Why Choose Sailing for Team Building?
Sailing is unique.
Only about four percent of Bay Area residents have ever been on the Bay, and while people come from all over the world to take in the view from Golden Gate Vista Point, just like most residents, few of them have the chance to see one of the world's most beautiful places from the vantage point of water. But seeing the city skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz from the Bay is simply a thrill. Give your people the chance for the experience of a lifetime.
Sailing is participatory.
With sailing, no one is left in the sidelines. Most non-sailors -- even those who have never set foot on a boat -- enjoy a good sail. Each team member can determine just how much, or how little, they want to be involved in boat operations, and no one is left out due to physical condition.
Sailing is inclusive.
Let's face it: golf isn't a lot of fun if you're not a golfer. But with sailing, non-sailors can enjoy a voyage every bit as much as the skipper and crew.
Sailing is just plain fun.
As sailors have known for millenia, it's hard to not have a big old smile on your face while on a good day out on the water with the wind in your face. Sun, wind, motion, scenery, getting in touch with how our ancestors traveled -- it's all a thrill.
Sailing builds confidence.
Nothing makes a person feel good like having a good adventure or mastering a new skill. Just helping to cast off, trimming the jib sheet, or even making it through a bout of seasickness can build self-esteem.
And sailing works as a powerful metaphor for business.
Think about it...how many times a day do you use a term that is nautical to describe a business challenge? Seachange. Learning the ropes. Leeway. Windfall. Even slush fund was originally a sailing term!
So make the most of sailing practices to train and unite your team:
- Picking a Destination > Goal Setting
- Planning a Voyage > Project Planning
- Picking a Crew > Staffing
- Selecting a Boat > Picking Appropriate Technology
- Provisioning for the Voyage > Resource Planning
- Charting a Course > Strategic Planning
- Navigating in Close Quarters and Open Waters > Tactical Decision Making & Problem Solving
- Adapting to Changing Sea States > Change Management
- Celebrating Your Arrival > Recognition and Rewards