Have you ever participated in a “ropes” course before? It’s an outdoor team building activity which consists of low and high elements. The low elements are at ground level and the high elements are a few feet off the ground. The purpose of the ropes course isn’t to find out how athletic (or in my case, not athletic) a person was. It was for groups to work together toward a common goal. The course was about teamwork – identifying strengths, cooperation, collaboration, and trust.
I’ve participated in a few ropes courses but I must say that was several years ago when they were the thing to do. I hear very little about ropes courses these days. It seems like companies are finding other ways to build a sense of camaraderie in the workplace.
As business professionals, we talk about the importance of tailoring our message to our audience. We say it’s important to communicate using the tools people have available like smartphones and tablets. For us to build effective teams, we have to create activities that fit within our corporate and societal cultures.