So what is the best team building activity because it really does matter.
Well, it’s probably not off-site activity. It’s probably not escape rooms and it’s something you probably haven’t even thought of, and that’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s video.
Hey folks, Marcus Sheridan here.
More and more I’ve been asked to come and speak to organizations about how they can grow and build a true team.
This is what I’m finding, that oftentimes what we try to do within organizations is we try activities, sometimes they’re off-site where everybody has fun and maybe works on a task together, and they feel like that is going to be the long-term solution.
But again and again we see that it’s not, and here’s why.
Because unless we develop long-term habits, skills and traits within the team, well then we’re not going to have lasting results.
Do you know what the most effective activity skill you can do with your team is to truly build the relationships?
Simple. Learn to ask better questions.
Yeah, no, no, don’t hit Pause, don’t go away. I’m serious.
Learn to ask better questions. Let me give you an example.
Recently, I was doing a keynote on this very subject, on building the team, maintaining the culture. And the only thing we did in that activity is we worked on our ability as a team to ask better questions.
In other words, how often do we have deep conversations with our peers? How often do they ask us a question and we just immediately give them an answer, or do we ask deeper questions and therefore have better conversations, more candid conversations?
Many managers struggle with this. Many leaders struggle with this. Most peers struggle with this.
Fundamentally, the art of the question has been lost in the workplace, and it’s something that we have to get back.
If you teach this to your team, here’s what’s going to happen.
There’s going to be discoveries made every single day within groups of people within peers, within these conversations, because finally they’re having the depth of conversation that goes further than the surface, and gets to the core of the issue of the need.
Then all of a sudden we learn something about our peers that we didn’t know, and we say, “I’ve been working with this person for five years and I didn’t know that.”
But that only happens when they learn this power of asking the right questions.
And so before you go and spend a bunch of money on some off-site activity or escape rooms, whatever, which are all fine, they’re fine, but let’s teach them true skills that will change them for a lifetime.
And that is the greatest key in building your team, the art of the question.
As always folks, let’s get to work.