While my company’s team building programs are a great catalyst for change we’re honest about something very important. A one-day team building program won’t change your corporate culture for the long run.
To make a change last you need to integrate songs and activities that teach team building into your ongoing business culture.
Songs And Activities
Here’s a good summary of differences between facilitated team building and activities you can lead yourself at any time. If you’re hiring a team building company it’s important to establish your goals before you dig into what kind of team building you want to do. Aligning your goals with your program is vital.
For DIY team building, you don’t need to dig as deeply into your goals since you’ll be doing this on an ongoing basis. Here’s a previous post with good resources for specific DIY ideas.
Team Building Activities You Can Do
- Sometimes taking your team to happy hour is enough to shed bad energy and renew a sense of team.
- Start your weekly meeting by inviting one person to share a current business challenge and invite everyone to brainstorm new solutions.
- Use your smartphones to video team members presenting an elevator speech. Make sure to keep this good-natured. You all want to be able to laugh at yourselves when you watch the videos you’ve created.
- Set one rule for all of the above; Positive comments only. This should encourage your team to be more innovative, not more critical!
Team Building Songs
So here’s the song part of the songs and activities that teach team building…You can create your own team building songs. Start with a familiar melody (I hate to say this, but use a karaoke track if you have to). You’ll use flipcharts to brainstorm ideas about your company. As themes emerge, create a song chorus around your big ideas. Then write song verses around the work you do, or a specific project or challenge you’re facing. Get in touch with me if you’d like a step-by-step guide to do this.