Team Building for Businesses

Handy Tips for Team Building at Work
Handy Tips for Team Building at Work

One of the pragmatic ways to use hand analysis in a corporate setting is in the realm of team building. Have you ever gone on a team  building retreat with your corporate leadership?  My first foray into this world was at a ROPES course held out in the wilds of Northern Virginia. It got off to a rough start because I couldn’t find my way out to the location. (yes, this was in the dark ages BEFORE GPS systems, and cell phones, well, you could only use them to dial a phone number and if the guy you’re secretly dating who works for the same company and is already at the retreat doesn’t answer his phone to give you directions, it’s not pretty.)

After arriving in time for our introductions, I was self-proclaimed, “Pissed-off Peggie” we created bridges out of odd shaped boards, passed team members through giant webs of rope and rode down a zip line after swinging into a muddy river.  It was a pretty good time and it beat the heck out of sitting in the office cold calling wedding planners.

The day was about learning to communicate effectively.  All the fresh air and activities were simply distractions to help us understand how we had fallen into communication habits that were not necessarily effective.  I do remember that our hardest exercise was the one where they blind-folded our General Manager and gagged him so he couldn’t see or speak.  Although we each were accustomed to running our own “show”in our turf at the office, whenever we came together as a group, no matter who had an idea, we all waited for Don to tell us if our ideas were worthy.  Whether he was right or wrong, he lead the show and we had become sheep in his presence.

Although this shouldn’t have been a surprise, it seemed to really blow Don away and he wanted to talk and talk and talk about how we could all take more ownership in our positions when we returned to work the next day.  He probably didn’t realize that he was back to telling us what to do.  By the time we had our next executive team meeting, we were back to the status quo.  One ROPES course does not a new dynamic create.

That’s the challenge with team building  – momentum.

I give my GM a lot of credit for investing in this leadership day.  He probably had to take some flak from the ownership on that one, but he made it happen.  It’s not his fault that we didn’t know how to speak up once we got back to work.  The ROPES course helped us see the challenges we faced, but there was no on-going training to teach us new ways of communicating, listening and interacting.

Your hands have that teaching built in.

Each of us has a very unique communication style.  We respond to others in a particular way based on our hard-wiring.  There are some general rules with each style and then there are an infinite number of nuances based on the additional markers in our hands.  A team building program built around each person’s hard-wiring includes activities and exercises meant to enlighten each member of the team to the most and least effective styles for each person.

Your hard-wiring determines how you want to communicate and listen, as well as how you want to be communicated and listened to.

Helping you and your team work and communicate effectively is just one of the services I provide for the hospitality, health & wellness and network marketing industries. Let me know how I can help you!

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