Team Building Program tools
Our Team Development activities help you to:
Identify team member’s strengths and weaknesses,
Understanding others’ styles – how to blend these for greater success in achieving common team goals.
Adapt your own communication style in order to create a better connection with others – internally or externally.
Reduce frustration and increase effectiveness with your team’s communication.
Enhance self-awareness and how you affect others on the team.
- Practice implementing specific techniques used by highly functioning teams.
Insights Discovery System
The ability to work well together depends on an understanding of the differences in learning styles and personality types. We use the Insights Discovery System to gain an easily used and comprehensive analysis of each team member's attributes. This is a very powerful and useful tool in which to begin a teambuilding program.
The profile takes about 20 minutes to take online, is easily understood, and relates specifically to improving work and home relationships. A powerpoint presentation emphasizes and grounds the learnings, while added fun experiential exercises allow the participants to practice acting on their new awareness using the Insights tool. Time frame: 3 - 8 hours
Team and Leadership Challenge Course (on the ground)
Our team & leadership challenge course uses obstacles and world-class facilitation to create scenarios that are solvable more effectively by strong teamwork & creative leadership than by individual efforts. We design a progression of activities that allow the learnings to build on each other throughout the event. Learning how to work together more efficiently in your workplace is the focus of these activities. We have several days worth of challenges that we can choose from depending on your goals and objectives of the event, and the design can focus on effective teamwork OR on leadership development. Experiencing the Insights Discovery System before these activities provides great results. Time frame: 3 hours to 2 days
High Ropes Challenge Course
The High Ropes training system provides a safe environment for groups to experience exciting team challenges and to expand their capabilities. With qualified and well-seasoned facilitators, teams work through obstacles 20 to 30 feet above the ground. Unforgettable experiences in commitment, effective risk taking, and group support help expand personal limits, create self-confidence and build real deep trust within the team. Time frame: 3 – 8 hours
Clearly communicating an identified goal and the ability to reach it together are hallmarks of highly successful people and organizations. Orienteering is the process of finding one's way through the forest and meadows of The Nature Place property using compass, topographic map, effective teamwork, dynamic communication, strong leadership skills, and one of our trained facilitators. This exercise can also be paired with the Insights Discovery System, other team and leadership challenges, or designed as a competition. Time frame: 3 hours to 1 day
Rock Climbing and Rappelling
With expert instruction and safe technical climbing gear, rock climbing and rappelling is an enormously rewarding personal and team experience to share with your teammates. We have several wonderful natural climbing and rappelling sites on the property, all with amazing views. Time frame: 4-8 hours
“I am now willing to take on more responsibilities at work that were outside of my comfort zone before.”
“The purpose of our workshops was to develop and cement relationships. We were able to do this because of the isolation from social distraction, the relaxed atmosphere, and the comfortable, well-planned programs and meeting areas."
“After jumping off a pole and walking across cables with the team's support, I now know that if I put my mind to something, I can and will accomplish it. I also learned that I am a cheerleader at heart and am able to encourage others. This is an area where I lacked confidence previously.”
“On behalf of the M---- M------- staff, I would like to thank you for facilitating such an amazing team-building experience for us… I feel extremely confident in saying that our experience at The Nature Place proved rewarding, both personally and professionally. We all learned something about ourselves as educators and collaborators. This learning experience for the staff will most certainly have a positive..."
“Orienteering day really allowed me to vocalize ideas and contribute to the team. It also allowed me to give up control and trust others and their ideas. Knowing that different ideas can still achieve a goal was tremendously important.”
“Our program really emphasized teamwork within our leadership team and I certainly got that. I have more confidence and my relationship with the other members is now very strong, and we started as strangers.”
“Coming from a highly analytical field, it was extremely engaging and challenging for me to go through this process that brought our team together in such a fun way.”
“Having done the team challenges I am more able to be creative with my team, and to think critically.”
“The High Rope Course was a moving and memorable experience for me. I am now more open to stretching myself and am working on creating a safe environment to challenge and try new things with my team at work.”
“The high challenges provided context for empathy toward teammates who conquered personal challenges and fears. Also allowed me to realize my personal style and how I need to improve my communication.”
“My perception about being successful has changed. The Nature Place program with Insights Discovery helped me understand how to overcome the fear that I had of the ‘sticking points’ that exist in our team. I am much more confident and skillful now in getting past these challenging points."
“The orienteering course was absolutely energizing for me. I now have a clear understanding of the differences and likenesses between me, and others. My patience has grown as I now take time to discover where others are on the ‘map’. This was a very powerful training for me. Rich in benefits.”
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