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…

Objective Creativity

The experience set up a perfect debrief opportunity. We talked about how it feels to be vested in an idea, and how we have to struggle to overcome inertia to change. But we were also able to share the remarkable satisfaction that comes from overcoming that inertia, and remaining objective while being creative.

Hard Rock Hotel and Musical Team Building

It was an aha moment, and I thought to myself, ‘duh’. Why didn’t I think of that? Dianne, the event manager at a recent program I facilitated, introduced me as follows: “When we decided to hold our conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, we realized we had to try and find a musical team building program to go with our Hard Rock musical motif. So we thought…

More Than Just A Song

The songwriting process invites participants to take lots of internal information and give voice to it; filling flip charts with ideas, plastering walls with flip charts and then distilling it all – all the cacophony, clutter and chaos into a clear, succinct, pointed, and yes, catchy communication representing the essence of our client’s work – The Song.

Coffee & Creativity

That’s the mystique and challenge of creating. There are no guarantees, no promise of return on investment, only the hope that we’ll stumble upon something magical, or at least something that works quite well!

Building My Team

Today time certainly seems relative to me. I’m back home and my travels of last week seem like a lifetime ago. Isn’t that always the way it is? So much happens when we’re out of town, it seems like a parallel universe, not quite like the one we’re in when at home in our usual routine. And since I’ve already been facilitating in San Diego and speaking in Las Vegas…