Training Minds for Better Teambuilding

November 14, 2014 7:12 PM

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Many organizations, including nonprofits and schools, prioritize teambuilding and invest in teambuilding programs or special events to strengthen cohesiveness, communication and morale. I know: I used to teach wilderness adventure courses for corporate teams. While these activities can be enticing and attractive, they may yield few benefits that are actually relevant in the workplace (O'Connor, 2013). Teambuilding events that provide an escape from the pressures of work serve much like vacations, and fail to address the chronic causes of stress or discontent. In addition, there's an inherent flaw in teambuilding activities that involve outside consultants: they don't go back to work with you.

As a manager, you know how organizational teams function in the workplace. So why not provide teambuilding and morale-boosting professional development on site and in the midst of normal routine? For example, how about following the lead of Google, GlaxcoSmithKline, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers and o...

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