RE: Your Inner Brad Pitt: Team Building Nonsense

Subject: RE: Your Inner Brad Pitt: Team Building Nonsense
From: "Murrell, Thomas" <TMurrell -at- alldata -dot- net>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 09:51:38 -0500

Remember, Dysfunctional is a family-type, too. <g>

Seriously, I have had some experience with quote Team Building Exercises
endquote, and I agree with the seeming unanimous consensus that artificial
exercises of this type do little to actually foster teamwork.

This past summer I was involved in a team building exercise of another type,
one mentioned by another TECHWR-Ler earlier in this thread. Our department
built a Habitat for Humanity house in our community. It took most of the
Spring and Summer and involved working with people I seldom encountered in
my work day, and it involved working with people I do work with everyday in
tasks we don't do together. It was a great opportunity to learn about
coworkers and do it in a different environment from that of the office.

Finally, this Habitat venture, which was successful on several levels by the
way, was totally voluntary. And because of all of these factors, I think it
was marvelously successful. We worked together to do a good thing for our
community--and one family in particular. People felt good about themselves
and what they did, and we now exchange pleasantries and work together in a
much more open and relaxed way. It was much better than any artificial team
building exercise I have ever had inflicted on me.

Tom Murrell
Senior Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems, Inc.





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