Play with a purpose
The development of teams has encountered a fairly large plot twist over the last 2 years. With most companies forgoing all investment in the health of teams. Given the shift to work from home and online meetings, I’m not surprised. Most organizations have been simply trying to sort out how to have folks work from home. Granted, a number of morale type online services emerged on the scene i.e. online scavenger hunts, digital goose chases, virtual escape rooms, etc. And I’m sure many companies have engaged in that style of morale building. However, morale building is but one piece of the overall plan for encouraging and maintaining healthy team dynamics.
The emergence of online team building workshops.
Our industry, has been focused on in-person events for as far back as I can recall. The shift to online has been an interesting challenge. One that, in my opinion, many service providers have fallen short on. How does one engage participants, in a browser, in ways that make meaningful contributions to team growth? From my perspective, by taking a page out of the MMO or MPORP game realms. Remember games like dungeons and dragons? Everquest? EVE Online? It is here that we see the footprint for engaging, collaborative content that presents puzzles that require conversation, planning, and strategy. The requirements mirror many of the in-person activities we use to foster conversation, reflection, and forward thinking. By porting puzzles and problem solving activities to a whiteboard environment, we begin to see a path for online activities that match with our hands-on learning style.
Couple activities like these with modules focused on communication skills, situational awareness, emotional intelligence, and you begin to see a unique process emerge. Team Development in 2022 will be a fascinating journey. EBTD is committed to exploring this new environment and offering developmental support to organizations that recognize sitting still is not a strategy when it comes to human development.
Where to begin?
I recommend one of two options as a square one:
4 hour Essentials or 4 hour True Colors
The essentials is focused on fostering a conversation about what members feel are the essential elements of a healthy team. This workshop emphasizes the use of activities and games in order to guide participants towards the conversation and reflection. Fun and laughter are central to the experience, even as our function as facilitator shifts towards a deeper level of essentials discussion.
The True Colors Intro is a dive into what makes us who we are, how we prefer to relate, interact, communicate, and recharge. By investing in helping people understand self, we also help them understand other and that is at the root of healthy dynamics. It is a fun and fascinating exploration that ultimately fosters good communication within the work environ, and at home.
The Essentials Basic Workshop is a unique learning environment that helps people take a look at themselves and discuss what makes a good team great. The end result? Social connection, heightened interaction, and stronger teamwork.
Cost $150 pp
The True Colors Basic Workshop sets the foundation for truly gaining insight into yourself and your peers. Together, we’ll explore what makes each of us tick and help people take a look at themselves while examining behavioral dynamics and gaining a fresh outlook on how people prefer to go about being.
Cost $220 pp
Note: Our workshops are designed for use with Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The workshops are compatible with current browsers: Chrome, Edge, Brave, and Safari.
These workshops draw from our recommended Roadmap for development.