What comes to mind when I say, "team development day"?
For some, it might feel like a waste of time, while others hear code for a day off or a fun outing with their team. Businesses often don’t start out with high expectations for team development days or "away days". They might consider it a win if teams simply get a chance to get to know one another in an informal setting.
Here's the thing:
You can get far more from team development activities. Selected activities cannot only encourage your teams to bond but also to learn more about each other’s strengths. You can create a foundation for real-life problem-solving. Your team would gain tools and techniques that they can take back to the office. If this sounds good to you, keep reading.
In this blog, I highlight 3 team development ideas that work well for technical teams wanting to make an impact.
Start with an understanding of your team using Emergenetics
I often start team development problem-solving activities by getting the team to complete Emergenetics profiles. You can find out more about Emergenetics here.
In sum, Emergenetics goes further than traditional psychometric profiling. It allows team members to uncover how they and others like to work, what their unique skill sets are and where they are best placed for success. When building teams, Emergenetics profiles can drive increased productivity, enhanced collaboration and create greater value and results.
With this approach, I’ve seen participants achieve a microcosm of the potential results in an immediate and tangible way. Whatever the next activity is - from escape rooms to survival tasks – Emergenetics profiles empower everyone involved to use their own strengths and each other’s in a practical way. Team members experience a positive impact on the activity as a whole. Taking the learnings back to the office is a lot more likely when the team members have seen it in action.
Team Development Problem Solving Activities
Understanding yours and your teams' preferences make it a lot easier to get the most out of games workshops or simulations. This yields great results in a leading change and innovation workshop, for instance.
In these workshops, teams will decide on a live problem. They then work together using their detailed strengths to come up with a plan or solution to address the problem.
Using Lego Serious Play to Harness Team Creativity
Lego Serious Play is a game changer for many businesses using it as part of team development. Success stories have shown how allowing team members to answer pressing questions by building a Lego model facilitates team alignment.
By thinking about the metaphors behind the models that teams build, Lego Serious Play gives a voice to everyone around the table. Every temperament can use it as a conduit to vocalise a difficult thought, to visual or tactile thinkers who enjoy a 3D representation of what they or their team members want to say. Above all, it’s creative, non-pressurising and fun!
Top Tips for Taking Team DEvelopment Further
According to Plato, “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
I couldn’t agree more! However, the activities you choose for team development should focus on more than just a fun day away from the office.
The right focus could allow technical teams to learn more about themselves and one another. It creates a roadmap for success that they can take back to the office.
Some of the most valuable outcomes for team development are:
- Strengthening team dynamics: Leaders want their teams to get the most out of each other. The best result is a cohesive and collaborative team.
- Enhancing productivity: Revealing team members' unique strengths ensure that everyone is well-placed to achieve success.
- Establishing the right behaviours: Creating a shared vision and ways of working is usually at the forefront of a leader's long-term objectives.
- Changing team culture: Leaders are keen to uncover what's not working within their existing culture. The outcomes of team activities can help lay a foundation for change.
- Preparing for a new project: To get a project to a flying start, everyone needs to be on the same page and recognise their role. Team-led activities establish a shared understanding of the goals and vision moving forward.
Interested in achieving one or more of the above outcomes in your business? I’m running a free Lego Serious Play taster session later this summer! Get in touch by phoning 07980 838945 or 01224 460444, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get involved.
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