Quality teamwork can elevate a company to new heights of success. Conversely, one that struggles with teamwork can be in serious danger. In America, corporations spend millions of dollars every year in a perpetual battle to improve their current assets. So why is teamwork so vital to the success of most companies, and how can a game show help?
In virtually any company other than a sole proprietorship, people will find themselves working with a group to achieve a common goal. That is the textbook definition of a team after all. The complexity or homogeny of these groups will depend on the size and sophistication of the company. In corporations the size of AT&T, for example, groups will consist of people all from a single sub-department who have a singular goal like identifying new vertical markets for a particular product or service. In smaller companies with just a handful of people the teams become a little more dynamic in that members must wear multiple hats and teams can organically shift personnel from day to day. In both cases productivity will be dictated by how well these people work together.
So, which type of team requires more help? Which one needs to work more smoothly together? The answer is both. There isn’t a team around that couldn’t improve from quality team building. Before we get any further let’s explore what makes for quality teamwork.
Researchers have identified three teamwork processes that fall into the following categories: transition process, action process, and interpersonal processes. Transition is the process which takes place between periods of action. Action process is when the team is actively trying to accomplish its goal(s). Finally, the interpersonal process happens during both. These processes are symbiotic, and a team is only as strong as its weakest process.
How then does one build a quality team and keep it running smoothy? The real challenge to team building is the ambiguity of the phrase. It’s often used as a knee jerk catchall when an organization wants to quickly fix a perceived problem with a team’s interpersonal interactions. However, a quality team needs more than to just like one another and to get along with each other to be effective(though that is very important).
A high functioning team must have clearly defined goals, strong leadership, role clarity, and the aforementioned interpersonal-relations.
Game shows like ours give teams a fun and entertaining way to practice and work on each of these. Games like our I Double Dare You incorporate physical challenges that require solid communication, leadership, and overt teamwork. Our On The Spot takes patience, a positive attitude, and a lot of nonverbal communication. Fun and Feud is the quintessential teamwork game. Since they naturally lend themselves to having an audience, they also give upper management a unique opportunity to observe their employees in team situations. From this they can gather the information needed to build a program to shore up any perceived weaknesses.
Game shows are also an excellent way to educate and train professional groups. We’ve all had to sit through dry lectures and presentations. By working in conjunction with one another we can build a program that informs and educates in an unforgettable way.