Team Building Events in Donostia – San Sebastián
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The capital of Guipuzcoa is a city of contrasts, new and old at the same time, because, culturally, its citizens share belonging to one of the most ancient peoples of Europe: the Basques. San Sebastián is the city of Pintxos (basque tapa). This is one of the many attractions that bring visitors to one of the smallest Spanish provinces, covered in its entirety by mountains and crossed by no less than six rivers that course through a succession of green and fertile valleys, and bounded to its north by a coastline of rocky bays and small, delightful beaches.
Nonetheless, if Perretxikos, Kokotxas, Marmitako, Bacalao al Pil Pil or Txangurro (typical cuisine) form the signature element of the province, the tiny bay of La Concha that encloses the most aristocratic of the four beaches of the capital is surely its most enduring image. Both the city of San Sebastián and the beautiful inland villages offer excellent settings and venues to develop a team building event “in the Basque way”.
Learning By Doing
Well designed and well managed, a Team Building program is an excellent tool to energize work teams. Our team training programs are based on Experiential Learning (Learning by Doing) and create scenarios that place participants and teams in an unusual environment outside their comfort zone. The success of a team depends not so much on the talent, qualifications or intelligence of its members, but more on how the behaviour of each of its members is accommodated and complemented. If we try to list the ideal qualities of a manager we will realize that far too many of them are mutually exclusive: decisive and reflective, strong and assertive but sensitive to people’s feelings, a fluent communicator and a good listener and so on.
However, while probably no individual can combine all those often mutually incompatible characteristics, a team of individuals certainly can, and often does. This is why it is not the individual but the team that is the instrument of sustained and enduring success in management whether this is within an educational, sports or work context. A team can renew and regenerate itself, build up a store of shared and collectively owned experience, information and judgement. This store can be passed on as seniors depart and juniors arrive. And it can be in ten places at once.
Based on the work of R. Meredith Belbin – Management Teams, Why they succeed or fail – Copyright © Belbin Associates, UK.