The Psychology of Team Building

June 27, 2011

In an ideal world the idea of working in a team would conjure up positive images of team members working together and successfully completing the task or project at hand. Unfortunately, however, ours is often not an ideal world. For many people the idea of teamwork causes a more negative response: Being the one left with all the work to do; the lack of any group unity; and, ultimately, failure to complete the project.

Know this, however: Whatever your past experience with teamwork, whether you like it or not, teamwork will always be a part of life and business. It would behoove you, therefore, to ensure that your teamwork experiences are positive ones. And with the proper team building skills and training from Dale Carnegie Training, your team, as well as your individual skills, will be on the road to success in no time.

One of the most important aspects of successfully working as a team is maintaining harmony in the group atmosphere. If there is animosity between team members or the team doesn’t feel comfortable with one another, as is often the case with teams that fail to attain their goals, it will make working together that much more difficult. To help alleviate this situation, and to help the group bond and form a more comfortable working relationship, many leaders utilize team-building exercises.

Team building exercises can vary greatly. There are corporate team building seminars that bring the group together through classes and activities. Another option is to plan activities yourself.

Whatever option you choose, the key to making it work is being diversified. While placing the emphasis on leadership, communication, or industry specifics are important to the team members’ training, it shouldn’t be all about work. The key to getting the team more comfortable around each other and, thus, better able to work together is having fun. Plan a team picnic or a get together at a local attraction. You can also incorporate games and other activities to get everyone working together.

Also, don’t make these types of fun, team activities a one-time deal. Continue to hold events and get-togethers both large and small, on a monthly or quarterly basis so that a sense of camaraderie is maintained.

Team building is the lengthy process of shaping individual members of a group into an effective, goal-oriented team. When a team has been well built and maintained everyone feels more valued, which leads to each member putting their specific skills to use. If they feel that they have been invested in, they will be more willing to invest in the team and everyone will achieve success.

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