Did you know that we have lived in a hunter and gatherers community throughout 99.6% of human history?
The last hundreds of years just represent an insignificant drop in the ocean and are not enough to rewire our otherwise adaptable brain. It is no wonder that our instincts and impulses still reflect those times, and that today’s common every-day situations still translates in our mind to probability of survival instead of non-threatening trivial events.
During that whole time, the real threat to different groups have mainly been because other groups. Vigilance, quick decisions, and a distrust of new individuals have always played a major part in our groups in order to give us a greater probability of survival.
The definition of a group
Daniel Kahneman, psychologist, and author of Thinking, quickly and slowly believes that we save energy by generalizing and making decisions based on previous assumptions and experiences. As a result, we rarely let new ones into our group – doing so will waste unnecessary energy that we can use for other, more important tasks.
A team is thus a group that experience interaction with each other and operates together in order to reach a common goal. A group always identifies strongly by actually considering themselves as a group; it is not possible to be part of a group without everyone being involved in what it means.
WHAT CONDITIONS DO WE NEED FOR THE TEAM TO SUCCEED?
In addition to the above pillars in what defines a group, we also need to review the factors that actually makes the collaboration work. Motivation and a positive attitude often drive the work forward in a team but cannot be born unless everyone is aware and happy in their roles. We need to know who is doing what, feel that we are contributing and that we are all striving towards the same common goal.
It may feel strange to think about groups in the same project that strive for different goals, but since we are all individuals and have different visualizations of what a milestone means, it is more common than you might think.
The first prerequisite for a successful team is that everyone in the team should be able to describe both the concrete and emotional goal. The result needs to agree with everyone’s common image as much as possible.
Teambuilding and competence
The choice of team building to strengthen groups needs to be adapted to the goal, just as the roles within the group also need to be reviewed accordingly.
If the goal is vague and has to do with development, the group benefits from consisting of people who possess many different types of skills and experiences. If we are too similar to each other, the probability of developing innovative ideas is much lower.
If the goal is set and the path to it has already been evaluated and decided, the group often benefits from consisting of more like-minded individuals. Here, too, a common perceived goal is important, but the focus will rather be on the execution of the project instead of making plans on how to rebuild the wheel from the beginning.
Which teambuilding should we choose?
Does your team consist of an already established group where your goal consists of innovation, development and efficiency? Then you have most likely chosen to place many different people in the same team.
You should then put your energy into getting to know each other in depth. Understand exactly how everyone reacts and why. Your exercises for breaking new ground and finding out perspectives beyond your usual sphere need to be permeated by the realization that there are so many different levels, layers and approaches to analyzing a perceived situation. You need to practice putting yourself in positions where you can bring out the best in each other and in the same crank push forward the benefits of your differences.
Do you have a well-crafted, concrete plan that needs a certain type of expertise from like-minded individuals? Yes, then it is a teambuilding with hard training on communication that would be suitable. The purpose is to set aside energy for the chosen task instead of wasting it on the social aspect and develop this with the help of exploration of concentration and stress management.
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