In corporate terms, a team is defined as a group of people who are working toward a common goal. The process of team building enables and motivates the group to achieve their goals.
It is often said that a business (or a department) is only as strong as the weakest member of its team. To effectively realize your employees' maximum potential, it is critical to have everyone working in the same direction to accomplish the goals of the organization. In addition, there are benefits realized from the synergy of a group, because in the best teams, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Unfortunately, a successful team rarely develops naturally in a group of employees. Foresight, planning, strong business skills and hard work are required to create an effective team. The best teams have a number of attributes, which include:
Now that the groundwork for the team has been laid, specific activities can be used as team building exercises to help the team to coalesce. There are a number of documented team building games and activities on various websites, but take the time to evaluate each of them in light of your corporate culture. For a successful experience with team building activities, the participants should enjoy the activity and should also learn something which they can apply to the team's work effort to improve results.