Posts Tagged by team building

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

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

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

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

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

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

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