I’m Michael Carroll – business enthusiast, student and currently TeamBonding marketing and sales intern. This fall as part of my internship I will be focusing on increasing SEO traffic and analyzing sales processes. In my posts, I’m going to be sharing some of my young, but wise expertise and bringing you behind the scenes. I’ll be posting blogs on what goes on during these activities while using my observations to share my experiences. This time team building came to TeamBonding with ice sculpting.
As a team, we were visited by award-winning ice sculptor, Mark Crouthamel, who has over 20 years of experience under his belt. Mark demonstrated techniques and sculpting tips before we got to work. With 15 of us itching to pick away at these glaciers, we were divided into three teams of five. Once we split into our teams it was our job to develop a plan, design, and carve an ice sculpture that followed the theme of “What makes a dream team.”
When the clock started my team began brainstorming ideas on what may capture the theme best. A major part of this step was engaging with one another as we wanted everyone’s input. After some time, we came to a group consensus on our theme and began the sketch on a piece of paper. During the sketch, each one of our group members suggested a special touch to incorporate in our design to take our sculpture to the next level.
Once we decided on our design all we had to do was translate it from paper to ice. Trust me it’s not as easy as you’d think. In order to tackle this nerve-wracking task, we decided to assign certain jobs to each member. Two people worked on the top part while the other two worked on the bottom half, and the remaining person cleaned up the ice chips.
As we carved, we helped each other out by pointing out the good parts and the parts we needed to improve. Our team started to click and the design started to come to life. Next thing you know we only had five minutes remaining – overdrive kicked in and we finished just in time. Finally, it was time for voting, and low and behold – my team won! After all the laughs and hard work, it was all worth it.
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
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 in order to work effectively. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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