Teamwork Activities – What Makes A Team Work?

Teamwork Activities

Teamwork Activities

What teamwork activities make teamwork work? Is it one person in charge, motivating the rest of the team? Maybe that’s part of it. Is it everyone contributing equally? Sometimes, but not necessarily. Is it the whole team operating like a well-oiled machine? Definitely. A great team is composed of people with complimentary skill sets that come together under solid leadership in a spirit of working together as a whole towards a common goal. It is up to the leader to pull the team together, to identify each person’s skill set, and to provide focus and direction to each person through teamwork activities that compliment their skills and support the team and the team’s goals. The teamwork activities really pull a team together, allow them to gel, and, in turn, allow the players to shine.

Real Life Teamwork Activities

This past weekend my family and I went to our rustic cabin retreat in the Adirondack Mountains wilderness area of Upstate NY. It requires 5.5 miles of rowing and hiking to find our place and, once you get there, there is no electricity! We have a lean-to (a three sided log structure with a slanted roof for outdoor slumber parties) that was originally built in the 1880’s and has seen the likes of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Teddy Roosevelt as occupants in the past century. It is a historical landmark and a true structure of beauty. It was rebuilt in 1904, and then partially rebuilt in 1985. We are the current caretakers, being that it’s on our property, and, as such, are responsible for it’s long-term future. The bottom four logs around the base have been slowly melting into the ground from rot, though it is not necessarily time for a full rebuild. Rather than hiring a crew, we took the repair task on ourselves!

The team consisted of three brothers, one son, and two wives and we gave ourselves from Friday night to Sunday morning to get this massive job done. We weren’t entirely sure how to go about it, but we believed in our hearts that we could do it, and so we set to work. We elected Bro Pieter as the foreman. We quickly found out what we were each good at and had some wonderful discussions about how to approach each step of the project. We heave-ho’ed and muscled 1000-pound (seriously!) logs up the hill with the four of us men manning two log carriers, inches at a time.

Teamwork Activities

Teamwork Activities

With incredible team work and coordination, high spirits, and loving support, we jacked up the lean-to, moved each of the front and back mammoth logs into place, notched the two side logs and placed them, then lowered it on back down. The job that we did will last for another 50-100 years! We did it in high spirits, overcoming major obstacles, doing things that appeared beyond our capacity (moving the logs!!!) and we were done by Sunday at noon. Above all, we had a ton of fun doing it.

Teamwork Activities In Your Business

If we apply the experiences described above to our business, we find direct correlations. Everyone in a team brings something special. Sometimes that “something special” isn’t known initially. Nonetheless, it is the dynamic of each individual working, evolving, and melding together, led and driven by a stern but supportive leader, that makes a team truly magical. When rebuilding our lean-to, we worked hard, and we had fun. In business, it’s no different – you absolutely must work hard (some say you need to work “smart” but, honestly, the smart people already do that! ;-) Besides, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it…) and you must have fun!

Teamwork Activities with Drew Berman

I am fortunate enough to be on a team with Drew Berman and some other wonderful teammates. It is as fun and effective as my family team. What we have to accomplish as a team can seem daunting and even insurmountable at first, but every major task, however impossible it may seem as a whole, can be tackled by moving small steps – just like moving 1/2-ton logs – a little at a time. Eventually you find that those small teamwork activities turn into significant accomplishments! Our team is a true winning team! Are you trying to go it alone? As yourself this, “Why?!?” Then pick up the phone and give us a call. Better yet, leave your contact information in the form to the right or below and we’ll be in touch with you!

Speaking of winning teams, be sure to check out this millionaire secret about celebrating success. If you’re on a winning team, like we have, you’ll be doing a lot of it!
From the office of Drew Berman, contributed by Seth Lefferts.

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  • Janet September 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I know that I couldn’t do what I do if I didn’t have people like Drew Berman on my team.
    Team work is so important in building a business – especially network marketing. I made the decision long ago to support others and have others to support me. It’s makes life a lot more fun!

  • Richard Kennedy September 23, 2010 at 5:13 am

    This post, Teamwork Activities – What Makes A Team Work?, is so true. I have been apart of many teams through work and education experiences and working together not only makes the job go more smoothly, but also makes the job fun while doing it.

  • Alexander Paul November 30, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Great correlation Drew, like how you combine the detail of your experience into business team building. This is an uplifting story, showing people how it’s done. Great blog by the way… Keep up the good work.