Building a team like heroes save the world!
Some people really do go to remarkable lengths to make team building interesting and exciting! Truth be told, an away day to go paintballing or a night out on the tiles are great ways to build relationships between your team members and team leaders, but you have to wonder if the learning outcomes can always be remembered the morning after! But building a team is exciting in itself – did you know that building a team is much like saving the world?
Building a team: goals, obstacles and solutions
Let’s try a little exercise. Pick your favourite action movie. You know the kind, one with explosions and goodies and baddies. Mine would probably be Die Hard. Bruce Willis is a cop with a failed marriage, who goes to see his wife in her workplace. Suddenly, the building is under siege and Bruce has a single, defined goal – he needs to save as many people as possible and defeat the baddies.
But reaching goals is difficult. Over the next 90 minutes Bruce gets shot at, tricked, chased and forced to say some of the tackiest lines in movie history. He knows what he wants to achieve, but he also knows that there are obstacles in his way. So how does he overcome them? By understanding what he might face and formulating a clear action plan.
My favourite moment in that movie is when Bruce is seemingly tricked by his nemesis, and hands him his gun. Thankfully, it is not loaded – because Bruce has identified the obstacle that stands in front of his goal – namely, getting shot – anticipated it in advance, and found a way to overcome it. That is the essence of making your team better.
Building a team is as exciting as Die Hard
Okay, maybe not! But the structure that lies behind every major action movie applies to every team building scenario – identify your clearly-defined goals, anticipate the obstacles that you will need to overcome, and then find an effective solution to keep you moving forwards. With an experienced facilitator who can help with every stage of the process, building a team can be fairly exciting after all. You can hear me talking more about my views on Team Building on our Youtube channel