How is it different to other team building activities?

TEAMS is unique in several respects:

THE TASK:
🔷 The “production process” is complex, involving multiple steps, requiring a certain amount of learning.
🔷 As opposed to “recreational” activities (sports, scavenger hunt, etc.) or strategic games (board-games, conversation based simulations, etc.), TEAMS is an actual work activity where people use their hands (and heads), semi-structured work processes, and customer demands to create and deliver a product.

THE PROCESS:
🔷 The process the team goes through simulates the natural process of team development (but is compressed in time).
🔷 The process also includes 
dedicated planning, reflection, and debriefing segments at each developmental step.
🔷 The final phase of the process culminates in the team being able to draw on its experiences, improved process, and level of comfort with each other to 
be truly creative and innovative.

THE CONTEXT:
🔷 There are typically multiple teams working in parallel (on the same task), which stimulates competition (although that is not a primary goal of the exercise).
🔷 The activity is primarily experiential, with the didactic component coming at the end to help make sense of the process that was experienced.
🔷 The 
TEAMS Experience can be done “in-house” for different teams in the organization, or “open” for individuals seeking to improve their team-skills.

THE OUTCOME:
🔷 Team Assessment and Evaluation: Learn how to assess team development and what changes are necessary (if at all).
🔷 Easy to apply to work:  Since TEAMS simulates a work environment it is easy to transfer and apply the experience to the usual work setting.
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Team-Skills: Improved team-skills and the deep understanding of how to change direction when things aren’t working as they should.
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Leadership Skills: Improved leadership skills – knowing when to intervene and when to step back, better understanding of team process.
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A sense of “belonging”: Many participants report that following TEAMS they have a better sense of “belonging” at work – understanding the roles better and feeling more collaborative with the rest of the team.

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