Summer is here, and everyone wants to spend as much time outside as possible. So, how do you provide that flexibility for your staff while building a productive team? Why not consider organizing an outdoor team building exercise?
Let me start by sharing the 6 key benefits to outdoor team building:
- It gives the team a deeper connection to the things that keep us all alive and well.
- It offers the team an appreciation for the simple things.
- It presents the team an opportunity to use their hands and brain while getting some exercise.
- It grants the team a true connection to their fellow teammates.
- You have unlimited opportunities to document their experience by taking pictures and/or videos.
- It awards a path to freedom…even if it is temporary!
One example of an outdoor team building exercise is disc golf. Our team recently participated in this awesome outdoor activity, and it was a tremendous success! You throw in a little bit of food and beverage and a fun activity, and what you see as a result of this is a highly effective team that is ready for success! For those of you that are not familiar with disc golf, it is a game in which a concave plastic disc is thrown into each of a series of metal baskets situated on an outdoor course, the object being to complete the course using the fewest possible throws. It is a perfect activity that can accommodate anybody with any sort of physical limitations.
What you witness during the activity is a collection of teams that communicate in an open, candid, honest and trustful manner, encourage each other, and develop a strategy to obtain the ultimate goal for being the team with the best score! They also support new ideas and ways for achieving outcomes while developing team members to their fullest potential.
The most effective teams arrive at decisions through consensus by following a logical process that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Identifying the issues.
- Setting a specific objective.
- Gathering and analyzing the facts.
- Developing alternatives.
- Deciding and acting on their decision.
So, why not branch out and provide a fun, outdoor team building exercise for your employees? Your end result will deliver a team that has built team trust and learned how to work together while creating some exciting memories that they will continue to discuss long after the activity has ended. Start planning today!