Posts tagged: creating a team culture

Overcome 4 Major Barriers to Growth Through Team Networking

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Networking generates business leads that can help you and your team grow your business through sales and partnerships. However, there are 4 major reasons why people struggle with networking:

  1. Your policies and practices discourage it.
  2. Many people may find it unnatural or need to hone their skills.
  3. Divisions between individuals and teams are preventing networking.
  4. Management and team are out of step.

So, how do you get your employees to network effectively?

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Use ALL Team Building Tools to Build a Stronger Team

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“Satisfied or happy employees are not necessarily engaged. And engaged employees are the ones who work hardest, stay longest, and perform best.” – Gallup Business Journal

Gallup has found that engagement has a greater effect on workers’ wellbeing than any of the benefits it studied. Employees want an intrinsic connection to their work and their company.
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The 5S of Kaizen for team success!

In a follow up to last week’s post on Kaizen for team building, this week we’ll delve a little deeper into the philosophy.

This week’s tip for team success is to keep the workplace spick and span. Clear the clutter, clear the mind!

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Team Building Quote of the Week: There is Always a Place for Humor

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“It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

There are many great political leaders that continue to inspire us today. Whether they led the United States to victory in a time of war or made progressive movements on the home front, America has a great history of leaders and activists who will always be relevant when it comes to leadership. Eisenhower knew that funny business was one way to build strong bonds.

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FEATURE FRIDAY | LAUGHTER IS AN INSTANT VACATION!

To start off, and to make a point, I’m going to share a joke that I found –

Bill Gates and the president of General Motors have met for lunch, and Bill is going on and on about computer technology.

“If automotive technology had kept pace with computer technology over the past few decades, you would now be driving a V-32 instead of a V-8, and it would have a top speed of 10,000 miles per hour,” says Gates. “Or, you could have an economy car that weighs 30 pounds and gets a thousand miles to a gallon of gas. In either case, the sticker price of a new car would be less than $50. Why haven’t you guys kept up?”

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Keep everyone in the know with this wordy group activity

Reading isn’t just for the CEO! Make it a priority to keep your team current in your industry.

If you look at the reading material of many of the top managers and executives you will probably find an array of articles, books and journals related to their field.
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Go from good to great: get to know your team!

Know your team to lead your team.

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Have you ever worked at a place where you felt like just a cog in the machine? Where your voice didn’t matter and upper management wouldn’t give you the time of day?

That kind of work situation isn’t fun and it really doesn’t ensure longevity. I mentioned appreciation in my last post because it really can’t be stressed enough.
APPRECIATION = DEDICATION.

Those in a leadership role have a lot of responsibilities, one of the most important is employees.

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Team Bonding Tip: Bolster the self-esteem!

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Give compliments and praise. A little, “Atta boy” or high five can go a long way.

When the going gets tough, the tough help you get going! We are all unique with different strengths and weaknesses. That is what makes working as a team so magical. One person can pick up the slack where others might falter.

“Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.” -George M. Adams

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