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The National Credit Union Administration held a meeting in Chicago, Illinois recently for a new team of people and included Creating a Team Culture, a corporate team building workshop, as part of their meeting. The NCUA is the independent federal agency that regulates, charters and supervises federal credit unions. Established in 1970, the agency has grown as credit unions grow and thrive across the country. Many of the people working on the team that met in Chicago are spread out in different locations, which can make clear communication challenging.

The group of 35 people gathered with some skepticism about doing a team building activity. They didn’t want anything “touchy feely” or hokey. They were experiencing some real communication challenges and wanted a workshop that would help them address them.

We discussed four sets of Leadership Principles relating to improving communication and team culture. With each set of principles, there were exercises for the group to do that helped them interact with the principles and try them out. The first set of principles dealt with building trust and rapport, which is something this group was struggling with most. We also covered ways to manage conflict, gain cooperation, and build the team around you. As the workshop progressed, the level of interaction in the group rose steadily, and by the end, they were much more relaxed!

“This workshop was exactly what I was hoping for! Ellen really knew how to handle our group and get everyone talking. We are looking forward to more great team building workshops with you in the future.” — Staci Hawkins, NCUA

Team building workshops done in a classroom don’t have to be dull or lecture style. If your team is struggling with communication issues and wants to enjoy a seminar where they will get to interact with each other and share some laughs while still addressing core issues, include Creating a Team Culture in your plans.

For details about a team building event in Chicago, Illinois, click here!

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