There’s no denying it: teams that work well together are simply more efficient and productive. It’s all about trust and communication, which helps teams secure better results in the long term. And while there are various ways to help boost that cohesiveness, there’s nothing quite as fun as team building!
Purposeful team building activities offer tons of benefits for any organization, we’ve shared a few of the advantages below; and if you’re looking for ways to help your organization work better together, check out our picks for some of the best high-impact group activities for adults!
The Benefits of Team Building
Team games and exercises are the key to collaboration and cooperation between your staff members. These activities offer a wide range of advantages, both for individual members and for your organization as a whole:
Improved communication. Communication is vital for a high-performing team. During team building activities, employees get to know each other better, which allows them to feel more comfortable communicating verbally and non-verbally, even outside of team building.
Stronger trust. Team building participants relax and let their guard down, allowing them to learn more about each others’ values, perspectives, and abilities. The result is greater trust for their co-workers, whom they now know better than before.
Higher morale. Team building can help reinforce the value of fun in the workplace, boosting employees’ spirits and helping them learn about and bond with each other in a positive, low-stakes environment.
Increased respect. Through diverse and challenging activities, participants learn to respect each others’ strengths and weaknesses. And while the activities shouldn’t necessarily force corporate “leadership lessons” into the mix, good team building will also naturally increase respect for the organization as a whole—making it a great way to reinforce company culture.
Ongoing positive energy. Ideally, team building isn’t a “one-and-done” activity. Though it’s great to have bigger celebrations throughout the year, the best team building consists of ongoing activities that keep morale high, day after day.
Team Building Activities
Here are some great team-building activities to fit a range of purposes, whether you need something for a continual daily boost or a larger activity for a day-long event.
Quick Team Challenges
Even if you don’t have an entire hour for team building, your organization can still join the fun. Quick speaking activities like “Two Truths and a Lie” require no preparation. However, don’t hesitate to branch out to new favorites like “Frustration”, in which your team must pick up as many small candies as they can in one minute using only chopsticks—it’s fun to play and even more fun to watch! Other team challenges include games like “Keep the Balloons Up”, where teams are disqualified if their set of colored balloons touch the ground, and “Mine Field”, in which groups help a blindfolded teammate navigate marked areas on the floor.
Ongoing Team Building Ideas
Why leave team development for once a quarter, when you can easily incorporate activities throughout the week? With a few simple team building ideas, you can break up the day with exciting and insightful exercises. For example, set aside 5-10 minutes a day for ongoing challenges like pictionary or charades. Break up a game of pub trivia to last a full week, with one round taking place each day. Try holding simple word search or crossword puzzle races, challenging teams to finish what they can within a five-minute sprint. All of these games are great for engaging your people in small bursts, and you can easily mix and match teams as you go.
Team Development Outside of the Office
Ready to get out of the workplace? Take your people out for a fun team development activity at an escape room or laser tag, encouraging them to solve problems and build mutual trust. You can also head out for a scavenger hunt around a specific area of your city; create one yourself or use an online resource. Or try organizing a volunteer excursion to foster a shared sense of achievement. You can also reach out to a yoga studio to set up a meditation or yoga class to alleviate stress, help concentration, and boost productivity.
Team activities like these are a great way to improve company culture. If you’re interested in learning more about boosting your company culture, check out our recent blog!
A fresh perspective through team building can be a great way to enhance your organization’s efficiency and creativity, and it doesn’t hurt that these ideas are just plain fun. Pick one of these activities for a simple and effective team challenge.
So you finally took the plunge and started your own business…and you haven’t stopped hustling since. You’re working from a lengthy to-do list and putting in the hours, but you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for.
Statistics show that roughly 30% of new businesses fail within the first two years. If you aren’t seeing results, does it mean you’re doomed to capsize and sink? Before you completely change your business plan, take a step back. You may not need new strategies for business management but for stress management.
Manage Anxiety by Noticing Your Triggers
Owning a business can be terrifying, especially for a new business owner. There will be times when you’re tempted to throw in the towel and head home. The doubts don’t ever stop: you’re not an expert, people think you’re crazy, you’re too far out on a limb, you’ll never find the right customers. Even worse, it’s easy to find incredible success stories online, and it might start to feel like you must be doing something wrong. Shouldn’t your business have taken off by now?
This is your fear talking—and as a business owner, managing anxiety and overcoming fears can be the biggest challenges you’ll face. As you move forward, keep things in perspective and don’t allow your fear to rule your decisions.
One easy way to do this is by understanding what triggers your stress and anxiety. For example, do you feel instantly nervous once you’ve looked at your long task list for the day? Are you stressed over an upcoming presentation? Does it make you anxious to look at your company’s finances? Whatever the reasons for your stress, a little self-evaluation can be a big step toward better managing your mindset. Identify the situations that trigger your stress, list them out, and work on developing strategies to manage them using the rest of our tips.
