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When we examine how our business is run, we notice what functions and works for everyone, and what doesn’t. The key to a well-managed team is building around what works and encouraging growth with it. As managers or team leaders we can try to change things that derail our team from what they usually do. While this is normally done with good intentions, it can often lead to a kink in the company plan and actually have the opposite effect of what we were hoping for. Notice what is working for the team now and how well they function. If changes are needed (or attempted), try to incorporate the current structure while leading the team in the new direction.
Like the old saying goes: “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Focus on Increases
As a team leader, we often look at our task list in a negative way. One of the first things we try to accomplish is to decrease certain areas, such as mistakes, tardiness, and complaints. But focusing on what we want to decrease normally includes negative attributes of the job. If we focus on these things for too long, we can drive ourselves to negativity very quickly.
Instead, focus on what aspects can be increased. By focusing on what can be increased, we are focusing on the positive attributes of the job, such as more sales, more goals, and more customer and employee satisfaction. If we approached a team member with the same problem, which route of improvement would they feel more confident taking – decreasing their typing mistakes or increasing their typing ability?
Encourage increases in different areas:
Recognize the Best in People
Another aspect of being positive is being able to see the best in people instead of being critical. Of course, no one is perfect and everyone has some kind of fault, but that does mean we have to define them by it. When we recognize the best in people, not only do we benefit from knowing what great attributes they can contribute, but it makes the team members feel more confident about themselves and their job skills.
When they feel better about themselves, they want to do better at their jobs and will work harder to make progress and get the job done. Don’t be afraid to compliment team members on their job skills and what they have accomplished. When you find yourself focusing on what they have done wrong, refer to your mental list of all of their good qualities and determine which list overpowers the other.
Limit or Remove Negative Comments
Using negative terms and phrases is one of the leading causes of poor performance and low team morale. These harsh words can damage any relationship and can often bring out a sense of defensiveness when approached. When you find yourself wanting to use negative phrases, either with yourself or a team member, stop and think of the words you’re using. Then rethink the sentence by removing negative comments and replacing them with a positive one. You’ll find that you can still get your point across without making the team feel as though they are being attacked.
Influencing your team members can have a ripple effect – it can start small but then the efforts begin to grow and grow. Of course you want to influence your team in a positive manner, not a negative one. Through Appreciative Inquiry, we can influence others by not only being positive ourselves, but helping your team members make changes in their lives and be more positive.
They key is for the team to find what their strength is and use it to their advantage. Use Appreciative Inquiry to ask yourself what kind of strengths has worked for the team before. Ask your team members how they felt when they used them to solve a problem and remind them how confident they felt afterwards. These Appreciative Inquiry exercises will help the team get to the root of the problem and then help them determine how to solve it!
Confidence Will Promote Positive Change in the Team
The perception team members have of themselves, not only affect how other people see them, but it can affect how they view the world and act in it. Sometimes we can’t control these things, such as embarrassing moments or recent mistakes, but there are many things we can do that can boost our confidence. When the team remembers their earlier successes or imagine a goal they want to achieve, they get an instant confidence boost and can feel better about the choices they make. When team members are confident in themselves, they are more apt to make positive changes without being fearful and without their own criticism.
Tips to build confidence:
Present a confident body language.
Offer your opinion and insights.
Compliment other people – it makes you feel good too!
Inquiry is a Seed of Change
Many things in our lives have changed so much and continue to grow over time. But what makes them change? What steps do they take to make something different? We’d be surprised to know that the simplest way to make changes is to ask a question. Inquiry is the seed of change because it brings up the mental question of “what if?”
“What if cell phones didn’t just make calls, but sent a message of typed text?”
“What if we sold fries with our hamburger and called it a combo meal?”
“What if new customers received a 10% discount when they sign with us?”
Through Appreciative Inquiry, anyone in the team can ask a question that seeks to find another type of thinking. When different types of ‘thinkers’ come together, it can create various types of changes that can alter how we view many things in our lives.
