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What is ‘Team Building’?

What is ‘Team Building’?

The definition of team building. First, we need to define ‘team’.  A team is ‘a group of interdependent people attempting to achieve a common goal’. Key words here are ‘interdependent’ and ‘common’. So – if you have a group of people who do not fit the definition of ‘team’, then no matter what you do […]

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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 challenges under the umbrella of ‘problem solving: Is this a group or individual problem? If […]

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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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Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha Story Let me share with you one of my favorite stories: (Even if you’ve heard this one, it never gets old. It truly is a legend, and the reason why it’s so remarkable is that it is 100% true!) Many, many years ago, in 1801 to be exact, the king of Thailand […]

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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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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 in the discussion and demonstrations. This retention increases even further, to more than 70% if […]

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

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 one action:   Be very careful of your actions, consider them and be mindful of […]

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