Team Building

Experiential Learning - Still the most reliable method

When asked, most people can recall moments that stand out in their memories. Usually because they meant a great deal to us, whether good or bad. With experiential learning, we apply the same thinking. Our aim is to create team building experiences that people remember because they were "eye opening" or "powerful indicators" of performance improvement.

Our approach is not about playing games. It's about recreating workplace scenarios that enable us to see true behaviour in play. We then use guided facilitation to help teams enhance the way they think about, and interact with each other. As success builds, the learning embeds itself and new habits are formed.

experiential learning team building

Forming New Teams

It's not often that you start from scratch building a new team, so when you do get the chance it's important to do it well.

We help new teams to gain an early understanding of each other very quickly. An understanding we then use to explore how it can influence results and enhance performance success.

We do this through a blend of activity, psychometrics and focused facilitation. We can also support this where necessary with targetted coaching to support the early days of bedding in team behaviour and ways of working.

Team Development

The Team In Crisis

Unfortunately individuals don't always get along as well as we'd like, which in a team, can cause all sorts of disruption.

The biggest block to resolving team conflict is usually honesty, hopeness and respect. By the time a team has hit crisis, these things have usually gone and been replaced by politics and guardedness.

But here's the odd thing. In almost every instance when we've asked teams how many of them want the others in their team to fail, the response is the same "of course we don't". But yet, we'll deploy behaviours that show the opposite!

We help teams in crisis to approach openness and honesty in a safe, non-threatening way. By doing this, conflict is quickly replaced by respect and concern for each other. From this point it becomes easier to focus on positive behaviours to turn things around.

Team Building Activities

Project Teams

By definition, project teams come together for a period of time and then disband. Often they are led by a project lead or sponsor and they operate with dual reporting lines.

The difficulty faced with these teams is how to operate with different hats on. The project team may need to operate in a way that is different to how individuals may operate in their everyday reporting line. We help project teams to identify their ways of working and how to manage conflicting priorities before they become problems.

Project teams can also be quite diverse in the make up of individuals so it's important to spend time early on setting ground rules and benchmarks regarding behaviour and performance. Doing this when the team first comes together can help reduce problems down the line.

Developing Project Teams

Rewarding Teams

Team building is often used when a manager wants to address some issue with performance such as silo behaviour or conflict. But team building is also really efective when used with teams that are high performing.

Using team building as part of a reward provides both a fun activity with some learning benefit, which helps to justify the time and cost of doing it. You can add a social reward such as an evening meal as a tail end to your event. This kind of period reward has a direct affect on a team's motivation.

Team Away Days

Team Building Thoughts

Avoiding Silo Mentality

Silo Behaviour

Silos aren't created by accident. They are a conscious choice by individuals who are frustrated by others or the function within which they work. The silo is formed as a result of not having an effective way of tackling the frustration and therefore using avoidance behaviour.

To reduce silo mentality, we need to learn the skills required to effectively identify when personal frustrations may lead us to do things in a way that breeds silo behaviour and how to tackle these in a team environment.

The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey

When a team needs to transform, it can be a tough challenge. The Hero's Journey is a practical and inspiring step by step concept to help teams move away from their ordinary world (now) to the new world (destination). The concept identifies typical challenges teams must overcome such as the "Nemisis", which work to prevent change.

Using the Hero's Journey can help teams prepare for and avoid pitfalls and arrive at their goal sooner and in better shape.

  • Superdrug
  • Bakkavor
  • Env Agency
  • Santander
  • TNT Parcels
  • Homebase
  • Coty
  • Ikea
  • B&Q

Some of the companies we're proud to have worked for.

What people say about us.

  • I can't believe the transformation in myself in just three days. Even my kids have noticed the changes in me......for the better. Thank you for all you support and encouragement!

    JayneElectrical Retailer
  • I've been on lots of these tree hugging courses before, but I can honestly say this was the best and by far, most useful course I've ever attended. Hope to see you again!

    GeoffPharmaceutical Research
  • I was really apprehensive about attending the programme, but I can't believe it went so quick! I didn't want to leave it was that enjoyable. Hats off to Andy and the team, just brilliant!

    AmandaProfessional Services
  • The one to one coaching has done more for my career in six months than in the last 15yrs. I can't thank you enough. There is now a little Andy that lives in my head acting as my guide!

    MartinSmall Research Business
  • I've used countless training companies before, but none have come close to the level of rigor and effort you put into your programmes. I look forward to a great working friendship.

    GeenaInternational Sales Distributor
  • Our conferences are normally in swish hotels abroad where we are wined and dined. I would trade them everytime for another couple of days with you guys doing the activities in the woods. It was so much more useful!

    JustineCosmetics Distributor
  • I don't like change and I can be a stubborn git when I feel like it. Never has anyone told me to my face and done it in a way that totally made me want to change. Either you're a magician or an alien! Thanks again!

    TrevorMechanical Engineering Manufacturer
  • Thank you for a wonderful few days. It was great to meet new colleagues, break down those international silos and to learn a few things about myself too. Hope you'll do something in Germany soon!

    ViktorPower Generation