The Team Will Gravitate Towards What is Expected of Them
When you look for a job opening in the want ads, what type of ads do you notice first? Chances are you read the ones that mention your type of skill set, such as a secretary, a chef, or even a construction worker. You feel confident reading these ads first because you know that they are in your area of skills and you’re confident you can do the job.
The same effect is true for anyone else. When team members have an idea of what is expected of them, they are more likely to drift toward that persona. If we are positive and helpful in our own actions, people will naturally want to join in when we encourage them to feel the same way. They feel as though they are expected to feel more positive, upbeat or confident, so they begin to review how they do things and ‘gravitate’ towards a different way of doing things.
Positive imagery can often serve as not only a reminder of good work, but it can also serve as a reward for the team. You should be seeing an increase in performance and productivity through the use of positive imagery. Some physical forms of positive imagery include a shiny trophy after a race or a chart of how many products were sold last month. But the team can also have positive mental imagery that can help them along the way when they cannot see the physical rewards.
Being positive does not mean that your team is oblivious to the outside world and the things that can go wrong in it. But, being positive does mean that your team can be prepared for the worst but keep a positive outlook for everything else. Being prepared for adversity simply means that the team does not lie to themselves about what can happen and that they see the situation for what it is. They know that things can be different and will change, but they don’t let it damper their outlook. When the team is better prepared, they have the knowledge to know that they may not be able to change the world and the problems that arise in it, but they can change their own life and have the choice to remain positive while dealing with any negative situation.
The Team Becomes More Flexible and Creative
When a problem is presented before the team, chances are, they cannot change what has already happened or the effect of the problem on everyone else. But as a team they are more flexible and creative and have the ability to manipulate how they view a problem and how to solve it. Realize that they have options and that they can control how they react to something. They should not look at the problem as though it only has a black or white solution and remember that there is a gray area too and they will find the best way for them to handle it.
You can change even if the problem can’t.
You can control only you.
There is more than one correct way to do things.
Help Your Team Think of the Perfect Situation
When we see something as perfect, we generally see something that is free of flaws and makes us happy. Sometimes when the team faces a large group of problems, they have trouble deciding what to start on first. When this happens, a helpful exercise is for them to think about the perfect situation. When they do, what is the first problem they notice is missing? Not only does it help them determine which problem they should tackle first, but it lets them have an image of a perfect situation without the problem, so they know it is not impossible! Visualizing the perfect situation can propel the team in the direction needed to remedy almost any situation.
Anticipatory reality is helpful in team building because it makes the team focus on the future and what the team wants to accomplish. One of the first steps of anticipatory reality is creating an image of the future and determining what can help the team get there. We can change things, add new themes, and make goals – we are constantly fashioning our anticipatory reality.
Imagining a Successful Future Will Affect the Present
We know that our past does not always
identify our future. But planning our future can affect the team’s present. Thinking ahead to a successful future
can increase the positivity in your team today and raise their confidence. When
they focus on the successes they want to achieve and imagine them coming true,
it can give them great hope for the future, which in turn gives them hope for
today. The team can stay positive by knowing that they can achieve that
successful future and always keep a positive attitude about reaching team
Many of us are the type of people who automatically assume the worst in any situation. We start to anticipate anything that can go wrong and try to determine how we would handle anything that comes up. But if a team can learn to control these negative anticipations, they can begin to see any situation from the positive side. When the team members view the positive aspects of a situation, they feel more confident about their ability to handle them. Because no matter how big or scary a situation may seem, remaining positive and changing how they view the problem can make anything possible.
The decisions your team make today can influence how they see things later. When they limit their negative anticipations and concentrate on creating a positive outlook, their current decisions and thoughts begin to develop into a positive form of thinking, which can improve our overall confidence of the team. Worrying about what may or may not happen or what could go wrong in a situation can drain a team and make the team members feel as though they don’t have any hope. But if they change their thoughts today and limit the negativity they allow in their planning, their decisions can be influenced by positivity and will help them make better choices.
