How do you get a room full of random wheels to roll in the same direction? By connecting them all to one vehicle. But first you need a vehicle to construct that vehicle, and that’s called team building.
The irony of our modern lives is that we work so hard at learning how to reach the top at our jobs that we forget how to be ourselves. We have to work just as hard at learning how to be people – how to trust, how to bond, how to communicate.
Ever threaten to fix someone’s little red wagon? Well, instead of a threat, you can make a promise – to do something wonderful for a promising young child. Wagon building can transport a group of strangers from the frigid territory of unfamiliarity and aloofness to the sunny climes of friendship and community.
“Big Wheels Keep On Turning”
This may be playing fast and loose with the lyrics from an American classic, but the point here is that the big wheels, the head honchos, get a chance to come down from their ivory towers and become part of the pit crew. And sometimes something amazing happens. The big wheels turn into collaborators, colleagues, even friends!
Yes, team building can help to remove or at least diminish hierarchical barriers so that each member of the group has value and their contribution has merit. The squeaky wheels get greased. The guys who usually fade into the background gain recognition, and best of all, no one feels like a spare tire! A really well planned wagon building event will help each participant improve their problem solving techniques, sharpen their communications skills, and hone their collaborative dexterity.
On The Bandwagon
Sometimes the only thing coworkers have in common is their work. But if everyone buys in, team building exercises can help them find common ground, get to know each other, and even get along better – building trust, sharing insights and experiences, and bonding.
Ironically, these workshops can also function a little like laboratories –with you and your colleagues as the willing lab rats – where you can learn the mechanics of community. Ironic? Maybe. Helpful? Definitely.