Expandasign Team building
Building on The All Blacks recipe for Success
Recently the Expandasign Factory management team spent a fun filled day at DUC working on their communication, trust, problem solving and general team dynamics. This included completing an obstacle course with one partner blind folded whilst the other was a verbal guide. There was lots of fun and nose diving into the sand but overall it showed the importance of good communications skills and how important trusting your colleague is. They also successfully managed to untie themselves from the human knot. This was no mean feat and involved a lot of laughing, physical and mental boundary challenges and most critically, how through communication and perseverance most things are possible! Listening and compromising was also really important as well as logical problem solving and tenacity. The outdoor exercises were enhanced by the beautiful Durban beach and sunny weather. Following on from this was an exciting 30 seconds challenge, which was highly entertaining but again showed how to communicate under pressure and how to give people information in a way that is relevant to them. Some were frozen by becoming emotionally hi jacked but still gave it their all for the success of their team! This led into a strengths exercise, where each team member left with their own poster of strengths as acknowledged by their colleagues.
The day ended with Factory Manager, Wade Bartlett, referencing an article written about the All Blacks. I would like to just share the pertinent points from it on why the All Blacks are so successful:
Part 2: Lessons from the All Blacks: Create a team of leaders
Leadership is not the sole province of only one player in the All Blacks. Instead, the New Zealand team considers themselves to be one captain and fifteen leaders. Everyone has a turn to speak, offering an equal voice and equal contribution to the team.
Keep calm and carry on
When the pressure’s on, the All Blacks can have one of two states of mind: a “red head” or a “blue head”. A red head means that the player is panicked, unfocused, frozen, and unable to make necessary judgment calls. A blue head means that the player is calm, focused, rational, and able to make key decisions quickly and effectively.
Share your knowledge
Great leaders pass on their wisdom and experience to others. All Blacks are teachers. They believe that everyone can learn something from others and have facilitated an environment that encourages peer mentoring.
Invent your own team mantra
Every successful business has its own lingo, a company-wide terminology that all employees understand.
There are no superstars in the All Blacks. Even the top players sweep the dressing room after each match, because no one is too big or too important to do the “lesser” tasks. The All Blacks believe that it’s important to remain humble and remember that you are part of a team all working towards the same goal ‘
If you would like to read further on the All black article, you can access it on this link: http://teamupevents.co.nz/2016/06/blacks-can-teach-us-developing-successful-team-part-2/
This is a snapshot of some of the points highlighted in the article, but in my opinion explains so much about what makes the All Blacks such an effective and successful team!
If the EAS team commit to this, they too will be unstoppable!!