Being a marketing intern for Door County Adventure Center has made the summer of 2019 an unforgettable summer. I worked with a great group of people who offered me nothing but support and encouragement. Door County Adventure Center taught me that teamwork is what makes a business run successfully. In a fast moving company catering to a diverse group of people, teamwork was key to addressing all aspects of this business, from managing a cash box handled by multiple people, to answering phones that never stopped ringing and even communicating with the customers seeking information and guidance as to how they we could maximize their time to fully enjoy everything this company had to offer.
Being a marketing intern helped me gain experience and a better understanding of the hospitality and tourism business, as well as marketing for the outdoor industry. I have learned how to tailor and highlight specific information you want to share to your target audience, how to promote and boost social media posts, how to create ads on social media and google, how to better multitask and have gotten to work on my customer service skills. I saw the intricate process that makes a business run behind the scenes and it has opened my mind to the world of business in a great industry.
While learning so many new things, I got to experience a summer in a picture perfect place that made me feel that I was sent back in time.. I was able to take full advantage of the beautiful outdoor experiences of Door County and what the community offered, while working outside. In addition to making new friends, earning money and gaining work experience, I got a free suntan and I’m the tannest I’ve ever been! Now that’s my bonus!!
I am not sure if my next job can top the memories and experiences I have created here. However, the one thing I won’t miss, is dragging along my heavy camera to all the different sites to shoot some pictures as the intern.
The programs at our Team Leadership Center challenge teams to solve problems collaboratively; hence we see a lot of collaborative leadership with the efforts to overcome obstacles. What is collaborative leadership? This type of leadership refers to when every participant works together to solve a problem. At Door County Adventure Center, our facilitators address the seven functions of a collaborative team for individuals and teams to take away from programming. Here are the seven functions that this is focused on:
The formation of a team is based on common ground of members. The needs of team members unify each other to pick a goal and strategy and work collaboratively to accomplish that goal. Competition can come out between teammates but unified teams working together will get to the end goal faster.
Unity is based on the membership of the team. On every team there are natural leaders and followers, all in which are important roles to play. With a unified team, each individual member must answer the question, “what’s in it for me?” Being part of a collaborative team has meaning to membership where personal outcomes are addressed.
TEAM TRUST & RESPECT:
Typically within a team, there is one conflict and obstacle that occurs frequently. With that, the conflict needs to be addressed along with the negative behavior that becomes part of that issue. Blame can arise and drag down a team and its membership. By being aware of each team members’ beliefs, perspectives, and their role on the team, respect and trust will be demonstrated.
Diverse work teams allow members to bring new ideas, different experiences, and more knowledge to be shared. Individuals have talents and skills that can be a resource to others when working collaboratively to overcome an obstacle. In order to work effectively as a team, each member needs to address how they contribute to the team.
Each team has standards that are expected from each member to follow and abide by. Members must be committed to their team by investing time and effort into the team itself. To work collaboratively, teams have to be congruent in their goals and how they will complete them.
Collaborative teams have to know what is expected of them and what is wanted from each other. There has to be some type of measurement to know how they will succeed, so setting goals with a way to measure success is important. Once a team knows its purpose and why each member belongs on that team, collaborative leadership will come easily.
With team collaboration, members take part in strategic development. The collaborative leadership model allows inclusive input where every member expresses their thoughts through diversity; hence, a strategy will be agreed upon with each member owning their membership to the team.
Collaborative leadership is achieved at our site because of the complex challenges on our high and low ropes course that are presented to teams, both mentally and physically. Not one person can solve the problem. Instead, all of our challenges are meant to allow teamwork and strategy. The sense of community is nurtured by collaborative leadership because no man is left behind. Have your group join us and experience these functions of a collaborative team! Contact us for a reservation request or pricing quote at 920.746.9539 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.