Archive for: April 2013

Team Building Exercise: Toys R Us

team teddy

Get started with this simple DIY team building exercise.

EXERCISE GOAL: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and those around them.
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Team Building Tip: Don’t Scare the Venue Staff

Set the expectations of the event for the venue staff, so they don’t panic at all the activity and potential noise.

Some Team Building events can get pretty crazy (by design, because that makes them more fun… and more effective!) But don’t scare the venue staff when they see your team running around being crazy.
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Building A Team: Norming

building a team - norming

Now Departing: “Storming”, Next Stop: “Norming”

It’s the calm after the storm. The battles have been fought, the decisions have been made, and now the dust is settling. Your team has made it to the Norming stage of Tuckman’s Model of Group Development!

Really you should be celebrating, because not all teams make it to this stage; some teams get too bogged down in ‘My Way or The Highway’ thinking, but you have learned and mastered the magic word of the Norming stage while building a team: Compromise.
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Fun Team Building Tip: Get the Party Started

fun team building - running late

Getting off to a rough start can kill your fun team building event before things get going… and delays are a rough start.

It’s a huge bummer when you are excited about starting a fun team building event, but there is a delay because the entire group isn’t there yet.  So you end up waiting…
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Be a Space Hog & Don’t Feel Bad | Team Building Programs Tip

team building programs

Lack of adequate space for the activities can really put a damper on the fun.

Many things can put a storm cloud over your team building programs,  and not having enough space is one of those things.  Do you want your team to be involved, enthusiastic, having fun and bonding with their co-workers… or complaining about not having enough space?
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Throwback Thursday: Team Building Lessons from College

graduation

Remember the good old days of college?

Bonding with friends over late nights filled with coffee, work and stressful deadlines?

Wait… these things probably sound familiar…

There are many parallels between experiences in college and your current job. This is especially true with team bonding in your company, and team bonding in fraternities and sororities.

Here are three team building lessons learned from Greek life that you can apply to building stronger bonds today.

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Team Building Exercise: Break the Ice & Be a Hero

team bonding hero

How do you reach great feats and save the day? A team is required for that.

Where would Batman (nay, Gotham!) be without Alfred? Doesn’t Super Mario need a little help from Toad and Luigi on occasion? Of course!

These great partnerships did not magically appear. Ok, maybe there was a little magic involved, but these relationships took time, just like any other team.

Whether you’re part of a dynamic duo or an entire league of extraordinary gentlemen, teams need chemistry.

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