It's Not The Critic Who Counts by Theodore Roosevelt
"It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
The relevance of these words to Team Building
When trying to improve a situation at work people are often confronted by critics. Typically phrases such as 'nothing ever changes' and 'that won't work around here' are thrown around. These very powerful words from Theodore Roosevelt can be a comfort in these situations. The only thing that truly never changes is the presence of a critic for every moment of progress. Ignore them!
We have created several team building events that help to promote creativity and ‘outside the box’ thinking. These types of activities put groups in a position where they have to step up to the plate and either succeed or fail.
Our Crystal Challenge is a perfect example, teams are presented with a series of challenges they must complete in allotted time frames. The key to this event is that every challenge requires the group to work as a team, if they don’t communicate and ensure everyone in the team is happy with their task then they are bound to fail. It is in this failure that teams quickly learn that they must work together for the best results and success is born from previous mistakes.