I was sure that, in the aftermath of the economic downturn and the "AIG Effect", we could finally say good riddance to companies using extreme activities as a substitute for real team building. Based on recent CNN report, this is not the case. I hope that some executives will come by and share their perspective.
Years ago, one of the top American bleach manufacturers had an interesting TV commercial featuring identical twins dressed in matching outfits. An announcer asked: "Do you see a difference?" The only difference was that each twin had used a different bleach. The announcer's question reminds me of some of the confusion in the team building industry.
The economy is slowly recovering. How does an executive inspire a team that's battle weary and encourage them to give those final pushes required to seize emerging growth opportunities? Targeted and focused business team building can be an indispensable arrow in your quiver.
If you want to create a team building session with a tropical theme, you can always plaster the room with travel posters, scatter beach balls around the room, play reggae and calypso music, serve drinks with umbrellas, and project images from a DVD. Somehow, this doesn't come close enough to the real thing for some participants. At one time, to give your team a tropical experience, you had to fly them to the Caribbean or Hawaii. Now, with the magic of technology, there are a number of places where you can create summer all year round.