Team Building

Does Your Team Need Team Building Activities?

Does Your Team Need Team Building Activities?

Team building is an organized effort to improve the effectiveness of a team through team building activities. For team building to be effective all members of the team need to be committed to the idea. Team building can be prescribed for any team that needs help and is struggling to work together. It is also an effective way to reward a winning team and to further galvanize a team that is already working well together. Team building should never be approached as a once-off event though, but should always be seen as an ongoing process.

Benefits of Team Building Activities

The benefits of team building activities are many, the following are some of them:

  • Team building activities improve productivity and motivation  .
  • Team building activities can help increase your team’s ability to solve problems.
  • Team building activities help break down personal and political barriers.
  • Team building activities can help level the playing field between outgoing and shy team members.
  • Team building activities can help teams overcome performance problems.
  • Team building activities can help improve communication between team members.
  • Team building activities encourage cooperation among team members.

Disadvantages of Team Building Activities

The following are some of the challenges associated with team building activities:

  • For team building activities to be successful you need expert team building facilitators.
  • Part-time team members may have conflicting feelings about the amount time team building activities take.
  • If there are several levels of management on the team, the team members may be reluctant to open up.
  • Some of the team building exercises may involve touching or physical movement which can make some team members uncomfortable.

Choosing the Right Team Building Activities

There are many choices of activities to foster team building. Which you choose depends upon your assessment of the team, the skill sets of the members, the amount of available time, geographical considerations or constraints, and the team’s objectives. You also have to take the weather into consideration and decide if the activities will have to be done indoors or outdoors. The Amazing Place place offers indoor activities such as Minute to Win It, Murder Mystery, Drumming, Art Workshop and Creative Construction. Outdoor activities at The Amazing Place include Potjiekos Cooking Competition, Tribal Survivor Challenge, SA Mini Olympics, Corporate Fun Day, Boeresport, Sports Day and Hitting the Target.

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The Benefits of Group Drumming Activities

The Benefits of Group Drumming Activities

Have you ever considered Group Drumming as a team building option for your team but you are unsure of the benefits of this activity? To help you make your decision, we have put together the following list of benefits of Drumming as a team building activity.

Group Drumming Includes Everybody

Group Drumming incorporates everybody regardless of gender, age, race or nationality. Participants do not need any special talents or abilities. Drumming is universal and transcends cultural and language barriers. It is interesting to not that most cultures have some form of drumming tradition.

Group Drumming Helps to Reduce Stress

Studies have shown that drumming activities produce feelings of well-being and create a sense of deep relaxation. Group Drumming helps to reduce stress in participants and is known to lower the blood pressures of the individual drummers.

Group Drumming Helps the Team Connect with Each Other

Group Drumming activities create a sense of community among the participants. It is a very successful team building tool that teaches groups to work together and encourage communication.

Group Drumming Improves Morale

Group Drumming improves morale and motivates participants. Employees that are motivated get along better and absenteeism decrease. Studies have shown that participants of drumming activities also undergo significant mood improvement

Group Drumming Encourages Creativity

The drumming participants are encouraged to stop rational thinking and start feeling the rhythm. Both left and right brain thinking is stimulated, promoting creative thinking.

Group Drumming Improves Communication

Drums were used as one of the earliest forms of communication over long distances. Group drumming activities improve group communication amongst the participants. During the activities the participants experience a sense of connectedness as they work towards a common purpose. Drumming highlights the importance of non-verbal communication and participants are also tested on their ability to follow instructions correctly.

Group Drumming is Fun

Drumming activities release endorphins in the brain, which is the cause of feelings of happiness and euphoria. Even the most reserved members of your team will not be able to resist joining in the fun of beating away on their drums. Drumming is a fun activity that brings the whole team together.

Group Drumming Encourages Cooperation

In Group Drumming, every member of the team is encouraged to participate. It is important that all the participants work together in harmony, making the role of each individual indispensable. Drumming creates a sense of connectedness among the team members.

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The Origins of Potjiekos

The Origins of Potjiekos

Potjiekos has become ingrained in South African culture. Cooking up a potjie has evolved into a uniquely South African social happening, with a popularity only matched by the iconic South African braai. But let us have a look how Potjiekos came to be such an institution in South Africa.

With the arrival of the first Dutch settlers in the Cape, came their tradition of cooking food in heavy cast iron pots. These pots hung from the kitchen hearth above the fire. Before the arrival of the settlers, migrants to Southern Africa had learned the use of the cast iron pot from Arab traders and later the Portuguese colonist.

Cast iron pots were ideal for cooking food as they were able to retain heat well and only needed a few coals to keep the food simmering for hours. The pots allowed steam to circulate instead of escaping through the lid making them ideal for cooking tender roasts and stews. Ingredients were kept simple with meat, potatoes and some vegetables.

These cast iron pots perfectly suited the nomadic lifestyle of the indigenous tribes and Voortrekkers during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Voortrekkers traveled with their pots hooked under their wagons. The pots and their contents protected with a layer of fat. When the wagons stopped at the end of the day, the pots were unhooked and the available meat was stewed with potatoes and vegetables.

Today, cooking up a potjie, has evolved into a social happening where family, friends and work colleagues can enjoy spending time together with good food. Potjiekos Cooking Competitions have also become popular team building events. Teamwork, healthy competition and good food combine to create the perfect event for teams to get to know each other better and forge strong bonds.

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Building a Winning Team

Building a Winning Team

To build a winning team, you need two essential ingredients. Number one is a common goal, and number two is the ability to communicate that goal. A group of people is not a team just because they wear the same uniform. Unity of purpose, not uniformity, is the key to successful teamwork. You can have a team full of talent, but there will not be teamwork if every team member does not share the goals of the team.

Winning Teams Play to Win

A winning team is a team that plays to win. Attitude alone often is the difference between winning and losing. Playing to lose is not a winning strategy. The difference between playing to win and to play not to lose is often the difference between a successful team and a mediocre team.

Winning Teams Take Risks

Winning teams are teams that are not afraid to take risks. It is far better to try and fail, than to fail to try.

Winning Teams Keep Improving

Winning teams always continue to try harder even when they have reached the top. It is not easy to stay on top. Teams who reach the top tend to try and maintain their position and hang on to the glory. This is a big mistake as there is always someone below hungry enough for victory and willing to make the necessary sacrifices. It is often easier to win when you have nothing to lose.

Your team must be taught that the highest reward for improvement is not what you get for it, but what you become as a result of it.

Team Members in a Winning Team Care for Each Other

Winning teams consist of team members who care for each other. They support each other and are constantly looking for ways to enhance each other.

Inspiring Your Team to Success

The essence of leadership is to inspire others to work as a team towards a common objective. The leader of a team inspires the team members by exemplifying a positive and hopeful attitude. They motivate the team by reminding them of the overall vision and importance of accomplishing the goal. When leaders communicate clear expectations, they give the team members the freedom to be creative. Leaders express inspiration when they believe in their team. A winning team knows that their leader has total confidence in them.

Resource: Be a People Person by John Maxwell

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Inspirational Quotes You Can Use to Motivate Your Team

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Quotes are a very helpful motivational tool to use in team building. Timeless words, spoken by people who impacted this world for good, inspire us to do our best and never give up. The team at The Amazing Place has put together some of their favorite quotes which you can use to motivate your team. Please feel free to use them and share them with your friends and colleagues.