Teambuilding and Teamwork: Is There a Difference?
Teambuilding and Teamwork really mean the same thing, right?
At first glance, the two terms seem to represent identical ideas. But upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that differentiating between teambuilding and teamwork could hold the key to your company’s success.
Teamwork can be defined as the manner in which a group of people work together to accomplish a particular goal. A group of children meeting for the first time can engage in teamwork to create an art project, clean up a space, or simply play a game.
Teamwork, then, is focused on how people work together in the present moment.
Teambuilding, on the other hand, has to do with the manner in which your team members relate to each other on a consistent basis to accomplish outstanding results.
Teamwork is an essential element of teambuilding, but it’s not the whole story. Teambuilding is evolutionary and happens over time. It incorporates the individual strengths and uncovers the hidden talents of members while showing them how to work together.
Teambuilding also teaches your team how to use teamwork more effectively in order to reach a specific set of goals.
The principles taught during strategic teambuilding sessions can be applied to a wide and ever-changing variety of situations in the workplace. Your team will gain the confidence to tackle challenges head-on using the team-based approaches that have worked for them in the past. They will come to differentiate teambuilding and teamwork by participating as an individual team member and as part of something greater than themselves.
Mike Hourigan is a Keynote Speaker, Author and Consultant who specializes in Teambuilding and Teamwork. Contact Mike at 704-875-3030, 888-PRO-KEYNOTE or fill out the form below: