Team building sounds like the kind of thing that isn’t complicated. However, when it’s time to sit down and actually begin planning an event, the importance of team building resources becomes immediately clear. And a professional training group is extremely valuable in identifying the most valuable resources of all.
Expertise and Dedication
Trained program facilitators bring with them a wealth of experience in working with groups in all stages of corporate growth and change. You may have a good idea of where you want to go, as an organization. And you may even have a pretty good idea of what your employees need to get there. But facilitators, based on their expertise, may raise additional related topics that hadn’t crossed your mind but would greatly benefit your staff.
Their ability to unite these needs into a compelling and engaging staff development program is a reflection of their dedication to the field. After all, employee development programs are what they do – all the time. And so they have a highly specialized knowledge and skill set that clients can draw from for the benefit of their own companies. A trained and experienced program leader has the ability to modify workshops to meet specific client needs, and the resourcefulness to adapt on the fly in response to employee needs on the day-of.
Holding Up a Mirror
Skilled facilitators can, in effect, hold a mirror up to a company or organization. Perhaps the greatest resource for helping your employees work cohesively is your company itself. Like Dorothy in ‘’The Wizard of Oz’’, suddenly realizing she had what she needed all along, you may find that your group’s had what it needs all along. You just need someone to help bring it into focus, for you and your staff. Doing so empowers employees and lays the groundwork for ongoing, buildable progress. But when you’re close to the situation, this can be hard to see, and so the objectivity and perspective of an outside program leader can be invaluable.
Harnessing the Power of Team Building Resources
Making the most of team building resources is the best chance for planning an employee development program that achieves the desired goals. Professional training groups bring a lot to the table – competence, experience, enthusiasm, and a big-picture perspective that can be valuable but difficult to find on your own. But most importantly, by developing action-oriented programs tailored to your group, they illustrate for employees how to identify and utilize the tangible and intangible resources they already have.