Internet Cookies, Real Cookies and Marketing

Okay, I’m obsessive, I admit it. When that obsession is trained on making your company’s team building activity an amazing experience, that’s a good thing. But when I’m in my office working on strategic planning for my own business, I tend to get bogged down in the details. Even though I know this about myself I can’t help it. I spent the first part of today researching SEO options, reading…

Car Talk and Free Team Building

Listening to Car Talk on Saturday morning, it occurred to me that a big part of what makes the show so compelling is the stories told by the people who call in. Tom and Ray coax the humor, individuality and drama out of every caller. The stories are as important, often more important, than the specific automotive problem being discussed. These personal narratives are compelling because most of us can…

Create a “You Are Special” Box

I was hanging out with Julie this weekend when she received a text from our daughter, “I love you soooooo much”. Wow – what precipitated that, I asked? Julie had sent Isabel a care package with the usual goodies including, of course, food. But here’s what prompted the Wow: Julie made a little cardboard box and labeled it “You Are Special”. She filled it with notes like, “You’re really creative”,…

Engagement Catalyst

The contemporary workforce demands engagement in ways that require more than just financial compensation. Being part of a team, sharing a sense of purpose, belonging, and shared mission are vital to promoting positive corporate culture and engagement. Employees want to co-create their shared vision of what they do. Believe it or not, I didn’t just make that up. We often hear from business owners who worry about their team lacking…

Team Building – Is it a joke?

“Team Building”? That’s a joke. Sorry Ms. Sanders, seniors aren’t coming to school tomorrow.” One of the best tweets I’ve seen all year, and then I proceeded to follow the twitter stream as a group of high school students chatted about why they weren’t going to take part in the senior team building day. Guess what? We encounter the same resistance from adults, constantly. I get it! Before I fell…

Every Day Team Building

I’m resistant to change and I don’t like to be told what to do. I don’t think I’m unusual in this way. And so when my wife, Julie, told me I “needed” to move my clothes from bins in our bedroom to a dresser in another room, I resisted and quietly did nothing! About a week later, as I was complaining about not being able to reach my clothes without…

Counter Intuitive Creativity

I almost always find myself in a creative mood when I fly. As much as I travel, there’s still something counter-intuitive to me about being suspended in the air 30,000 feet in a metal machine that weighs tons. This sense of vulnerability brought on by doing something counter-intuitive makes me a little emotional and my emotions are the fuel for my creative thoughts and actions. Knowing that I’m going to…

We’re Supporting Arts Education

Our Community Giving program is a great way to do some team building and support arts education. We hope you’ll consider this when you’re planning your group’s team building event. Meanwhile, there’s a quick and easy way to help out. We’d like to double our Facebook fans, so for every new person who likes our page until we double, we’ll donate $1.00 to a public high school in need of funding…