Teams are the principal building blocks of the strategy of successful organizations. The focus of your organization may be on service, quality, cost, value, speed, efficiency, performance, or any other similar goals, but teams remain the central methodology of most organizations in the private, non-profit, as well as government sectors.
Benefits of a Team
We need people.
Boring has been the cry of exercisers for years. With no help in site.
I think we addressed the boring issue from the wrong direction. Over the years new routines, machines and systems have been developed to address the boring dilemma.
What motivates us human beings are people. People change people not equipment or more routines.
People who workout alone have a HIGH drop out rate. Why? Both men and women report that family responsibilities and lack of spousal support are their main reasons for dropping out. What we need is mild peer pressure or what I call creative peer pressure, just enough of a friendly nudge to keep you coming back.
The Solution: If you’re married, include your spouse in a fitness program. If you’re not married, find a friend, relative or significant other that will partner up with you. A fitness partner will provide you with a support system and motivation that will foster adherence to your fitness program. It’s much easier to be enthusiastic about your workout if you know someone is depending on you to be his or her teammate.
Group vs. Team
Everybody belongs to some sort of group. Families, workplaces, places of worship all function as groups in our lives. But are they effective teams? What’s the difference? You can be in a group of people and never function as a unit. Think of a gym or a traditional aerobics class. That’s group exercise. A lot of people in one room working out. But it’s not a team. There’s no collaboration, no partnership, and no teamwork. Isn’t that what we want? Everywhere that we go we see groups, but wherever we find success we discover that it’s a result of teamwork.
Anyone can throw a group together, but how do you build a team? There are plenty of programs out there that claim to build teams. However, their programming is limited to one session, one day, or maybe one week. Can you really build a team in that short amount of time? Corporate programs offer seminars and outdoor adventure team-building activities. But they are just activities and events, not a consistent, regular effort to implement team skills into the workplace. Certainly, excitement will soar as people guide a raft down a river, participate in a ropes course, or climb rocks… but will an effective team emerge and remain for weeks and months to come? Probably not. The feelings will subside after a few days and people will go on with their own personal work agendas.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line with Team of 3 is fun. This is what sets Team of 3 apart from any other fitness program. People are in an environment that is comfortable– they’re comfortable enough to pursue both physical fitness and build relationships within their organization. Fun enables people to sustain their goals.