We’re focused on building stronger, healthier team dynamics through experiential learning 

What is experiential learning?

Experience-based learning is an methodology centering on the concept that people learn best by doing.

This means every aspect of a workshop experience lends itself to teaching people about many things. Sometimes it presses us to look inside ourselves, sometimes it encourages us to connect with others, sometimes it creates compassion in us, sometimes it causes us anxiety (which triggers compassion in others), and if we’re brave enough, if we’ve taken a deep enough breath, we can come through our experiences feeling new somehow.

The Art of Play

People love to play. It can have a profound impact on our relationships, ourselves, and our ability to relate to others. Using our imaginations, creatively thinking, exploring what we think and feel through play is as natural as breathing. Play makes us feel good, it helps us deepen our connectivity to each other and strengthens sense of self in the process. It offers us a chance to practice being.

At Adventura, we help people actively explore and share their unique ways of seeing the world – while having a whole lot of fun in the process.

Choosing the right program…

The first step in planning an event is knowing what your goals and objectives are. From social recreation to leadership development, we can help.

Teambuilding, as a concept, has morphed into a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations, clarify principles, and as a tool for development of team dynamics.

Teambuilding should be divided up into two primary categories:

Recreation:

Recreational Entertainment (Teamplay) is about playing together to create social bonds, learn about the character of ones’ peers, and to foster a sense of community through shared experiences that have minimal direct connectivity to business objectives. Appropriate activity examples: aerial adventure course, ropes course, canopy tour, kayaking, golf, happy hour, wine tasting, glass blowing, team cooking.

Teambuilding:

Experience-based Training and Development (Teaming) is about providing team members with a facilitated experience where collaboration, creative thinking, reflection and dialog are paired with activities that simulate pressure on the team dynamic in order for members to gain insight into the maintenance of healthy team dynamics. Appropriate activities are: professionally facilitated workshops.

Given this knowledge, what is the best strategy and format for your offsite meetings?

Determine your objective(s)

  • If the goal is simply to present information or material to the team and do something fun, the traditional format is effective: arrival, coffee, presentation, lunch, recreate and wrap-up.
  • If team members are being asked to provide input, strategize, or collaborate to identify new approaches or new directions, move teambuilding to the start of the event and contact a professional facilitator. Doing so will result in higher engagement, deeper creative collaboration, and greater participant investment.
  • If developing team dynamics is the primary objective, contact a professional facilitator and discuss designing a training regimen specific to your team.

Once you’ve determined your objectives, for the most effective outcome:

  • Clarify the purpose of the meeting and desired outcomes and share this information with your specialist. Be sure to convey what you’d like the meeting or event to accomplish, and how it relates to developing effective team dynamics.
  • Ensure attendance. There are few greater negative impacts to team dynamics than having individuals fail to respect the investment everyone else is making by being present and on-time.
  • Sequence the timeline. Staging the experience is an oft overlooked element of meeting plans. In many instances, the timeline of an offsite meeting is cobbled together without the benefit of an experienced developmental specialist. With the aid of a qualified consultant, offsite meetings can foster peak engagement, deeper connectivity, meaningful collaboration, and healthier team dynamics.

If you’ve determined the best use of time and resources is to combine your business meeting with a team activity, start with the activity, followed by the business meeting. Instead of placing the activity at the end of an event, frontload it. Make use of the energy it creates. Let it lubricate the connectivity between members. Participants will be energized, full of fresh ideas, and knowledge. Their minds will be focused on creative thinking and ripe for collaboration.

Tempting as it may be to follow the traditional corporate meeting format, thinking strategically about your goals and objectives will deliver a better outcome. Save your organization time and money by being strategic in your organizational development.

1/50 Development Plan

The 1/50 plan is designed to maintain a constant focus on growth and maintenance on an individual and overall team level. The 1/50 plan outlines a series of training dates that occur once every 50 days. This plan includes developmental workshops as well as social recreation.

To learn more about creating a 1/50 development plan, read on or contact us today.

EBTD & 1/50 Teaming – The Outline:

Teambuilding is a never-ending process. As your company or team grows, it will continuously face challenges to maintaining healthy team dynamics. Thinking strategically about on-boarding, development, and maintenance is a critical component for every business.

Below, we outline an initial recommendation towards the crafting of a strategic development plan.

  1. Surveys and interviews of all Team members.
  2. Assessment of existing team dynamics across all departments.
  3. Generation of Essentials Document.
  4. Define the principles of team membership.
  5. Create a development road map.
  6. Develop 1/50 Plan

Surveys & Interviews

This stage of development functions to clarify the existing storyline. We want to investigate how are people feeling about the company, their work, their team, and their leaders. To accomplish this, we deploy written surveys, conduct interviews, and schedule observational sessions. The results of this stage feed directly into the creation of the Essentials document, the definition of principles, curricula design for the 1/50 plan, and influence any coaching plans that may result.

Assessment of Dynamics

This stage makes use of a single-day workshop wherein the True Colors module is deployed along with a series of activities that explore interaction, communication, collaboration, and elements of trust. This stage works to provide employees with tangible tools that can have an immediate impact of overall dynamics. The results of this stage further influence the creation of the Essentials document, the definition of principles, curricula design for the 1/50 plan, and influence any coaching plans that may result.

Essentials Document

This document is the formed through the prior stages and direct input from team members during the dynamics assessment workshop. Once crafted, it is presented to the team for refinement and incorporation into the legacy of the team. Principles Charter

The Essentials stage acts as a foundation for the creation of the Principles Document. In this stage, the team attends a meeting to refine and collaborate on putting this positions into the final document. This document is joined with the Essentials component and is bound as the legacy document for the team.

Development Road Map

Once the team(s) have completed the prior stages, it is time to sit down and talk about commitment and actionable steps. All prior stages build up to this moment. This is a half-day workshop intended to present the team with control of their own developmental process.

The 1/50 Plan

The 1/50 plan is designed to maintain a constant focus on growth and maintenance on an individual and overall team level. The 1/50 plan outlines a series of training dates that occur once every 50 days. This plan includes developmental workshops as well as social recreation.

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We’re experts at creating unique experiences that stimulate learning, growth, creativity, innovation, laughter, collaboration, and positive energy… what more could you ask for in a meeting, conference, or retreat?

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