More confidence in your decisions
Less negative or anxious feelings
Positive outlook on future decisions
Base It on Data and Real Examples
One of the negative things about anticipatory reality is that team members often base their thoughts and conclusions on things that they have heard or have over-played in our own heads. They begin to think about the worst thing that could happen or anything that could go wrong, but they have nothing to base it upon. Instead, the team should always focus on the facts of a problem and realize what is actually there.
With positive thoughts and attitudes, your team can discover new ways of reaching team goals. The team can be free to dream new ambitions and set themselves up for success. After a plan is made, the team can design how to reach that goal and deliver the end result.
Discovery is about finding what type of processes,
organization and skills work for your team. It is also a process of learning to
appreciate what has been given to the team and using it to their benefit. Team
members often discover some of this information by speaking with other team
members and learning about what has worked for the company in the past. This
can lead team members to feel more appreciative about their role in the team
and what they can do to make meaningful contributions.
Conversing with other team
members about their experiences
Asking team leaders what
methods have worked in the past
Observing your past actions
that have been successful
The dream phase focuses on what would work
for the team and the company in the future. This ‘dream session’ can be run in
a large group conference or can be done with a few peers. Either way, it should
allow everyone to open up about what they want to see from the team and any
ideas they may have for improvement. The idea of the ‘dream’ part of this model
is to use positive energy to create a vision for the future, while creating
goals and accomplishments that will help the team, and the company, reach that
point. Dream up the ideal and perfect situation.
“Would this work in the
“What do I want to see happen?”
“What would be perfect for the
team and the company?”
The design plan is all about how you and
the team members plan to reach the goals and dreams that were lined out in the
discovery and dream phases. This part of the model focuses on what needs to be
done to reach these goals and reach the progress needed. Generally, this part
is carried out by a small group of members that concentrate on how to move
forward, but it can be done with larger groups as well. Anyone in this group is encouraged to remember
to use positive language and encourage their coworkers to think positive in
“What do we need to do to make
“Will things needed to be
changed or altered?”
“Do we need to introduce a new
The delivery phase, sometimes called the destiny phase, is the final stage of the Four D model, and focuses on executing the plans and ideas that were thought out and developed in the previous phases. In this part of the model, team members need to take the necessary actions to progress toward change and positively obtaining the team goals. A plan isn’t worth the paper it is written on if it doesn’t have a dynamic team behind it to carry it out.
Lanseria is situated to the northwest of the city of Johannesburg, towards the outer regions of Randburg. Although visitors to the area get the feeling of being away from it all, Lanseria is in fact just 20 minutes from Sandton, next door to Midrand and Fourways and less than an hour’s ride to Pretoria.
Shumba Valley Lodge is ideally located for conference, leisure and business travelers who seek the tranquility of the countryside, whilst being within easy distance from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Lanseria Airport is a mere 5 minutes drive from Shumba Valley Lodge and a 45 minute drive from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. This team building venue is close to the N1 and N14 highways with Sandton 20 minutes away.
Shumba Valley Lodge is situated within the
Cradle of Humankind, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. The most
famous of the 13 excavated fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind World
Heritage Site is the Sterkfontein Caves. The caves are recognised as the most
longstanding continuous palaeoanthropological dig in the world.
The Lanseria district, with its open air and country feel, lends itself to open ground, which Shumba Valley boasts, making the venue ideal for team building activities. Shumba Valley’s location also makes it ideal as an out of town conference destination, but without having to travel for hours. Their conference facilities can house from 10 to 80 delegates in a schoolroom set-up. Guests are treated to absolute peace within a country setting as Shumba Valley is set within 50 acres of ground and the delightful smell of thatch makes for a very relaxing atmosphere.
