With Teambuilding should one be unmotivated Employees can get back on track. LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke holds his Meetings preferably while hiking. And also for Recruiting the model seems appropriate. Or?

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Walking with the LinkedIn founder

There are already for Company Alternatives to traditional recruiting methods: Recently at the Future Personal, the largest European industry fair, I moderated a panel on team building in recruiting. The question: Can climbing, skiing or hiking together replace the time-consuming application process?

LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke, for example, has been wandering with students for years and states: “Sharing special experiences brings people together.” TV star Manuel Andrack also emphasizes the connecting element: “When hiking, you go deeper and talk about the essentials.”

Meetings - hiking instead of sitting?

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Guericke founded this in 2003 together with four others Business-Network LinkedIn. Guericke and his co-Founder Reid Hoffmann also wanted to move at their meetings - and began to wander.

However, LinkedIn was created in a long development process in which several people were involved. "But we talked about it a lot when hiking," recalls the founder.

From founder to venture capitalist

After LinkedIn Guericke was manager, Adviser and on the board of various companies. Since 2012 he has been a partner at Earlybird, a Berlin-based venture capitalist.

The passion for hiking remained: he completes 10-15 meetings every week, many of them with young founders of his former ones University Stanford.

What can you discuss while hiking?

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Strategy– and HR issues and business ideas can easily be discussed while walking: “Looking at an app on the go is not much useful; who his Idea can not explain in brief, it also has at customers difficult,” says Guericke.

Because of the spatial concept, remembering important things works even better than sitting down: "I go through the path again in my memory and link content with experiences."

How to organize a hiking meeting

However, the meetings require Organization: “The route must be wide enough for several people. Two to three people are ideal, up to eight are not Problem.

Sometimes we need WiFi and also public toilets. ” 80 percent of Guericke's hikes therefore take place in the same place.

Organizers have jumped on the train long ago

So it's no wonder that resourceful organizers have long since discovered nature for meetings: On Tenerife, for example, you can hike in the third largest volcanic crater on earth, popular for meetings with Americans in particular IT-Firms is a banana plantation.

In Norway, on the other hand, the entire Trollfjord becomes a location and hiking meetings take place on pilgrimage routes. The only question left is: Who are hiking meetings suitable for? “I've already convinced a few business partners. In principle, I have not yet found an unsuitable topic, ”says Guericke.

More communication as an economic advantage

Maybe Marissa Mayer would have asked him for advice. When she announced in 2013 as a relatively new Yahoo boss that her employees were no longer allowed to work from home, the indignation was extremely great. It later turned out that this was also an economic advantage. So said Steffen Hopf, Executive from Yahoo Germany: “Especially the Teamwork benefits.”

Because if Team spirit and lack of identification with the company, that's a problem. Since 2001, the consulting firm Gallup has created one Commitmentindex for Germany. According to the latest surveys, a full 67 percent of those surveyed are doing the job to rule and 17 percent have resigned internally.

Teambuilding with snowball effect

Maybe team building will help? I looked at the so-called meeting trophy in Switzerland: Eight teams solve it Tasks and compete against each other, for example, in pedal boats or throwing snowballs.

But what happens? Firstly the usual group dynamics: competition sweeps by delimitations from the opponent and joint successes together.

Interesting role allocation

The distribution of roles is interesting: who volunteers, who stays in the background, who is the bellwether, who fails Stress and who takes the coals out of the fire? Characters and behaviors are shown here as they are on the job.

If the team members are too different, it crashes, if they are too similar, they cannot cope with the diverse challenges. In the end this has Team the nose ahead, which combines all these opposites best - Office in the microcosm. And I realized that the simplest tasks, such as salami knots, often produce the greatest effects.

Teambuilding with Microsoft and Google

No wonder that many companies also regularly combine events with outdoor activities: Like Microsoft in Bergen; It is not for nothing that Norway's second largest city is one of the most popular event locations because it combines urbanity with breathtaking nature and offers so much space for joint activities.

It is similarly popular with Dublin-based IT companies such as Google or Facebook the nearby County Wicklow or in Germany the Zugspitz region, which has been recommended for larger events since the 7 G2015 summit at the latest.

Teams closer together?

Even if it is superficially about Fun goes, the events primarily serve to bring teams closer together or Candidate to get to know them, because they promote them Communication in the group.

But the reactions in difficult situations are particularly interesting: For example, who will take over Guidewho is the opponent?

How useful is teambuilding?

However, there are also doubts about the effectiveness: “Real team building takes place in daily practice, nowhere else,” explains the Training and business economist Jörg Romstötter. Instead of extreme sports, he recommends: "Give your people the opportunity to regularly celebrate successes in their own specialist task."

In fact, the result of our discussion, teambuilding events can neither replace recruiting nor success experiences, but they support community feeling and corporate culture. This is becoming more and more important for successful companies.


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