Perfect Paintball: The 5 C’s of Teamwork

Category: Team Building

The Reds use the ambulance for cover.

Perfecting paintball takes certain human traits that bring individuals together to form a unit. Without these traits, your paintball team will more likely resemble a mass of painted toddlers scurrying without purpose, wailing incoherently, desperately pleading for direction and management. Can you imagine if that was the way people envisaged your workplace?

Hyperbole and reckless use of adverbs aside, though this is an exaggerated statement crafted by a writer to paint a picture in your mind intended to evoke anxiety and concern, the reality is often not too different. In this blog, we are going to discuss the 5 C’s of teamwork, exactly how they are enhanced by a PPK paintball away day and what the result is for your workplace and team.

Devised by influential US business management guru, Tom Peters, in the 1980s, the 5 C’s are a set of principles often used to foster effective teamwork and collaboration within groups.

So, what are they?

COMMUNICATION

The cornerstone of effective teamwork. Effective communication ensures team members understand their roles and the team’s common goals and direction. It is also invaluable in providing clarity about how an individual’s work fits into the larger picture, offering validation and reaffirmation in the process. Good communication is as much about listening as it is speaking because sharing ideas, opinions and feelings within a close-knit team is the greatest way of understanding. Other methods may involve non-verbal communication such as body language, facial expressions and gestures.

In paintball, communication is key to a team’s success, and the individual situations of players will help develop these skills. Before any game, it is key to strategise as a unit verbally, but once the mask and equipment are on, it is all about non-verbal communication.

CAMARADERIE

Good camaraderie doesn’t just help the team work towards common goals, it also brings harmony to their endeavours. When colleagues get along well with each other, it can bring fantastic benefits to their efforts as a department and make people more likely to compromise and listen to one another. Camaraderie is also the backbone of support. Being there for your colleagues and teammates is as important psychologically as it is physically. Having a team that supports each other, helps members who are dealing with possibly unknown issues outside of your workplace, by keeping them enthused about their working environment and even eager to be present.

Paintball is all about teamwork. It isn’t even a metaphor for having another’s back as the battlefield is where the phrase originates. Whether you are gaining a teammate’s trust by being their wingman, taking a paintball for them or just praising them for a wise strategy, the simplest factors of successful paintball all come down to camaraderie.

COMMITMENT

Commitment is about dedication to the team and its goals, but it extends much further than that. A committed employee or team member, who is thoroughly behind the long-term plans, will demonstrate a lot more endeavour and enthusiasm than a teammate who is just along for the ride or always looking around for a more individually focussed opportunity. Commitment also encourages ideas and sparks creativity, as a passionate team member will always be looking for ways to contribute to the improvement and development of the common cause.

Being non-committal and playing paintball doesn’t work – unless you just like getting shot. Some do, it is a crazy world, and it takes all sorts to make it so vividly intriguing. If a paintball team wants to be successful on the battlefield, then it takes commitment from all members of the team. Commitment to the common goal and commitment to each other. It is a great way to separate your wheat from your chaff.

CREATIVITY

Creativity plays a vital role in enhancing the team’s ability to solve problems, innovate and adapt to changing situations. In the context of team building, creativity involves several key aspects. It can often be demonstrated through the ability to come up with innovative solutions to problems by thinking outside the box and exploring various perspectives to find effective, and sometimes unconventional, solutions. If a team encourages diverse ideas and supports one another, they can become more adaptable to change and react to scenarios and circumstances outside of their control, resulting in more positive outcomes.

Creative thinking is ideal in paintball as it brings innovative ideas and strategies to a team to alter their situation and give them the upper hand. Perhaps a distraction technique is ideal to get out of a situation where you are blocked in or maybe a divide-and-conquer tactic will progress your unit.

CONFIDENCE

Confidence breeds confidence. Success breeds confidence. Communication, camaraderie, commitment and creativity breed confidence, and confident individuals make a proactive team. Self-esteem has been proven to increase productivity in people, something Fabiola Gomez-Jorge and Eloisa Diaz-Garrido discovered in their 2023 analysis, ‘The relation between Self-Esteem and Productivity’, published by the US National Library of Medicine. Well worth a read. Personal confidence will often translate to general happiness and happy workers are 13% more productive, according to research conducted by Oxford University.

Confidence can also improve everyday life for people outside of the workplace and paintball is an ideal scenario to help anyone suffering from low self-esteem or who just needs a little encouragement to find their voice.

THE 5 C’S OF TEAMWORK IN PAINTBALL

Looking for an away day that reaps rewards for your team, and your business, should start and end at paintball. It is the ideal situation to bring a team together and develop the 5 C’s of teamwork in a fun and exhilarating environment. With 8 fantastic zones, all with unique themes and objectives, PPK Paintball Park is the perfect place to get your team communicating and strategising and improving morale with a fun and active day out from the office. If you are looking to book your next team-building event in Birmingham, please get in touch with our helpful team.

DOES PAINTBALL HURT?

First-timers often have a few concerns before playing paintball, and they really shouldn’t. People imagine that being hit by a speeding projectile will hurt, but with today’s lightweight paintballs, full body armour and protective gear, the experience is more akin to being flicked by a rubber band. The strict rules of the battlefield will be enforced by the game marshals, meaning you will never be shot at close range.

There are players in every game that range widely in terms of endurance, mobility and physical fitness, but this does not affect overall performance. Paintball is all about strategy, and the most successful approaches frequently involve tactical and precise movements. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to chat with our friendly team, who can dispel any myths and show you how safe and fun paintball truly is. 

For more information or to book your next exciting paintballing experience – get in touch today.