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Create a culture of strong team building with these simple strategies

Team building is fundamental to everything, from productivity through to performance and business culture. It can support an organisation through tough times and create new opportunities through collaboration and shared innovation. If you’re keen to foster a culture based on strong team building then there are some simple ways to enable this.

Prioritising communication

Clear communication is essential if you want to foster cooperation between people – anything ambiguous is likely to just cause confusion and, potentially, conflict. Opening channels for communication is also an important part of the process. This is most effectively done by leading by example, asking questions, listening, offering support and being open to queries or concerns.

Focusing on consensus

It is faster to make a decision on your own and then impose it on the rest of the team. However, this is not necessarily the most effective method. Consensus takes longer but ultimate provides a firmer basis for collaboration and problem solving. The key is to establish a consensus process you can work through each time, such as open debate with the entire team or smaller working groups to focus on specific issues.

Fostering trust and collaboration

It’s as important to have positive relationships between team members as it is between the team and those who are managing it. Strong team building involves an element of looking at the way that team members are interacting and finding opportunities to help improve the trust and collaboration in those relationships. It may be necessary to establish ground rules for the team that provide a foundation for all interactions within it. This could be anything, from the way that information is shared, to conduct in meetings and communication choices. Ground rules established by consensus are likely to make the most impact.

Encouraging openness

Getting people talking is a key part of team building and ensuring that your people are as effective as they can be. It’s often difficult for employees to speak up in a team environment – or you may find that some are concerned about disagreeing with the views of others. However, open debate is key to creating a strong team so it’s important to find ways to encourage the kind of brainstorming and discussion that inspires creativity and better decision making.

Providing a firm framework

Team building is much easier and more effective within a well defined framework. This means finding ways to ensure that you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and setting out goals and objectives. Talk to those in the team about their goals and how they’re achieving those goals and provide feedback and evaluation on a regular and consistent basis.

Act as a harmonising influence

When there is healthy discussion and debate taking place it is inevitable that at some point there may be conflict. If management and leadership aim to act as a harmonising influence, alert to the hidden feelings of the team and ready to mediate and help find compromise then these conflicts can often lead to better things.

Our Team Building Course is designed to help you find ways to get the best from the people you work with – contact PTP today to find out more.

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PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.