Corporate Hierarchy and Malarkyarchy

The first time I met with my new inbound marketing consultants, Digital Firefly Marketing I was immediately struck by something. No unnecessary corporate hierarchy here. When we meet, my project manager and the company president are obviously at ease with each other and this leads to positive interaction and free exchange of creative ideas. This kind of environment puts me at ease and beyond that, stimulates my own creative thinking. Most companies talk about their innovative qualities or their initiatives to become more innovative. But too many companies are just talking the talk. Small companies, like Digital Firefly or my own company, Kidbilly Music, need to be genuinely innovative to thrive. Corporate Hierarchy and Malarky-archy In order to be innovativeContinue Reading

The Best Conference Energizers

Conference energizers are important. They’re not just fluff and they shouldn’t be an afterthought. Choosing the best conference energizers for your programming is vital. If you’re going to dedicate both time and money to any portion of your conference, then it deserves thought and planning. The Best Conference Energizers Iowa State University has a page on the school website about Energizers, Icebreakers & Teambuilders. I think it’s fantastic that this is page worthy on a university website. They describe energizers as activities that re-energize a team that’s dragging. In the corporate environment, a division or a team that’s dragging is a liability. I lead programs at a lot of conferences in which the primary conference objective is to instill anContinue Reading

The Best 2014 Team Building Activity

Finding the best 2014 team building activity will take you a few minutes. But it’s time well spent, and will increase the value of your investment in team building. An article on free team building resources is a good place to start the brainstorming process. If you click the preceeding link you’ll see many ways to use teambuilding. And once your head starts spinning please read below. I’m going to attempt to help you through the decision making process. This should better position you to choose a team building activity that’s a great fit for you company this year. The Best 2014 Team Building Activity If I told you there was one best program to choose from, it would beContinue Reading

Team Building Programs In Nashville

With the opening of the Music City Center in 2013, the popularity of the ABC TV show “Nashville”, and our storied history as an incubator for great music, I’ve noticed a marked increase in inquiries from diverse clients across the globe who are coming to Nashville to work, engage and play.  If you do plan a meeting in Music City, you’ll want to know about the best team building programs in Nashville for 2014. Team Building Programs In Nashville Adventure Works is a well established, yet cutting edge source for ropes courses and more. For groups who seek physical challenge without pushing too far, this is a great option. My friend and talented Lego facilitator, Jody Lentz is based inContinue Reading

2014 Team Building Activities in Chicago

For any of you who’s turn it is to plan your company’s team building program, there’s no place like the Windy City. Here are some great 2014 Team Building Activities in Chicago. They’re all indoor team building activities, so you can come to Chicago before the spring thaw…it does look like it’s going to be a cold winter. One of my foundational requirements for any team building program is fun. Two things that don’t go together are fun and boredom. You can’t be bored and be having fun at the same time. Fun = In the Moment. Fun = Engagement. And that’s an excellent starting place for successful team building. The trick is to find programs that are inherently funContinue Reading

Team Building Exercises For Small Teams

In October I wrote about team building exercises for large teams. So I thought for a second that for this blog post on team building exercises for small teams, I could simply take my old blog post and replace the word large with small and be done! Just kidding. But kidding as a way to illustrate that there really are differences between large group programs and team building exercises for small teams. Small teams have challenges related to their dynamic – team members will most likely interact quite often. But this interaction holds the promise of great reward and accomplishment, once a team has learned to work well together. Team Building Exercises For Small Teams Small teams should engage in someContinue Reading

Corporate Event Ideas For 2014

The first of my corporate event ideas for 2014 is to simply say, please have an event. There’s intangible, yet real, value in getting people together. Ok…phew…you’ve decided to have a meeting. Now I can share some specific thoughts about corporate event ideas you should consider for 2014. Corporate Event Ideas For 2014 Unstructured Time is important. When we’re kids we have lots of unstructured time. Or at least we should. When we’re young, play time is work time. Lots of learning and development takes place. Guess what? Lots of learning and development can take place during unstructured time during your corporate event. As I roam the globe eavesdropping on cocktail conversation at corporate events, I’ve noticed that even casualContinue Reading

Corporate Team Building Events in New York City

We recently led a corporate team building event at one of the Abigail Kirsch Catering locations in New York. Of all their locations, Pier 60 is my personal favorite for corporate team building events in New York City. Pier 60 overlooks the Hudson River. In fact it’s right on the river with spectacular views. I travel the US and the world facilitating my team building with music program. And I always try to find a local connection wherever we work. It’s fun to lean toward the blues in Chicago or country music in the south. And for New York…it’s such a melting pot that anything goes. Corporate Team Building Events – NYC Row New York offers corporate team building eventsContinue Reading

How You Know You Need A Team Builder

Bad day at work. Another bad day at work. Followed by a bad day at work. It could be a personal problem. Or it could mean your organization needs a team builder. We’re all aware of the momentum sports teams have. There’s an intangible confidence, creativity and energy when a team’s in the zone. And conversely, when a team needs a team builder, or a tune up, there’s a lack of confidence, creativity and energy. When A Team Builder When teams are performing at a high level, each team member functions well at his or her individual job, showing initiative and energy. Each person then partners with team members as everyone compliments and supports each other – the whole isContinue Reading

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