Seldom does anything in the real world gets done without a team and yet the least amount of learning bandwidth is dedicated to this aspect of teaming, specifically in the context of corporate endeavours. A lot is said about the need for effective teaming but very little is done to deliberately learn and internalise teaming skills, and if any done, such efforts are fairly ineffective due to various reasons.
Here at Emeraldescapes, we have tried to address this aspect, drawing from our ‘over two and a half decades’ of working experience in enterprises of various size, stages of evolution and more importantly in the knowledge economy. With over 45 years of cumulative managerial experience (in Program Management and Human Capital Management) and years of research in to the aspect of teaming in the digital enterprise, we have developed TeemingTeamsTM, an intervention styled, team development learning methodology. A unique blend of hard and soft skills, delivered in inspiring off site locations, TeemingTeamsTM is one of a kind, group learning experience that’s insightful, easy to internalise as a team and yet – a lot of FUN.
There are two aspects to TeemingTeamsTM – Group Learning and Group Outing.
Call us and we would be happy to walk you through the details.
Early Stage Teams (Forming – Barriers elimination)
One of the most critical phases in any team’s lifetime is the period of formation of a team. Each individual member needs to embrace the rest of the individuals as collaborators, with adjustments needed in style, pace, energy levels and many other parameters for effective co-working. This crucial phase needs facilitation and intervention to help build “Trust” amongst the team members. Our methodology at EE encourages the team members to intermingle in an informal set up leading to self discovery as well as understanding and appreciation of the other individuals – accelerating the process of trust building amongst the team members.
Mid Life Teams (Norming – Effective co working)
This phase in a team’s life presents with a different set of challenges. Each individual in the team approaches work differently, is motivated to accomplish the designated task for different reasons, works at a different pace, energy levels vary through the day, brings a certain set of pre conceived notions due to social and other conditioning and many others. The emphasis at EE for teams going through this phase is to intervene with tools to help individuals identify these differences with the rest of the team and provide helpful tips on how to work around them to ensure the team’s success. Generous doses of individualized inputs on “Personal Leadership” are included to help each individual identify how they can approach situations differently, making changes to their actions such that the team emerges a winner across challenging situations.
Mature Teams (Performing – Successful collaborations)
All mature teams suffer from fatigue, a sense of taking one another for granted and the more destructive ‘erosion of trust’. The interventions at EE with teams in this stage include counseling sessions – both individual and groups for re establishing of trust, conflicts resolutions, and importantly personal leadership inputs that help individuals in the team deal with situations of low trust, to reach out to repair damaged relationships towards team’s success.
Transitions (Handovers, M&A etc)
Transitions are a routine aspect of business that might have their genesis in both internal and external factors. Each of the above triggers demand a different approach to facilitation of a smooth transition, often requiring use of techniques borrowed from the above 3 circumstances and more. The focus always is to ensure the transitions amongst the team members; leaders in the team or both and are handled with minimal loss of trust, quickly.
Leadership Coaching – for Students, Young Professionals and Mid Level Managers
A leader is mostly self made. Our effort at EE is to provide a mirror to such aspirants, using unique techniques and time tested methodologies to enable each individual identify their strengths and weaknesses, help build on their strength, identify behavior patterns that allow seamless collaborations with others, complementing their areas of weaknesses, a strong sense of ethics, tools and techniques to stay true to the path of ethical, emotional and intellectual integrity and much more. Each module is individually tailored to suit the needs of the budding professional.
Its often said (and experienced too) – “teams that play together – stay together”. Its therefore every productive team’s responsibility and right to get together with the team once while to PLAY. Often times, such get together are impromptu and also, to a certain degree, limited by the context in which its held as well as the location to be effective.
An ideal group outing should be in an inspiring place, with a relaxing set up, informal enough to get the team members to co habit for the duration of the outing, enough to know each other, providing adequate privacy and comfort while doing so. It should present with enough opportunities to engage and team with one another, some time in smaller groups over simple activities that help discover one other’s strength. It should be far away from the daily bustle to allow for the experience to sink in. It should NOT be scripted, spontaneous, yet engaging in a collaborative fashion, and above all, FUN.
At EmeraldEscapes our endeavor is to engender such group outings amidst the greenery (and the blue) of nature at Uttara Kannada and other emerald locations in Karnataka, nestled in simple yet comfortable home stays, providing ample opportunities for activities day long that are varied enough to keep all engaged, but requiring informal teaming and collaboration, leading to the discovery of the traits of a functional team – more importantly experience how it FEELS in an informal, self learning type of environment.
So the next time you plan a team outing – call us and we will make it a memorable one.