In her article, From paintball to peak performance – taking team days to the next level, Emma Johnson, our Client Service & Programme Director, points out that there’s an increased understanding of the role that outdoor and sporting activities can play in achieving business excellence. And, interestingly, it’s not about the survival of the fittest… or the fastest.
“Back in the day, when office team building was first led blinking and squinting out into the sunlight and fresh air, there was an awful lot of paint balling. An awful lot. But things have changed…,” she observes.
The basic premise was sound; take the team outside its comfort zone, deconstruct traditional hierarchies and ways of working. But effective team building and goal setting goes beyond competing and competition.
This thinking is behind our The Pulling Together workshop. Combining time on the water with indoor rowing challenges and held at the historic Marlow Rowing Club on the Thames, it is delivered by associate Ben Tipney and designed to highlight and reinforce the components of high performing teams.
It also answers some of the questions leaders and managers are often forced to ask: such as how you can have a room full of talent and still fail to land that big contract, or how your own ability to select people with leadership potential doesn’t automatically ensure success?
Ben Tipney was part of the GB Rowing Team and an international rowing coach. Now equally at home in the business world and a certified cognitive-behavioural coach, he spends his time identifying the factors that really drive human performance within organisations – particularly in team environments – and how to sustain that performance on a consistent basis.