Author Archives: Billy Kirsch

Team Building Ideas For Large Teams

It’s hard to find effective team building ideas for large teams. There are many tried and true corporate activities for small groups. But when you’re trying to find team building ideas for several hundred or more, the choices are few. It may appear that there are lots of choices. For example, a scavenger hunt is done a lot for large group team building. But I’m not a big fan of that or other similar programs that are really just an afternoon out on the town. If you’re going to invest time and resources in a program, then it should be engaging and meaningful for the majority of your large group. Team Building Ideas To Engage Large Groups When I’m onContinue Reading

Challenges In Corporate Team Building

“I hate team building!” That’s a comment I often hear and one of the foremost challenges in corporate team building. Other challenges in corporate team building relate to the activities themselves. But before you consider the activities you have to get past the I hate team building factor. Most people hate team building because they’ve been forced into uncomfortable activities or have simply been bored to death. Team building should be well facilitated by a dedicated professional. Yet it also should be co-created by everyone who takes part in the activity. You can get participant buy-in if you work with people and invite them into the process step by step. Here’s an example of team building you don’t have toContinue Reading

Chicago Team Building Programs

Here’s an update since I first posted this article about the opening of our new office for Chicago team building programs. Not only are we enjoying bringing music team building to Chicago, we’re enjoying success. Last month (May, 2014), I co-facilitated our first drumming program with Chicago drum leader, John Yost. We led 350 members of the Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Franchise through an exciting, interactive session that had everyone engaged and fired up. We’re officially launching our drum song program on our website shortly, so stay tuned for a dedicated program page soon! Another program that’s been popular in the Windy City is our CSR for Chicago team building. Of course, we’re not the only great team building available –Continue Reading

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