Monumental wins are rarely a one man effort. Even the smaller, every-day accomplishments can’t happen without a little team work. It takes a group working toward a common goal to surpass last year’s sales. It takes clear communication and everyone playing their part to make that family road trip the blast you imagined it to be. At home or in the office, it takes a team.
So how do a group of individuals become a team; by practicing the basics of good team work. Each team member needs to have a clear vision of the goal and approach. They must know their role and understand everyone is accountable to each other. To practice these fundamentals in a fun and healthy environment try taking your team for a hike. Good exercise and sunshine is an added benefit of this team building exercise.
Team Hike How To:
- Set a goal by choosing a trail and a travel time to beat
- Choose roles for each team member: Someone should be a leader, a time keeper, a map reader/navigator, a scout ahead leader to ensure the trail is clear, and a sweeper to ensure the group stays together. You can create more roles as necessary
- The leader should explain the approach to the team and remind everyone they must all finish together
- Once you’ve completed your hike, be sure to recognize the group’s success by acknowledging the distance and elevation covered: If appropriate: Use a hash tag and encourage team members to take photos and post to social media
- Take time to draw parallels between the challenges and accomplishments that took place on the trail and in the challenges and accomplishments in your family or organization
- Congratulate each team member on an individual job well done
- Extra fun: Use a variety of energy bars for an Oscar-style awards show at the end of the hike to recognize each team member for their unique contribution
To bring your team together in health and fun and plan your adventure now. Always make safety a priority and keep Leave No Trace principles in mind.