If you are looking into having team building courses for the betterment of your team, then do with the right goals and expectations in mind. You can’t just see it as a fun weekend activity or a chance for you to get out of the office for a day or so. It is a time for you to hash out any differences within the group and begin working to improve your skills, the way you work together, and how you relate to one another, and you can accomplish all these by knowing what your expectations are during the workshop.
As the head of your group, it might seem only natural for you to speak and say what you think you all need to work on. However, this isn’t “thinking as a team.” You’re not supposed to dictate the terms and feedback shouldn’t come solely from you. You are not the only one who is concerned about making the team function effectively. Everybody should have the chance to speak up and make their concerns heard.
Prior to starting your workshop with a team building consultant, you all should have a very clear idea what you want to come away with after the course. Is your goal for the team building course to understand everyone’s personality quirks and working styles? Is your goal to learn how to deal with conflict in the group? Are you aiming to put an end once and for all to the rivalry that’s been seething between two members or your team? Maybe you have a new manager or a new employee who needs to be eased into the group dynamic. Once you know what it is you want to take away from the course, that helps make it easier for you to explain to the consultant what you need, and for him or her to develop the right strategy that will strengthen your group and meet your expectations.
So don’t just see this opportunity as a free day outside the office setting and a chance to let loose. You’re still there to work on some very real issues and doing all you can to improve the performance and productivity of your team. Knowing what you want to get out of team building courses–or indeed, any other types of courses–makes sure that you do your best on them and raise any concerns that you as a group have.