Team Building – Perception of Repetition Adds Value to Team Experience

Working mainly with corporate clients.

Many of them have giving me the pleasure of consulting with them for many years now. Some at this point know and have a good idea of my “bag of tricks” as well as have dialed in to ask me the questions to receive the answers that they require.

 
How does this apply to Challenge courses & Ropes Courses – everyone has a perception that is created within their minds I will call this perception individual construct (IC).

Also the team creates a perception, almost shared I will call this Team Construct (TC).

The power of the Individual Construct affects the one who holds it. This construct also effects the team that the individual is a member of.

If a person has experienced a team building activity and has knowledge of a solution or best practice this is their IC. It may very well be wrong and it may lead them to a false IC.

This creates a deep brain rut causing a repetition of false beliefs. The more this IC of false belief is repeated and the person feels that “they know they are right” the further it will set the team back.

Once the Team Construct is instituted the team can begin to openly share insights of perceptions shared from all the IC’s into a shared pool of knowledge, Deepening the TC pool.

 
With business and behaviors we feel that many habits we have are the “correct ones” Why – because they have never been challenged, our IC’s are a safety mechanism the comes from evolved behaviors.

 
What can be done to re-direct and connect neurons for changed behaviors is get to the TC and have all the members openly share their best practices for solving challenge course initiatives.

Only once we have a firm understanding of what all our IC’s are. Can the team begin to develop new patterns of behavior that lead to greater success. Is the spirit of “Kaizen” (continuous improvement).

 
If a participant has experience I encourage them to share the experience, although I also force the team members who have never experienced the ropes course element and team building initiative to share their ideas.
 

Once you get all the data and Constructs on the flip charts and planning sheets the team can them decide what is the greatest and currently necessary solution. Also once individuals who have experienced a challenge course share, they find that the experience they had (IC) is nothing like the experience that the same person who was next to them the entire time had (IC). This is the joy of experiential education – we can be together and doing the same thing and have absolutely different experiences Individual Constructs.
 
People at work do the same jobs everyday, continuously, they fall into behaviors and ruts that are repeated or scripted continuously, “Do you want fries with that”.

 
Think about yourself what behaviors do you fall into habitually, are these behaviors damaging your your effectiveness and ability to contribute to your team, your actions to your family and loved ones.

This is why we need a culture of continuous learning and training – the longer you have been doing something the stronger your IC that it is right and the only way to do it, I call this the “folkloric Construct”.

As a team building consultant one of my responsibilities is to allow teams to see these continuous ruts of behavior, discuss them in to TC context, then transfer these behaviors to the work place.

Continuous learning and improved patterns should be, must be facilitated. 

Construction Consultancies Offer Construction Safety Training and Other Services

Contractors and builders will benefit greatly from third-party input. A construction consulting agency helps you detect any shortcomings or improvements you may have missed during the planning stages of your development. They will assist you throughout the entire duration of your project, from safety planning to final inspections.

Consultants from a construction consulting firm work to streamline operations in a construction site. You can hire them as an onsite consultant or schedule their services when you reach specific milestones. This will depend on the type of consultancy you are looking for.

There are management consultants who will help you with seemingly menial tasks such as scheduling deliveries, handling skilled laborers, and taking charge of your materials inventory at the end of each day. These tasks may seem menial, but most project delays come from failure to execute these promptly. Hiring management consultants lets you focus on the more important aspects of your development while still getting these assignments done.

Building consultants assist you in construction site safety implementation and basic construction tasks. They can help you with housekeeping and concrete patching, carpentry protection, and fire stopping and safety. These consultants are also in charge of installing fall safety systems to protect your laborers in case they slip and fall.

Engineering consultants handle the more technical aspects of your development project. They are more skilled than the previously mentioned types because they must evaluate your project and find ways to make it better. They will help you with design drawings, inspections, testing, code compliance, as well as environmental engineering. They can also help you with acquiring the necessary permits for your project.

A construction consulting company also conducts construction safety training and planning with builders. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all contractors and builders to undergo construction safety training. This will help you avoid any undesired accidents. It will also educate you on what to do when disaster strikes.

Choose a construction consulting firm with extensive experience in the industry. They should have a team of licensed engineers and safety inspectors who can work effectively with skilled builders. Agencies offering construction safety training should have OSHA-certified trainers. It would also help if they are licensed site safety managers. Request for specific qualifications, such as fire department safety certifications and suspended scaffold user certifications.

There are many companies offering complete consultation services. These firms provide comprehensive consulting services for a competitive price. You could select a combination of consultants to handle different aspects of your project if you prefer. Hiring separate advisers may be more costly, but it allows you to select the best consultants in the industry.

Make your building process more streamlined and efficient with the help of a construction consulting company. Check your local listings or search online for consultancies offering a wide range of services. You can also ask referrals from your colleagues. You can be a better contractor and build more lasting establishments with the help of their expertise.

