays a specific role. In addition, each individual influences others, just as within an ecosystem.
Analytical skills, leadership skills, problem solving techniques, communication, feedback and participation of each member are all specific characteristics of a cohesive, functioning team.
Team that is able to achieve much more precisely because of the development of team building.