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Taking One for The Team

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“Teamwork makes the dream work.”  No matter how many times you hear that saying, it always rings true.  Teamwork is the foundation of a highly efficient and successful business.  You cannot run your business or your organization without different people and different groups working together to reach a common goal and maximize efficiency.  In this digital age of working from home especially during the pandemic, connecting with your team and its members has never been more vital.  

John J. Murphy, author of Pulling Together: 10 Rules For High Performance Teamwork said: “Each individual has unique gifts, and talents, and skills.  When we bring them to the table and share them for a common purpose, it can give companies a real competitive advantage.”

However, the importance of teamwork goes beyond boosting your bottom line.  That is why business owners, company managers, and organization leaders often invest in team building experiences to promote teamwork within their businesses and organizations.  The most effective team leaders build relationships based on trust and loyalty rather.

Well-planned and executed team building activities brings people together, builds trust, encourages communication, increases productivity, and promotes camaraderie.  It can also resolve conflicts, inspire creativity, and acquire new skills.  But the most importantly, team building improves the company culture.

In planning for your team building session, you must think about your employees and your teams.  What suits your specific business or organization?  You need to factor in time and commitment as well.  Are you willing to do three days of multiple activities or will one day suffice?  What is your budget?  What would have the most impact on you and your company?

Here are some activities you might want to consider for your team building activity:

Visit an animal sanctuary.

Located in Santa Clarita, The Gentle Barn is an animal sanctuary where you and your team can spend a couple of hours brushing cows, feeding the horses, holding chickens, and, yes, even giving pigs tummy rubs.  During their private tours, you’ll learn about the animals’ stories, and take away life lessons of unconditional love, and living in the moment.

To plan a tour for you or your team, visit their website for more information.

The Gentle Barn Foundation

15825 Sierra Highway

Santa Clarita, CA 91390

(661) 252.2440

Book an Escape Room experience.

Escape rooms are a great way to test your team’s problem-solving skills and teamwork under pressure!  There are several to choose from but here are some of our suggestions:

Enchanted Escape Room, 8300 Tampa Avenue, Northridge. (818) 855-9951.

ArchiteCt Escape Rom, 7019 Reesda Blvd., Reseda. (818) 588-4480.

Room Escape HQ, 17050 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. (818) 31207937.