Outdoor dining facilities such as a Boma Braai, or a Poolside
Terrace Braai are ideal ways to wrap up the days conferencing or team building
on a relaxed note. Shumba Valley Lodge offers conference and team building accommodation
in Chalet and Rondavel forms, set within the peaceful, spacious gardens with 4
One of the first things that can ruin a positive attitude is looking at a situation and only noticing the negative aspects, or the “What’s Wrong” side. A pessimistic attitude won’t get anyone very far. When presented with a problem, take a few minutes and look at both sides of the problem. Make a mental list of everything that is positive about the situation before touching on the negative aspects. You’ll find that any situation won’t appear as bad as we think when we notice the positive first.
Keys to shifting the thoughts of your team:
Avoid the “all or nothing”
thinking – deciding a situation only has two sides.
Realize the difference between
being right and being happy.
Avoid over-generalizing a
situation – focus on details.
It’s Not Eliminating Mistakes-It’s Holding up Successes
A common misconception that people make is that being positive or progressive means they cannot make mistakes nor have faults. This, of course, is untrue. Mistakes happen all the time, and although they can sometimes be prevented, they cannot be stopped altogether. They key is for your team to learn from their mistakes and then focus on the successes that follow them.
When a child falls off their bike before
learning to ride, we do not focus on how many times they fell, but celebrate
when they ride down the sidewalk on their own. Being positive doesn’t mean your
team eliminate mistakes or problems, they just learn to focus on the
achievements they reach. Success leads to more success when the team is focused
on the positive.
Positive Words Encourage Positive Thinking
From a young age we have learned that
positive language has more effect on us than negativity. When we tell ourselves
“I can’t do that” or “I’ll never finish this”, we normally
find ourselves to be right. But if we use more positive and influential phrases
and language, we find ourselves feeling more confident and ready to handle any
situation. Positive words encourage positive thinking, so encourage your team
to add some “I can…” and “I’m great” phrases to their vocabulary! Positivity
is contagious, so don’t be afraid to share it with your team and encourage them
to think positive too.
Using positive language:
Avoid negatives, such as
“can’t” or “won’t”
Reassure yourself and remind
yourself of your abilities
Compliment yourself – “Good job” and “Well done”
Limit or Remove Negative Phrasing
As we’ve said before, positive words
encourage positive thinking. The same goes for negative phrasing – when we
allow ourselves to use negative language, our thoughts become negative. Studies
have shown that there are five key phrases that any person should remove from
their vocabulary in order to ban negative language.
Just – This word limits our
accomplishments and devalues our skills.
Try – This word can often give us an excuse
to fail. We will ‘try’ to accomplish something, but if we don’t succeed then
it’s not our fault. We either do something or we don’t.
Can’t – This word is often used when a
person does not want to take the effort to reach a goal or accomplishment. Replace
this word with a mental action plan on how you can act on your goals.
Impossible – This word is normally used
when we are faced with something big and overwhelming. However, anything can
seem possible if broken down into smaller, more attainable jobs. Anything can
be accomplished when we take things one step at a time.
Someday – This word can have the same problem
as ‘try’ – it sets us up to allow failure. When we plan to reach our goals
“someday”, we are giving ourselves permission to procrastinate. Set a timeline
for your goals and stick to them.
Muldersdrift is situated in the greater Johannesburg area of South Africa’s Gauteng province. It is a picturesque rural area northwest of the Johannesburg CBD. Located in the Kromdraai Valley and on the Crocodile River, Muldersdrift forms part of the Crocodile Ramble, a scenic tourist route generally regarded as the most popular of all the craft routes around South Africa. It has a wealth conference centres, wedding venues and team building venues. The following are some of our preferred team building venues in Muldersdrift.
