Communication in an organization is not a one-way street. We don’t need to wait to be told what to do or what is right or wrong by our leaders. Our leaders are just as human as we are and they make mistakes. Is it up to everyone in the organization to communicate.
People need to stop typing and start talking. The telephone is better than email, but face-to-face communication is best. How else are we going to get the information that we need to do our jobs?
Our seven-year old kids are jersey color-blind but as adults we often silo ourselves into “teams”. Sales vs. marketing. Finance vs administrators. Northeast vs. Southeast. Did we all start out as color-blind seven-year olds in a see of multi-color baseball jerseys? When did it all change and how do we get back to being one team?
When you’re in a conflict or confrontation it can be hard to think straight, and that can make it hard to resolve the situation appropriately. Here’s a quick easy acronym to help: LEAF. LEAF stands for: Listen, Empathize, Action plan, Follow through.
The benefits of team huddles is clear, however there are additional side benefits. By holding huddles on a regular basis, it will create a sense of unity and create a positive culture with open communication.
As you read through your feeds and blogs, make a note of the DISC styles used by bloggers in a given platform. You may find some interesting commonalities. The chatty Parrot, the decisive Eagle, the conscientious Owl, or the peace-loving Dove.
When is team building more than just team building? When you give back to the community while improving group dynamics.
Some organizations want to make a positive impact on their home community while helping to improve team dynamics in the office. Can this be done at the same time without ever leaving the comfort of home base? You bet!
Sometimes communicating with your manager can be just as challenging as level 86 of the Candy Crush Saga game. Just when you start to think you are making headway, you suddenly realize that you don’t have what you need to be successful and you could really use a lifeline.
I recently read an article that posed the question “is team building a waste of time?” In the article, one of the problems stated was that the exercises did not translate into their current project and issues. This is a key component when identifying the right team building program for your group.
Baseball teams (little league through professionals) from across the country have worked hard to train for the upcoming season. They did not just work on throwing, fielding and batting. They were also building relationships with teammates and coaches since the bonding that goes on during training will last through the whole season.
Believe it or not, the holidays are already just around the corner and my favorite holiday is first on the list - Halloween! Halloween is the perfect opportunity to gather your team and take part in a fantastic team building activity called Movie Mayhem!
We’ve been learning about team building ever since we were four years old watching Saturday morning cartoons in our pajamas. Think about Tom and Jerry for a moment. Poor Jerry Mouse spends most of an episode being chased, stepped on or whacked by a fly swatter by Tom Cat until he finds an ally or two.
Be sure to check out the great article where co-owners of Teambuilding, Inc. Merrick Rosenberg & Jeff Backal are featured regarding teams and team building. The article is in the April 2011 issue of South Jersey Biz.
New York City is a fascinating place to visit. Besides taking in a Broadway show or eating a ginormous deli sandwich, popular tourist sites to see are the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Grand Central Station and the American Museum of Natural History.
Have you ever heard the expression, "I hate team building"? Throughout my 20 year career in the team building world, I have heard this expression numerous times (of course, this is before they work with my organization).
Have you ever been in a relationship where it is impossible to please everyone all the time? Well here is my situation with my work team. Although I love my teammates dearly, we were having a constant battle over the office temperature.
It’s up to us to teach our children but sometimes, when we least expect it, our children teach us. My son brought home a letter from his school today about teaching thankfulness. It made me think about my own work environment and how often we say thank you.
A Funergizer’s client participated in one of our DIY activities for a holiday party. They were looking for a training company to deliver a team building program for them. Having a lower budget they were unable to hire a training company, but still wanted to offer a fun event for their employees.
A hippie, a renegade and team of misfits just won the World Series. I am by far not the biggest baseball fan but hearing a reporter on the radio refer to the San Francisco Giants this way caught my attention. The reporter could not figure out how this team just won the most coveted title in baseball.
I am quite certain that coworkers rarely utter the following words: "I don't like that person, she listens too much."
Imagine your team racing through the streets of New Orleans, wandering Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, searching for clues in the Museum of Natural History in New York City or exploring the Adventure Aquarium near Philadelphia, PA.
It’s no secret that organizations that look to the future will be the future. Yet, few teams have mastered team building and the innovation process. To begin with, teams need Creators. These individuals think out-of-the box.
