Conflict prevention and team building in 4 easy steps
What happens when a group of elite hockey players come together to form a new team. Olivia shares her story of how a team building workshop broke the ice (not in a bad outdoor rink falling through it kinda way ha!) and paved the way for success.
This week Olivia shares the story of her hockey team. It is a typical situation where youth from different groups or cliques come together to form a team. She describes the awkwardness of coming together. Feelings of uncertainty. Do they even like each other?
I met Olivia's team shortly after they formed at a team-building workshop supported by her amazingly forward thinking association. I noticed some initial tension but after spending a morning practicing hard conversations, sharing ideas on how to give feedback back rather than criticism and most importantly having the chance to be goofy and have fun, they left the room laughing like old friends. Fast forward to June and Olivia looks back with pride on an amazing season that was jump started that day.
Every successful team has one thing in common: they are great at dealing with conflict. How do they do this? Theory tells us that every winning team goes through 4 stages: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing where they:
experience conflict (this will ALWAYS happen - sorry)
manage it (this takes some figuring out)
and then... PERFORMING! (aka: kicking-ass stage)
Trampoline parks (please don't take your athletes to these), team dinners and bowling can be fun but real team bonding is different. Our workshops create a fun and effective way to bring the team together!