Press Release: Team Building in Bali

There is no better place to build your team than in Bali. By personally experiencing the exotic sights and sounds, auras and aromas, tastes and textures of Bali, many people are now learning the true meaning of paradise… and having a heap of fun in the process!

Over ten years ago Tirian introduced an exciting new range of unique and creative conference programs to Bali, including some unique team building sessions. These programs all encourage visitors to be much more than guests on the "island of the gods", they allow for a full immersion into this unique culture. The power and mystique of this traditional way of life are drawn on to ensure conference and incentive groups take away a much deeper appreciation of Balinese culture and, simultaneously, a much deeper appreciation of themselves and their group. And true to Tirian's motto, "Justified Fun", all experiences are both motivating and challenging.

Bali has always been an exotic location for meeting and incentive groups, but now this tropical destination can offer a comprehensive range of services for group booking clients. Team building programs, especially designed for groups in Bali, have a powerful impact and a delightful local flavour. Team Building Balinese style requires local knowledge, and Tirian has plenty of it. Tirian knows all there is to know about team building activities in Bali, and has designed many unique experiences that are exclusive to Tirian and to Bali, ideal for groups that have "seen it all before.".

Director Andrew Grant says, "Bali, as many people know, has everything a company like ours could want: great resorts, a beautiful landscape and a colorful culture. Having spent many years there we now have the chance to help others get the most out of their stay.” Co-Director Gaia Grant adds, “By taking advantage of the natural beauty, we are able to run programs that are rich and diverse. We ensure the fascinating culture is integrated into our programs, which means that we are able to give participants a chance to experience other ways of thinking and relating. In combination, these features blend to form programs that we believe would be hard to match." And as an author of life change books, including her most recent work on living and working in Bali “A Patch of Paradise”, Gaia knows what it takes to learn valuable lessons from a different culture!

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Interview questions:

Has the use of games to promote corporate development, teamwork and bonding increased over the years?

Yes, the use of games to promote corporate development, teamwork and bonding has increased a great deal over the years as participants today recognize that they can learn much more through 'active doing' rather than 'passive listening', but the way the game is designed and facilitated is very important. The games can't be see as too childish, and there needs to be clear learning outcomes and applications. In a good experiential based learning program people practice the very skills they are learning, and are therefore more likely to maintain the changes back at work.

Games like paintball can be counter productive if not framed correctly, as using the war metaphor and encouraging intra-company competition can be a dangerous analogy to build a team. Adventure learning (rope courses etc) are very powerful, but not for everyone, especially in Asia.

At Tirian we have designed all our own programs to suit the Asian corporate market. Our programs look at relevant issues companies are asking us to address such as cross cultural and virtual team issues, the 'silos' mentality, communication, and competition and collaboration. They are a combination of engaging games and simulations along with the latest management theories. What has made Tirian's programs so successful is that we have found the perfect combination of intelligent content AND stimulating approach. With this style of presentation we have found that participants will contact us years later to say that they still remember what they did with us and are still using what they learnt on our programs at work.

"Issues that have previously taken months to deal with are now solved."

Vice President Cisco Marketing A/P (For more comments on how a Tirian program helped participants please visit Client Outcomes Reached )

While a keynote speaker inspires (often with a monologue from out the front) and a trainer trains by trying to impart skills to an audience, a facilitator takes people through a learning experience to extract key learnings. The central purposes of facilitation are to: enhance the quality of the learning experience, to assist clients in finding directions and sources for functional change, and to create changes that are lasting and transferable. Facilitators need to be very skilled in working with group dynamics as what they work with is "live" and "fluid". Facilitators keep the environment conducive for self discovery through using experiential learning methods.

About Tirian:

Tirian was established in Australia in 1988, and began to open offices around Asia in 1997. Tirian now works extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region and further afield with presenters and facilitators based in Bali, Jakarta, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Hong Kong – as well as in Europe and the Middle East. Tirian is fast becoming known for the unique and creative programs they design, and they continually receive rave reviews from clients. Specializing in customized programs for executives, Tirian programs are in high demand. Tirian’s Directors and program designers Andrew Grant and Gaia Grant, who are based in Bali, are regularly invited all over the world to speak about team and leadership development in Asia.  They have written several books and had feature articles on them in the Australian Financial Review and the Asian Wall Street Journal along with appearing on TV and radio.  www.tirian.com email