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15/03/2018 | Originality & ideas


Transversal skills are a company’s key to winning new business and conquering new markets. Achieving this is not a mere question of luck: you will discover them and reinforce them with a team building experience at Riva del Garda.
To face up to a rapidly evolving market, with unexpected events on the agenda, sudden changes of scenario, unavoidable demands and last-minute requests, it is not enough to have a team that is qualified merely in terms of their technical skills. The element that makes the difference, and that which really makes a company perform, are the so-called soft skills: knowing how to work in a team and sharing common objectives.

Team building with a return on investment

To bring out these transversal skills, develop and cultivate them to develop team spirit, there is only one way: investing in experience-based activities. However, choosing the most effective activity isn’t always easy, because (all too) often, the term ‘team building’ is applied to activities that are, without a doubt, fun, but that don’t guarantee concrete results in terms of skill development. If you want to spend your budget on an experience that is sure to bring about the right return on investment, then the Trentino MICE Convention Bureau suggests team building in a sailing boat, with the usual de-briefing follow-up.

Three reasons for choosing a sailing boat

  • The direct parallel with the corporate context: the boat represents the available resources; the water needs to be dominated just like the markets that need to be conquered; the crew is the working team and the atmospheric variables are the unexpected challenges that must be overcome.
  • Sailing is an activity which generally takes participants away from their business roles and out of their comfort zone, exposing personal and group dynamics without filters or environmental conditioning. It is effective for both the development of team working abilities and also for reinforcing individual soft skills, such as, for example, the ability to handle emotions, stress, emergencies and priorities.
  • The activity can be personalised and doesn’t require any specialist technique, making it suitable for all target groups.

The results

During the activity, the facilitators observe both individual and group behaviour. Then, during de-briefing, they give participants the chance to identify which of the strategies utilised were effective and should therefore be adopted, and which had little or no effectiveness and should therefore be modified. In doing so, each individual reflects on his or her behaviour and is stimulated to apply the corrective actions that they have learned during the activity in relation to their own daily lives and also to their working lives.