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 a successful company with each of them responsible for departments with budgets into the tens of millions. Yet, the attitude was clear as I began, “Go ahead, lets’ see if you can teach me something.”  As we covered guidelines and expectations, arms were folded and a snide comment emerged, “So, are we going to fall into each others arms today?”[…]Read More…

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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 Hierarchy of Needs — the bottom of the triangle, Hunger. Now, we are not talking about the kind of hunger we witness on TV that is happening around the world with starving children, obviously. And yet, making meals and eating together deals with one of[…]Read More…

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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 think authenticity is completely neutral. It is neither good nor bad Being ‘authentic’ is a positive character trait, although we may not like the authentic behavior we see in others or ourselves. What does that mean? Too often in management and leadership today we see[…]Read More…

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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 in case, for the people in front of me, took a deep breath and got started. After a very short introduction and brief about why we were together, I quickly changed the order of my content.  Instead of providing them with key content, I went right into an individual activity called Choices, which shows the value of alignment with the[...]Read More...
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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 a tiny conference room at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School, the board and superintendent met with a facilitator from the Florida School Boards Association to keep them focused. The meeting had barely started with a discussion of “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” when the veneer cracked. April Griffin, the newest board member elected in November, said she lacked trust –[…]Read More…

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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 necessary before we can talk specifically about Myers Briggs. Think of a shovel — you bring in a shovel and train the participants to use it. Then ask them to dig a hole. A percentage of them will take the shovel and begin to dig.[…]Read More…

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