Lib – Tory Team Building Anyone?

I was asked to do a short piece for our local radio station the other day on how team building might be effective for the new Government coalition. My instinctive response was that the issues of bringing together two political parties with what would often be two contradicting views on issues would be an unusual challenge – but, as with a lot of things, my instant reactions were wrong.

After all each party is itself a mix of individuals and factions with conflicting views, aims and ambitions – it is just that with the Liberal / Conservative coalition there becomes an even wider mix of aims.

What is the difference between political team building and corporate team building – very little I would say after giving the matter some more thought. In a corporate environment individuals are seeking to achieve their personal aims which often might conflict with or to a lesser extent deviate from the corporate goal – ever heard of office politics? The team leader has to recognise this and establish clear objectives for the team as a whole and then create the environment in which the disparate ambitions of the individuals are harnessed to the good of the team – and this is the area in which team building plays an important part.

Every day the corporate world brings together different teams and competitors to work together in mergers, acquisitions and more pertinently joint projects, ventures and major engineering works. It’s just taken the politicians a while to catch up.

I’m awaiting David Cameron’s call.


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