Category: Teambuilding

Ice Breakers Necessary For Team Building

It is possible to build a well functioning team without the use of ice breakers, however, ice breakers make the goal much easier to achieve!  A good set of ice breakers is a critical component in every team building tool kit. Using ice breakers appropriately creates an environment that allows people to open up and […] more

Team Building Includes People Problems

Unless you have a team of robots, your team is inherently wired to have some level of discord. It’s human nature. We can’t help ourselves. We just don’t get along with our team mates all the time. Project managers all over the world are scratching their heads and gnawing knuckles when their people don’t get […] more

Games-Way-of-Thinking is Good for Business

If you supervise people, or work with others on a team, you can learn to use a Games-Way-of-Thinking to avoid or solve problems.  This way of thinking is an alternative to traditional ways of solving problems when they arise.  The problems I refer to here usually involve people (and the issues we all bring along […] more

Team Building in the Office Stinks

Do you feel this way?  Even though I speak about and promote team building activities in the office, I know why some of us have believed that team building activities stink.  I know where that disdainful feeling resides and it’s not a pretty place. One of the reasons I am so passionate about using the […] more

Little Changes Big Connections

Part of my spiel offline and online includes discussions about how simple, small changes can make long lasting and powerful changes in connections between people. Take teambuilding activities, for instance.  I see so many companies putting a lot of time and money into the creation of a gigantic team building experience for the employees. Why?, […] more

Project Managers Change Expectations and Reduce Stress

I recently read an article about relieving stress.  Peter Bregman, noted author with Harvard Business Review stated, “The best strategy for reducing stress: Change your expectations.” I thought about this approach for team building purposes.  Managing teams can be highly stressful. Stress comes with the territory.  Project managers often live in chaos.  To me, it’s […] more

Welcome Open Team Conflict

A team leader’s role is to establish or sanctify the roles each team member will play when working toward the clear-cut goal.  When conflict arises – and it will – the team leader’s role is to understand the nature of the conflict and have it, the conflict, work toward the betterment of the team or […] more

Three Qualities of a Good Facilitator in Team Building

Sometimes they are used and sometimes not, however, effective facilitators can guide any team building activity to achieve great, long lasting results. How do they do this? There are many qualities that really good facilitators possess.  Three important ones are: 1.  Keep the desired outcome in sight.  Good facilitators must be in full command of […] more

A Team Building Activity With a Spinner

I am always on the hunt for good team building activities that others use. I’ve come across many people who are creative at applying a games-way-of-thinking to solve a problem. Today, I read an article authored by Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, published by Harvard Business Review (“Five Ways to Run Better Virtual Meetings”, […] more

Timing is Everything for Team Building

As part of my ongoing series of interviews with authors, inventors, executives, and other worthy people, I had the pleasure of getting to know Jane Lovas, a business advisor who has also authored a book, Seen and Sustained: Best Practices in Communication that Increase the Visibility of Small and Diverse Businesses. One of Jane’s many […] more

Southwest Airlines Understands Team Building

Southwest Airlines seems to always head the list of “best company to work for” and “most efficient airline” and “healthiest culture”, etc. And deservedly so. It’s no secret that Southwest achieves all this by design. They have a powerful branding and core values strategy that includes execution in the minutest detail. They know that their […] more

Understand the Power of the Introverts on Your Teams

Much personal creativity is developed in solitude. As Susan Cain so aptly presents in her TED presentation (see below), introverts should be included as part of every creative team. Introverts may go off on their own to have profound insights that they bring back to the team. She makes a case for why introverts don’t […] more

I Am a Team Building Therapist

I have been called a lot of strange (mostly good) names in my life but team building therapist is a new one for me. I am not complaining; I rather like it. Here is the context. A colleague was asking my advice about using team building activities at his place of business to address low […] more

Why I Use Right Brain Team Building Exercises

Can you tell if you use your right or left brain areas more as you work your way through each day? You won’t be able to feel your brain click over into the right or left side. So how do we know and should we even care? I am not an authority on brains and […] more

Great Managers Use Team Building Games

Many people have debated me on this topic. Their assertion is that “great managers don’t play games and great managers are serious-minded about managing people, budgets, time-lines and deadlines. They do not include humor. In fact, the managers who laugh a lot are demonstrating they are not competent.” What? I want to know where these […] more

Include Happiness in Team Building. Really?

It is scientifically proven.  Having a happy mood leads to a better performance with creative endeavors than not having a happy mood.  According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences and published in Scientific American, happy people are technically more likely to be creative.  That’s important when trying to build teams or departments […] more

Teambuilding or Team Building?

I get confused.  Sometimes when I write out the two words team and building, I can’t remember if the words make a compound noun as one word or if they are two words that describe an activity. Or am I making a perfectly good adjective that is spelled as one word or two?  Since the […] more

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