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Team Building Skills Definitions | Glossary of Terms

The history of Team Building can be traced back as early as the late 1920s with the Hawthorne Experiment led by the late Professor Elton Mayo. They tested how workers in a group performed when subjected to different conditions. Their findings have greatly influenced many employers to rethink how their employees should be grouped to create effective teams in the workforce.

This glossary explores terms used in the subject Team Building Skills. To further explore and orient yourself, have a look at our Ultimate Guide to Team Building Skills


A stage wherein a team who have developed successful bond stay together or disbandment for teams who did not perform well


An act of evaluating a result of a test or exam. This judges the quality or ability of the examinee.


Having freedom or independence in planning, decision making, and acting. An individual with autonomy is able to carry out tasks and decisions without being easily swayed or manipulated by external factors.


A way one acts in response to other people. This could either be negative or positive. Certain behaviors may affect other people’s interaction towards each other.


Tasks that require critical thinking and team cooperation. Individuals may define what is challenging to them differently. Variety and understanding areas for opportunities are important aspects to take into consideration when creating challenges for your team. On the flip side, understanding your team’s strengths and weaknesses will help in overcoming difficult challenges.


An act of producing or creating something with a partner or with a group


Having the skills and the attitude to be able to do something efficiently.


Entrusting a task or position to somebody else. Responsible delegation is when the receiver’s skills and available time is taken into consideration to ensure success.


An ability to obey rules or train oneself to a certain type of behaviour or expectation.


Discontent or unhappiness with the outcomes or the way things are run at an office.


The chemistry between individuals in a group. This includes how they agree or disagree with each other and how they respond to conflict as a team.


The capability to achieve success or progress at an optimal rate.

Employee Engagement

Employee’s passion and commitment to the organization, a very valuable trait that the organization relies on to achieve growth and success


A test that is given to an individual or group to measure certain traits, skills, or even personalities.


Giving an unfair treatment to someone or a group, giving them an unfair advantage over other people who are treated normally or even less.


A person who helps the group with tasks given to them, oftentimes help them understand rules or parts of a test or challenge

Field Trips

An excursion that involves a group of people to a place that is far away from their usual environment

Flat Organization

A type of organizational structure that has few to a nonexistent level of management; No hierarchy between the staff and the management.


The employee or employer’s ability to make or meet arrangements in whichever working conditions that affect work productivity

Forming Storming Norming Performing

A model published by Dr. Bruce Tuckman containing a very helpful explanation about developing a team and its behaviour

  • Forming
    A stage where every member or part of a team is polite or positive. Others might feel a little bit anxious since they do not understand what to do.
  • Storming
    A stage wherein every member of a team or group start to push each other to their limits or boundaries. A stage where teams start to fail.
  • Norming
    A stage where people start to understand each other’s beliefs, difference and being able to understand each others’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Performing
    A stage where people start to work well, being able to perform tasks without disrupting performance

Group Cohesiveness

Being able to bond as a group, acting as one and promotes a much more organized team

Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)

A system to calculate or measure thinking preference in people

Human Factors and Ergonomic Methods

A book published by Dr. Eduardo Salas that explains some approaches about human capabilities and its limitations


An action where a trait of a person or a result of a test has improved


Something related to either communicating or interacting with people


Being able to believe and depend on each other


An individual or group of individual that help unite a team, group or organization


A drive to reach a certain goal; the reason behind a person’s desire

Organizational Development

An effective way of improving an organization’s success systematically. This includes being able to successfully align cultural, strategic and structural matters of work


Additional incentives; special privileges that are given to employees under certain conditions as a means to engage or motivate.

Problem Solving

A process of looking for possible solutions to challenging matters


Building a harmonious relationship with other people. Being able to understand someone’s feelings to have better communication


An action of recognizing someone’s excellence


An individual’s part of a team, or organization


Dull; Not moving

Strategic planning

A defined strategy or executing a group of intended systematic tasks or concept to reach a goal

Sense of Ownership

A sense of responsibility and accountability


To be of assistance or help to another person or group.

Team Building

A process wherein people form a group to accomplish tasks or activities as a team to test their efficiency as a group and also improve morale


A collaborative and effective action of a group that improves efficiency


Being united or working as one to achieve a common goal

Virtual Workplace

A workplace that does not have a single physical location. Usually, connected via a network of workplaces that are connected via the internet or a private network

Working Relationship

A type of relationship with workmates that includes communication, respect, teamwork, and trust


A group of people working for an organization or company


A state of being well-off. A social effort to check on a person or a group’s health, fortune, and happiness


To find a value or amount of something; To appraise




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