Facilitative Leadership — 7 Practices

Saturday, June 20, 2009 by Dave Blum One of my favorite books at the moment is “How to make Collaboration Work,” by David Straus (founder of Interaction Associates).   It’s all about ways organizations can (and should) allow key stakeholders to take part in the decision making. Needless to say, the impetus…


Abraxas: The Watch Dog and the Limp

Thursday, June 18, 2009 by Dave Blum If you had to list the five “must do” actions or activities in your life, what would they be? For me, my five “can’t-live-without-’em” list would include, (in no particular order): –Eating right (healthfully and low-cal) –Exercising –Sleeping –Meditating –Writing If even one of these actions…


Cooking Up Chaos

Friday, June 12, 2009 by Dave Blum A few nights ago, I’m in my kitchen, standing over the hot stove, pots bubbling and boiling, and it’s clear to me that this meal is going very, very wrong. What was I thinking, taking on so much new stuff all at the same…


Teambuilding Program: Surprise Take-aways

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by Dave Blum Whether you’re doing an indoor corporate team building event or an outdoor business team building exercise, the question remains the same:  What do particpants get out of the experience?  My typical answer is: 1) New skills (including communication and efficiency techniques) 2) Enhanced…


Teambuilding and Firefly

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 by Dave Blum Have you ever found yourself on the losing side of a battle?  The fighting is done; everything you believed in is gone…and the universe now seems like a dark and lonely place, without purpose, without meaning? This is the situation in which Captain…


Should managers take part in team building?

Friday, June 5, 2009 by Dave Blum Whether I’m doing corporate team building in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, or Los Angeles, the same question from managers and supervisors comes up repeatedly: “Should I take part in the activity?” The answer is not as easy as it sounds! My temptation is to…


Treasure Hunts and Leadership

Monday, June 8, 2009 by Dave Blum On Friday in this blog, I was discussing last Wednesday’s Dr. Clue treasure hunt in South Beach, Miami for Wiginton Corporation.  The particular topic on my mind was: “Should Managers Take Part in Your Teambuilding Program?”  I continue to find this a very relevant question.  When…


Does Virtual Teambuilding Work?

Thursday, June 4, 2009 by Dave Blum I’ve been thinking a lot of late about virtual teamwork.  When I talk about virtual teamwork, I’m referring to both meetings that are held using conference (and videoconference) calls, and also virtual events convened via conference calls or else via something more visual, like…



Friday, May 29, 2009 by Dave Blum

alt=”birthday cupcake” title=”birthday cupcake”>As it’s my birthday today, I’m going to take a day off from writing.  Wish me a happy one…I’ll be back on line Monday.