Last year, I took a stab at forecasting what lay ahead for corporate team building. Here are the projections that came true. Unfortunately, they don't bode well for 2014.
I stumbled across the following Dempster's Healthy Way® Bread commercial on YouTube. In fact, at first I didn't realize it was for bread. I thought that a company had created it to show appreciation for their top performers. What a cool way to say thank you.
When certain elements are missing, team building is less than effective. Definitely, an effort is made to include each and every one of these elements for every team building initiative. Unfortunately, many clients are totally resistant to including some or all of these elements. Including these elements will require a total of 40 - 60 minutes from the CEO (i.e. about 20 - 30 minutes with the CEO before the session, 10 - 15 minutes during the session and 10 - 15 minutes immediately after). Any CEO who is not prepared to invest this much time to ensure that team building is effective is simply not serious about it. When this level of commitment is missing, there is a high liklihood that team building will be ineffective.
In large corporations, corporate politics (with its accompanying turf wars and power struggles) seems to be inevitable. These dynamics are not limited to large profit-making corporations. Unfortunately, I don't have a magic bullet that will eliminate turf wars but I do have some ideas about what is behind some of the in-fighting and a few ideas for leadership practices that can reduce it. The following suggestions will help executives and senior team leaders avoid practices that foster a climate of fear, insecurity and mistrust that fuels in-fighting.