A fun, indoor place to hold a team building exercise in Phoenix Event Description: A compact, stimulating, indoor place for a corporate team building you can hold event all year long, the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix is one of the best kept secrets in the Southwest. In the…
San Diego is a fantastic place for corporate team building events, with all-around terrific weather and a variety of great areas to explore, from the Gaslamp shopping/entertainment district to the world-famous San Diego zoo. And who better to play and learn with than Dr. Clue? Our team building activities are…
A fun site to hold a team building exercise in San Diego Event Description: Sitting in the heart of scenic Balboa Park, is debatedly the greatest zoo in the world. It’s certainly an amazing place, with over 3,700 animals to visit and observe. The SD Zoo pioneered the concept…
Trudging up the modest incline yesterday towards Spring Lake – huffing and puffing, chest tight, legs heavy as stones — I feel a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that this run is going to be a momentous struggle. To my utter dismay, this 50-year-old body of mine just isn’t responding the way it had on our last run, when my girlfriend and I had sped around the 6-mile course in Santa Rosa (CA)’s Howarth Park in record time, barely breaking a sweat. On this brisk, fall afternoon, however – red leaves lining our path and picking up the last golden light of the day – I am laboring significantly, my feet unable to lift much higher than a walnut. “This isn’t fair,” I say to myself. “Each of our previous runs over the last two months has been slightly better and measurably stronger than the one preceding it. And our last outing was the best yet. Effortless. So what’s the story today? What gives?”
There’s a Zen koan that goes like this:
“If a man puts a gosling in the bottle and feeds it until it is full-grown, how can the man get the goose out without killing it or breaking the bottle?”
Apparently this riddle has been driving Zen monks crazy for the past several hundred years. Now, the thing about koans is this: they’re not supposed to be easy. Wikipedia describes koans as a Zen-practice “to provoke ‘the great doubt’, and test a student’s progress in Zen practice.”
If you had to list your five, daily “must do” actions or activities in your life, what would they be?
My own list would probably include (in no particular order):
–Eating right (healthfully and low-cal)
While on my way to North Carolina this past week, I discovered a fascinating article in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine, entitled “The Everyday Action Hero”. It tells the story of 28-year-old Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said it Would, a nonprofit dedicated to “bettering humanity through the power of a promise.” Inspired by his recently passed father, a habitual promise keeper, Sheen came up with a brilliant idea; during his dad’s funeral, Alex distributed a set of black-and-white business cards to all attendees, printed with the words “Because I said I would” in the lower, right-hand corner.
Last Friday, I had a chance to watch the new James Bond film, “Skyfall”, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as the world’s smoothest super-spy. Don’t worry, 007 fans — I won’t give away the story! What I do want to share with you is my observations regarding the personality contrast between Bond and his nemesis in the movie: the evil Silva (Javier Bardem).
Scan the Web and you’ll find countless articles providing tips for fool-proof employee interviews, guaranteed to separate the wheat from the chaff, the gold nuggets from the pail of sand. Although fine for companies and organizations looking to bring on new staff (or new vendors), these articles fail to serve trainers and training companies, struggling (like employers) to decide with whom we want to work. That’s right; vendors have some say in the matter! Yes, the “customer is king” – but not every client who knocks on a trainer’s door should get a free pass to the throne room. The key is interviewing our potential clients before we sign that contract and lock in our services.