We Help You Develop High Impact Teams
Team building facilitators help corporate teams define and clarify challenges, design and develop learning experiences using problem-solving tools and team plays, and come up with solutions to improve relationship, improve performance, and accelerate organization success.
Work with trusted team building facilitators in the Philippines. Hold team building programs that really work. We don’t just make you play contests, we use collaborative, creative, and appreciative games and activities that make people switch attitudes and learn new behaviors vital to team success.
Yes, work with team building facilitators who can help you build successful teams. This is a bold invitation to zag while all the others are zigging.
Team Building Essentials
Team Building Challenges
Today’s workplace faces many problems. Many employees are disengaged; they are too busy coping with stress and deadlines that they don’t have time to plan for team building exercises that improve performance.
Too many things keep falling the cracks.
One department head won’t cooperate with another. Managers find themselves spending huge amount of time mediating subordinate disputes. Such symptoms often lead prudent managers to realize that it’s time to hold another team building exercises.
Unfortunately, one-size fits-all team building packages can’t help you. Because team building isn’t an event or a series of activities.
It is the responsibility of team leaders to build teams everyday. A team building event cannot make organizational problems disappear.
In fact, most team building programs that many of us have experienced can only provide away-from-work intramural experiences.
However, well-planned and excellently-executed team building experiences can provide your team many benefits.
Wise managers hire professional team building facilitators because team building experiences go beyond playing games and building rapport. Team building experiences that work increase engagement, improves productivity, strengthen culture, delight customers, and accelerate corporate growth.
3 Main Purposes of Team Building
Team building is not an event, a collection of games, or an intellectual concept.
Team building initiatives fail when organizers focus on rituals but ignore reasons, when they are obsessed with activities and ignore applications, when they think of games and forget goals.
You do not build the team the same way.
You can do that with machines, but not with people.
Those who use cookie-cutter approach to team building do not understand the purposes of team building.
The first purpose is individual development.
When professionals apply for jobs, they look forward to the opportunities to shine, to be on top, to be above others. They have their dreams and aspirations long before they join teams. They hold values which are likely different from each other.
Team building initiatives must speed up individual and professional growth.
Many team building programs emphasize that there is no “I” in teamwork. That is very wrong.
Team building is not defined by how a word is spelled. Individuals should not disappear in a team. In five star teams, team members become stars.
Give attention to their career growth.
Provide them coaches and mentors.
Help them achieve their personal dreams.
Allow achievers to start their own teams rather than keeping them to a team where there is no space for them to grow.
The second purpose is relationship building.
Experiences have shown that grouping together high performing individuals do not make high performing teams. Oftentimes, the product is less than the sum of its parts.
High performing individuals do not perform well when they work with people they do not trust and respect.
They do not share knowledge and information to others who are threats to their success.
They do not give their best shot when they know that others, not they, would be rewarded for their achievements.
Team building must build the relationship of people. It must convince members that each one plays an important role and they must complement each other.
You must demonstrate that by helping each other, one works with the team can do more than working alone.
You must give attention to team competencies that build relationships.
These are interpersonal communication, diversity, and participative leadership.
You must also consider team attitudes like accountability, responsibility, respect, and trust.
The third purpose is corporate goal achievement.
A team is created to achieve a goal. Team building increases their chances to succeed.
Team building programs run for the sake of fun aren’t funny.
Teams building exercises that emphasize the value of teamwork but do not contribute to the achievement of team goals waste time, money, energy, and opportunities.
Make your team building simple and powerful.
8 Benefits of Team Building
High performance teams get things done better and make things happen. Although most team building efforts are geared towards building stronger relationship, the real purpose of team building is to help a team fulfill its purpose.
Yes, the first measure of a successful team is its ability to deliver what it is created for. You will find below some of the benefits of team building experiences to your teams.
1. Bring people together.
Businesses are moving away from competitive work environments to cooperative and collaborative workplaces. Undertaking regular collaborative (instead of combative) team building activities can bring people to creatively solve problems together.
While some people see team building as “nice break” from work, team building exercises have more important purposes for the organization: it develop the team knowledge and skills of your employees. Team building activities designed to meet the purposes and objectives of your organization is the real team building.
2. Improve team productivity.
Hold team building exercises to improve productivity of individuals and teams. Team building exercises can be used to create the opportunity to identify ways to improve three Ps ((policies, processes and procedures) that can affect productivity.
Using games and design thinking tools, our team building exercises encourage employees to learn to work together more effectively, reduce duplication of effort so they can work more efficiently, and focus on activities that really matter.
Do you know that you can use team building exercises so your teams can learn how to handle workplace stress and improve time management?
Teams with unengaged and unproductive members don’t get the job done. Build your teams with us. Go beyond playing games and aim for improvement in team performance and relationship.
3. Energize employee engagement.
The team building exercises we design for clients not only help improve team skills, it also improves team motivation.
This is because the experiential activities we provide increase employees confidence in individual and team accountability. We use positive behavioral psychology and gamification so your team become more involved in their personal and professional growth.
4. Strengthen each member’s sense of personal accountability.
Most people shun accountability because the word appears in conversation mostly when people are looking for someone to blame. Properly designed activities can change mindset and behavior. Through fun, safe, and engaging team building games, employees experience how to move from indifference to sense of ownership, finding solutions, and making things happen.
Accountability can be learned through games. Accountability is a skill that can be acquired in team through able facilitation and mentorship. Through group dynamics, you’ll discover how people can change their questions so they can find the best answers, and then 10X their results.
