Suppose there was a super bowl for positive team building activities! Can’t you picture all of the fierce competitors? Imagine all the global media coverage! The accolades! The barrage of innovative and even outrageous new TV commercials!
If head coaches and other executive leaders trained their ambitious players in the art of positive team building activities, they might start out by emphasizing team spirit and downplaying the need to win.
Masters of positive team building activities don’t waste time on losing propositions. They don’t look for scapegoats.They win the blame game by not playing it. When one player has a problem, weakness or challenge so does the rest of the team. And they work together to resolve problems, strengthen weaknesses, and embrace challenges as opportunities to grow.
Winning coaches take full ownership of their leadership roles by taking responsibility for what’s broken; and rather than finger pointing, they work with the team to fix it. They teach players how to learn from past mistakes–their own and others’. Affixing blame makes everyone a loser. Fixing the problem makes the whole team a winner.
Positive team building activities generate and thrive on unity. In the positivity arena, you win a tug-of-war by making the “other” team your team as well. So you wind up on everybody’s side. And delegating duties doesn’t evoke fear of reprisals for mistakes made; it fosters confidence in fellow teammates and a willingness to cover each other when they slip up.
As an up-and-coming executive, you should always be premeditated and methodical about losing the game of one-upmanship. Don’t search out and expose your predecessor’s shortcomings. After all, one their final acts as the executive in chief was to pass the baton to you, so showing him up makes you both look bad.
Both up and down the pecking order, one-upmanship is a real downer for everyone. So don’t put subordinates on blast when they fall short. And don’t treat vision casting like a game of hide-and-seek. Make your directives clear. Put a positive spin on each mandate, and select positive team building activities that make each employee feel empowered to succeed.
Leadership is an art. You could present each project as an ugly picture of gloom and doom, and threaten to eviscerate anyone who doesn’t measure up. But remember that the art of intimidation scrawls hideous pictures and leaves scars on people’s hearts.
Of course, you could take the high road of positive leadership and team building by painting a picture of the whole team working together toward a common goal. The choice is yours.