“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
Team building quotes can inspire any team to work harder. This week’s quote comes from a time when the Founding Fathers of the United State of America were working together to draft the laws of the land.
Benjamin Franklin was an expert in many different ways. He is noted as being an author, printer, theorists, politician, postmaster, scientist and diplomat. Franklin was a major player in the American Enlightenment and contributed to the discovery of electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica. Franklin is also known for running a successful newspaper in Philadelphia and for publishing the Poor Richard’s Almanack. He also knew a thing or two about what makes a team successful.
The signing of the Declaration of Independence is one of Franklin’s most important accomplishments. Although he was ill at the time that many of the Founding Fathers met to discuss the document, Franklin made important changes to the draft that allowed his visions to be heard. This week’s quote comes from a discussion he had with John Hancock referring to the Fathers working together.
Franklin was also a great businessman and author. His almanac, written under the pseudonym Richard Saunders, continues to be quoted today. “A penny saved is a penny earned” and “Fish and visitors stink in three days” are two quotations that are still noteworthy in today’s world.
Benjamin Franklin is one of the most influential Founding Fathers because of his drive to succeed and his many achievements. He was very active in his community and facilitated many civic organizations in society. He ran many associations, but it was positive attitudes and collaboration that allowed all of his endeavors to be successful.
How do you get your team to work together efficiently? Do you know what makes a team successful?
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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…)
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