Posted on August 15, 2020 by Delyth Morgan-Coghlan (Del)
What's our purpose as a team building company? How our Team For Team social responsibility programme came about in the face of a pandemic and what drives us forward into a new and changing world.
Just before the first lock down in March 2020 we had planned to have a company get together. An opportunity to stop for five minutes and appreciate each other for everything that we do together, facilitating team building events for companies throughout the year.
It's a great opportunity to reflect, to talk through what we discovered while running team building events - what's on everyone's mind, what are their priorities, what's important to business right now and how has that changed over the past year. This reflection, which we do every year, allows us to brainstorm new ideas so that we can stay relevant to the companies who call on us to help them develop their teams. When we think about it, we realise how much of a responsibility it is. We touch over 3000 corporates a year with our team building and event management services and we've been doing this work for over 10 years now. So that's 30,000 people who we've connected with and had a moment of their time to help improve their capability and their state of mind as they go about their business. That's an amazing stat!
But just as we were on the verge of getting together, Covid19 hit and everything changed. We moved from a real meeting to a virtual one and what dawned on us was that there was a danger that we might not have a business anymore. We couldn't just review the year and tweak things like we'd done before. We needed to completely re-think what team building was all about, what role we could play for our clients in the future and what our motivation would be to pick ourselves up and start again. We were refunding deposits and cancelling bookings every day and we knew there'd be nothing left to reinvest in the business. All we had was our experience, our passion and our determination.
So there we were, on a zoom call, talking about why we should bother, what would make us get up in the morning and what we could do to make a real difference in a world that was about to change dramatically.
The business needed to be more than just about being in business. More than making money and more than just a job. I shared with the team the inspiration I had felt over the years listening to Sir Ken Robinson talk about the future of education. His philosphy was that if we could educate our children on how to solve problems, harness their creativity and learn how to work together then the future would be bright for them regardless of what the world looked like. And there we were looking at a dramatically changing world in front of our very eyes. So Team for Team was born. Our legacy project. Our way of making this business more than just about us.
Team for team is our social responsibility, our way of giving back and paying it forward. For every company that books a team building activity with Let Me Out we will provide a school, or club or youth group with a team building activity, free of charge, for the same number of people and nominated by the company who booked us. Because if we can reach over 3000 young people a year and teach them through fun team building challenges and activities how to work together, how to be great team members and how to be great leaders then starting from zero again will have been worth it.
"The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions"
To get involved in our Team for Team legacy project you simply have to book and pay for your team building event, nominate your chosen school, club or youth group and we'll do the rest.
We'll report back to you with pictures and a story of our experience with the young people we meet so that you can share it with your people.