When your business seems stagnant, it may seem tempting to start working 16-hour days to catch up, or to start throwing more money at whatever isn’t working. After all, not knowing how to move forward can feel overwhelming and stressful.
Unfortunately, many new business owners forget that great things take time, and success doesn’t happen overnight. All of the most successful entrepreneurs I’ve worked with understand this key point: a huge amount of external factors affect every business, and it can take a while to adjust and gain traction. As you start your business, remember that the goal isn’t instant change. You can’t put all of your efforts into succeeding now. Instead, be patient with yourself, treating your business like you would a major change to your habits. The goal is to improve bit by bit at a steady pace forever, instead of hustling at a rate that isn’t sustainable. Practice patience, and remember that consistent work offers consistent results.
Take Advantage of Self-Care Techniques
Work can be stressful, even if you love it—so it’s important to find ways to manage that stress. While really everyone should practice self-care, business owners may need it more than most. That doesn’t necessarily mean superfluous things like splurging on a shopping spree or a spa trip, but instead taking a little extra time to cultivate your own personal wellness:
- Eat well
- Exercise often
- Set a regular work schedule, if possible
- Take frequent breaks
- Get enough rest
- Leave your work at the office when you’re done
- Spend time with friends and family
- Take a vacation day every now and then
In addition, you should also add a few business-specific strategies to your playbook. These strategies will vary wildly depending on your business and your pain points, but there are a few tricks many new business owners can benefit from:
- Delegate your work more often
- Automate some of your simpler processes whenever possible
- Rank tasks on your to-do list based on priority
Simple stress management techniques like these can go a long way in relieving anxiety, whether you’re managing personal or work-related stressors.
Seek Help from a Pro
If you’re set on moving forward with your business despite severe stress or anxiety, it might be time to seek professional help from one of two arenas:
Therapy: Many successful business owners see therapists to manage their stress and anxiety, work on creating a better work-life balance, and resolve fears and self-doubt related to work. A therapist can also help identify any pressing issues and give you specific tools to help you combat stress.
Mastermind Group: We often think of mastermind groups as a resource for networking, strategizing, and brainstorming, but they’re also great for emotional support as well. Mastermind groups can help you feel less alone, and they also surround you with peers who understand the stress of owning a business—because they’ve been right where you are.
Whether you choose a professional therapist or a team of peer professionals, both of these options are great opportunities for learning to reduce stress and anxiety while enhancing your mood.
Don’t forget that even if you can’t see much growth happening, by whatever yardstick you’re using to measure your success, it doesn’t mean that you should overhaul your approach to your business. Keep checking in with your goals, measure your results, and go for consistent and sustainable work. Chances are, you’ll realize in time that this is exactly what you needed.
Organizational growth and development are exciting, thrilling, and at times absolutely terrifying. No matter what industry your company serves, you’ll reach a point where demand becomes more than your current capacity can handle, or where you simply need an extra push to better serve your clients’ interests as well as your own. When this happens, it’s time to reevaluate your organization and create a strategy to take your business to the next level. So how do you push the boundaries and keep moving forward? Read on to find out.
Cultivate a growth mindset.
Our beliefs shape our abilities, and a strong growth mindset can mean the difference between a business that simply gets by and one that truly thrives. As you run your business, it’s critical to trust in your own strengths and abilities, without allowing limiting beliefs to drag you down. This means recognizing your core talents and skills, as well as those of your organization as a whole. But a true growth mindset goes beyond recognition to emphasize, as the name suggests, growth. Focus on learning about your industry, your network, and your clients. Find a mentor to help you develop your strategy. Use challenges to propel you toward your goals. Learn from your mistakes and adapt your plans. No matter what you do, focus on constant growth to see the opportunity and potential in every failure and success.
Start where you want to end up.
It may sound contrary to what you’d expect, but it’s always best to start with the end result when determining how to reach your business goals. Having a clear goal in place, although it may be lofty and long-term, allows you to create milestone metrics for getting there. Do you want to increase your web traffic and customer conversion for your website? Great! Learn how creating quality content and using keywords can help. Make that a goal. Do you need a more efficient way for people to find that quality content on your site? Then rethink your site’s design and ease of use. That should be another metric to tackle early on. No matter what your growth model looks like, hit the problem head-on by imagining an ideal destination, and then chart a road map backwards from it.
Get out of your own way.
Sometimes, it’s true: we are our own worst enemy. When it comes to accomplishing our biggest goals, we sabotage our own efforts through self-defeating behavior, unrealistic expectations, or a lack of faith in our abilities. This struggle can drain away the energy we need to succeed—so as you tackle external challenges, it’s important to stay on top of your own habits and perspectives as well. This will look different for everyone: maybe you’re struggling with negative self-talk, maybe you’re a perfectionist who won’t delegate, maybe your self-doubt ends in procrastination, or maybe you dwell on past failures. Whatever the case, work on finding the beliefs and habits that are keeping you back—and then work on overcoming them.
