Last week, we discussed the four elements that make up a team: The Group Leader, Individual Contributions, Mutual Purpose and Outcome, and Cohesion.
This week we break down how traveling together builds teams and how we can help you become the creative and mindful group leader you’ve always desired to be.
Let’s continue our discussion on cohesion. It’s needed to bond a group, but where does it come from? It springs from the passion we share for a certain activity, mission, or cause; this bonds the group together.
The act of doing the activity you love, or working for the cause you care about creates the cohesion needed for a highly functional team. This comes from working, playing, or socializing together often, and understanding each person’s strengths and weaknesses thus knowing how each person will contribute to the team.
For a business, a path to team building would include socializing regularly together outside of work. Social interaction is necessary to get to know teammates on a more personal level. Understanding what motivates an individual at work involves knowing his or her personal interests and concerns.
Social interaction begins to build another level of trust between team members outside of work. A next step for a business may be an offsite work day. Taking the team away from the daily workplace can spark inspiration, enhance collaboration, and increase efficiency as you hunker down and accomplish the task at hand.
How can a business or group take its team building to an even higher level? How do you create even more cohesion? You can achieve this by taking the team out of its normal environment and applying just a little bit of intensity and expectancy.
Military units stress their teams with extensive training exercises prior to a deployment. The intent is to force the group to rely on each other for accomplishments of daily (often dangerous) tasks, thus tightening the bonds between individuals, bringing the group closer, and building the trust needed to deploy a team to a combat zone.
We’re suggesting a much gentler and fun version of this removal from the everyday environment by traveling together. Though not by any means a military deployment, travel to new places can cause anxiety for several people. Unfamiliar surroundings and language can discourage people from going to explore a new country.
But what if you went with your team or group? What if your strength for adapting to new environments and routines complimented your golf or business partner’s tendency towards anxiety in these situations?
He or she would become stronger as an individual from your support, and the bond between you would strengthen from the trust built upon the shared experience. These types of interactions happen between multiple people on different occasions in a single group on one trip. You’ve created cohesion.
The group returns home and is much stronger than if they had never traveled together. An annual trip with your team is a fun way to build and maintain relationships and see the world.
These trips do not have to be far away or that long. But we will say that the farther you get away from a person’s comfort zone, the greater the opportunity for personal and team growth.
So how specifically can we help you build your team for your group retreat or vacation? In addition to our expertise in mindfulness and planning group travel, we have extensive knowledge and experience in creative coaching and leadership.
Through our retreat design process, we can help you tap into your inner creator that’s bursting at the seams with delicious and rich content to share with your followers. We’ll help you discover your individual leadership style and how to maximize your strengths to inspire others. Together we’ll create an adventure of a lifetime for you and your group.