Glenburn Lodge Team Building Venue in Muldersdrift Glenburn Lodge Team Building Venue is situated in the tranquillity of the Zwartkops Mountains, on the banks of the Blaauwbank and Crocodile Rivers. Situated within the newly declared World Heritage Site, the “Cradle of Humankind”, this 100 bedroom hotel, conference, team building venue and spa is a mere 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. The, natural, scenic, beauty of Glenburn Lodge makes it the perfect setting for conferences, product launches, think-tanks and team building exercises. The Conference Centre seats up to 600 delegates across eight conference rooms. All rooms are fully equipped with state of the art conference equipment… more about Glenburn Lodge
Eco Hotel Team Building Venue Situated in the Muldersdrift area of Gauteng,
Valverde is a country style hotel where visitors can truly get away from the
hustle and bustle of the city. This team building venue has a distinct Spanish
flavour and is distinguished by the personal treatment that guests
experience.The word “Valverde” means “green village” in
Spanish and Italian. The conference facilities at the venue consist of five
fully equipped conference and function rooms that can house anywhere from five
up to 150 delegates.The layout and decor of the conference rooms create an
exceptional ambiance which is backed up by the professional and reliable
conference events services offered by the venue… more about Valverde
Avianto Team Building Venue in Muldersdrift Avianto was born in 1997 from the idea of creating the perfect wedding venue in Johannesburg for what must be one of life’s greatest celebrations. Having captured the hearts of the discerning bride with the Banquet Hall, a second venue, The Ballroom, was created with some more versatility accommodating splendid corporate celebrations and Sunday lunches. Dedicated conference convention centers as well as hotel rooms followed with the introduction of Café Cielo to accommodate the need for leisure guests and leisure dining. The Avianto Hotel in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg will continue to expand to the north along the Crocodile River, on to what used to be the old Syringa Spa & Picnic Resort… more about Avianto
Misty Hills Country Hotel Team Building Venue in Muldersdrift If it’s service excellence with an authentic African twist that you are after, then Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa welcomes you. Nestled in the foothills of the Swartkop mountains on the threshold of the beautiful Kromdraai Valley in Muldersdrift, Misty Hills is one of the most popular hotel and conference venues in Gauteng.This charming stone-built hotel, embodies the ethos of Africa. Set in more than 60 acres of lush botanical gardens, Misty Hills is the ideal venue for functions, conferences, exhibitions, product launches, team building, getaways and events… more about Misty Hills Country Hotel
Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge Team Building Venue in Muldersdrift Cradle Moon offers the bush experience just outside of the city, close to Johannesburg and Pretoria. Cradle Moon caters to most events including, weddings, conferences, music concerts, sporting events and team building. CRADLE MOON LAKESIDE GAME LODGE is situated within the newly formed 1600 Hectare CRADLE MOON CONSERVANCY, in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, less than 20 minutes from Sandton and Pretoria, on the western Urban Edge of Johannesburg, where the Bushveld begins… more about Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge
Johannesburg is situated on the eastern plateau of the Highveld in Gauteng, and is the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa. Johannesburg offers a variety of world-class team building venues that cater for conferences as well as both outdoor and indoor team building events. The following are five team building venues in Johannesburg that we recommend for your next team building event.