General Church Building Guidelines

The follow church building guidelines are an excerpt from the authors’ book, “Before You Build“. These church building guidelines have been compiled from a variety of sources including years of experience seeing what really works, and what doesn’t. Use these guidelines as a starting point for planning, but please note these are general guidelines for a church building program, and every one of these has exceptions and modifiers based on your particular needs.

In general, you should estimate approximately 1 acre per hundred people. This allows for your building, adequate parking, green space, recreation and storm water management. This space requirement would be greatly reduced in a metropolitan area where on-street or public parking is available.

Plan for 1 parking space for every 2.25 people on campus at one time. This will probably be less than the required parking by the city or county, but will more accurately reflect actual need. Initially you will be able to get away with less parking, however, you need to plan for adequate parking for the total capacity of the facilities, even if you decide to grow into it over time.

To get a good idea of parking requirements for a future building program, have someone go into the parking lot and count cars over a several week period along with taking a good attendance of everyone on campus. Divide the total average attendance (men, women and children) by the average number of cars. The result will probably be somewhere around 2 to 2.5 people per car. Multiply this number by the capacity of your new facility and this will tell you how many parking spaces you will eventually need in order to park everyone to fill your building to capacity.

Estimate on-site parking to be approximately 100-110 cars per acre. Structured parking (parking decks/garages) is VERY expensive. While structured parking can dramatically increase parking per acre, use only as a last resort due to the high cost of construction.

Sanctuary seating requirements typically range from 10 to 15 square feet per person, depending on layout, seating type, seating pattern, and total size of the sanctuary. Stage area should be calculated separately from seating area, which may vary greatly between churches.

Using chairs instead of pews will generally allow you to seat more people in the same space, perhaps as much as 20% more. Chairs also allow you to reconfigure your sanctuary as needed to support various types of use (weddings, Sunday morning service, events, community use, fellowship, etc.)

The Vestibule/Lobby/Narthex should be about 2 square feet per person in the worship center. Normally this will be approximately 15-20% sanctuary seating space. If you plan on running multiple services, you should consider increasing this to facilitate the “shift change”.

Classrooms range in size from 12 square feet per person (for adults) to 35 square feet per person in the room (nursery and toddlers), depending on the age group using the space.

Almost no church is built with enough storage, janitorial and working space.

A high school size basketball court is 50×84 feet. Adding modest space around the edge of the court for out of bounds, plus allowing for restrooms, storage rooms, multipurpose rooms, etc., means that you are probably looking at a minimum of 7,500-8,000 square feet of building.

Individual offices are usually recommended to be a minimum of 120 square feet and pastor’s offices a minimum of 150 square feet (with a recommended size of 300 square feet). Cubicles in open workspace areas range from approximately 48 to 105 square feet, although they may be as small as 4’x4″ (16 square feet).

Round tables in the fellowship hall will reduce seating capacity by 20% or more. In calculating space needs, plan on 12 square feet per person for square tables and 15 for round.

Overall, a building with dedicated spaces for sanctuary, fellowship, education, administration and multiuse space may require from 35-55 square feet of space per person, depending on programs, ministries and other factors.

A building with multi-purpose rooms (some rooms used for multiple purposes) may require as little as 23 square feet per person.

Plan on nearly twice the amount of restroom capacity for women than for men.

Hallways should be no less than 6 feet wide. Seriously consider wider halls if you run multiple services in order to facilitate “shift change”. This is especially important around the Sunday school rooms, and area that always seems congested.

Handicap ramps have a slope of no more than 1 inch of drop for every linear foot unless handrails are provided.

Budget approximately 10% of the building cost for new furnishings.

Generally speaking, first floor space on grade is cheaper than basement or 2nd floor space. If you have the room, it is generally better to spread out horizontally instead of vertically in order to minimize cost.

One way to estimate the cost of furniture is to take the floor plan of your new facilities and do a room-by-room inventory of what you would need to buy for that room. The easiest way to do this is in a spreadsheet with columns for room, item description, quantity, item cost and total cost (formula of quantity times item cost). Open a church supplies catalog and assign reasonable prices for each item and let the spreadsheet total the results.

None of the above points should to be construed as advice as to what to build, but only as points of reference to be used in your planning and budgeting process.

With this information, you are now equipped with some general ideas on church construction. As they say, a little knowledge can be dangerous, however, it is less dangerous than a lack of knowledge.

It is generally in the church’s best interest to find an outside consultant, either within the denomination or an independent church building consultant to help mold these general concepts into a definitive plan for your church’s building program. Outside counsel is almost always a wise move as the gap between knowing and not knowing about a matter is much smaller than the gulf between knowing something and doing it right.

Mistakes are easy to make. For more information on how to address critical church building issues, read “Before You Build: Practical Tips & Experienced Advice to Prepare Your Church for a Building Program” available for immediate free download.