Seagate Case Analysis
After reviewing the case “Seagates’s Morale-Athon,” I feel that the two types of team building that are most evident are the role definition type and the interpersonal process type.
In respect to the role definition type, the article mentioned that some of the participants were emailing each of their team members almost daily since being matched up to familiarize everyone before the even. During those emails, each team member were able to figure out what strengths and weaknesses were present with one another. In my opinion, the team mental models also played a role with defining the upcoming challenges. Each one of the participants that have never been on any event like this were probably brainstorming for hours trying to figure out what methods of preparation would best lead them to success during their journey.
In relation to the interpersonal process type, the article touches on a few strong indicators that prove this type is present. For example, during one of the events, one of the engineers was struggling and asked for help from his team members. Within minutes, the engineer was helped out and immediately back on track to successfully complete the event. This process type also indicates that building a strong trust factor in one another thru an event such as a marathon should be a guarantee. For example, in the event if one of the team members starts to grow tired and cant keep up with the pace, there are four other members on that team that will be trusted and relied upon to step in and figure out what needs to be done to help out that member and get back on track.
In my opinion, I think this event was very effective for teambuilding. Although not cheap ($9,000 per person), I feel the well thought out trip will pay dividend for the organizations positive employee morale in the future. I decided to research Seagate’s team building activities in detail and found some feedback from participants that attended....