Training season is upon us and The Holland Group is heading out the door to help build skills, have fun and work with tons of fantastic people. In all of our training sessions from Communication Essentials to Teamwork to Play Leadership we always emphasize the importance of developing the group. For example, my business undergraduate students and MBA students at Endicott College always appreciate when I spend a few class sessions earlier in the semester developing the group. Not only is it great for the students, but it’s a great way for me to build relationships and get a sense of the class.
Groups and group contexts (with peers, with strangers, indoors, outdoors etc) are always in flux with members leaving, joining, in different moods etc. So it is important to continue group building even if it’s just taking 2 minutes at the front end or back end of your day to re-enforce positivity.
The 7 Principles of Great Group Building
(and please stay tuned for some of our favorite activities, next article)
- Group Building is about relationship building, which most literature states is 80% of proactive discipline and the creation of positive behavior. And good relationships are a foundation of effective communication and teamwork.
- We believe in choosing activities that are inexpensive with very little or no equipment…that can be made from common hardware store items… that are quickly and easily set-up, taught and learned and have multiple variations. We like activities that are flexible and inclusive that celebrate our differences and uniqueness. We also like activities that are energizing and motivating with reasonable opportunities for success for all participants.
- In addition to celebrating our individualism we like activities that break barriers, build bridges and give us insights into our contribution to the group process. The best teambuilding activities help foster problem solving collaboration, communication, cooperation, connection, initiative, empathy, caring and other pro-social skills
- Group building activities should have the potential to be good “metaphors” that provide teachable moments and applications for school, work, play and life.
- These activities take advantage of the power of multiple intelligences (kinesthetic, emotional intelligence, etc) experiential and integrative learning that holistically utilizes our cognitive, spiritual, psychological, social and physical attributes.
- The group builders continue to incrementally “stair step” the development of the group process from pairs to small groups to the larger group with the recognition that it is helpful to first laugh and have some success with our neighbor before taking on the neighborhood.
- Finally the activities should provide an adjustable mix of laughter, fun, focus, challenge and adventure by mixing cooperative games with low key competitive activities (all infused with a playful spirit).
All in all, it is extremely important to intentionally build the group no matter what you are teaching and/or leading. And as I mentioned earlier, not only is it great for your participants and/or students, it’s a great way for you as the leader and/or teacher to make the connection as well.
Please contact us if you would like to start a conversation regarding training and/or speaking.
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