Faster. Leaner. Every day, teams are challenged to do more with less…and I need it yesterday! Studies are showing that workplace stress has reached new heights and it’s fairly obvious to recognize that higher stress levels increase the possibility of mistakes at work overall employee burnout.
The summer is a great time to get out of the office and enjoy a team building activity…as long as the weather cooperates that is. It seems that this year, Mother Nature has decided to keep us all on our toes.
Have you ever been to a meeting that has spiraled out of control? You had an agenda. You defined a meeting leader and a scribe to take the minutes. You even had donuts (always a powerful draw to get people there). And yet, the meeting did not accomplish its intended objective.
Corporate teams are jumping at the chance to explore next-generation treasure hunts rather than old-fashioned scavenger hunts.
When I speak at conferences about retaining winning talent and the problem of turnover, I often ask attendees to raise their hands if their fathers worked at three or fewer companies throughout their careers. As you would expect, just about everyone raises their hands.
Members of successful teams know one thing...if everyone holds themselves and their fellow team members accountable for getting results, the team is more likely to be successful. Success teams understand the power of collective and they live it.
People are much more likely to like a manager who coaches them than a manager who provides little or no coaching. But it’s not a popularity contest. Leaders need to develop people because it’s the right thing to do.
Team building – every great company swears by it. For decades businesses have sought to provide new and innovative programs to their staff to improve communication, camaraderie and productivity just to name a few. However, many leaders find themselves repeating the same standard teambuilding activities… until now.
National Treasure and its sequel were big hits. The Amazing Race took Reality TV watchers on weekly adventures around the world. The DaVinci Code thrilled audiences with Tom Hanks’ clue-solving prowess.
They’re productive. They meet their goals. They’ve been around for a long time. And, although they don’t model your organizational values, you keep them around. They’re the cultural misfits and most organizations have them.
Team building programs are becoming more and more creative…and are requiring and building heightened levels of creativity. Consider the Teambuilding, Inc. activity, You Take the Cake!, in which participants are tasked with turning ordinary sheet cakes and loads of cake supplies in to a metaphoric representation of your team and how your team will work together to drive success.
Team building programs of the 90’s took place in fields and forests. Remember ropes courses, both low and high, that allowed people to engage in a series of team activities and face self-imposed limitations while dangling from cables?
Employer-supported activities that enable their employees to support their communities can include a wide range of programs. Opportunities may include donating cell phones or clothing or volunteering with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Big Brothers Big Sister.
I think one of my greatest learnings over my 25 years working with teams has been their power to innovate. Many times we have formed teams to deal with the organization's most perplexing problems, and every time they have performed...even beyond their own expectations.
I'd like to toss this idea around with nonprofits a bit.
I never liked forced ranking systems to "measure" employee performance and thin out the ranks. For those of you not familiar with this kind of employee measurement or rating system, basically the group leader, manager, or whoever makes a list of his or her people, ranking them based on their performance. If you find yourself in the bottom 10% of the list, there's a chance you may be shown the door.
I think this is one of the oldest, yet most effective icebreakers for meetings, training, or team building sessions. The "4 Facts" exercise simply asks people to write down 4 "facts" about themselves, 3 of them true, 1 not true. We encourage participants to think of things about themselves that others don't know.
The intent of the exercise blog category (see the categories in the upper right corner) is to share team building exercises. Yes, we have exercises for sale at our Online Store and Catalog, but this area is for sharing.
Leaders, facilitators and team members often overlook the power of positive team building quotes. Not only can sharing a great quote at the right time help build credibility, it can also be motivating to those you are speaking to. I would suggest using quotes whether you are facilitating a leadership workshop, leading a team building program, or just speaking to your peers or staff.
I recently read a fascinating article in Business Week magazine (August 21/28, 2006, "Game Plan: First Find the Leaders") that discussed an alternative approach to picking team leaders. Typically leaders are chosen for their prowess with the technical aspects of the job, their decision making skills, and their assertiveness in commanding others.
As you watch your favorite team on the field, pay attention to the team as a whole as opposed to only focusing on the player with the ball. You can learn a lot about teamwork as you cheer your team to victory.