Want your group to get to know one another better? You’re not alone—this is one of the most common requests we get when people schedule teambuilding programs. At Challenge Discovery, we work with just as many well-established groups as we do those that have just formed. But it really doesn’t matter what group you’re in, who you are or how long the group has been around—building and strengthening relationships is always important.
In our mission statement, you’ll find that we promote the building of deep, meaningful relationships based on vulnerability and trust. We believe that the foundation for great teamwork and client service is strong relationships. Our team strives to enhance relationships with one another by communicating effectively, listening to understand, and building trust with each other—and we also do this with participants.
Over the past few months we’ve written about each of our core values. First, we discussed creating a mutually supportive environment. Next, we talked about enhancing self-esteem. Here, we’re examining our final core value, building relationships.
How can I get to know my peers?
There are lots of things you can do to get to know someone better. You can go out to dinner with your group. You can go bowling. You can take a hike. But at Challenge Discovery, we don’t want to just be an experience shared among a group. It can be so much more. Not only do we want you to learn everyone’s name and an interesting fact about them. We want you to get to know their comfort zone. How they creatively solve problems. How they support their team. It’s more than an event—it’s a meaningful experience that promotes relationship development.
A few months ago, we did a TeamMobile program for students from an Episcopal church and students from an Islamic Center. These students did not know each other, but their leaders had a vision to create a collaboration between the two religious organizations. Although these students are around the same age and some of them even go to school together, they arrived as two separate groups.
Throughout our program, the facilitators worked to break down those barriers and really allow opportunities for the students to get to know one another. By the end of the day, the two groups formed into one and they were working together. This is what we’re after—helping groups get to know one another, bond, and come out as a unified group.
Do you remember when you came to the course and what that was like? Maybe there were people in your group that you had never met, or maybe you had known them for a long time. But at the end of the day, did you feel like you learned more about who they are, how they behave, and how they work in a group?
Whether it’s in your classroom, or on the Odyssey Ropes Course in Richmond, VA, Challenge Discovery exists to establish, build and strengthen relationships—while showing you a really good time! To learn more about our teambuilding programs, contact us today at (804) 409-0788.