Posts Tagged by ice breaker

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

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

Awesome Fortune Card Ice Breakers

In my ice breaker game called Fortunes, Ice Breakers for Parties & Events, one of the Fortune cards reads, “Whatever comes out of your mouth next will be a big fat clue about your future.” I just heard from an owner of these fortunes that she read that card and waited until the right moment […] 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

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