In modern times, many of the skills that are important for business and professional success are also ones that foster good relationships. To be effective in today's highly interconnected world, people must learn to cooperate and communicate with each other. So it's no surprise that many organizations arrange team-building activities to foster better relationships and open communication. These skills translate into productivity.
According to Margaret Wheatley in her seminal text, Leadership and the New Science, "The era of the rugged individual has been replaced by the era of the team player." She goes on to say that "leading an organization requires attention to the web of relationships through which all work is accomplished."
Even in middle school and high school, students are often required to participate in "outdoor education" programs which require collaborative efforts. Tasks are designed to get students working together in ways that foster cooperation. For example, a typical challenge for a class of middle schoolers is for the whole class to get over a wall that is too high for some. They could only succeed as a group if they helped each other.
Barb conducts a team building workshop
using Latin Dance
Barb conducts a team building workshop with the Baltimore Ravens Cheer Squad
In the corporate world, all kinds of activities are used as methods of pulling groups together. But music, dancing, improv, and fun games and challenges offer a spirit and fun that goes a long way. And Bernstein and Kaunitz ensure that the activities chosen will directly help the participants with issues in the work environment. They design programs to address the unique issues that the management identifies.
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Copyright: 2003 by Barbara Bernstein
"A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of the others."
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you."
THE INSTITUTE FOR
THROUGH LATIN DANCE
Above: Teaching at a government office at lunchtime.