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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 team building to increase employee engagement.  Is that right? Using team building as your tool[…]

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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 Albert Mehrabian has pioneered the understanding of communications since the 1960’s. He received his Ph.D.[…]

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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 is an inherent value in the activity because you are working on one of Maslow’s[…]

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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 or should we be more concerned about commercial metrics, performance and the like? Neil, I[…]

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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 Myers Briggs is actually an individual tool first. However, a short discussion of tools are[…]

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Leadership Quotes

The leadership quotes we find most useful, not as memes, but in our workshops and facilitation: [twocol_one]”To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt [hr] “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep[…]

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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, I LOVE stand-up meetings and 7 to 20 minutes short team huddles.  When run efficiently,[...]
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Handouts and Downloads

Facilitator Resources Debrief Handouts Group Work 96.82 KB Please login to download   Debrief Handout 82.64 KB Please login to download Content Individual & Group Loop 128.71 KB Please login to download Activity Setup Peer Introductions 88.03 KB Please login to download   Editable Full Value Contract 511.74 KB   Full Value Contract 109.62 KB[...]
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Experiential Learning Quotes

There are thousands of leadership quotes.  These are among our favorites. [twocol_one]“Experiential learning takes place when a person involved in an activity looks back and evaluates it, determines what was useful or important to remember, and uses this information to perform another activity.” John Dewey [hr] “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior[…]

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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.  Essentially, if everyone came prepared to discuss their perception of what issues exist, and we[…]

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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 DIY activities you can do to create meaningful team building.  Finally, James provides some thoughts[...]
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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 facilitator means you have quasi leadership in the group. Inexperienced facilitators take this opportunities to[…]