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Team Building vs Team Bonding: What’s the Difference

Team Building vs Team Bonding: What’s the Difference

At first glance, many people might not realise that the terms “Team Building” and “Team Bonding” aren’t one and the same thing. We’d even dare to wager that many out there might even be seeing these two terms mentioned in the same breath for the first time here. Well, Team Building and Team Bonding are BOTH very important corporate concepts for nurturing an effective team, and it would do every team leader good to have a sufficient grasp of both concepts, and know how to build on each. So, what’s the difference?

TEAM BUILDING

 

In a nutshell, Team Building refers to any effort towards making your team perform more effectively, with the PRODUCTIVITY of the team as the main focus. Team Building activities generally involve participants working together as a team to achieve a particular objective or to solve a problem. Team Building activities are great for developing your team’s agility, and for enhancing the sense of synergy in working together which may go unnoticed on a daily basis, but is so important for an effective team.  

Effective Team Building activities include the concept of unique individual roles coming together towards a common goal. An example of a great Team Building activity is Team Music’s BANDINC program where teams learn to play real music together as a result of performing their roles well on individual musical instruments. Achieve corporate clarity, collaboration and commitment to succeed with BANDINC! No wonder the Human Resource community embellished Team Music with 3 Awards based in Singapore, Hong Kong and United Kingdom. Not just an ordinary team building activity, read what participants say.  

TEAM BONDING

 

 

Where Team Building focuses on a team’s collective productivity, the concept of Team Bonding primarily focuses on strengthening the RELATIONSHIPS within a team. A Team Building activity could very well achieve elements of Team Bonding as well, but a Team Bonding activity may not necessarily achieve the results intended for a Team Building activity. Team Bonding activities are generally, though not necessarily, simpler than Team Building activities, and could simply involve team members spending time together over karaoke or a day at the movies.

One might argue, however, that no Team Building activity could truly be effective without at least some aspect of Team Bonding – a point with which we agree. Besides simply knowing how to work with each other, good relationships within a team are key to enhancing a team’s effectiveness. Nonetheless, Team Bonding activities are more an investment in the relational aspect of a team rather than its business aspect.

 

Team building and team bonding are equitably valuable

 

The both concept sounds easy to understand but its application in the activities is pretty difficult. Both the concepts are different from each other but again interrelated due to its similar outcome. Teams need to be it of a sports group, school classes, flight crews or any other group to adopt the concept of team building and team bonding to derive perfect coordination and understanding.

Every team is developed with the members who have a common goal but might be distinctive of different thoughts and intentions. Aiming to achieve the target and conquer successfully, it is also necessary to keep an eye and study the actions of the opponent teams. Winning a situation gets easy if the team members are united with similar thoughts, disciplines and motivate each other to not lose hope. But, it is very difficult to form a group with team-oriented people which leads to a lack of improvement and failure.

How are team bonding and team building co-related

 

In true sense, team building is the first step which is followed by team bonding. It is uniting the members into a group with a common aim. Whereas, team bonding is like a ladder that binds a team to establish social relations and encourage them to move forward to finish the target. The theory of team building can be broadly studied by doing proper research on its applications and importance. Team building plays a significant role in terms of organizational development and helps to build up cordial relations within a team. The main purpose is to build trust, ease communication, enhance collaboration and boost confidence and patience.

 

Team bonding is a unique idea that is used to connect the members of a team and strengthen the relationship between them. Team bonding is an ongoing process that helps to increase loyalty among the team members. A common trick of applying the objective of team bonding is to address by discussing positive past experiences in the form of fun activities. This small initiative has the powerful capability to release stress and convey thoughts. Team bonding matters a lot in organizational culture as it motivates team members to impart wisdom and effective suggestions.

 

Both the concepts are equally essential to build smooth interactions, expand the scopes of development and growth.

Top 7 Teambuilding Activities for Youth

Top 7 Teambuilding Activities for Youth

Top 7 Teambuilding Activities for Youth in Singapore

Planning team bonding in Singapore for youth? It does not matter where you are planning team bonding activities for. All you need to know is one big keyword: ENERGY. Teambuilding activities are important in helping to develop meaningful relationships among youth. Youth are always looking for FUN, and that element of fun makes for a much more effective bonding environment as compared to a classroom setting – especially for those who are shy. Teambuilding activities are also a great opportunity for youth to show their creativity and leadership skills, while building other important values such as confidence and communication skills. Here some great choices around town when it comes to teambuilding activities for youth.

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The 5 Types of Colleagues You See During Teambuilding Activities

The 5 Types of Colleagues You See During Teambuilding Activities

How many have you met?

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Just when you thought you’d seen it all. Corporate teambuilding activities are always a great time for us to discover a side of our colleagues that we’ve never seen before – or never even knew existed. Teambuilding or group activities are a great way to help team members understand one another as individuals beyond the daily grind – hence their importance. Here are 5 types of colleagues that you may “meet” at your next teambuilding session.

