Team Building Skills Definition & Glossary of Terms

MBM Glossaries: Team Building Skills Definition

This glossary contains our Team Building Skills definition and, in particular, a list of terms frequently used in the topic of Team Building Skills. Meanwhile, for a comprehensive guide to how perfecting team building can help your business progress, check out our free Ultimate Guide to Team Building Skills.


An act of evaluating a result of a test or exam. In particular, this judges the quality or ability of the examinee.


Having freedom or independence in planning, decision making, and acting. In particular, an individual with autonomy can carry out tasks and decisions without being easily swayed or manipulated by external factors.


A way one acts in response to other people. In particular, this could either be negative or positive. Indeed, certain behaviours may affect other people’s interactions with each other.


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


Specifically, an act of producing or creating something with a partner or with a group.


In short, having the skills and the attitude to be able to do something efficiently.


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


In short, 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.


The chemistry between individuals in a group. In particular, this includes how they agree or disagree with each other. Also, 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 organisation. In fact, it is a very valuable trait that the organisation relies on to achieve growth and success.


To appraise.


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


Giving an unfair treatment to a person or a group, thus, giving them an unfair advantage over others.


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

Field Trips

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

Flat Organisation

A type of organisational structure that has few to a nonexistent level of management. In particular, 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, Adjourning, Transforming

A model published by Dr Bruce Tuckman containing a very helpful explanation about developing a team and, in particular, its behaviour:

  • Forming
    • A stage where every member or part of a team is polite or positive. Often, 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. Usually, a stage where teams start to fail.
  • Norming
    • A stage where people start to understand each other’s beliefs, difference and, also, being able to understand each others’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • Performing
    • A stage where people start to work well, in particular, being able to perform tasks without disrupting the performance.
  • Adjourning
    • The first of two additional stages added by Tuckman. In particular, it refers to the team breaking up after the specific task or objective has been completed.
  • Transforming
    • The second of two additional stages added by Tuckman. In particular, it involves the team remaining together but moving onto other tasks and objectives.

Group Cohesiveness

Being able to bond as a group, acting like one and, also, promote a much more organised team.

Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)

A system to calculate or measure, in particular, thinking preferences in people.

Hawthorne Experiment

The history of Team Building can be traced back as early as the late 1920s and The Hawthorne Experiment. It was led by the late Professor Elton Mayo. In particular, it tested how workers in a group performed when subjected to different conditions. In fact, the findings led employers to rethink how employees should be grouped to create effective teams in the workforce.

Human Factors and Ergonomic Methods

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


In short, 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.


In brief, being able to believe and depend on each other.


An individual or group of individuals that help unite and drive a team, group, or organisation.


A drive to reach a certain goal. In short, the reason behind a person’s desire.

Organisational Development

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


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

Problem Solving

In short, the process of looking for possible solutions to challenging matters.


Building a harmonious relationship with other people. In particular, being able to understand someone’s feelings to have better communication.


In particular, an action of recognising someone’s excellence.


In short, an individual’s part of a team, or an organisation.


Dull; Not moving.

Strategic Planning

A defined strategy or executing a group of intended systematic tasks or concepts. Usually, to reach a goal.

Sense of Ownership

In particular, a sense of responsibility and accountability.


In short, 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. Furthermore, it tests their efficiency as a group and also improves morale.


In brief, 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.


An effort to check on a person or a group’s health, fortune, and happiness.

Working Relationship

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


A group of people working for an organisation or company.

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