Thousands of Filipino Managers Trust the Philippine Team Building Facilitators
Most Filipino managers don’t fall into the trap of purchasing team building packages sold by providers who sell games that don’t build teams. Clueless managers do.
Wise managers want improved team performance. We help them think differently and play bigger.
You grow great teams through culture shaping, team skills building, and behavior-changing. This is why the Philippine Team Building Facilitators use interactive play and games to encourage authentic conversations between members, stimulate insights, and move people to action.
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.
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Team Building Facilitators
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Team Building Workshops
Join team building workshops designed to achieve your desired team objectives. We use collaborative games, learning sessions, and gamified activities to ensure maximum learning and participant engagement.
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Don’t make this common team building mistake.
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.
I daresay that one important objective of team building is for all members to realize that ALL of them, without exception, have opportunities to win at work together.
Competitive games can’t build your team.
This is why many wise managers prefer not to conduct team building the the same way as clueless managers because they don’t want to destroy their teams and waste money on playing ineffective games.
Most competitive games are harmful to the health of your team.
Wise managers know that the purpose of team building is to ensure that all your teams are encouraged, equipped, and enabled to perform at their best.
Wise managers know that the best teams work in synergy with, not against, each other.
We understand why uninitiated managers want to make people compete against each other. There is passion in competition. Nobody gets bored when there is competition.
But that’s because nobody offered them better options.
Collaboration games, communication games, creative games, problem solving games, innovation games, and gamified experiential activities are better and more enjoyable alternatives.
However, if you are interested to know more, use the links below. You will find awesome ideas.
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.
Why do 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.
Team Building Ideas
Use the following actionable ideas to build your team.
Build Team Commitment
Team building starts with team commitment.
You need to get the commitment of the team leader, the members, and other stakeholders. Many team building exercises fail because the people involved are not committed to their tasks and to each other.
1. When you decide to hold your team building workshop, begin with a contract or agreement with a trainer. If you are using your in-house trainers, you must get their commitment to help you conduct your team building workshop.
Seek his expertise so that you can present well your objectives to your boss.
2. Get the commitment of your boss to support your team building initiatives. Show him the benefits of having your team building exercises. It may increase revenue, reduce cost, help build relationship, or prepare your team for the future.
When your boss is committed, he can sponsor your initiatives. Your boss is your best ally.
3. If you are hiring a team building facilitator, hire those who do understand what they are doing. In the Philippines, many managers have the habit of “canvassing” for the team building games instead of qualifying expert facilitators.
You do not begin building a team by buying a set of games because team building is not a product, but a process that will help you equip your team to perform effectively.
Think of team building as an intervention.
Canned team building programs are for everyone, and what is for everyone is to no one. Your team building expert should be able to help you design and develop your solutions- yes, even the ones which are not yet existing.
Get your facilitators commitment to help you through the process. Facilitators who are too busy to explain what you need to know aren’t facilitators.
Remember this: a team building workshop must be tailor-fit to your team because your team is unique.
Remember this also: your contract with your team building facilitator must include the assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of your team building program.
You must not shortchange yourself. You do not save money buy short-circuiting the team building process.
4. Once you and the trainer have inked your contract, you and the trainer need to work with other key stakeholders to get their support . I do not require this, but other stakeholders need to know that a team building workshop will be conducted.
For example, I usually interview senior managers and the CEO. They will provide useful input about what your team needs to accomplish in your team building workshop. This will give me a view from the top.
Also, other stakeholders may provide me information about challenges which you, the team leader, are not aware.
5. More importantly, you have to get the commitment of your team members. You can start by asking them to answer for you some questions:
a. What do you think is the purpose of our team?
b. What support do you need from our team?
c. What support our team can expect from you?
d. What do you like most about our team when it comes to performance?
e. What do you like most about our team when it comes to relationship?
f. What change do you want to see in our team?
Avoid the wrong road.
This is a common mistake.
In my eleven years of helping organizations build teams, many managers think that team building is a great opportunity to chill and relax.
Others consider team building as an opportunity to exorcise the bad attitude of some team members. They pray that through inspirational speeches, team members will change hearts and be more committed to meeting the business objectives of the organization.
It is common that people go to a team-building workshop clueless about the objectives of the event and hoping that their team building will not be as boring as last year’s.
Nine of ten people hired me because of the descriptions in my team building workshops. I will be saving time and earning more money by simply delivering the same programs again and again.
But that is not okay.
That is not the best way to help customers. Customers have ideas about their problems, but sometimes they do not know how team building workshops can really help them.
They need to know that process so they can maximize on resource, times, and energy.
Team building begins with commitment from everyone.
Getting the commitment of everyone: the management, your trainers, your members, the customers, and other stakeholders will put you on the right track.
Team building is a contact sport.
Ensure the success of your efforts by bringing everyone to your side.