• Team Building for Tough Times

    Team building is essential for leaders in business.

    Henry Ford once said: “you learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.”

    If you are to connect, I mean really connect with your team, you have to plan in some play time. And do it often.

    Building solid relationships with your team is critical for those times when you, the business, or a team member is facing adversity. It is during those times that the investment in finding a way for your team to let off some ‘steam’ will come and pay you back. When a team has bonded through play, they’ll be there for each other during tough times. They will be there for you too.

    And, team-building time doesn’t have to be elaborate and expensive. It can be simple and modest.

    Case in point… the little Engineering Firm that I once ran, put down our tools one Friday afternoon, and re-painted our office. We had a blast! We laughed. We joked with each other about our collective bad painting skills. At the end, there was probably more paint on the floor than the walls! Could we have hired a painter to do a better job? Yes. Did it cost us more money in the long run? Probably. Did we lose a day’s worth of revenue? Yes. BUT, we all got to know each other WAY better! And after that day, the team had a very visible sense of ownership for their new office.

    Find a way to build fun into your work environment. Find a way to laugh at meetings. You will discover some amazing things about your colleagues. You build a team that has each other covered for when times are tough. You will have a renewed level of energy, commitment, and engagement!

    Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, partner at Incrementa Consulting Inc., #1 Best Selling Author, and International Keynote Speaker. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, follow Robert on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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