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?”
The president of GM smiles and says, “Because the federal government won’t let us build cars that crash four times a day.”
Did that make you laugh? Be honest, now. We’re all friends here.
The average adult laughs 17 times each day. Find this hard to believe? Well, if you’re thinking this is too much laughter, the fact that a 3 year-old will laugh an average of 300 times per day will ground you. Embrace your inner child and laugh more, silly!
Too busy for a little laughter?
“I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off,” says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist. “They might be healthier too.”
Read that? HEALTHIER – and that’s coming from the doc.
“We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.”
Laughter is energizing, invigorating. Think about how you feel after a good laugh. Laughter is literally the best medicine – the best medicine for a sour mood, a cloudy day, or a long day in the office.
Laughter can do wonders in the workplace. Not only will it increase the overall energy and motivation of an office, but it can improve office morale and coworker relations. Is your office in need of a little laughter and improvement? Why not consider a little team building, maybe a little TEAM-PROV-ment?
TeamProv is one of TeamBonding’s popular comedy programs. In this lively and unique approach to team building, we use improvisational theater games to get your team laughing and learning together. It’s the ultimate chance to learn by doing, explore choices and outcomes, practice for real life in a safe and fun environment, take risks in a fictional world, and succeed (and fail) confidently (while laughing).
What have you and your coworkers tried to spark energy in the office? Any tricks (or jokes) you’d like to share?
The corporate world is experiencing a massive shift. A new generation is entering the workforce, many are retiring, and the formula for leadership is being re-invented. Dictatorships are giving way to collective organizational vision creation. Our titles, age, or departmental role do not define us. Focus is shifting from individual acceleration to purpose-driven teamwork. (more…)
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively to improve teamwork. (more…)
We learn early in our lives that it’s better to win, and in order to win, we need to be competitive.
“Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”- Henry Kissinger In order to lead, sometimes it is necessary to inspire. Leaders invoke the passion and drive into their team in order for hard work to be done. Team bonding quotes have the ability to encourage, but they also allow us to remember the great leaders of the past.
Turnover Formula: Employee turnover is the percentage of workers who leave your organization, the employment relationship ends and they are replaced by someone new. Attrition is different. This generally refers to the end of the employment relationship due to retirement or job elimination or employee death. When attrition occurs, the position is not filled with a new employee.
Team building applies to any field, even a football field. Following my favorite sports teams is my number one hobby! It’s fascinating to see how the most intense sports teams perform; the way they communicate, work together and understand each other. As fans, we care about the win! However, we have no idea what effort goes on behind the scenes. I realize that to have such a fierce demeanor as a team, it takes some work, teamwork. For players to cooperate, commit, and triumph, they first establish a fundamental core with team building.
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.
Don’t have the big budget for a team building extravaganza? No worries! We’ve got you covered with plenty of Do-It-Yourself Team Building Products you can choose from in our DIY Store. You don’t always need tons of time or money for a big team building activity or retreat.
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