Richmond Team Building & Training Corporate Team Building & Training in Richmond
Richmond has seen a lot of history, but continues to look towards the future. Its lively downtown and a burgeoning startup culture reflects that ideal. Your team can take advantage of it – complete with a view of the James River – for your next leadership development initiative, communication exercise, or sales training. How can Richmond help you grow?
3 ways Richmond Team Building Can Help Your Business
Fast track the learning process:
One of the most powerful aspects of team building is the ability to make concepts and topics real. When we try to describe a complex idea to a group of people, each individual will have their own interpretation based on their experience and perception of what is being shared. So how can we ensure that an entire team walks away with a common and consistent message? When people are actively engaged and actually involved in the process, their understanding and retention is dramatically improved. When we see, hear, and actively demonstrate a skill or concept, it tends to stick. As our friends at VCU discovered, team building provides the perfect means to make complex ideas and concepts understandable. This includes understanding the corporate (or university) culture, demonstrating behavioral expectations, and reinforcing course content. Skilled facilitation is what makes the difference between “fun and games” and a targeted learning opportunity.
Develop alignment in cross-generational teams:
Have you ever noticed that younger and older generations tend to have very different views of work? Because of their experiences and the conditions in which they were raised, they have different expectations, motivation, and approaches to business. Each of these perspecitives carry huge potential benefits to the organization, but in many situations, they create conflict instead of value. So how can you help cross-generational teams become more effective? Team building is one possible solution. By taking people out of their work setting and removing many of the barriers we find in organizations, we are able to quickly develop common ground. For example, much of our work with Evonik leadership is built around critical content including leadership skills, diversity, and managing mixed populations. But where the most significant training lessons are commonly seem is during our Leadership Lab team building exercises. Here, they see first hand the benefits of engaging cross-generational teams and are able to practice critical skills. As a result, they are better equipped to manage and build strong alignment with cross-generational teams.
Learn to leverage individual differences:
At the very core of diversity is personality… how each of us, regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation, is unique as an individual. It’s a wonderful concept until you try to blend all of these differences within a team or organization. How do you find ways to bridge all of these differences? How do you communicate in a way that resonates with everyone? How do you build a culture that is both inclusive and productive? Team building is a perfect tool for exploring and learning to overcome these differences. Especially when combined with personality assessments such as MBTI, Five Factor, or DiSC. The assessments give a glimpse into our differences and provide a structure to help us discuss differences in a safe way. As the graduate students at VCO discovered, once you begin having open and honest conversations, you begin to realize that differences can be a resource rather than an obstacle. Team building exercises are a perfect tool for putting this into practice. Remember, in effective teams, the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts!
Team Building Should be about Outcomes
- Alignment: Getting teams rowing in the same direction, toward common goals with clear expectations and a communication process that accommodates change.
- Assimilation: Building common ground and helping everyone feel part of the team by discovering shared vision and values.
- Experience: Helping increase awareness, challenge your perspective, and establish a common history that everyone can draw upon.
- Development: Enabling people to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses while creating opportunities to test, practice, and refine new behaviors.
- Collaboration: Creating an open and trusting environment where everyone is engaged, contributes, and feels valued by the team.
Popular Richmond Team Building Topics
- Leadership development
- Five Factor personality profiles
- Outdoor team building
- Managing across generations
- Improving study team effectiveness
- Cross gender communication
- Sales training
- MBTI (Meyers Briggs) personality assessments
Why Choose Learning Technologies?
We take the time to really understand your organizational culture, leadership style, and internal challenges. We strive to build on best practices that you already have in place while addressing components that may be lacking or missing. For training to be effective, it needs to address real and current needs, which encourages engagement and promotes direct application. When evaluating any training, always ask, “Is this relevant to our work?”
We customize every program so you don’t waste valuable training time. Especially in today’s world, there’s an almost endless amount of information regarding any topic. Rather than bombarding your people an information overload, provide them with the specific tools they really need to do their jobs both effectively and efficiently. We believe that it’s far better to leave a session with a few critical behaviors that will actually change rather than a huge manual full of theories that simply sits on a shelf.
Our goal is to help you better succeed as a business by complimenting your management style and reinforcing your core messages. We strive to design training programs that address your specific business drivers. Training is not just about developing skills; it’s about impacting the bottom line of your business.
We are seasoned business professionals who understand your challenges. Our consultants have years of business experience and have worked first-hand at addressing many of the challenges you currently face. For us, training is not an academic exercise, but rather a business proposition. We understand your needs and challenges because we’ve been there.
We focus on helping you actually improve your business results, rather than just delivering training. We challenge people and teams to not just do things differently, but to do what will help drive the business. By developing your people, you are investing in one of the most valuable assets in your organization. Remember, development is important, but results are absolutely essential!
Richmond Training Locations
- The Boathouse At Rocketts Landing, Richmond, VA – Team building, corporate retreats, leadership training
- Courtyard By Marriott, Richmond, VA – Team building, corporate retreats, leadership training
- Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA – Team building, corporate retreats, leadership training
- Richmond Marriott, Richmond, VA – Team building, corporate retreats, leadership training
- Amtrak Main Street Station, Richmond, VA – Team building, corporate retreats, leadership training
- Crowne Plaza, Richmond, VA – Team building, corporate retreats, leadership training
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