been the buzzword of the '90s and 'team building'
seems to be the mantra for the new millennium.
A recent survey by the American Psychological
Association found that 3,000 management executives
from 12 countries rated teamwork development
as one of the top business priorities for the
year 2000. Maybe that's why consultants and
companies around the glove are offering courses,
seminars and activities centered on team building."
"Interpretations of team building vary widely. It may happen in a classroom
or outdoors. To a few, it may be just an elaborate icebreaker or fancy networking,
while to many it is an exercise in experiential learning
Experts agree team
building should be fun and should give participants a deeper, personal understanding
of one another."
"John Wilkinson, president of Total Rebound, offers clients such challenges
as the opportunity to scale a 28-foot mountain,
play Human Foosball or wear Sumo
wrestling suits. 'Team competitors learn to appreciate the abilities of their
fellow employees, solve problems creatively and discover the hidden skills they
never thought they or their fellow workers had,' says Wilkinson."