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. That […]
Halloween is just around the corner. My daughters are picking out their ghoulish costumes … one a princess and the other a dead bride (gulp). Seems as kids get older the scarier their costumes get, my princess is 5 and my bride is 10. By the time kids become adults they can get even scarier […]
Valentine’s Day is the sweetest holiday of the bunch. The energy created between sweethearts is second to none, but creating energy within your team is equally as important. Here are some fantastic team builders that also function as meeting energizers, and they work with onsite staff as well as staff you have out there in […]
Team bonding brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting. People on your team are asked to think about the implications of these activities at their workplace. One of the most powerful reasons for team […]
In business and in life, people are rewarded and praised for success, which creates a culture where we don’t learn from failure. This deprioritizes innovation in companies. Plus, you may end up repeating those mistakes. Years of research has led Laurence Weinzimmer, Bradley University management professor, to conclude that businesses that are accepting of mistakes have […]
Administrative Professionals’ Day (also known as Administrative Assistant Day, Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is a day to highlight the important role of secretaries, assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support, which is observed in several countries.
Improv techniques help keep the employees at Method “weird, creative and humble.” It’s been fun AND effective.
Ever feel totally out of your element? Chances are that many of your team members do, which makes success difficult to tackle. We all often feel like everyone around us has their act together and we don’t. Even your most successful employees likely feel a little phony at times.
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!
“Renew the heart and make it good”, Kaizen is a Japanese term that can be translated as, “constant improvement for the good”. Kaizen is the philosophy at the forefront of Toyota Motor Company’s operations. It is considered one of the world’s greatest manufacturers. There is even a book written about “The Toyota Way”. Kaizen: Constant Improvement
Build team pride and keep everyone informed. There are many ways to help you team bond, but the most basic aspects of team building are often overlooked. As a manager, it is important to discuss issues with your team members; however, you also need to celebrate your group’s commitment, vision, and achievements on a regular […]
Clarify roles and responsibilities. Need some tips for team building? Whether you’re planning an event or working on team building long term, a big challenge for teams is a lack of clarity on individual roles and responsibilities. Clarify roles, institute accountability and achieve your common vision and goals.
During school, talking amongst your classmates was discouraged. Chatty Cathy was always sent to sit in the corner, facing the wall, and in high school that became detention. Within team environments in the workplace however, you want good communication. Talking is encouraged, expected, and required. Enhance collaboration and productivity with this team building communication exercise.
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 […]
Does a lucky shamrock make your team successful? Or is it strong, successful team leadership characteristics? Most things improve if you run into a bit of good luck, but if you want a great team, you need a lot more than good fortune. Here are some of the most common successful leadership characteristics shared by […]
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What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.
I can only imagine that there is something special about getting up on the podium and accepting a Gold Medal for your efforts on behalf of your country. The pride associated with achieving top recognition and award for successfully reaching your stated goals, and of course surpassing the competition. As we think about the quest […]
There is nothing more demoralizing for a team then working on a project or job that has no distinct beginning, middle, or end. Humans like to know where they are going, how their progress is coming, and when they get there. Your business projects should be no different. Take these three phases into consideration and […]