Over twenty years, I have been head of four companies: a child, a youth, and two professional associations. As such, I could understand the importance of team building in depths.
Since my studios were always open to everyone, without any entry exams, my groups included remarkably diverse people. They were of different age, they demonstrated different talents, and they arrived with different motives and intentions. It is a highly complex task to make these people into welcoming, inclusive, and productive companies, to introduce new members year after year into cooperative work, and to solve emerging problems. I designed my current team building methods according to my experience mentioned before.
It is well known that a given group benefits from every social gathering: pure entertainment, a common solution to a challenge different from the group’s profile, or professional development. I consider all of these aspects fundamental: in my trainings, the primary goal is professional development and applicability while the most important instrument is carefree game. My main designed method is nonverbal theatre which is based on drama acting heavily building on the scientific fact that the combination of movement and intellectual abilities results in one of the most effective form of learning.
All of my trainings are different and are preceded by shared thinking, planning, and goal-setting with the Client (getting to know the participants, mapping the functioning and problems of the community, and identifying specific needs, tasks, and areas of improvement). My method can be used effectively as training for small or medium-sized enterprises, workplace communities, and multinational corporations on the level of the training for greater company structure units, for particular departments, or for only some employees.
The list of reasons and goals can be manifold, however, I consider utmost important that a strong relation between group members should be achieved by individual skills development through the better understanding of each other. Since, without appropriate self-image or self-understanding, cooperation is impossible.
Here are some non-exhaustive, potential goals possible to be achieved with the help of my team building trainings:
The duration and place of trainings are chosen in agreement with the Client according to the goals and possibilities of the particular type of training. A general team building programme takes 60-120 minutes, which makes it suitable to fit the training in the timetable of a conference, while a complex development training is advised to last for half a day, for a whole day, or for a series of occasions. In the case of certain types of training, I recommend a multiple-day, camp-like session: isolation from the ordinary by “creating our own world” reinforces the experiences and knowledge acquired together and it generates a shared identity, which increases the motivation for work.
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