team building

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by sparkling_quavers, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    We all know that working as a team is a key part to a successful band.

    Obviously we have all the 'going for a drink after' and 'socials' which certainly help!
    Recently it was decided that all our section should wear the same colour tops in the build up to the upcoming contests to help with our section bonding! sounds very sad and bizzare but does seem to have worked! The worrying thing was it took the MD 3 rehearsals to cotton on to that fact! :rolleyes:

    So, what unusal things have you seen? What activities does your band organise to help gel the band together?
     
  2. jpbray

    jpbray Member

    Trips to Mega Bowl; loyalty is recognised
     
  3. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Socials mostly (as you well know sparkly). But some sort of team building excercise would be quite amusing.... :-D
     
  4. hellraiser

    hellraiser Member

    I think this 'team building' stuff is a fad in our society.
     
  5. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Yeah but it is quite amusing watching a load of office workers trying to build bridges out of beer crates!
     
  6. hellraiser

    hellraiser Member

    I reckon it's a total waste of time. The only team building I've ever found to be of any use to anyone was when it was work for a charity.
     
  7. BbBill

    BbBill Supporting Member

    I think living in a close community helps to bond the band together well, everybody knows each other well and at one point half the band members were from Campbell and Ralston families!! Being alittle remote (4hrs west from glasgow by bus), we always travel together (with an overnight stay) to every contest we do and usually try and manage a visit to megabowl most trips!! :-D

    Tho only 6 or 7 of us are over 18, we're the only ones SUPPOSED to be drinking, we dont usually get the whole band in the pub to socialise, tho it has been known....!!!
     
  8. jpbray

    jpbray Member

    I think the term "team building" is just an infuriating managment cliche, people have been team building down the pub on a Friday night for years. We know a song about this don't we "Getting to know you" :p :p :p :p
     
  9. Boneman

    Boneman Member

    I agree with JPBray - I don't think team building is a fad, it has always been going on!

    In my band our section (troms) we have for numerous years had sectionals that we organise ourselves - in fact just last night we had a get together and then went for a few beers afterwards (which was nice!). We normally go through some trios or a test piece etc with the aim of playing together better!
     
  10. hellraiser

    hellraiser Member

    Team building down the pub is different in that you are not forced to take part in ridiculous activities devised by the boss... plus the boss is not present... and is good as you can let things off your chest and have a good old whinge about your boss and things.

    Remember, your boss is still your boss on a night out...
     
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  12. ScrapingtheBottom

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    I dunno, I'm going on a GRADschool course later on this year which is about developing team skills and commercial awareness. I haven't met anyone who said they didn't find it useful. Most people said you get to find out about character types and how to deal with them.
     
  13. hellraiser

    hellraiser Member

    People are happy to have a day off... who's gonna complain about that? I think putting people into character types is a load of bs. It's pseudo-science.
     
  14. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Day off, yeah right, we students do it properly - this is a whole week, courtesy of the tax payer!
     
  15. Not if (s)he's a decent boss (s)he's not! A good boss knows exactly when to leave a night out with staff (in my case before we get there but that's another story) or at least absent themselves from a specific conversation, and also should never cast anything up that (s)he hears in a social context unless it's illegal!
     
  16. hellraiser

    hellraiser Member

    In my experience the friendly "I'm just one of you" type bosses are the sly ones you really got to watch out for.
     
  17. In that case you've been very unfortunate. As with everything else stereotyping of bosses is dangerous. I assume you feel the same way about your MD given that (s)he is your banding boss?
     
  18. hellraiser

    hellraiser Member

    Would you say stereotyping employees is dangerous? Because bosses these days love giving their staff personality questionnaires etc. and that's stereotyping as far as I'm concerned.
     
  19. Certainly is and so...
     
  20. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    thanks guys for getting my thread off-topic ;)

    Just remembered we are organising a canoing day as one of our players is a canoe instructor :-D :-D
     
  21. jpbray

    jpbray Member

    He is a sort of Boss then. Don't trust him, especially if this thread is anything to go by.
     
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