The Simple Truth About Teams

Posted: Jun 10 2015

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitions for the word "team" are as follows:

Team (noun):

i)        fig. Applied to persons drawing together.

ii)       transf. A number of persons associated in some joint action; now esp. a definite number of persons forming a side in a match, in any team sport; hence, a group collaborating in their professional work or in some enterprise or assignment.

iii)     spec. A gang.

So, a team can be defined as a group of people who work together to one end. Whether they work together by collaborating creatively, sharing the workload evenly or simply supporting each other's strengths and weaknesses is up to them. The important thing is that they do what they do together.

When it comes to team building and development, you're spoiled for choice in terms of the information and options available to you.

Endless research has been conducted over the years, looking at the psychology and synergy of teams, so you will always be able to find something new and interesting to help you understand your team and the way they function.

Similarly, you can benefit from the expertise and experience of specialist team building companies like Team Challenge Company. Our professional event managers will tailor team-oriented events to suit your needs and objectives; and whilst they manage and deliver the day, they will be on hand to help encourage and develop your team, identifying their strengths and weaknesses on both an individual and group basis.

Of course, before you delve into all things team building, and before you reap the rewards of any team development methods already underway, there are some simple truths about teams that you need to accept.  

1. There is an "i" in team
Contrary to popular, there is, in fact, an "i" in team, and that "i" is the individual. We need to honour the individual in the workplace, just as much as we do the team. Remember, your team is made up of individuals, all with their own personalities and strengths. This is something you need to accept and embrace, whilst still finding a way for all that individuality to work together in a complementary and effective manner.There will always be teething problemsThere will always be teething problems

2. No one will get on with everyone all the time, at least not to begin with. As people start to understand one another and learn how best to work together, conflicts and miscommunications will become a rare occurrence and, eventually, a thing of the past. To get to this stage though, you will have to brace yourself for upsets, setbacks and teething problems.

3. There will be a point when a team becomes a family. As long as the appropriate level of professionalism and productivity is upheld, this is the stage that every team leader, manager, and team member wants to get to. Good teams demonstrate perfect synergy, by working in unison and playing to each other's strengths, in the name of one common goal. The best teams work as a family. They know each other's strengths, weaknesses and nuances. They support one another fiercely but aren't afraid to address (and overcome) conflict or offer constructive criticism, with a view to improving both individuals, and the unit as a whole.

And so, armed with these three simple truths about teams, you can look at your own and figure out what needs to be done to develop the raw potential and strengthen the relationships already there.

You can start with bespoke team building days designed and delivered by us, or you can make a conscious effort to encourage your team members to support, engage and collaborate with one another on a daily basis. Try injecting some fun into the office, or organise a few ad hoc team lunches or out-of-hours fun. Anything to prompt communication, boost relationships and create a team buzz.

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