Outdoors Team Building Word Count: 472 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.
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