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					Outdoors Team Building

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Summary:
Team building means different things to different people, ranging from a
fun experience to serious intentions of behavioral change. According to
its official definition, team building refers to the process of
establishing and developing a greater sense of collaboration and trust
between team members. A variety of organizations, companies, schools and
other institutions have decided to invest in team building by
participating in interactive exercises, team assessment technique...


Keywords:
Outdoors, Team building, outdoor activities


Article Body:
Team building means different things to different people, ranging from a
fun experience to serious intentions of behavioral change. According to
its official definition, team building refers to the process of
establishing and developing a greater sense of collaboration and trust
between team members. A variety of organizations, companies, schools and
other institutions have decided to invest in team building by
participating in interactive exercises, team assessment techniques and
group discussions that enable people to cultivate this greater sense of
teamwork.

Among the contexts of team building is that of sport clubs and work
organizations. But what one should examine further is the need for team
building. As modern trends show, societies and cultures have been
dynamically interacting with each other and thus constructing a shared
system of beliefs and values. Anticipating this development, different
organizations and stakeholders have begun investing in their people by
introducing them to the notion of team building and productive exchange.
Greatly influenced by contemporary networks, this shift has resulted in a
communications revolution and the creation of a truly global market
system. Consequently, the new types of labor and the increased level of
specialization required has caused individuals to be able and willing to
relocate with much greater ease than in the past and to continue being
productive in their new environment; whether that is a city or another
country. But changing jobs and joining new groups is never easy and
people need time to adjust and explore their new surroundings. Human
beings still possess the necessary survival instinct and are always ready
to try and overcome obstacles and differences if they are provided with
the necessary tools. Willing individuals can surpass behavior patterns
and cultural differences and understand the big picture that the path
towards efficient and effective teams is not to have team members being
indifferent to one another, but to understand and accept that the
existing variations are what make a team be unique.
Team building has developed into a science greatly used by the
contemporary business world. Its main ingredients, the actual
participants' vision, mission, goals and objectives, along with their
training and personalities, can greatly influence a team's performance
level and are reflected in a team's output. Thus, management teams around
the globe have studied, researched, and in most instances requested from
their employees to participate in role playing games, team building
exercises and similar programs. From an outdoor journey involving
activities and challenges interspersed with inspirational sceneries, to
individual high impact outdoor challenges between teams, outdoor
activities and development exercises are used to increase the bonding
among participants and to build the needed amount of team trust. Outdoor
team building events are designed by adventure guides, activities
professionals, and sports experts, to assist individuals surpass personal
differences and become part of an organism as their new team members'
role specifies.