Team Building VenueTeams, Team Building and Venues
What defines a team? It may be described as a group of individual members who have a common goal. Individual team members band together to form a collective unit, which strives to achieve that goal. Our distant, less sophisticated ancestors formed teams for their common good. Additionally, numerous species of prehistoric creatures found it beneficial to operate in groups, rather than as individuals. Just look at nature.
Teams in Nature
There are wild creatures that are solitary; leopards, Tasmanian devils and the aardvark come to mind. Such animals only join another in order to secure their genetic line. However, most species form groups, because teamwork benefits them, both as individual team members and as a group, since their shared goals are common to all.
In their most basic form, common goals amongst all living creatures are usually vital for the survival of the species and its individual members. This includes sourcing of food, finding shelter, protecting offspring and often one another, and procreation. No special area or place (venue) is required.
Genetic, Instinctual Teamwork
Animal mothers frequently fight to the death when another threatens their young. The group may join in. Buffalo are known to band together to see off a threat to one of their herd, sometimes even lying in wait to ambush an enemy. Teamwork appears to be in their genes, as a natural instinct. Virtually every species of wildlife has its own collective noun, which indicates the group – a herd of cattle, buffalo or sheep, a swarm or hive of bees, a colony of ants, a nest of vipers, a pride of lions, a pod of hippos and a clan of hyenas, to name only a few.
Formation of Prehistoric Man’s Teams
It is thought by some that our earliest, prehistoric ancestors initially formed family groups only. Members stayed together, realising that there is strength in numbers. As in the animal kingdom, team members instinctively realised that life was easier and safer by banding and living together.
Groups became larger, which resulted in some members moving away and seeking partnerships with mates from other groups. In doing so, they prevented inbreeding, weakening the gene pool and passing on inborn genetic weaknesses. The process of forming new groups would repeat itself. When territories became overcrowded and resources less plentiful, groups and families moved to new areas.
As human beings evolved, becoming increasingly sophisticated and specialised in their divergent activities, the formation, nature and focus of teams followed and kept pace. Amongst modern humans, a highly social species, the group or team’s name generally describes its activities or purpose. Such groups include:
- Business teams – specialising in the fields of sales, management, occupational safety, production, design, strategic planning, administration, quality control, customer service, call centre, maintenance, cleaning, shift work and in other divisional groups.
- Healthcare – nursing teams, operating theatre personnel, and teams of doctors who fulfil the same or complimentary roles
- Sports – the group concept applies to all team sports and may also refer to sporting groups that consist of persons who participate in individual sports, in which they represent their school, university, club, region, province and/or country.
Where to Build your Team
Simply putting a number of people together in order to achieve an aim does not mean that they will operate as an effective team. In order to gain and maximise their productivity, innovative approach, enthusiasm, positive attitude, sense of cohesion, commitment, motivation and ability to work as a unit, team building is required.
It is crucial to get the group together for a specified period, in a venue that allows for effective team building and its relevant activities. Keep in mind that these activities should present challenges, in which members are compelled to work together, plus competitive opportunities and lots of fun.
Monument Function Centre offers a number of fine team building venues, details of which may be found elsewhere on this website. Pay special attention to:
- Amphi Hall’s Barn venue, suitable for up to 2 000 persons, near the Voortrekker Monument.
- Villa Paradiso, on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam, below the Magalies Mountains. The hotel boasts 60 double rooms, perfect for overnight accommodation when team building takes place over more than one day. There are also numerous exciting team building opportunities near Villa Paradiso.
Take your pick, discuss your requirements with us and we will help you ensure that your team goes from strength to strength during their building exercises and recreational fun.