Category: Teambuilding

Gluten-Free Team Building

You surely have noticed that many restaurants and food stores have responded to a discriminating marketplace and now offer gluten-free products. Gluten, for some people, inflames the digestive track making it difficult or impossible to absorb nutrients. According to Webmd.com, “gluten-sensitive people often have fatigue and headaches…” along with other disturbances. This is not about […] more

Collaboration Is Not Taught In School

“Can we all get along?” The late Rodney King spoke his famous words of despair in May of 1992 when the country was torn apart by a lack of cooperation and collaboration. My heartfelt response to his words was, “Apparently not.” Why is “getting along” so elusive? I think one of the reasons is that […] more

Every Team Has Communication Problems And What Does That Mean?

Team Building activities are often set up to jazz up the team or fill up space in an otherwise busy retreat agenda. One common goal of team building activities is to solve a problem. The most common problem expressed by managers and team leaders is We have communication problems. That complaint always baffles me and […] more

Team Building and Ice Cream. I’m in Heaven!

I see a potential game everywhere. And when the game includes one of my favorite things on the face of the planet – ice cream – I’m over the moon! My husband and I will be our own team for about 5-7 weekends. Our team building activity is to visit each dairy that is on […] more

Why Do People Engage or Disengage

I’ve spent years interviewing people to hear their stories about why they stay or leave a company as a customer or an employee. As I’ve written before, there are many reasons why people stay or leave yet the summary of all those issues is “Listen to me!” If you offer training programs to large groups […] more

Pay For a Training Program Then Drop Out. Why?

In the business world, CEOs must avoid being blindsided. It’s critical they receive information about Unknowns that may make their company vulnerable. As I write this, I am curious about how Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki feel about being blindsided. I shudder. Both are piecing together organizations […] more

Are HUDDLE Sessions Like Masterminds?

In a Mastermind, a small group of business leaders commit to build their businesses, collaborate on their challenges, learn from each other and hold each other accountable. I am currently in a Mastermind group and have been in others in the past. I am a VERY passionate Mastermind supporter.  My business would not be where […] more

Best Games for Team Building Are Still the Classics

I am often asked what I think is the best game for team building.  If you ask me, you’ll know that I give really vague answers.  My stock reply is “it depends.”  It depends on your goal, budget, group, timeline, climate, location, etc. If I were locked up in jail and not allowed out to […] more

Should Leaders Have Team Building Skills?

A lot is expected of our leaders. Dictionary.com defines a “leader” as a person or thing that leads.” That may seem obvious, however, does that mean the leader must “lead” teambuilding sessions? Myriads of books, articles, videos and white papers have been written for generations by researchers and others who have opinions about the specific […] more

One of the Best Team Building Ideas

The best team building activities require participants to work together toward a common goal.  There are many fun team building activities that don’t make it to my “Best” list because they are often a waste of time and are not created around a common goal.  If you combine a good cause with that common goal, […] more

Who Do Leaders Turn to When…

I have yet to meet a leader who knows all the answers and responses needed to every challenge that comes her way.  That observation does not speak to the varying and fluctuating levels of confidence leaders have in their positions of responsibility, but it does indicate the existence of a Leader Resource System that is […] more

Team Building Taps Fun Childhood Memories

One of the most profound benefits of playing games, in general, or using ice breakers, is the access to positive childhood memories. For me and for so many others, playing games while growing up was so fun. We competed and laughed through Boardwalk, Colonel Mustard, Battleship and Seven Card Stab. It was a time when […] more

HUDDLE Sessions Use Ideas as Team Building Activity

Ideo is a company whose mission and work products I admire (www.ideo.com).  Their service is to apply their creativity so that organizations can be creative.  Creativity gives birth to more creativity. The same principle applies to our HUDDLE Sessions.  Ideas breed more ideas.  Many of the women who participate in HUDDLE Sessions participate in this […] more

HUDDLE Sessions are Solution-Focused

A dear friend just made a statement that resonated with me. She said, “Are you problem-centered or solution-centered?” Often, when a problem arises, I will dwell in that problem. Sit on it. Hug it. Share it with my friends. Get up close and personal with it and give it a lot of elbow room in […] more

HUDDLE Sessions and Random Acts of Kindness

For over a year I have been holding demo events to test and evaluate a way to connect women and help solve their problems.  They are called HUDDLE Sessions for Creative Problem Solving which are like mini-MasterMinds,  spot-counseling, impromptu business coaching, life coaching in a jar, ad hoc advisory boards, and stand-in best friends.  It’s […] more

I Want Davey Johnson as My Leader

If you have to look up Davey Johnson, you can start with Wikipedia HERE. I do happen to be a lunatic Washington Nationals fan but that’s not the gist of this article. For anyone wanting to better their leadership abilities within their company, team, group or department, The Washington Nats Manager, Davey Johnson, is a […] more

Teams Have Multiple Personalities

Every team has its own bank of personalities represented. For managers and supervisors, the personalities can come from people they hired or those they inherited. It’s a manager’s responsibility to manage the multiple team personalities along with the goals, budgets, timelines, resources, strategies, conflict, etc. Can you relate to the following situation? The managers in […] more

Team Building is a Process

Imagine the enthusiasm demonstrated by citizens who apply to be a Navy Seal. If we conduct their training using the same team building techniques that many corporations use, the Navy Seal Wannabees would attend one long retreat, probably over a weekend, and expect to be well-bonded and trusting of each other. Navy Seal training takes […] more

Managers Must Have Ice Breakers Handy

Managers have it tough. Not only are they expected to oversee budgets, timelines and resources, they are expected to manage all the personalities they have on their teams. Stubborn Steve, Critical Charles, Nitpicky Nancy and Always Forgettin’ Al, among the lot. If all the personalities represented on our teams and in our departments got along […] more

Use an Icebreaker To Start an Interview

Want to rattle someone who is set to interview you? Or throw them off base and take over? Initiate an ice breaker activity with them. It’s not something they will expect but it will get the interview off to a fun, perhaps quirky, start. And the conversation will flow easily. I did this recently. Cynthia […] more

Drip Team Building For Long Term Results

What’s the point of holding an expensive corporate retreat if the results don’t last? If nothing improves. I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about. A day of paint ball, the company picnic or a ropes course may not delight the socks off of most employees but companies all around the globe insist […] more

One Teammate Can Destroy the Works

As this simple illustration shows, even the tiniest cog in the gear system can create destruction. Imagine these gears are running pulleys to your life support systems. What if….just what if that small pretty little pink/purple gear jammed? Although small, its working health would have a life or death role in the system. So too […] more

I Am the Problem. An Ice Breaker.

Did you ever play Hot Potato when you were a kid? Or did you pick the Old Maid card out of someone’s hand during that card game? That same queasy feeling may occur when a team plays the following ice breaker titled I Am the Problem. There may be any number of explanations when a […] more

Consistent Play is Critical for Effective Team Building

I love finding articles and reports that provide evidence that science is at work when team members build close and strong connections with each other.  There is proven science to validate why and how right brain activities – a.k.a. “play” – can build better connections between team members.  Play must be a component in every […] more

Using Ice Breakers for Game Night

I recently spent an evening doing a really fun thing as a volunteer.  I led the first of many Game Nights for a group of young women who are working hard to build good lives for themselves. I wasn’t sure if they wanted to learn about Chess or play Go Fish so I started them […] more

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