Posts By: gail ramberg
Valentine’s Day is the sweetest holiday of the bunch.
The key to turning your good team building events into a great one is giving up the dirt. Your facilitator is a professional and can make adjustments during the event as they learn more about your team. But it doesn’t it make sense to give them a head start? (more…)
Sure, Team Building events are fun, but choosing them wisely can give you so much more than just a good time. Some team building events can help your team become more flexible, other events can help your team develop better working relationships, or adjust to change better, or just about anything else. Look at your team and decide where they could use a little extra help, then focus on that when choosing your event. (more…)
Team Building facilitators are event and team building experts. You are a business expert. Those are not the same thing. You have built a successful career, managed and supported successful teams through successful business endeavors and basked in the glory of some substantial…success. A lot of your success stems from knowledge and experience that you have developed over time. That’s why you’re so important to your team and to your company. (more…)
Fun has a place in everything, but pay attention to how you add it.
For the best experience possible, you have to let the mojo flow. It’s a perfect storm… the facilitator has your team working together to build bikes, move a marble across the room or solve the latest CSI case, they’re having a blast and bonding… exactly like you wanted them to. And then… it all comes crashing down because of an interruption that wasn’t part of your team building plan. (more…)
A successful event isn’t just about picking the right event and venue, it’s about the little things too. There are a few more team building details that goes into it. If your team is fired up and ready to win the scavenger hunt, game show or make the best chili, the last thing you want is for all that enthusiasm to come to a screeching halt because your planning didn’t allow enough time for setup.
The post-lunch slump makes you think “nap time”. What do you think it does to your team? You can’t fight biology… regardless of how involved your team is in the event, there is going to be a mid-afternoon enthusiasm “challenge”. Preparing for this is the best way to keep up the momentum and stop your team from sneaking off to find the nearest couch. (more…)
Make sure your team understands the difference between a meaningful event that is fun and just not having to “work”. A quality Team Building event and facilitator will ensure your staff enjoys themselves; after all… that’s the best, most effective type of Team Building. However, if they see the event as just a break from work where they can gab on their cell phones and come and go as they please, the event won’t have the lasting impact you’re hoping for. (more…)
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. (more…)
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… (more…)
When team building programs lack adequate space for activities it can really put a damper on the fun. Team building programs can be difficult to plan. Many things can put a storm cloud over the process, 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? (more…)
The gold stars you got as a 5-year old weren’t a fluke… they work… for any age. People respond to prizes and you don’t have to break your budget to offer them for successful team building. Besides, you need to keep the prizes small (but meaningful) to keep your team’s attention focused on the inherent enjoyment and satisfaction received from team building. (more…)