Initiate and empower
Great leaders not only lead others, but they also let others find their passion within the organization and lead as well. Fostering initiative within your staff can bring about improved productivity and innovative, cost-effective solutions to your growth challenges. Reallocating key staff to new projects, while putting other projects on hold is another way to redirect your efforts without burning out your workforce. Human resource development is also essential. Does your HR team have the onboarding resources needed to ensure newly hired employees are successful? Are there clear communication guidelines in place between your departments? Do you have a clear decision making process in place? All of these questions should be considered because any of these issues can impede your organization’s growth. At Aim To Win, we specialize in creating effective growth coaching models and helping executives lead with success. Transform your team’s growth potential by contacting us today.
One last thought
By tackling your strategies, mindset, and processes, you can effectively surpass any plateau your business is facing and take your business to the next level. Use these strategies to develop and grow your organization, and keep pushing past your barriers to continue moving forward.
If you’re up-to-date on the lingo of the business world, you may have heard the term “mastermind” thrown around from time to time—even if you don’t know what it means. Mastermind groups are relatively new concepts, but they’ve quickly gained traction in recent years. Developed by Napoleon Hill in his 1937 book Think and Grow Rich, mastermind groups are a unique combination of networking, classes, and group coaching—though the result is something much greater than all of these. So what exactly is a mastermind group, how can they help you, and how do you join one?
What is a mastermind group?
Masterminds are groups of entrepreneurs, often from different industries, that commit to regular meetings to work on enhancing their business. The ultimate objective of these meetings is to help members navigate difficult business challenges using the collective insights and experiences of the larger group. Essentially, you can think of masterminds as peer-to-peer brainstorming and mentoring, often moderated to facilitate deep discussions. These groups typically offer guided opportunities for group education, designed to sharpen members’ skills.
How can mastermind groups enhance your business strategy?
There are many benefits to mastermind groups, but here are some of the key advantages:
- Deep networking. Networking is critical for businesses, and masterminds allow you to instantly add growth-minded peers to your network, fostering deep connections between incredible entrepreneurs. These are connections that you can easily draw upon for cross-promotion, collaborative projects, and business partnerships.
- New perspectives. While the other entrepreneurs in your group will be similarly business-focused, the combination of different members with unique experiences, strategies, and input may be exactly what you need to look at your own situation with new eyes. Tapping into these different opinions, skill sets, and perspectives will help you think bigger and broaden your horizons as you tackle your business challenges.
- Education and advice. With new connections comes a wealth of ideas and experiences to draw from—both for the sharer and for the group as a whole. In addition, mastermind groups typically offer education related to various areas of business strategy, allowing you to learn and discuss new strategies and approaches before you put them into practice.
- Community support. As an entrepreneur—and especially a solopreneur—it’s easy to feel alone in your business’s struggles. However, in a mastermind group, the other members have often been in your shoes, and they’re ready to support you as you grow! As a member of an exclusive community of carefully selected individuals, you’ll be in a great place to give and receive help as you work toward your career and business goals.
- Challenge and accountability. Mastermind groups are designed to challenge each other, holding each member accountable for creating their own success. Instead of simply struggling toward your commitments alone, you’ll find that a mastermind group helps you strategize the best way forward, works with you to prioritize and engage with your goals, and holds you accountable for actually following through.
- Feedback and brainstorming. Want a second, third, and fourth opinion? Mastermind groups give you instant access to objective feedback and constructive analysis on your new ideas, allowing the group to hone your ideas and direct your focus. You can also draw on the collective power of your mastermind group to throw out your biggest questions and problems during brainstorming sessions, meaning you’ll have creative insights on how to overcome your issues faster than ever before.
How do you find a mastermind group for your work goals?
Consider joining one of our mastermind groups! In-person groups are available in Phoenix, but we’d love to create a virtual experience if there’s enough interest, so contact us if you’d like to join one. We run small mastermind groups of 6-8 entrepreneurs, and the main criteria for joining includes a positive attitude, the ability to commit your time and effort to the group, and a willingness to work with entrepreneurs from any industry! Monthly meetings cover a range of business-relevant topics, and we also engage in challenge discussion sessions to brainstorm solutions to your pressing problems and work goals. Plus, our online forum gives you additional opportunities for support.
We’d love for you to join us, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more info! You can also check out our other blogs about building work strengths for more ways to improve your skills.
You’ll be surprised at just how much a mastermind group can do for you, both professionally and personally. The right group can profoundly shape your life as well as your success, so it’s definitely worth considering.