Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

September Musical Team Building Activities

I’m just gonna roll events from our September musical team building activities into one post. Because this was our busiest September and it might take me until next September to write a separate post about each event we’ve just facilitated. Part of what I sell is the power of story. Story and music = song. A powerful example of how a great identifying phrase evokes story and emotion is the Kellogg’s phrase I grew up with…They’re GR-R-REAT! (Tony the Tiger). So when I received an email inquiry from a PHD at Kellogg with a picture of Tony the Tiger and that catch phrase at the bottom of the email I was hooked. My wife and I made a long weekendContinue Reading

Phoenix Team Building Events

Whew! This is my first time back home for more then three days in a row in a while, and I’m finally catching up on my to-do list. We had a great Phoenix team building event with Honeywell Aerospace back in August and I’ve been wanting to share news about it. The Honeywell Aerospace Integrated Supply Chain doesn’t get a lot of PR.  Supply chain folks tend to be behind the scenes. But they’re the people who get it all done. It’s very rewarding to bring some fun and focus to people who spend a lot of time behind the scenes quietly doing their jobs. Honeywell Aerospace Phoenix Team Building Goals Enhancing employee engagement Exploring the challenges of a changingContinue Reading

Excellent Team Building Activities For The Workplace

Excellent team building activities for the workplace are programs that invite everyone to participate equally. Programs that spark unity and not mutiny are the way to go. My experience tells me that most people dread the thought of a team building day at work. Almost all of us have had uncomfortable experiences with team building activities in the workplace. But guess what? A good team building program should be non-threatening, inclusive and easy for everyone to participate in. My Favorite Team Building Activities For The Workplace My favorite programs are ones that work. I know that sounds broad, but sometimes when something works, it’s perfect. I’m less concerned with the specific program you choose for team building and more concernedContinue Reading

Activities For Team Building For Your Company

Activities for team building for your company fall into two overarching categories. Team building that you hire and team building activities you can do yourself. The link you just skipped over is a great article containing ideas you can facilitate yourself without leaving the office. I also some have some fun DIY ideas in my own Activities For Team Building For Your Company. You can research team building games on google and lots of ideas will come up. If you’re having fun, if you’re communicating and if you’re engaged that’s team building on a basic level. Facilitated Activities for Team Building for Your Company There are good reasons to hire a team building company with qualified facilitators to lead yourContinue Reading

CSR Team Building Goals

Much has been debated about CSR – corporate social responsibility. The debate is not about whether CSR is worthwhile. The debate’s about how it’s handled. Do companies walk the walk or just pay lip service to CSR? CSR team building can help integrate corporate social responsibility into your company culture. If you want to embark on a team building program to help bring the corporate social responsibility concept to life, the first step is to think about your CSR team building goals. CSR Team Building Goals I believe the most important of all CSR team building goals is to provide a program that enables your workforce to experience the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others. Here’s a personal example.Continue Reading

Three Corporate Team Bonding Ideas

Here are three corporate team bonding ideas taken from my eBook, Every Day Team Building. But before I share the specific exercises with you I need to address terminology. Being a creative type, I’m not usually a literal kind of guy. And I often use the term team building and team bonding interchangeably. You know what? I’m going to continue to do so. But to explain the difference for those of you who love your terminology; Team Building refers to forming new teams and describes the process working groups go through, typically outlined as Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. Team Bonding refers to groups that are already built and want to spend time together for a tune-up, to celebrate successContinue Reading

Washington DC Team Building

Last week I had the pleasure of working with a large medical association, leading them through their Washington DC team building activity. The group was made up of a high performing team that plans meetings and events for one of the largest associations out there. Pardon the pun, but my task was to provide the team with a tune-up. Our group songwriting process enables teams to recharge, and diffuse tension that builds up over time. Even the best working teams need tune-ups from time to time. Washington DC Team Building Goals Recharge a high performing team Restate goals and share best practices Open better lines of communication Celebrate all that’s been accomplished When we help groups create songs around theContinue Reading

Keynote Presenters To Hire This Year

So you’ve been told it’s your job to research the keynote presenters to hire for this year’s event. It’s a big wide world out there; so where do you start? This article is a good place as it highlights some important things you need to know to ensure you’ll be successful in your search. Understanding your audience and your meeting objectives are crucial to matching the plethora of choices of keynote presenters to hire with your audience. Consider David Hutchens My friend David Hutchens is brilliant, and in an accessible and engaging way. I recently co-presented a speech with David at the ASTD International Conference. It was fun for us, and most importantly fun for the audience. But I useContinue Reading

The Best Creative Team Building Activities

I know, I know…I’m asking for trouble by titling a blog post, ‘the best’. But I believe creative team building activities are the best. Because it’s hard to be half-way in a creative activity. You can fake it when you’re repeating things, but it’s hard to fake it when you’re actually creating things. Your senses and your emotions are engaged as an integral part of any creative process. Change and Creative Team Building Activities Let’s talk about change. It’s invigorating and inspiring. It never ceases to amaze me how much more efficient I am after a vacation, even a long weekend with a change of scene. I’ll be back at my desk getting a week’s worth of work done inContinue Reading

5 Group Activities Using Music

Music, the common denominator for many of us, is a great way to engage your team. The possibilities for group activities using music are as endless as your imagination. Team building continues to be important for success and using music as a team building exercise can be very powerful. Music has the ability to help working groups break through the hierarchical corporate setup that often inhibits great teamwork. Group Activities Using Music – Do It Yourself Not the same old karaoke Yes, you will need an instrumental(karaoke) track for this. But you don’t need to be knee deep in happy hour to make this work. Using a well-known melody and several flip charts, you can brainstorm around a specific theme. MaybeContinue Reading