Team Builders Plus Blog
This section of the website is our way of sharing some of our expertise and knowledge in regards to what we have learned by being a proven Team Building industry leader.
We’ve had a great summer here at Team Builders Plus. We’ve been busy with scavenger hunts and adventures, and loved seeing teams bond while scouring their city for clues and participating in fun physical challenges.
Whether your organization is large or small, city-based or out in the country, attending a conference or settled on home base, Team Builders Plus keeps your team’s needs and goals in mind. We’ve designed dozens of team building programs for just about any group that wants to have fun, learn and strengthen their communication and commitment.
When we founded Team Builders in 1991, our mission was to transform the shape of every company culture we touched. Over the past 24 years, we’ve helped hundreds of organizations break down communication barriers, boost their productivity and sustain dynamic workplaces where team members eagerly pitch in for their fellow co-workers.
Are there individuals or departments within you company that refuse to interact or acknowledge one another? If so, then you have silos in your organization and you are not alone.
What is the difference between a team building event and a team outing? If you were to type this question into Google, it would be difficult to find an answer. Many people don’t think there is a difference, so how would Google, Bing or any other search engine?
Time for Coaching
Experience: The Link Between Knowing and Doing
It’s amazing how our brains tend to skip over negative words. If you tell a small child, “Don’t touch the cookies,” the only thing the child can think about is touching the cookies.
Delegation: Development not Dumping
Delegation is not about taking something off of the metaphorical plate containing all of the work that needs to be done by you or staff members. Delegation is about development…nothing more, nothing less.
We all have it at one point or another. Some of us experience stressful environments in the workplace and some of us experience heightened states of tension for prolonged periods of time where there seems like there is no escape.
Team Samurai: The Art of Teamwork
Team Samurai is the brainchild of Team Builders Plus co-founder, president, and chief learning officer, Merrick Rosenberg. Along with more than two decades of experience in the world of team building, Merrick has been practicing and teaching karate since 1987.
Cultivating High Performance Teams
When I speak with people about their work life, one theme is constant: Their co-workers, not the work itself, create more frustration than anything else. Studies repeatedly show that people do not quit their companies, they quit their manager.
From You to We
Have you ever noticed that when someone initially joins your company, department, or team, for a while, they talk about the group as, “you” as opposed to “we.” They ask questions such as, “How do you do this?” or “Where do you keep this information on the computer system?”
I have a secret. Are you Listening?
We all know what it takes to be a good listener. In fact, I start my training listening skills training programs by having participants share the characteristics of effective listeners.
Predictable Communication Breakdowns
Effective communication is one of the keys to individual and organizational success. However, when asked, “Can you predict a future communication breakdown?” most answer with a resounding, “Yes!”
Donuts Don't Build Morale
We all talk about workplace morale. Is it high? Is it low? Is it improving? Is it breaking down? But what is morale? The Gallup Organization defines morale as, “The emotional attachment or sense of engagement a sales person has for his or her job.”
Innovation Drives Success
Successful organizations that know that innovation drives success and the people effectively create new ideas, strategies, and products and efficiently turn them into reality.
Looking to add some fun in the office with a price tag of $0? Read on! Here’s a game we played at Team Builders Plus with our own staff that kept us laughing and sharing stories with each other.
Stop Ignoring Your Star Team Players
We have all seen this play out, a manager is faced with a key employee
contemplating leaving the company to take a similar position with a new
organization for the same or less pay.
When Brainstorming Ends Too Early
In our attempts to work quickly and efficiently, we tend to limit ourselves by not taking the time to let the creativity grow.
5 Things Your Employer Wished Their Managers Knew
Lack of praise and recognition is one of the leading causes of employee turn-over. It doesn’t cost anything if you to tell me how much my contribution means to our organization every once in a while.
“Don’t We Work for the Same Company?” - Functional Silos & What to Do About Them
When goals are not aligned between departments, the company can actually
be working against itself, making decisions as if other departments are
external competitors. Silos
create a duplication of work, delays, and red tape that are ultimately
experienced by the customer.
Teamwork Lessons Learned from the NFL
With the NFL season upon us, players and coaches are focusing on the ultimate goal, a Super Bowl championship. Championship caliber teams do have great players, but it is not just great players that make a great team.
Creating Team Rituals (Part II of Defining Your Teams Culture)
the desired “behaviors” are created and defined, it is time to communicate the behaviors and create a
to make it part of the everyday life of all team members.
Defining Your Teams Culture (Part I)
Having a great team culture is the foundation of any high performance team. This goes beyond just having smart and talented team members, nor is it about what the team produces. Team Culture is about how the team works together as a cohesive unit.
A Meeting Planner's Best Friend
The job of a meeting planner is complex and requires the ability to pay attention to the finest of details. Whether they are planning a one-day sales meeting for 25 individuals or a 4-day conference for 2,500 people, they have to make sure every aspect of the event is taken care with perfection.
When was the last time you genuinely thanked someone on your team? I mean sincere appreciation, not, “Can you pass the stapler? Thanks.” So many of our co-workers do an outstanding job, day in and day out, that it becomes a matter of routine, something that is taken for granted. “So, what do you do?” I both love and hate this question. I love this question because I love my job and I love what I do, but I hate this question because my answer, “I work for a team building company,” is inevitably followed by either, “Team building? What’s that?” or “So you climb trees and have people fall back into each other’s arms?”
What is Team Building?
Those of us who work in the team building world help people improve their work environment. Most people call us when they realize they’re starting to have a problem or when their problems get out of hand. We then conduct a team building training program or process to help get them back on track
There's Got To Be A Better Way!
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?
I learned a bit about Team Building Last Night at Little League
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?