You learn about each other on a personal level– strengths and weaknesses, different backgrounds. You’re better able to understand and value others– and yourself– as individuals with varied experiences, thoughts and philosophies.
A team building workshop provides that common experience for a group of coworkers.
Imagine you’re in an arena with a couple of horses roaming around. You and your team are asked to move one of the horses from its current spot in the arena to a position opposite that. How will your team accomplish this task?
Let me give you a hint: The patterns that occur in the office will become evident in how the team works with the horses.
At our workshops, I hear time and time again, “That’s just how it happens at work!” Suddenly and simultaneously, everyone else becomes aware of what the problem is. Once the problem is known, a solution can be found.
A common experience where people “see” the same thing at the same time from the same perspective is incredibly powerful!
One team realized they had been willing to sit around and watch other team members struggle. Another team realized that the nitty gritty details were severely hindering their ability to fulfill the vision they had for themselves. The team in this 20 second video clip became aware that there were outside issues that were driving their organization off-course.
What issues might you be having that you may not even be aware of?
This kind of insight can be applied to more than just one problem. Going forward, the whole team now has a context they can apply to many areas of their work. One of our clients told us, “We use the metaphor of ‘moving the horse’ quite a bit here. It’s become part of our spoken culture.” Other clients have similar reports regardless of industry or business type.
As we come into the holiday season, I hope you’ll consider a gift of a shared experience for your team. Your 2012 will surely benefit!
We offer complimentary taster sessions so you can experience the power of the horses for yourself. Contact us today to reserve your spot in the arena.