To be effective people need to work together toward a common goal in a coordinated and cooperative way. Therefore you could say that team building is a systematic process designed to improve working relationships and team functioning such as problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution that enables the group to overcome any goal blocking barrier.
For many this result orientated mission is the real purpose for team building. A team-building goal therefore could be simply to identify and develop effective communication.
Another way of looking at it is that team building is like coaching but for a collective group.
Getting Started: Identifying Your Team’s Needs
The first and most important step when planning team-building activities is to identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses.Start by asking the following questions to identify the root of any problems:
- Are there conflicts between certain people that are creating divisions within the team?
- Do team members need to get to know one another better?
- Do some members focus on their own success, and harm the group as a result?
- Is poor communication affecting the group’s progress?
- Do people need to learn to work together, instead of individually?
- Do some members affect the group’s ability to move forward through resistance to change?
- Does the group need a morale boost?
You can choose targeted activities to help your team to address any problems that the questions unearth.