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A Glorious Disaster

My recent Glorious Disaster I walked into a leadership team workout for a Fortune 100 company this week and was absolutely shocked with the mindset of the people in the room. I knew that these were very smart people in … Continue reading

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Workshop Leader Nightmare Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about a nightmarish workshop setup I walked into and had to improvise on the spot. You can read about it here if you missed it!   Making lemonade from lemons... I quickly popped in an Altoid, just … Continue reading
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Activity for Group of 20 and Problem Solving

Question: I have a group of 20 and I need an activity for problem solving. Answer: Unfortunately, I need just a little more information to be able to direct you well in this area.  There can be a number of … Continue reading

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What is a Fun Outdoor Team Activity We Can Run Ourselves?

Question: We are an Employment Services Company, a close knit team of 23 already but looking for outdoors (as we live by the sea), something fun we can do all together.  EG: last year we did Minute to Win IT. … Continue reading

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Intense Trust Session for 10-15 People and a Few Hours

Question: I need an intense trust primer for 10-15 people (I have not decided who should attend yet) and I have a few hours at my disposal.  What could I do for the group to get them to be able … Continue reading
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Activity Involving Sacrifice

Question from Allen: I have a group of 40 and about 30 minutes.  I need an activity to get across the idea of sacrifice. So any game where the main strategy to win or succeed involves sacrifice. Answer: This might … Continue reading

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Employee Engagement Starts with Team Building? Actually, no, No NO!

Question: Can you look through the power point presentation we have put together to justify a team building program we are trying to initiate? Answer: I looked through the power point presentations and it appears you are attempting to use … Continue reading

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Communication and Percentages

  Many companies today think that email and mobile phone communications can solve all of their communications problems, but they can’t. In person meetings, conferences and activities work because they are face-to-face, which is essential for all sensitive communications. Professor … Continue reading

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Culinary Team Building

Corporate team building activities vary widely, some good and some ridiculous. A ‘hot new trend’ in corporate team building has been using cooking as the activity. Does it work? The answer to that lies in how it is facilitated. There … Continue reading

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Team Building Turns Ugly For School Board

Did you see this article? If not, here is the gist: TAMPA – A Hillsborough School Board training session erupted in accusations, scoldings and door slamming Tuesday as the group met to create a vision for the district. Packed into … Continue reading

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Authenticity?

Recently I ran across a very interesting question: Authenticity — what does it mean to you? Do you believe it exists as a central core characteristic? Is it a construct of the modern management environment? Does it have a relevance … Continue reading

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MBTI as a Team Building Tool

We talk a lot about tools for use in team building. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of tools available and used in ‘team building’ situations. Whether it is a true ‘team building’ or not is not relevant here as … Continue reading

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5 Whys Activity

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Golden Buddha

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Leadership Quotes

The leadership quotes we find most useful, not as memes, but in our workshops and facilitation:

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Team Building Quotes

Ways We Use Quotes: Meetings Having lead dozens of teams through critical, highly visable and stressful projects, I can tell you I am not a big fan of meetings. Some long meetings are necessary, but should be extremely infrequent. However, … Continue reading
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Handouts and Downloads

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Quotes

There are hundreds of sites that provide quotes.  We will not spend a great deal of time on them and will only provide the quotes we find 100% applicable. Experiential Learning Quotes Leadership Quotes Team Building Quotes  

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Awareness Test

Watch the video, then read below. If you have already seen the video, read below. Some of the people in your group will have seen this video already. Don’t worry if they have. One of the most amazing realities is … Continue reading

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Statistics in Adult Learning

The more immersed the individual is in the learning process, the greater their ability to retain the skills and lessons learned. While participants only retain about 10% of what they read, their retention jumps to 50% if they are engaged … Continue reading

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Appreciative Inquiry

Oops!  We are editing this page at the moment.  Google, ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ and you can get information there! This post is only available to members. Continue reading →

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Experiential Learning Quotes

There are thousands of leadership quotes.  These are among our favorites. What quotes have you used?  Let’s add them!

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Tuckman’s Model

Forming Storming Norming and Performing is the model.  Wonderful model for understanding a group process and lifetime. We have taken this down temporarily for modification! This post is only available to members. Continue reading →

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The Ripple Effect of your Actions are FAR Greater than you Imagine

A great video to show the Ripple Effect of seemingly harmless actions. Every action we take creates a ripple effect and most of the time we are unaware of what that impact looks like.  Below is a simple example of … Continue reading

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Activity to Collect, Rate and Assess Topics

Here is a recent request from a person on our website looking for the right tool to collect, rate and assess problems: “James, in a nutshell, we know some issues exist and we know some have not yet been identified.  … Continue reading

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Meaningful Team Building Activities

By James Carter In this article, James discusses team building and some activities that are outside the norm.  First there are a few examples of what we provide to create meaning in team building.  Secondly, there are a couple of … Continue reading
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5 Ways to Ensure Your Team Building Will Suck

By James Carter There are many reasons why a team building activity will fail.  Meaning it sucked.  Let’s be honest, there are many that are really terrible.  We have run a few of them ourselves that utterly failed.  It is … Continue reading

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Sage in the Stage vs Guide on the Side

Actually, I am not even sure you could call this ‘Facilitation’ but many people are put into a facilitator role without considering what the role requires. I am talking about the facilitator being the ‘Sage on the Stage’. Being a … Continue reading

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How to Pick a Team Building Activity

Running a new activity can be terrifying.  We know as we are trying new activities all the time and sometimes they don’t work the way I thought they would. DO NOT FEAR!  We are here to help you pick and … Continue reading

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