Maybe some of you already learned of the team-building effect of an adventure in the wilderness.
While sailing through the Mediterranean Sea each team member has responsibility. While I was a skipper I had to rely on other team members. Each position is important. You rely on sailors to haul the sheets (for non-sailors: pulling ropes). Someone has to peak into navigation and adjust calculations. The other one has to prepare food. Is it possible to sail on 15 meters boat alone? Yes. Is it safe or comfortable? No. For a single person, it will be harder. For a team, it will be easier.
When I was trekking through the Alps and climbing to the second-highest mountain pass in Germany I was scared. I was ready to give up. It was my friends who believed in me and made me believe in myself. And we did it. As a team. Incredible feeling.
We, people, have a tendency to forget what is important in life. What is essential. And how important cooperation with other people and your team is.
And this is a reason why, being a communication trainer, I decided to step into the wilderness. Climbing high mountains. Sailing through seas. Hike through deep forests. Bikepacking for a whole day. Every time it is proof that I can count on myself in extreme situations. But above else, that I don’t have to. That I can rely on my team members. Trust in their competencies. Intellectually, emotionally and physically – together we can more.
In place of work, this kind of reset for a mindset happened to me only once. During the last Coronavirus outbreak. The whole company and our team entered into this mode “work hard, focus on essentials, keep everybody safe”. Suddenly board started informing us daily what is going on with our friends and colleagues who were working in companies abroad. How good we are switching into selling and taking care of the needs of our clients online. I felt that. I felt that we are the team.
But instead of waiting for another virus outbreak wouldn’t it be better to prepare your team in advance?
Strengthen your bonds within your team members. Create a better team. Where every person is proud to be a part of something bigger and eager to help others.
This is a successful team.