Team Building: Are You a Risk Taker?

Team Building Risk Taker

Many organizations under-perform because people are discouraged from innovating. The solution: team building!

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sils

Many organizations under-perform because people are discouraged from innovating.  Many organizations under-perform because

  1. People are discouraged from innovating
  2. Repercussions for failure are large
  3. There are few incentives for taking measured risks.

While checks and balances should be in place to vet and objectively look at options, organizations looking to the future will try new things to stay ahead of the competition.  It is often said that firms that don’t embrace change (Blockbuster video for example) are left behind and miss many significant opportunities.

Team building can help companies innovate and strive for change improvement.  A day away from the office routine helps teams free up their minds.  Games and exercises focused on creative problem solving and being open to alternative points of view can help staff see the benefits of being a risk taker.

Managers can also assess which staff is entrenched in the status quo.  When participating in team building it is helpful if an organization’s natural leaders take a secondary role in order to avoid employees falling into let’s see what the boss thinks first trap.  It is hard for executives to sit back and play supportive roles, but it can be very enlightening.  Let the group argue their alternatives as team try to complete challenges.  Managers can gain insight into which staff are helping or hindering the group.

After all, the best leaders are the ones that let people reach their potential through experimentation.

– Matt Baker, Chief Adventure Officer, Terrapin Adventures

Great Team Building Events with Terrapin Adventures

Terrapin Adventures is conveniently located in Howard County, Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington DC. We offer both custom onsite and offsite team building solutions. Presented in a fun and creative way, team building exercises, like the Bull Ring (below), challenge your team members to step out of their comfort zones and force them to work together to solve certain tasks.

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One Response to “ Team Building: Are You a Risk Taker? ”

  1. Claire Hackery says:

    Reading your posts brings back memories of the experience I had at my department’s team building activity that was held at Club Auto Sport in San Jose, CA. The venue just set the mode for a day of fun & relaxation. We had lots of exciting activities like tricycle racing, exotic driving experience and much more… Their service is incomparable! You should check them out at (408.770.1200), I highly recommend them to anyone desiring the best when it comes to team building programs.