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10 Quick, Fun, Do-It-Yourself Team Building Games

10 Quick, Fun, Do-It-Yourself Team Building Games

 

Corporately speaking, it is so important to have fun team building activities and games are such a powerful “commercial breaks” for teammates so that breathe out from the usual work routines and concentrate on what is most important to life and commercial success – RELATIONSHIPS!

Well, these are some quick, fun, DIY teambuilding activities for starters or those of us running on low budgets, which could all work out at the end of the day, which does not involve researching on the best teambuilding vendors. 

These team building games, Singapore-based or not you are, are worth a shot!

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Top 5 Out of the Ordinary Indoor Team Building Activities in Singapore

Top 5 Out of the Ordinary Indoor Team Building Activities in Singapore

Top 5 Out of the Ordinary Indoor Team Building Activities in Singapore

Searching for the next corporate team building activity for your team? Bored of all the usual run-of-the-mill activities? Tired of having to manage the energy of your group when the activities just don’t seem to keep them interested? Here are some team bonding activities around the island which you might not have thought of before! What’s more, they’re weatherproof – rain or shine, the show must go on!

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5 PERSONALITY TRAITS OF A TOXIC EMPLOYEE (AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM)

5 PERSONALITY TRAITS OF A TOXIC EMPLOYEE (AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM)

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There will always, always be that one troublemaker who seems to make the lives of his or her co-workers harder than it really should be. Whether you’re a business owner, a manager, or a team leader, these types of employees are a major source of headache. Make sure to read until the end of this article to find out the best way to deal with them.

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5 KEYS TO SUSTAINING A HIGH-PERFORMING TEAM

5 KEYS TO SUSTAINING A HIGH-PERFORMING TEAM

 

High-Performing Team

Have you ever been part of a high-performing team?

Stepping into work is a breeze. Team meetings are fun and you look forward to it. Workloads don’t feel too heavy because you have teammates to back you up in every way they can. You come to love your work not just because of its nature but more so because of the people you work around with. You are surrounded with teammates who make you want to grow, be better, and succeed.

It felt so good, didn’t it?

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Sentosa as a Venue for Corporate Team Building Activities

Sentosa as a Venue for Corporate Team Building Activities

Sentosa as a Venue for Corporate Events

One of the foremost considerations of any corporate event organiser is the venue for your team building activity. Indoor or outdoor? How big (or small) is it? What are the available facilities there? There’s a myriad of factors to consider, but the bottom line is: what will it allow us to do there? Team Music had a great time running a some of our corporate team building activities in Sentosa, and we found that there were some pretty cool perks about having Sentosa team building activities or simply using the island paradise as a venue for corporate events.

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5 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Workplace

5 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Workplace

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Is creativity really vital at work? Or is it all just gravy on top of the more important qualities that an employee should basically have?

You see, creativity is more than just art — painting, poetry, and the likes. Creativity is the ability to innovate, think outside the box, transcend traditional ways to create new and better ones. If you think creativity only works for artists and writers, think again. Promoting creativity in your workplace allows a conducive nest for enthusiasm and passion for work. It is in creative thinking where new ideas are born.

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Fun Exercises to Impart the Benefits of Change

Fun Exercises to Impart the Benefits of Change

 

Band Inc. by Team Music

Change is inevitable — a phrase we hear much too often that we sometimes forget its truest essence. It’s constant, yes. And regardless of what industry or how good an organisation’s performance has been in the past, change will always be an unavoidable factor. We’ve already heard this a dozen of times before. But what do we do about it? We won’t just stop at accepting this cliche of life, won’t we? We will do something about it. Because while change is inevitable, progress is not.

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Unique Programs That Will Level Up Your Employees’ Skills

Unique Programs That Will Level Up Your Employees’ Skills

employee level up programs

Are you searching for unique workshops and training programs that will help you equip your employees with new sets of skills? Do you want to take your employee’s capabilities up a notch through fun and engaging activities? In this article, we will help you stay away from those monotonic seminars that will only leave your people snoozing halfway through. We’re giving you a list of the most unique skills training programs that you can find right here in Singapore.

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Ways to Hype Up Your Employees for Team Building

Ways to Hype Up Your Employees for Team Building

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How often do you spot a naysayer when the topic of corporate team building activities come around? Rolling eyes are what you usually see and “It’s just a waste of time!” is what you often hear them say. There will always be at least one person in the group who doesn’t feel like team building is a good idea. The worst part is, they like influencing their colleagues with their pessimistic views.

