Team building and away days

Experienced facilitators for awaydays, conferences, strategy and budget planning meetings

How away days can help build and maintain high performing teams without them getting covered in mud

Team building needs: A professional facilitator who understands team processes and can introduce relevant activities and skills training will ensure that a fun activity or event is also a powerful learning experience.

In today's environment teams take many forms. Technology and geography lead to 'virtual teams' that might never physically meet. Projects require rapid formation of teams for a short term activity, and increasingly teamworking occurs across departments. This means that team building and team skills training are an important and recurring activity.

The amount of performance improvement that is possible from turned on teams is not small – it is enormous."       Tom Peters

For many organisations, the term "team building" implies a fun activity (possibly involving mud!), in which people get out of the office and do some 'bonding'. But developing team work and team skills, and building high performing teams requires a far more comprehensive approach. With outcomes agreed in advance and full involvement of participants in an open session at the beginning, a skilled facilitator will be able to design a programme for a team awayday or corporate retreat that achieves the ideal mix of communication, strategy and learning that will take the team to a higher level of performance.

A comprehensive approach to team building

Team building for high performance requires a comprehensive approach. Depending on where the team is, this could include learning how teams are formed, psychometric profiling of team members, communication skills, anaylsis of team processes, and group work on vision, mission and values.

Here is a selection of some of the skills that support effective teams: -

  • Understanding team processes
  • Forming, storming, norming and performing
  • Communication
  • Goal setting
  • Developing a team identity
  • Developing shared vision, mission and values
  • Understanding team roles
  • Discovering and interpreting personal profiles
  • Setting well formed outcomes
  • Negotiation
  • Decision making
  • Giving and receiving feedback

Outcomes should include well formed teams with shared goals and values, congruent with those of both individual members and the organisation, and individuals with new transferable skills.

What do you get?

Brefi Group organises and facilitates group meetings, away days, workshops and conferences internationally. We have worked in North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, often in exciting locations.

Our customer-designed packages include: -

  • Venue search, negotiation and booking
  • Pre-briefing and agreement of outcomes
  • Design and approval of the programme
  • Organisation and administration
  • Preparation of materials
  • Management and facilitation of main event
  • Provision of keynote speakers, where required
  • Workshops and breakout sessions
  • Review, action planning and follow-up commitments
  • Photographs and visual record
  • Meeting report

We ensure that each event is structured to achieve a previously agreed outcome, but is flexible and responsive enough to deal with whatever arises, whether it be a business issue or inter-personal. We produce lots of flip chart sheets!

The best place to work on team building is in a different environment. Find out more about team building awaydays and residential retreats on dedicated pages elsewhere on this web site.

What to do next

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If you are planning an event and would like to discuss how a facilitator could help you, contact us or give us a call on +44 (0) 121 288 3417.

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