Team Building for the New Year

There are many team building activities that enhance communication, develop trust and enable your team to have fun together. So how do you decide which activity to choose? The first thing to consider are your goals for your event. Whether its corporate team building, an association or educational institution, focusing first on your goals will help narrow down the many choices. Traditional programs like ropes courses or whitewater rafting are…

Adventures in Team Building

I know that’s a broad title for a blog article. But lately that’s the way I feel, like I’m on a big adventure. I think I’m in LA today, or was that last week? Oh yeah it’s been both, with Duluth, MN in between. Yes, I’ve been home too – and all I can think of is, “Yikes, I’ve created a monster”. It’s time for me to think about and…

Nashville Team Building Ideas

It’s fun and it’s scary to revisit old creative work. Creativity is an ongoing process and anytime I revisit an old song I want to change it. But my thoughts about the best Nashville team building ideas haven’t changed since I originally wrote this blog post several years ago. It was the beginning of the middle, as our program, Team Building Through Song® found it’s legs and also it’s wings….

Team Building and Taking Ownership

“We own it!” Isn’t that another way of saying we’re engaged, we care, we’re all in. When a team feels like they own the work they’re doing, the power of positivity boosts creativity, efficiency and results. I experienced the value of feeling ‘ownership’ myself last night at a team building program I led for Cummins, Inc. This was a small group and before the team building activity this leadership team…

Team Building in the Real World

Okay, I’m biased. I’m so into this team building thing that I often,(maybe too often), view life through a team building lens. But beyond the lens, I do believe my work experience has changed the way I react in personal life and has helped me face challenges. Two weeks ago the phone rang at 2:30 in the morning. I woke to see my daughter’s number flash on my caller ID…

Team Building, Tuning and Discord

I don’t know about you, but for me opposites really do attract. My wife and I have different skill sets, different strengths and different weaknesses. I don’t think I could live with someone who has the same type of compulsions as I do. I can hardly live with myself, so living with another me would not be fun! Of course the differences between my wife and myself sometimes lead to…

Finding the ROI of Team Building

When I mention I’m passionate about team building, the eyes roll or look away. The conversation shifts and the comments usually go something like this: “That was so yesterday, so pre-recession. Talk to me about something with ROI. My boss won’t go for a team building program now. ”But being an undeterred optimist, I take this response as an invitation to enlighten people about why I am passionate about team…

Honesty Is The Best Team Building Activity

I just read an email from a friend of mine, who while recovering from one kind of cancer found out she had a mass on her kidney and had to undergo additional surgery, fear and pain. The email contained the good news that the kidney mass was benign. But my friend’s description of the anxiety, doubt and physical pain associated with the ordeal was honest, deep and dark. It caught…

Team Building, Injustice and Superheroes

I don’t claim to be a superhero, fighting injustice wherever I see it. In fact, most often I’m too slow to react. And then I’m filled with regret for what I might have done, had I only had the wherewithal to step right in and fix things. However, I care deeply about systems, fairness and invitation. By ‘invitation’ I mean, inviting new people into teams, tribes, groups and helping them…

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…