Why Team-building and Why Art?

Team-building has both a personal and social focus. Part of a team-building task has an individual focus, showing the creative and spontaneous assets of the individual. This builds confidence and a sense of self-validation in the context of the individual’s potential contribution to the team. Often team members have not had the freedom to make decisions, think creatively, experiment and test ideas. Team-building can also assist with expression, such as the expression of feelings, emotions and conflicts that may be hindering healthy team function. Art in team-building allows an opportunity to work with fantasy, and to develop a better understanding of the less conscious processes that might be impacting on team productivity. Art tasks are designed to promote insight, self-awareness and reflection as participants order their visual and verbal experiences.
The social focus of team-building promotes an awareness and recognition of the self, as this is appreciated by others and acknowledged in the team group forum. This understanding of self in relation to others promotes communication, and the notion of a conscious team is stimulated through art tasks that promote co-operation while it provides a safe place to share. There is an experience of universality; being part of a team where co-operation with others offers social support, issues of trust are addressed and opportunities are created to work towards improving negative dynamics between staff.
The use of art offers an opportunity for initial non-verbal expression, bringing great relief about issues that might be difficult to verbalize. Team members learn more about how they interact with others, which promotes interpersonal learning as old patterns are examined and reworked, and staff members are encouraged to behave more assertively and to manage issues independently.
There is a joint processing as the participants’ perceptions are dealt with in the context of working together to find patterns and systems to create formulations for change, to explain and to be heard.
Joint collaborated exercises focus on combining team strengths and skills, creating co-operation and something tangible to draw on with such concepts as ‘wish fulfillment’ in the context of the team.

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