Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Arunrao1
Leadership & Team Building
Shabana Begum
Business Unit Manager
Rachgera
Recruitment
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Hi Guys, An article on team building, read it, you might find it interesting. Siddharth
From India, Delhi

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Dear Siddharth
A well drafted document and thanks for sharing.
To further, I wish to comment on 'Why do team building activities usually involve games', the answer simply lies on the factor of 'Thought' & 'Action'.
Learning is always cultivated when their is insight. Learning could come from any form of process or procedure. For example, if I say you to pour water on your friends head. This is a thought, but on the action level its something dejection from your side. Even though the thought is good but action is not imperative or feasible.
Activities involved in team building, cultivates a learning experience and thus leads to interpretation of actions done in the activities.
I request members to post their valuable comments for this thread.

From India, Mumbai
Hi Siddharth,
It is the proven fact, that we memorise only those lessons and facts which either we have seen or performed. If we remember our school days, we have been asked by our teachers to read the lesson and write for the practice so that its impression can embark properly on our mind and we can remind it for the long time.
& Finally, thanks siddharth for posting the same.
Regards,
Rachna

From India, Delhi
Dear Siddharth Chaudhary,

I am yet to come across with any evidence or research that showed team building games built the team spirit and and this team spirit resulted in higher ROI on the team building programme.

Sometime games in team building are taken to a non-sensical level. Sometimes I wonder all these adult participants, why trainers treat them as children? To learn some concept why they need to play a game and then understand?

However, not all games are bad. Some games really challenge participants' creativity or intellect. Those games are really fine.

Mumbai Dabbawalla: - Most of the training programmes on team building have reference to tiffin carriers of Mumbai (at least the programmes that are conducted in India). About 2 lakh tiffin boxes are picked up, delivered to the workplaces so that the working professionals can enjoy home food, tiffin boxes are again picked up from the workplace and delivered back to the homes.

The efficiency of this pick up and delivery is measured on six sigma and many times these dabbawalahs have earned not only attention but accolades from international media.

Now my questions is, these dabbawalahs never took any training on team building or any training for that matter. Neither they are literate completely nor do they use any technology to speak of. Then how could they achieve this unique feat? They achieved this feat or they have been achieving it day in and day out because (to put in the words of Mr Medke, President of Mumbai Dabbawalah Association) of the sincerity and devotion towards their duty.

I firmly believe that the we Indian know very well how to copy the concepts of western countries. This is yet another concept we follow without applying our mind whether it works or not, whether it gives ROI to the organisation who pays for these programmes or not!

But then this is how the world is. Many times the selection of trainers is based on the kind of games that he/she has and trainers like me fall in line for the fear of loosing business.

For Simmy: - "Pouring water on someone's head" is a good thought but not action. How can it be a good thought (unless one is in bathroom)?

Thanks,

Dinesh V Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Mr. Dinesh
The purpose was my quote 'Pouring Water on someone's head', refers a activity related to the learning from a simple act. Somethings are always good in the thought, but implementation aka action may be opposite or non-fruitful.
In this case, if somebody tells to pour water on my head, it could be good in thought but on action level it may embarrass you.
Kindly correct me if I'm wrong in mentioning this reply.

From India, Mumbai
dear Dinesh,
I agree with your ciews...especially the highlighted one below... :-)
[QUOTE=Dinesh Divekar
Sometime games in team building are taken to a non-sensical level. [COLOR=blue]Sometimes I wonder all these adult participants, why trainers treat them as children?[/COLOR] To learn some concept why they need to play a game and then understand?
However, not all games are bad. Some games really challenge participants' creativity or intellect. Those games are really fine.

From India, Madras
Dear Shabana
I appreciate your reply.
I just wanted to comment on the thread, Learning could be cultivated from any form of activity. It could be a lesson or stimulation.
Learning bicycle is a parallel example and other action abased activity where we need to apply certain action points, strategy and need to work in a stimulation to generate a fruitful outcomes. Any activity generates a output factor which can be applied as input to some other experience.
Adult learning is based on the experience occurs around him and the thus he try's to encapsulate it into a result based judgment.
Taking games is a medium just to stimulate the actual situation, where strategies or lateral thinking and team work is involved. It determines what factors contribute to maximum retention in adult learners.
Revert me your views.

From India, Mumbai
Dear Shabana
I appreciate your reply.
I just wanted to comment on the thread, Learning could be cultivated from any form of activity. It could be a lesson or stimulation.
Learning bicycle is a parallel example and other action abased activity where we need to apply certain action points, strategy and need to work in a stimulation to generate a fruitful outcomes. Any activity generates a output factor which can be applied as input to some other experience.
Adult learning is based on the experience occurs around him and the thus he try's to encapsulate it into a result based judgment.
Taking games is a medium just to stimulate the actual situation, where strategies or lateral thinking and team work is involved. It determines what factors contribute to maximum retention in adult learners.
Revert me your views.

From India, Mumbai
Hi Dinesh,

I appreciate your views on team-building games and agree that some games are not so relevant to the work we do and does not bring team spirit or bonding. But not applicable to all the activities, a facilitator or a trainer can choose an activity based on the developmental needs of the teams and watch the team members when the perform the activity and later debrief on how they performed and how they could have done better. Also, when you relate this to work it truly leaves an impression and people learn a lot from their experience. As they say, "how you play decides how you work"
I firmly believe that Mumbai dabbawallas have superb system which depends on teamwork and meticulous timing. And that too without any "team-building" trainings and without using any technology as such. But if you notice mostly the dabbawallas belong to a same community, mainly malva caste. some where i read a dabbawala said "We believe in employing people from our own community. So whenever there is a vacancy, elders recommend a relative from their village," probably this could be one of the reasons they don't need a team building. Like family members don't need a team building training. Wherein, an organization where people come from different cultures, communities or backgrounds might need some bonding to work as a team.

Regards,

Siddharth

From India, Delhi
On Mumbai Dabbawalla:
I think, a new comer's job there is just to follow the seniors while a good procedure already in place is hard to revive.
However, a training will work as a catalyst among the existing staff to ignite their innovativeness.

From Qatar, Doha

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