For years, leading my crew and working with clients has been fueled by the fun and fire of face to face connection. So at first the idea of developing remote team building activities met with resistance, mostly my own! Whether we’re talking about the camaraderie between myself and my fellow hit-songwriters, or the unbelievable bond that can be built in a Team Building Through Song® session with a client group, being together in person has always meant something big to me and to my business. Fast forward to March 2020. As Coronavirus swept across the world, the lights went out on the face to face connection that we so valued within our team and with our constant stream of client… Read more »
What are the best virtual team building activities to help you feel connected? Given what’s going on in the world today, many of us are now seriously considering the value of virtual programs. Is it worth it? Can online team programs deliver authentic experience and results? I believe the answer is yes. But the best virtual team building activities don’t grow on trees. You have to know what to look for and what elements contribute to great programs. The Need To Stay Connected While Miles Apart We all have a need to feel connected, to feel part of something bigger than ourselves. The good news is, it doesn’t take too much to increase feelings of connectedness, of belonging. I don’t… Read more »
If not now, when? This is a time when online team building activities are vital. So many of us are working from home, feeling challenged in new ways. More than ever, we’re searching for connections, camaraderie and unity. We’re thinking about meaning, looking for inspiration and imagining how we may need to reinvent ourselves. But it can get lonely, ruminating on our own. Remote work is here to stay. And we need ways to stay connected. Given this dynamic, I don’t consider bringing your team together for an online gathering frivolous or even optional. Now’s the time to share quality time together, to maintain or build motivation and get the reinforcement we all need to work optimally; on an individual… Read more »
You look around your office. The mood is serious. Heads down, fingers flying over keyboards. Everyone is intensely focused on their own task, desks as lonely as islands in a sea of work. Do you see any smiling faces or any animated conversation? If the answer is no, sound the alarms folks, because it looks like your office is in a fun slump. But don’t despair. You just need some fun team building ideas to break the slump. Now take a moment to imagine an alternate reality where people have fun together. What do you envision? Imagine your team laughing and smiling, connecting and chatting. Your team is engaged with their work and with each other. Is There Value In… Read more »
When asked the question, does music increase productivity?, my immediate response is to shout yes, yes, yes from the rooftops…I might even be seen shaking a tambourine for emphasis, haha. As a lifelong musician, hit songwriter and veteran of bringing music to the corporate world, the idea that music increases productivity is pretty well proven for me personally. But perhaps you’re a leader of a biotech company or the head of HR at a law firm. Maybe you’re a financial analyst or an insurance underwriter. The idea that music may have real value in your work environment might seem a bit strange to you. So I realize that you may need some science and cold hard facts to be… Read more »
As a leader in your organization, you have some big decisions to make for the coming year. Should you invest some of your available budget and precious time into events and activities that boost employee engagement? Or should you just throw in the towel and buy those new standing desks everyone is talking about? It seems like buying some desks might be easier than really tackling your workforce challenges. And maybe you’re not 100% sure if engagement is all that important. Does employee engagement matter? I have three answers for you; yes, yes, yes. To help you better understand, I’d like you hit the rewind button on your life. Let’s go all the way back to high school. I know… Read more »
Your group of employees is small but mighty. Each team member is an integral piece in a tightly knit system of communication, collaboration, and creativity. When this small but mighty community is ready to reinforce connection and revitalize work flow, what are the best team building activities for a small group? Maybe you’re traveling away from home base for your corporate retreat, or you’re setting aside time right in your own office. Either way, the trust falls and feelings circles of yesteryear’s cringe worthy team building activities should be left behind in favor of something more worthy of your team’s precious time. As a leader of your organization, you have a big decision to make. What activities will be an… Read more »
When setting out to create a more effective team, it’s helpful to imagine each of your team members as individual building blocks. Imagine, for example, that you’re holding a box of Legos. You dump this box of legos out onto the floor.
Both you and your colleagues may be hoping for a program free of trust falls, feeling circles and other uncomfortable activities. To help you out, I’ve gathered ideas for team building that takes advantage of Southern Cal’s unique offerings.
The reality is, in this day and age, employees are aware that their work doesn’t need to be tied to a desk in an office from 9 to 5. If their job can be done online, there are serious advantages to allowing them to work from home, even for just one day per week. There are clear benefits but also unique challenges when employees work from home. Here are some thoughts and suggestions on how you can manage and optimize remote teams.
You may already know that team building is critical to your success. And you may already have team members who work well together. But even when all the basic ingredients are present, you have to take time to find ways to keep your team’s spirit positive.