Building Teams Through Effective CommunicationHealth Sciences

School of Health Sciences drumming team.School of Health Sciences drumming team.

Professional Services staff at the School of Health Sciences held a team building workshop at the UNITE building on the Howard College campus designed to evoke and mend communication skills, leadership, trust, and healthy relationships among staff.

Vision in Motion, a Durban-based organisation specialising in team effectiveness interventions, facilitated the event.

Staff were divided into two teams - Team Light and Team Zebra – which competed in mind stretching games such as match puzzles, memory game, human mind sweeper, and toxic containment. These activities required all the participants to activate proper planning and good strategies.

Both teams were committed and there was a high level of competition.

Team-Builder and Strategic Invention Mr Rodney Frank, said unlike other formal team building workshops, ‘our workshop sessions are structured on playful and ice-breaking activities which assist in identifying the essential requirements needed for a team to work effectively. We bring out mind building games and unique activities that simulate real life tasks and good learning outcomes.’

The last session of the workshop included collaborative drumming assisted by Mr Mbongeni Gcwensa, an interactive drumming facilitator. During the drumming session, the team worked together jamming in the sounds of Djembe drums. According to Frank, the purpose of collective drumming is to build unity and togetherness among staff.

After the workshop, Mr Bongani Maphumulo, a Senior Technician in the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, said critical thinking, different ideas as well as new approaches were necessary for a team to function properly.

Said Frank: ‘The teams worked really well and there was positive energy, and interactiveness. However, better communication needs to be applied in the future as well proper strategising,’

Lindokuhle Mavuso