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Team Building Organising Committee: Roles and Responsibilities

Team Building Organising Committee: Roles and Responsibilities

team building organising committee

Corporate team buildings, especially for bigger organisations, would require more than one person to get all tasks done in that scenario it will require team building organising committee. In order to make sure that you will be running a successful event, asking for helping hands wouldn’t be a bad idea. As a matter of fact, delegating tasks to other people minimizes your duties and gives you more time to focus on your other tasks. At the same time, doing this is another great way to teach your staff on how to handle bigger responsibilities. (more…)

How to Find the Perfect Team Building Venue

How to Find the Perfect Team Building Venue

corporate event venue selection

The success of your corporate team building highly depends on the venue where it will be situated. If you fail to pick a good one, it is high likely that something will go wrong with your event. Imagine getting stressed out with scenarios like: Venue is unexpectedly too small to hold your participants. Or venue turns out to be incapable of providing you the equipment you need. Today, we will discuss the things that you should consider when looking for a corporate events venue in Singapore.

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Music That Binds – Team Music

Music That Binds – Team Music

With its brand of teambuilding, Team Music injects a newfound appreciation for organisational values through music-making.

Founder and Corporate Band Coach of Team Music, Mr Daniel Kan firmly believes that beginners with no prior musical knowledge can play music so long as they enjoy it and use it for a greater purpose or goal like personal development, family bonding, or church worship.

Co-founding Believer Music back in 2000, Mr Kan left it in 2009 to enter a different industry only to then return in 2012 with Kingdom Music which focusses on training church worship musicians. Since then, he has trained beginners to band together to perform in kindergarten year-end concerts, dinner and dance functions, birthdays, churches, and wedding parties. He enjoys this approach (a form of music training he calls “band coaching”) because it rallies people around a common goal, while fostering a mutual appreciation for each other’s strengths and contributions.

Music as a Team Building Tool
However, the weekend and night classes teaching 60 students meant that he had to accommodate his students’ after-work schedules—leaving him with little time for his family. A friend in the teambuilding industry hinted that the industry was always looking for the next big idea and since music was his natural talent, Mr Kan found a way to blend music with teambuilding and make it work.

“I needed more family time and regular working hours,” says the father of three. “So I cold-called teambuilding companies to give me a try in upcoming events with their clients. My partnership with these companies in 2013 went well but I was dissatisfied with the music quality which was compromised in the process. I knew we had to be true to our clients and the music. This was why I decided to officially register Team Music Pte Ltd in 2014.” Team Music, which focusses on training corporate bands was launched by using a distilled version of band coaching which he called BANDINC.

Overcoming Challenges and Lessons Learnt
“The first challenge was visibility,” says Mr Kan. “Nobody had heard about us. And those to whom we pitched the idea to, did not believe in us to take us on. We gained more trust and traction in the second year onwards (2015–2016) when we were finally listed on prominent event blogs.”

Another challenge was finding genuinely teachable, talented, committed, and humble musician-coaches who were willing to affirm, teach, and connect with beginners to play well. “My life’s mission is about helping people. Naturally, I sought individuals who were keen on helping others. We eventually found a number of young musicians and their friends at *SCAPE, our new ‘home’ at the start of 2017 and have been on the lookout for more suitable coaching talents ever since.”

BANDINC and MTVINC
Team Music parallels the human relational dynamics of playing in a band with human institutions/organisations through its two programmes: BANDINC and MTVINC. BANDINC gives people the confidence to play music and relieves work stress through a fun experience which builds camaraderie. MTVINC comprises musical elements such as song rewriting and voice recording. The highlight however, is in the short movie-making process. Through each programme, participants laugh together, get to see a lighter side of their colleagues and friends, and receive a newfound appreciation for values like:

  • Clarity. Clear goals outlined help reinforce the need for clear roles in an organisation,
  • Collaboration. Listening to one another and working as one,
  • Commitment. Finishing what was started, and
  • Change Management. Being resilient and adaptive to change despite the many disruptions.

Many organisations come back testifying to the positive impact that Team Music has had on their operations and team work. “It is that ‘high’ feeling that lingers on for days. Organisers attest to a greater cohesion at the workplace as they now have a powerful shared experience to remember,” says Mr Kan.

In fact, Mr Kan recounts two memorable sessions which had left an indelible mark on him as well. The first was when he conducted a BANDINC experience for 350 pax. “We had them play a well-known mandarin song which had meaningful lyrics that everyone could identify with. The BANDINC programme was held right after their formal work meeting and we were glad to see everyone relax and bond meaningfully. The second was training a group of 100 salespeople to play two songs that they eventually performed as an opening act for their sales awards ceremony. The chance to learn and perform music in just a few days was a dream come true for many of them.”

Mr Kan professes that he is a typical right-brained artiste who likes to push the limits of creativity. He shares: “I’m a musician; I prefer working on the syllabus, and supervising coaches and students to the business and financial side of matters. However, managing Team Music taught me proper cash flow, staff management, and equipped me with a global mindset since we have had several requests to set up operations in other countries such as Hong Kong and Sydney. We have started out in Hong Kong and hope to explore opportunities in Sydney and Shanghai by the end of 2018.”

 

This interview article was featured on Singapore Institute of Management’s Today’s Manager. 

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