Expert interview: What’s the point of team building?

April 18, 2017
What’s the point of team building?

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So far this year, I’ve been interviewing business psychologist Simon Kilpatrick. I’ve been publishing our conversations on the People HR blog, so that you can follow our journey to explore the various ways we can apply psychology at work to build stronger teams, and develop better performers.

This month, instead of simply taking notes, I decided to bring my camera along. I filmed out conversation, and it’s now available for you to watch.

Press play to reveal Simon’s answers to my questions about team building.

What is the point of team building?

I wanted to explore some of the psychology behind team building, because I hear a lot of people say that it is just a waste of time. Or an excuse to have fun.

Simon helps to tackle some of these preconceptions, by answering questions like:

  • Is there any method to the madness?
  • Should team building activities put people under pressure?
  • What transferable skills does it teach?

How to build stronger teams in the office

In the video, Simon also talked about what you can do in the office right now, as a simple but fun team building game to strengthen your teams.

He suggests splitting your employees into groups of four – ensuring a good mix of introverts and extroverts – and then sending them all on a treasure hunt.

The treasure hunt should encourage a variety of problem solving skills – such as logic puzzles, language and numerical reasoning.

Catch up on older interviews

You can read my previous interviews with Simon by following these links:

About Simon Kilpatrick

Simon is a business psychologist, and founder of Intrinsic Links. He is also a lecturer of psychology at Leeds Beckett University. His company helps to teach positive psychology and management techniques that build great teams and top performers. You can visit Simon’s website here:

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