Indaba Team Building Venue in Fourways, Johannesburg Just north of the fast paced business world of Sandton, lies the Indaba Team Building Venue nestled beneath the vista of the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains. It is a compelling blend of businesslike convenience and efficiency, along with a relaxed and warm country hospitality atmosphere. Indaba is a four star Johannesburg hotel located within easy travelling distance of all the city’s main business and tourist attractions. It is renowned for its luxurious accommodation, excellent guest facilities, team building and function venues. The award-winning conference, meeting and banqueting facilities of Indaba are recognised as being some of the best… more about Indaba
St. Andrews Signature Hotel Team Building Venue in Bedfordview, Johannesburg Panoramic views, luxurious accommodation, South African cuisine, and seamless service are all served up at the elegant new St Andrews Signature Hotel & Spa, a luxury boutique hotel in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. Only a stone’s throw from OR Tambo International airport and centrally located between Johannesburg’s shopping precincts and bustling restaurant, St Andrews Signature Hotel offers a haven of tranquillity in Africa’s busiest city hub… more about St. Andrews Signature Hotel
Thaba Eco Hotel Team Building Venue in Kibler Park, Johannesburg Thaba Hotel won the Lilizela Tourism Award for 2016 for setting the benchmark in service excellence. Contributing to the industry, investing in skills provision, leading by example and for ensuring that each guest is given a world-class experience in Gauteng! Surrounded by Johannesburg’s Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Thaba Eco Hotel is known for luxurious accommodation… more about Thabo Eco Hotel
The Wanderers Club Team Building Venue in Illovo, Johannesburg The Wanderers Club mission is to be the Premier Sporting Club in South Africa, striving to understand, recognise, and meet needs of members, stakeholders, and partners through ongoing product development, investment, service delivery systems and by developing a technological capacity, promoting partnerships, new revenue streams and recognising the need to transform the demographic profile of the Club. They boast some of the top sporting facilities in South Africa, from their cricket fields to basketball courts to bowling greens… more about the Wanderers
Zulu Nyala Country Manor Team Building Venue in Chartwell, Fourways, Johannesburg With a variety of venues in different sizes for meetings, conferences, team building, product launches and more, Zulu Nyala Country Manor offers an array of efficient and effective solutions for all your corporate requirements, when staying at Zulu Nyala… more about Zulu Nyala Country Manor
The Escape Room team building activity offers 60 minutes of adventure that engages all the senses and you get to choose from a variety of themes to fit the preferences of your team. Your team will be able to apply creative thinking and problem solving skills while getting used to working alongside one another. At the same you will get to know the unique strengths of each team member.
Here are some of the many team building benefits of Escape Room games:
Help Team Members Set Common Goals
In the Escape Room team building activity, participants work on a common goal to solve the room’s mystery and escape. Effective goal setting is essential to the success of a team. Goal setting, however, requires careful strategy and execution. Simply writing down a list of things to do is not goal setting. Goals need to be made on an emotional and intellectual level in order to be achieved successfully. In a team, time management is one of the keys to reaching goals. Without proper time management, it is easy for the team to become sidetracked by unimportant tasks that do not help them reach their goals. Goal Setting is a very important part of building a successful team. Your team needs goals to ensure that things get done.
Every person deals with conflict in their own way and the Escape Room team building activity gives team leaders the opportunity to see how team members handle conflict. The team has to work together to escape and everyone gets to see how everyone else deals with conflict. This allows the team to get to know each other better. Strengths and weaknesses come to the fore as the team has to solve problems under pressure. Team member’s interaction reveals many aspects of themselves, such as communication, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Identify Disruptive Team Members
You may have team members that are disruptive, not only to they not add to the team but they take away from it. They are often unpleasant to be around, creating disruption and discord among the rest of the team. Disruptive team members include those persons who never have anything to say or add to the team, those that complain about everything, and the jokers who only speak up to get attention and have fun. The Escape Room team building activity can help identify the disruptive members of your team so that you can deal with them accordingly.
Enhance Problem-Solving Skills
There are times when work can be repetitive and team members don’t come across many new challenges, inhibiting their innovation for problem solving. Escape Room team building activities place teams in engaging situations that require attention and critical thinking. It encourages the team members to think on their feet and find instant solutions for whatever problems they face back at the workplace.
Escape room team building activities help team leaders define roles within
a team. During the activity, the participants tend to realize their strengths
and ultimately their role in the company. Some team members may come forward as
leaders and some as great critical thinkers. Recognising these strengths will
help team leaders build stronger teams.
Cultivate Effective Communication
Within the Team
To solve the puzzles in the Escape Room activity requires teamwork to decipher codes and find clues. Team members have to stay connected with each other and keep each other updated on their progress. This sense of working together to achieve a common goal can be carried over into the business world, creating higher levels of productivity in the team.