Posts tagged: team building tips

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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Fun Team Building Tip: Get the Party Started

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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

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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

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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 Tip: Avoid Sore Feet!

Preparation is the key to any successful Team Building event, but it isn’t just about planning the event.  Make sure your team is also fully prepared.

This includes making sure they are aware of the appropriate clothing and shoes to wear to the event. It’s really hard to have fun with sore toes!
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Building a Team: Storming

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Sometimes building a team can feel like being on Survivor Island, with everyone fighting to make sure their strategy will win out in the end.

Let’s say you’re a couple of weeks into your new assignment, and your team has made it through the ‘Getting to Know You’, or Forming, phase of your group’s journey. What comes next!? Well, according to Tuckman’s Model of Group Development (and Murphy’s Law) the next phase is generally one of upheaval and conflict – (cue ominous music) ’Storming’.

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Team Building Tip: Surprise me! But really, no.

It may seem like a good idea to surprise your team with a team building exercise, but this is generally a no-no.

It is much easier to encourage participation, have fun and enjoy an event when participants are not surprised. That being said, don’t tell them everything about the event, because it will ruin the fun.
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Building a Team: Forming

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Unless you’re stranded alone on a deserted island, chances are good that you are part of a team on a regular basis.

It may be a small team, it may be a large team, but these teams help us accomplish our common goals and further our mutual causes.

So, how does building a team work?

Do you wake up one day and boom – immediately your team is the best of the best? Of course not! Group development is a process. It takes work. We know, we know, who wants more work, right? Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make the process less ‘ugh’ and more ‘ah!’. Where else to start but the beginning?
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Team Building Tip: What’s in a Name?

Do not call your team building exercise “team building.”

People have preconceived notions about what to expect from team building events and they are not always excited about them. Instead, refer to the activity itself.
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