Team Building Tips

What makes your team successful?

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Does a lucky shamrock make your team successful? Or is it strong Leadership characteristics?

Most things improve if you run into a bit of good luck, but if you want a great team, you need a lot more than good fortune.

Here are some of the most common leadership characteristics shared by people who have built fantastic teams. They didn’t rely on the luck o’ the Irish at all.

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Holiday Giving – Connecting with Teams Globally

Connecting with teams globally often is achieved with social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. These social media tools have become a regular form of doing business in today’s global workplace. Many managers consider the risks of connecting via social media to far outweigh the benefits. This can be true, however used effectively by conscientious co-workers this tool can be great to have in your teams tool kit. Read more ›

5 Tips for Team Bonding in a Hybrid Meeting

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The following is a set of five tips we discovered from Richard Davies, Head of European employee communications, EBAY.

1. Win your audience every session – your brand is only as good as your last briefing. Hold yourself accountable for the time your audience invests in your meeting.
2. Coach your presenters to be engaging and work effectively with a camera. Give them meaningful feedback on their performance.
3. Ensure the content is the most important thing you are talking about each week. Explain why everyone needs to know about an item and if you can’t do that, drop it from the agenda.
4. Don’t let speakers run over their time.
5. Make sure people leave the room with a spring in their step.

Originally published in the business journal from MPI, Meeting Planners International.

Team Vampires – How to Stop the Bite of Negative Team Members

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Halloween is just around the corner. My daughters are picking out their ghoulish costumes … one a princess the other a dead bride (gulp). Seems as kids get older the scarier their costumes get, my princess is 5 and my bride is 10. By the time kids become adults they can get even scarier — some even become Vampires, and they wear their costume to work, everyday.

In the following article, I’m going to talk a bit about how to deal with those Team Vampires and stop their negative bite. Read more ›

Building powerful team retreats- Part 1: Design & Delivery

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This is the first of a two part series on building effective team retreats.

Vividly, I remember my first day as a staff trainer. I was clad in my McFinest, McCleanest, McBestest of uniforms…. McDonald’s green polyester. I was given a new gold embossed plastic name tag, with ‘Crew Trainer’ written on it. I had begun my climb up the corporate ladder. From being a burger flipping, minimum wage earning, lowly crew member I had grasped the next rung and rose into a position where I was permitted to share the trade secrets of the Big Mac and McChicken… as the prestigious Crew Trainer! Read more ›

Back to School – How to team build while you work

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As summer time ticks away the stores have gone from seasonal sections of gardening and outdoor to school supplies. Aisles upon aisles filled with everything from erasers and rulers to back packs and water bottles. There is a palpable excitement amongst the youngest of school goers as the seasons change from summer to school.

That early excitement for school has always been an amazing thing to me. Why is it that older kids seems to dread the transition, while the younger ones get crazy excited? Have you ever seen that same effect with the teams you work with? The ones who have seasoned with the project seem to drag a bit while new comers have a sense of excitement… Read more ›

Olympic Day – Celebrating your team’s Gold Medal Performance

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I can only imagine that there is something special about getting up on the podium and accepting a Gold Medal for your efforts on behalf of your country. The pride associated with achieving top recognition and award for successfully reaching your stated goals, and of course surpassing the competition.

As we think about the quest for Gold, let’s think about how we can inspire Gold Medal performances in our teams. For more on Rewarding and Recognizing great teams check out Bob Nelsons Book 1001 Way to Reward and Recognize.

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Graduation Day – Why Projects Should Have an End Date

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There is nothing more demoralizing for a team then working on a project or job that has no distinct beginning, middle, or end. Humans like to know where they are going, how their progress is coming, and when they get there. Your business projects should be no different.

Take these three phases into consideration and see where you are in your teams projects (and more importantly if you are stuck in any one… ). Then, take some time in the planning stages of a project to break your project into multiple stages with recognizable BME (beginning, middle and end).

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Daylight Savings- Building Team Energy

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I don’t know about you, but the first day back at work after pushing the clock ahead an hour hurts. It hurts a bit more to get out of bed, and it hurts to get through the day without a seventh cup of coffee (I’m well caffeinated).

Let’s use this change of personal energy to reminder us of the importance of focusing on team energy. One of the best ways to build team energy is to deliver information to your team members in ways that they can connect with. We live in a culture of learners, and every learner learns differently. Read more ›

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