4 Reasons Why Team Building Fails

Regardless of how long the program is, I have always defined team building in three ways:

1. It is a tool to help accelerate team formation.

2. It is strategic in nature.

3. It is focused on skill development and behavioral change.

If you want to create a team building program that will have a positive impact on your team, it is important to pay attention to the pitfalls you may encounter.

Here are 4 common reasons why team building fails.

1. It is irrelevant.

– there are no clear objectives
– the facilitator never spoke to the “decision maker” prior to the event

2. It is ambiguous.

– there are no clear “tools” to take back to the workplace to help team members be more effective

3. There is a lack of commitment

– the program isn’t linked to broader professional development efforts
– there is no follow-up scheduled as part of the program

4. Inexperience

– the facilitator has no real business experience and never spent time in the boardroom
– the facilitator has limited knowledge about business or your industry

If you see symptoms such as these within your team building programs, it is likely you won’t see a change in how your team collaborates.

So, what are the keys to making team building effective?

Stay tuned for this Thursday’s blog post and I will share with you the 4 P’s of Strategic Team Building.

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