You are a gem, Nancy. You get it.
It’s just brutal to hear another of the dozens of “Team Building” companies who copied our invention of the bike-building program has left a foul flavor after delivering their version of it. Unfortunately, when managers, VP’s, and owners of teams look for “Team Building” there is the risk that they will do an “activity” that has nothing to do with who they are, what they do or where they are going. There are too many “Team Building” companies that don’t build teams.
See recent blog on this.
There is incredible power in the use of metaphors and business simulations as a way of rustling up powerful discussions (and actions) specifically related to the effectiveness of a team, but it has to come from a commitment to training and the use of “activities” as a development process. It has to connect with who they are, what they do, and where they are going, or it is a waste of time and money.
Dealing with Stress? Pressure? Getting the chip to the end-user with a commitment to quality? Dependence on others? Collaboration?
There is no way to improve on these things unless A) They create a deeper sense of WHY they are important to them. Nietzche’s quote: “He who has a WHY to live can bear almost any how”. They need a new reference point to put these things into perspective. The “How” will only emerge if, B) they have a good process and forum to discuss them. Each person needs to be able to point to the problem and the solution from a humble and hungry perspective.
Can the Helping Hands program do this? Yes, but not if we only focus on the activity. The by-product of changing someone’s life with the gift of the LN-4 prosthetic hand is profound. But it is a by-product of creating a profound difference to one’s approach to their work. To do this, we need at least four hours and we can’t have the owner of this group in a “quasi-open” state. He or she needs to be committed to the never-ending pursuit of becoming better, giving his/her team different experiences, and different perspectives. They have to understand the WHY and HOW of the Helping Hands program. Together, we can make an important step on this never-ending journey.