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Team Building Plan Tip: Always Respect the Mojo

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 […]

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Team Building Details Tip: The Little Things Are the Big Things

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 […]

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Team Building Details Tip: Don’t Fall Victim to The Slump!

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 […]

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Team Building Tip: Competitive v.s. Collaborative

Don’t make them compete if they like to collaborate. Picking the right Team Building style for your event will help your team be more receptive. Team Building events can be physical, collaborative, creative, challenging, competitive or high energy, etc. Your job is selecting the style of event that your team will enjoy, while still being […]

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Team Building Tip: Set Expectations on Focused Fun

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 […]

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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

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

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 […]

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Throwback Thursday: Team Building Lessons from College

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 […]

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Team Building Tip: Get the Gold Stars Ready for Successful Team Building

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 […]

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Building a Team: Storming

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. […]

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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 […]

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Building a Team: Forming

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? […]

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What makes your team successful?

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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Valenteam – Sweetheart Ideas for Meeting Energizers and Team Builders

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 […]

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Building powerful team retreats- Part 2: Components of a Training Program

Part 2 of a two part series on building team retreats. Read part 1 here. Components of a Training Program Creating training and development programs that meet the educational needs of your learners require that you create a program mix that meets the holistic needs of your staff. In my experience of providing training and […]

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Building powerful team retreats- Part 1: Design & Delivery

This is the first of a two part series on building effective team retreats. Vividly, I remember my first day as a staff trainer. I was clad in my McFinest, McCleanest, McBestest of uniforms…. McDonald’s green polyester. I was given a new gold embossed plastic name tag, with ‘Crew Trainer’ written on it. I had […]

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Back to School – How to team build while you work

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 […]

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Olympic Day – Celebrating your team’s Gold Medal Performance

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 […]

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Graduation Day – Why Projects Should Have an End Date

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 […]

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