Off Site or On Site?

Team development and training doesn’t need to involve the use of often costly venues and the requirement to move teams around the country. A great deal of what Quest offers can be delivered at the clients premises therefore ensuring minimum disruption; minimum time away from the business and maximising the value of budgets. Sound interesting? 

On Site Overview

The objectives for the on-site were: To discuss and reflect on what makes high performing teams; to take the opportunity to practice effective communication in a practical situation and reflect on what worked well and what needed amending; to take the opportunity to work at a tightly time-bound activity, and meet all of the exacting requirements of that activity.

The following was delivered for the second consecutive year for a group of 30 international graduates from one of the UK’s major engineering companies as part of their induction fortnight last September. It was all delivered at their offices, utilising two training rooms and a small area of outdoor space. 

On-Site Activities

Theory ~ Patrick Lencioni wrote his now famous book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team back in 2002, but the critical lessons on what makes a high performing team are still as fresh now as they were 15 years ago. This On-site opened with a brief introduction of the theory, and then moved on to some self-led discussion based on images of a range of recognised high performing teams from US Firefighters; the Fijian Rugby Sevens ’16 Olympics Gold Medal winning team, and a Japanese surgical team.

Practice ~ Some insightful and thought provoking discussions led neatly onto the first experiential exercise, Designer, Builder and Supervisor. This is based on effective communication, but also gave the opportunity to practice and experience that most important characteristic of a high performing team, Trust.

On a logistical note, the exercise was run outdoors this year, although in 2015 it was delivered very successfully indoors across the space of two training rooms. Flexible!

More Practice ~ The conclusion of Designer, Builder and Supervisor, generated more valuable discussion before moving onto the main experiential exercise of the day, TV Newscast, which provided the opportunity to practice the whole gamut of the high performing teams characteristics, but especially the following:

Attention to Results - This exercise demands that a range of specific performance criteria are met, namely using a critically time-bound preparation period to maximum effect; delivering the actual product as a highly time sensitive package. Attention to results was crucial.

Accountability – TV Newscast is designed to be delivered with big sub-teams, 15 to 20 works very well, and dissemination of lots of key information to all team members quickly and effectively is crucial. The new graduate inductees had the opportunity to practice assigning roles and tasks, and then holding team members accountable for what they delivered.

Reflection ~ Once again this was an intense and full afternoon of theoretical and experiential team building, and all delivered at the clients offices. The graduates made full use of the time set aside at the end of the afternoon for further self-led reflection on what had been discussed at the beginning of the session and how they had been able to practice that during the experiential sessions. An afternoon of enjoyable and inclusive learning.

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