5. Encourage creativity, innovation, and design thinking.
The team building exercises we use encourage people to re-discover their inner creative person. During these activities, you will see them smiling and growing in confidence.
Your organization needs creative and innovative people. You need people with diverse perspectives and expertise in order to “cross-pollinate” the organization with ideas. Our team building exercises help people use their imagination so they can come up with creative solutions — and cultivate that creativity in the workplace.
6. Build open and honest communication.
The most obvious result of our team building exercises is improved communication. Our enjoyable, fun activities enable employees to know each other, create better understanding of each others values and break down walls of mistrust. These exercises let them appreciate their similarities and respect their differences.
I have conducted team building programs, through games, that help participants navigate across cultures. To improve team performance, team members must learn how to celebrate diversity.
7. Liberate champion sales teams.
Every year, sales organization try to motivate people through team building. Smart managers know that team building can go beyond motivation. Team building exercises can actually help your team members learn how to sell, negotiate, and keep clients.
Your team can gain new knowledge on how to sell through sales training. But team building exercises, being experiential, can help people develop champion selling skills. Sales rallies often fail to enjoy the benefits that excellent team building can offer to improve performance.
8. Provide a venue for designing wow! customer experiences.
Yes. Because customer experience is a team effort. We use gamification and design thinking to help your team develop common vocabulary in creating customer experiences.
Most customer service training fail because they are based on individual efforts to serve the customers need. Teams who care enough about customers plan and execute experiences that delight customers. You can increase customer loyalty through fun and creative team building exercises.
Harmful Team Building Mistakes
Most team building events in the Philippines waste time, money, energy, and opportunities. This is because many companies in the Philippines do team building the wrong way. A lot of team building events are nothing but artificial and often meaningless competitions where teams are pitted against each other.
If you are here because you are looking for team building providers who can provide you packages of team building games and activities, you cannot find packages here. Get the help of events organizers because they can help you.
But please stay some minutes more.
Because I will tell you why most team building initiatives in the Philippines do not work and what you can do instead.
Most competitive games don’t build teams.
Think about this.
Companies today want their employees to communicate better, to cooperate and collaborate more, to work well in teams, to share best practices, to respect each other and commit to work to achieve success together.
This is why it is absolute nonsense to send employees on team building events to forget about work and compete against each other.
How can you make them collaborate at work when you make them play games that teach them to beat each other no matter what?
How can a team building event where winners poke fun at losers — and where losers accused winners of cheating — or question facilitators neutrality or clarity of instruction be effective?
Would you tolerate cheating/ blaming culture in your organization?
Of course, one can argue that in smaller teams, members learn how to strategize and find ways to win — against other teams.
But that’s precisely the problem. Infighting WILL NOT make all your small teams united under one company.
They’ll focus on games, not on goals.
They’ll remember how they were cheated.
They’ll remember how one of their team members made them lose.
They’ll remember that teamwork wasn’t enough to win games because even losing teams had teamwork.
But they’ll forget the purpose of you paying facilitators so you can build teams.
Team Building 101
A team is a group of people who are mutually dependent on one another to achieve a common goal.
An effective team function well together.
To achieve this, each team member must be able to achieve both personal and team goals. This ensures commitment and accountability. Team members must develop mutual respect and keep open and honest communication.
And more importantly, there is synergy. Each member of the team can produce more when they work together than when they work separate and independent of each other.
Team building facilitator help team members understand their common objectives. they guide teams in planning how to achieve those objectives. In this sense, team building facilitators are “neutral” and do not take particular position in discussion.
Professional team building facilitators have deep understanding of team dynamics and processes. The offer tools that teams can use to develop strategies and to execute plans.
Professional team building facilitators personalize experiences in enabling teams to achieve goals.
Excellent facilitators can help participants simplify complex problems.
Some facilitators are subject matter experts, trainers, and speakers too. However, when facilitating team building exercises, the facilitator’s primary role is not to inject knowledge or develop new skills but to guide team members so they can solve their challenges.
Not everyone who offers team building programs are facilitators. Some are events organizers, game masters, and training vendors. It is very important that you get the right persons who can help you build your teams.
Facilitators of Business Innovation are professional team building facilitators who work with organizations, both private and public, to develop high impact teams.
Some are experts in facilitating outdoor, adventure type team building programs. They design and run competency-based programs which are fun-filled, goal-oriented, friendly, and safe. They facilitate small groups of twenty to corporate-wide sales rallies of 800 people.
Some facilitators are experts in facilitating executive retreats. We combine indoor and outdoor activities for executive retreats.
Companies usually have executive retreats for strategic planning, change management, culture building, creativity and innovation sessions, and team leadership.
Jef Menguin heads this group of professional team building facilitators in the Philippines.
Team Building Games and Team Plays
You too can facilitate team building the right way.
Accidental facilitators are those who are tasked by their bosses to facilitate team building for the first time. Here are facilitation tips and team plays that may help you do well. There is more to team building facilitation, however following these tips will get you ahead of many team building providers who just make people play games.
Business Innovation Difference
Business Innovation Talent Development delivers rigorous, engaging, and value-added content that benefits leaders and their organizations.
When typical training providers are zigging, BITD zags. We don’t just design our programs based on instructional design as most providers do. BITD designs leadership programs as learning experiences and we employ the tools of Design Thinking and Appreciative Inquiry.
We use Active Learning and Gamestorming team plays to ensure that all learning sessions are engaging, learner-centered, and game-changing.
Team building facilitators
Enjoy the services of our team building facilitators in the Philippines. We train our facilitators during our team building bootcamps, and certify them based on their ability to design and deliver high impact team building workshops.
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