team is hungry for a change and why not? The productivity of your regular Wednesday-afternoon
meeting has reached an all-time low with a boredom factor akin to Monday-night
To get your team cooking again, why not take your next meeting
off site? Meeting in a new environment can be just what your team needs to spark
their creativity, and hone their problem-solving and communication skills.
There are a variety of companies that will host your team's meeting and devise
programs to help you develop new ideas and new ways of looking at the issues
you deal with on a daily basis.
For example, you might introduce your team members to role playing and improvisational
theatre. These roles, which are based on your work experiences, are used as
a way of breaking people out of their shells and helping them open up to the
point where they can share ideas more freely.
One company using this approach to group collaboration is Pacific
Playback. They define their method as using "dynamic forms of improvisational
theatre in which actors enact feelings, conflicts and experiences by listening
to and mirroring group members." Their Web site even boasts a page of "testimonials"
from companies who've tried the theatrics and benefited from them.
Workshops are another excellent way to bring new ideas to your
group. They can be as short as an afternoon or extend to a three-day retreat
like the ones offered by KnOwWhere, Inc. This company invites groups to come
in and "stretch their mental muscles" while they tackle real-world
challenges by playing games and even using toys.
some of the approaches these companies take may sound a little
cheeky, the team-building and creative benefits are worth
feeling a little silly in the beginning.
Sending a group off with a picture of a butterfly and telling
them to figure out how their company compares to the insect or what they could
learn from it can garner huge results. You may just discover that a new wing
design could be the solution to that structural problem that's been haunting
your latest project.