Team Building Workshops

Hello, I’m James Allen. One of my favourite things to do is to help teams work better together in team building workshops.

As a team building facilitator, I get a lot from seeing a team go through an active process to build trust, get clear on roles and responsibilities, communicate effectively and optimise their collective abilities.

Collaboration is really important. Over the past twenty years, the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has grown by over 50%.

But a great team is not just a group of great individuals: how a team works together is actually more important than who’s on the team.

So – the secret is really quite simple: great teams work hard at being a team. A great team building workshop can be a really effective process to get team members aligned behind a clear purpose, with defined goals and roles.

As a team building facilitator, it’s my job to help you do this as effectively as possible.

What makes a great team?

While each team is different, there are a number of common factors that go together to deliver a high level of performance. Number one is Psychological Safety: a safe, trusting environment where team members feel comfortable and confident enough to take risks and show vulnerability without feeling insecure or embarrassed.

Next comes Dependability: you need to be able to count on your colleagues to get things done on time and to a high standard. At the same time, Autonomy is important: people in high-performing teams generally have the authority and discretion to do their best work without being micromanaged. Hand in hand with this goes Equality: each person’s ideas build on those of others, and it doesn’t matter who contributed what. Everybody takes equal ownership of success and failure.

Structure & Clarity is important to keep everyone on the same page and pulling in the right direction, therefore clear goals and roles are essential. Great teams are clear on everyone’s strengths, weaknesses and special skills, and recognise and celebrate the diverse personalities within the group. A great way to achieve this is through focusing on brilliant Communication: proactive and clear communication helps team members work together effectively by eliminating misunderstandings, information gaps and duplicated effort.

Finally, and perhaps most important, comes Meaning & Impact: team members benefit greatly from a clear sense that they are working on something personally meaningful, that matters and creates change. Key to keeping a team motivated in this area is a sense of momentum, a feeling of clear progress made on important projects.

Your team building workshop

I’ll work with you to design a suitable session that will benefit your team. Getting me on board as a team building facilitator enables you to experience the session with your team, rather than feeling wholly responsible for leading and driving the agenda. You’ll be free to bond and integrate with your team as much as you like.

Team building workshops enable team members take part in a number of facilitated discussions and activities to explore the topics and challenges most relevant to your team. The workshop can be weighted towards different topics depending on the specific areas you’re looking to develop.

“We gave James plenty of information about our objectives and goals. He used this information to totally tailor the programme around our team and the individuals in it.”

David Knowles, ThinkBDA