The caterer for an event recently offered Viv a variety of tasty choices for a forthcoming event. His final option was:
bad food(for team building in adversity)
I had to blink and think about this.
Obviously he’s put it there as he has had demand for such a thing in the past.
It’s very tempting to treat participants as objects for experimentation and “teambuilding” is often a pretext for this. I occasionally use this term myself but I always feel like apologising when I do.
From time to time I suggest groups do games and activities which I think might be useful to them. I am pretty careful to always include the option to opt out completely or just watch. I seemed to become a hero overnight in one American bank merely for creating this choice, so accustomed were they to being dragged into icebreakers by their over eager bosses.
As a facilitator, it’s always salutary for me to go to meetings as a mere punter. It reminds me how reluctant I often feel at the prospect of sticking a post-it note on my head, moulding a piece of clay to represent the brand values etc etc.
I’ll break my own ice, thanks. Oh, and I’ll try the caviar.