Team Building

How to Find the Best Team Building Consultant

Posted: Aug 17, 2019 by

If you’re thinking of planning a team building event, your first stop should be a team building consultant. Why? It’s simple: you know your team better than anyone, but a team building consultant knows how to bring your team together. If you’ve never worked with a consultant before, you’re in luck; good ones are out there. Here are a few qualities to look for in a great team building consultant and how to find the right one for your team. Qualities to Look For Sometimes, you need the counsel of others. The trick, of course, is accepting the counsel of others. Your team, like many teams in the world, is jaded by memories of awkward team-building exercises. They’re also more likely to clam… Read more »

5 Fun Small Group Team Building Ideas

Posted: Aug 4, 2019 by

When many employees hear the word “team building,” they immediately flinch and think back on years of incredibly awkward icebreakers in school. But small group team building offers the opportunity to maximize your team’s performance and make work-life better.  Team programs teach your employees to empathize with each other and build trust. Of course, it helps to have the right team building for small groups. Here are five team activities that will help you better connect with your colleagues.  1. Two Truths and a Lie For a simple old standby activity that’s always fun and very effective, you can rely on a tried-and-true classic, two truths and a lie. The game is exactly what it sounds like. Have every team member write… Read more »

6 Reasons Why Team Building is Key to Your Success

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 by

Team building has a bit of a bad reputation. It’s long been tied up with dull company picnics and tiresome icebreakers. This is a shame, because team building success actually makes all the difference in whether or not your company is a success. Don’t believe it? Here are six reasons why team building is critical to a successful work environment. 1. Get to Know Each Other One of the biggest benefits of team building is that it gives your employees the chance to get to know each other outside of work. After all, working in adjacent cubicles for 40 hours a week is one thing. Talking casually in a non-work setting is something else entirely. People like to feel connected,… Read more »

Start Your Day with Team Building During Breakfast

Posted: May 10, 2019 by

Business is hectic and conference agenda time is scarce. I get it. That’s why, from time to time, we’re asked to lead team building during breakfast. It can be a great solution to accomplish a lot within a given time frame. Many companies are aware of the possibility of including team building in a lunch or dinner event. And while breakfast is often overlooked, nothing pairs better with that first cup of coffee than an opportunity to make connections, engage and have fun. Team building during breakfast is a grrrrrreat way to start the day. So if you’re organizing a company-wide conference, or simply planning to treat your colleagues to something special to kick off their day, consider a team… Read more »

Team Building For Remote Teams

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 by

  More and more these days we’re facilitating team building for remote teams. We’re seeing groups with team members who perform the same job, based in multiple geographic areas. And we’re seeing groups with team members who work remotely from home while covering a specific territory. Most of the programs my company leads are face to face; when remote teams gather together. But we’re also beginning to address the need for remote team building activities, a/k/a virtual team building. Honestly, I still like face to face programs the best. There’s nothing like being in the same room with your colleagues when it comes to trust building and sharing best practices. That being said, remote teams need activities that will help… Read more »

Chicago Team Building Activities

Posted: Sep 23, 2018 by

Whether you’re based in the Windy City or coming here for a meeting, you won’t be disappointed by the variety and quality of Chicago team building activities to choose from. Some of the most intelligent, creative and entrepreneurial minds in the world flock to Chicago to start tech companies, work at medical centers, restaurants, theaters and more. This is just the place to get the creative juices flowing, build morale, and increase engagement. Informal Outings For Your Team Simply enjoying Chicago together can have real value. The benefits might not be as immediate or recognizable as a professionally facilitated team program, but you can build trust and camaraderie by simply spending quality time together out of your work space. This… Read more »

Is Team Building Worth It

Posted: Aug 26, 2018 by

  Is team building worth it? There are so many negative cliches about team programs that it’s hard to initiate an activity with a positive attitude from your colleagues. And even though I’m a professional team building facilitator, I get that! As a member of a community organization, I recently participated in a team building program. Leading up to the event, I found that even I was making wisecracks; wondering what kind of potentially uncomfortable activity I’d be forced to participate in. I was pleasantly surprised to take part in a program that was really fun and brought us all closer together. When done properly team building is worth it. And there is need. The Need For Team Building Every… Read more »

Team Building Lunch

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 by

I know I’m biased since team building is what I do for a living, but I truly believe that team programs should be at the top of every company’s priority list. I think my bias is warranted because I’ve seen tangible results; with improved communication among teams and the power that comes when co-workers have fun together. But, I get it – life is busy and work is even busier. So it’s hard to find time for team building. Wouldn’t it be great if you could plan a team building lunch? Team building during lunch is a great solution because it fits into a set time limit and it can be DIY or professionally facilitated. And very importantly, everybody gets to… Read more »

Motivational Team Building Activities That Actually Work

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 by

  Motivational team building activities shouldn’t be so hard to find… but they are. How many times have you planned what promised to be a great program but then you find yourself sitting in the back row, smiling at the facilitator’s catchy sound bites in between inconspicuously checking your email on your device by holding it low behind the seat in front of you. How many times have you left a program wondering what happened to all of the time, talent and resources you spent to inspire? Where are the results? Too often I speak with leaders looking for a team building program who have been let down before. The truth is, nobody really likes the idea of having to… Read more »

Quick Team Building Activities That Engage And Unite

Posted: Mar 6, 2018 by

  Just the mention of the word team building can bring a sweat to the brow of any business owner or company manager. Team activities are often dreaded in the workplace by both leaders and employees. Often, they’re mandated by leadership or HR yet they follow an antiquated, by-the-book rationale that fails miserably to engage and unite. In addition to resistance based on less than stellar associations with team building, limited agenda time can be an obstacle to planning a program. The goods news is, there are many fun and productive quick team building activities you can employ, to not only increase enjoyment in the moment, but to ensure the outcomes stay with your group for the long haul. Making your team… Read more »