evolution of team building activities

The Evolution of Team Activities

Team Activities of the Past

Team building activities have been around forever. Clans, tribes, people, used to gather to the sound of drums, flutes and song. The world was bigger then, and at the same time smaller. There were no vast cites, no sprawling urban areas, a journey that would take us a few hours by car or plane now would take you days, weeks or months.

Over time, we extended our borders to include everyone. There is a continued merging of culture, of people from every conceivable background living mere meters from one another. The world is being unified but we are being separated. Despite our relative closeness, people have grown more emotionally distant; less united as a people, more united unto themselves. Individuality is the new buzzword. Everyone is unique. Everyone is an individual. And that’s good – it’s important to find yourself. Getting to know who your truly are is healthy.

But at the same time people have become lost. Team activities that were once rituals of unity are no longer a part of our daily lives. Self-help books, meditations, varied means to get in touch with ourselves came into being because we no longer know where we fit in amidst the swirling mass of people. Many tribes have contracted to nuclear families. Instead of team activities, we adopt fashion, beliefs, from groups and get savvy with the latest cultural memes in order to form a tribe – however tenuous the connection. Still, we are separate. We buy more self-help books, spend more time trying to figure out what the meaning of our life is, or rather, we strive to give it meaning within the greater context. But in what context? People? Societies? Causes?

In the past, we existed as smaller groups, scattered across earth, with profound distances, relative to both culture and space, between us – like stars separated by night sky. The team activities – drumming, dancing, close contact and the intimate sharing of lives – made us stronger as a tribe or, in a modern context, an organisation. We shared the goals of the tribe, moved as one to the hunt, to build, to strengthen the whole. We knew where we belonged and stayed loyal above all else. We knew who we were. No one needed a self-help book of any kind.

Team Activities Today

The modern world has started to form its own tribes. At first, the tribes still maintained the cultural aggression prevalent in individual thinking over unity, but with time, have begun to see the value in cohesion.

Businesses now create cultures. They are the new tribes and see value in team activities that unite people under a one banner to pursue a common goal. They recognize the value inherent in people acting together. A divided office culture is not as strong as one united. They build teams of highly skilled people and encourage them to work together, not against each other. Team activities are once again being recognized.

The result is innovation, increased job satisfaction, increased productivity, better time management – all through cultural integration. Team activities have always played a great part in cultural development. They bring people together.

Team building is part of the drive to form these collaborative workplace cultures. It has utilised a means to get people to view their individual skill set, their time and energy within the context of the whole.

Drum Café takes the ancient unifying action of beating drums to the modern workplace and makes magic happen.