Less is More

Quest has been helping organisations to build high performing teams for over twenty years, and in that time we have learned a fundamental fact: Enabling teams to have a clearer understanding of what makes a high performing team and giving them an opportunity to practice that does not have to be time consuming or complicated. Straightforward challenges delivered in a short sharp burst can be hugely beneficial, as was demonstrated recently in a two hour slot for an international software company. 

Trust is the Glue of Life: Trust is the glue of life is part of a quotation by the world famous businessman Stephen Covey. In his book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” Covey went on to talk at length about how trust in teams is built through team members knowing one another. Quest has a number of ways to facilitate this process for teams, and will use the most relevant activity based on the clients’ objectives. During a recent break-out team build for one of the world’s biggest software companies, Quest made very effective use of an activity called Three Truths & One Lie. This is a terrific way of getting team members to disclose some information about themselves to their team-mates, but in a way that is humorous and light-hearted. Keep a look out in future Quest News articles for information on other ways that the building of trust within teams can be forged or reinforced.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, was an observation originally made some two thousand four hundred years ago by the Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle, and it could possibly be argued that the concept of teams and team building was born way back then. Whatever the validity of that argument, the concept of the power of individuals being stronger and more effective when working together is proven fact, and Quest has a huge range of experiential exercises designed to demonstrate and reinforce that..  One particularly effective exercise designed to be run indoors, either as a break-out session or linked with other activities is one called Ticker Sign Challenge. This involves sub-teams of 7 working together to operate giant ticker sign models. Using their ticker signs they compete against the other sub teams in a quiz, and then they collaborate with the other sub-teams to spell out themed words and phrases. A real working example of Aristotle’s words, and used with great effect recently as a follow-up to the trust building exercise mentioned above.

Working Together is Success.
Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success,” and there is no better way for a team to experience this than through some experiential team building exercises.  The Ticker Sign Challenge exercise that Quest recently delivered for the soft-ware organisation mentioned above is one that provides a tangible and highly visible demonstration of how good life can be when teams work together. Not only do teams experience how working together brings success, but by watching the film of what they did immediately afterwards, they get to see it too. Powerful stuff!


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