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 you are NOT team building.  Use a different word or phrase for what you are doing: team bonding having fun blowing off steam morale building morale boosting collaboration meetup If your people are NOT a team and you use the phrase ‘team building’, you will[…]Read More…

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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 about what creates meaningful team building. [hr] [tabs style="default" title="Philanthropic Team Building Activities"] [tab title="Building A Dream"] Assemble bicycles and give them to deserving children who would never otherwise own a bike!  Read More... [/tab] [tab title="Sole Purpose"] Provide a child shoes for life so[...]Read More...
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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 execute the perfect activity for your group that is guaranteed to be awesome. Selecting an activity is both simple and challenging.  If in doubt, KEEP IT SIMPLE.  However, here are the steps we take to choose activities in our facilitation: First, look at the logistical parameters you have to work with for the activity: How many participants do you have?[…]Read More…

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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 had a good activity to collect, rate and assess to issues, this would be great. Below was my response: In terms of issues that exist, collections, rating and assessing – this is not something we have as a product to sell. However, we have done[…]Read More…

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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 embarrassing to admit and it is almost always because we committed one of the 5 below. Avoid the Top 5 below and you are definitely on the right track to having a GREAT experience. #5 – Wrong Activity, Wrong Time There are MANY different activities to select from and each of them has their own place.  You use the right[…]Read More…

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