I just got back from a ski vacation; our first as a family. All the kids, their spouses, and my granddaughter. This isn’t the first trip since the whirlwind of three weddings in a year, two years ago. We have done holidays at our house and a beach trip or two. And, of course, we have mixed and matched with most subsets of the family. This was the first full-family, planned activities-adventure, we have had together.
And active it was.
Every day was packed with ski-school, skiing, snow mobile riding, dog sledding, or tubing. Every activity required gear, a trek, and active participation. (Yes, falling is active.)
We were “doing” all week.
Doing Life Together
It feels in sharp contrast to the beach trip, which was more about “being”; being together, hanging out, visiting.
I love being together, especially now that our family is in multiple states. We like to catch-up, visit, and “be”.
It is definitely different than “doing” together. A different dynamic takes place when we are “doing”. Each person takes on a different role. Dad is the organizer and mobilizer. Son-in-law has the expertise we all rely on. Grand-daughter shares her child-like delight, inspiring us all.
Interdependence and Team-building
When trying out a new activity we must depend on those who catch on more quickly. The roles are fluid and, our interactions, dynamic.
I guess that is why team-building activities are just that; activities that require the utilization of the various skills of the group; along with interdependence and flexibility. The interdependence bonds people together. It is a must for teams and families.
Benefits of Team-building for Your Team
I see several benefits to investing in teambuilding in your small business:
- Discovery – You find out skills that you didn’t even know someone has – it may not be on a resume.
- Synergy – The combined expertise of the team results in a higher quality experience or deliverable, as many individual strengths come together for optimal results.
- Bonding – as mentioned above, interdependence bonds the individuals together, improving culture, morale, and support in the team.
- Focus – it allows individuals to focus on what they do best because they know the other team members have their back and are handling their part.
- Training – each member of the team can help other teammates improve their skills in the areas the trainer is strongest in.
If you haven’t taken a “doing” vacation with your family, I recommend it. You are doing life together, rather than just visiting and recanting your separate lives to each other.
As a team, I need to find some “doing” activities we can all participate in together. We do book studies that are interactive, and obviously we work on client projects together. We do work-life together, to some extent, now as a team. But, I don’t think we have reached mountain peak status, with beginning skiers trying to get down the slick slope, with lots of moving and non-moving obstacles, and a team-mate next to you saying, just pizza the rest of the way down so you can slow down and not crash at the bottom.
It was terrifying; but comforting to have my calm son-in-law by my side.