12 Most Impactful Questions a Teambuilding Event Will Answer
Groups may schedule a teambuilding event for a variety of impactful reasons, and for each intended purpose there are questions that a quality event will answer. Whether it is meant to address a specific issue that the group has been experiencing, to build stronger relationships and rapport amongst their people, or to develop their leadership and listening skills, a teambuilding event can be an impactful and enjoyable way to improve your organization and inspire better teamwork.
While the event will certainly answer questions about your organizations communication and leadership skills, the most powerful questions that any team building event will answer are the internal ones that each of your people will experience. It is how your people respond internally to the following questions that determine the true impact of your event…
1. Do you lead or follow — and when?
Great leaders are first strong followers who are willing — even enthusiastic — about allowing others to grow into and experience the pride of ownership and power of initiative that strong organizations develop in their people. When given the opportunity, do you insist on being the person in the spotlight, or do you look for ways to build and acknowledge leadership from others in your organization?
2. Do you follow rules or bend them?
Cheating is always a temptation — and the higher you climb up your ladder of success and influence, the more significant the consequences for doing so become. But the truth is that cutting corners only creates more corners. When presented with the chance to “get away with something,” do you maintain the integrity you want others to emulate?
3. Do you speak up or listen first?
Some people talk because they have something to say, while others talk because they have to say something. Do you have the discipline and wisdom to learn from other’s suggestions and ideas, or does your pride and impatience take over?
4. Do you see the big picture or focus on the details?
The world needs both of these people. The big picture person is often a visionary and vague idea person, while the detail oriented person is more concerned with specifics and measurements. Knowing which you are is important, so that you can surround yourself with others who compliment your style with its opposite.
5. Do you respect and value teammates’ opinions?
Emerson wrote that “every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” As a leader, and as part of a team, it is tremendously important to make others feel that they are making a significant contribution to the group. Without allowing, and valuing, their input, you are encouraging their eventual apathy.
6. Do you have a positive or destructive inner voice?
We all have an internal playlist of voices or thoughts or mental videos that we replay in our minds. When you are placed in a difficult situation, does that inner voice support and encourage and reassure you, or does it feed your negativity and doubts?
7. Do you focus on problems or solutions?
Too many teams have members who are talented at identifying and announcing problems, but then wait for someone else to provide the solution. Instead of shouting that “somebody ought to do something about _____,” the true leader makes a decision to BE that somebody and will seek and then take action on a viable solution.
8. Do you communicate effectively with others?
The single most significant determiner in the quality of your life is the quality of the relationships you build with others. Communication is about clearly and compassionately sharing information. Communication is a two-person dance, but if you are too gruff and terse, or too quiet and shy, your rapport and relationships and ultimately your ability to influence and develop others will suffer…
9. Do you choose to have fun, even in adversity?
Everything you experience is an opportunity for growth and appreciation. You choose your attitude and how often you will smile. Even in adversity, when things are not going well, can you find something to be thankful for? Do you lighten the mood and remember to enjoy the journey, or have you been a bit too serious for your team’s own good?
10. Do you handle frustration well?
Everyone experiences frustration, but it is how you respond to it that determines the outcome of that moment. Do you see frustration as a gift that offers valuable insights into how you can best change and adapt to your situation and succeed, or is frustration a brick wall that you find yourself often succumbing to?
11. Do you appreciate others’ talents or go it alone?
The true benefit of teamwork is in taking advantage of other’s talents and support to accomplish more than we could ever hope to alone. Are you a renegade lone-ranger who wants to climb Mount Everest alone, or do you recognize and lean on the strengths of those around you?
12. Do you take responsibility or seek others to blame?
Victims are consumed with finding someone else who is responsible for their circumstances, while victors are quick to claim ownership of their decisions and the role they played in creating their surrounding situation. The more you claim responsibility, the more power you give yourself by recognizing the influence you have not only on your own decisions but on the decisions of those around you as well. A strong leader will accept blame and deflect praise to build loyalty and pride in his people.
The answers that your team may internally provide themselves during a day of team building challenges when they consider these questions will offer valuable feedback that often becomes a catalyst for change. Your organization will enjoy laughter and lessons and benefit from a business teambuilding event in many ways, but the greatest impact will be the answers it provides your people to the questions above.
Leadership development is a requirement for every successful organization. You want your people to reflect on their behaviors and learn to value their strengths and allow others to contribute according to their talents.
Better communication skills are almost always a desired outcome for team building events — and the most significant conversations we have are internal ones. When considering a team building event, or when analyzing the impact of one you have previously experienced, be sure to include the worth of the above questions in your valuation.
What have you done or participated in for better team building?
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