4 Reasons Why Team Building Fails

Over the past 9 years I have spent time with hundreds of clients and thousands of people creating successful team building programs. Throughout my career, I have discovered that the concept of “team building” means different things to different people.

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 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. 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. Lack of experience

    – 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 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 my next article that I will share with you regarding the 4 P’s of Strategic Team Building.

Source by Sal Silvester

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