Are We Selling Our Clients Short?

Friday, June 26, 2009 by Dave Blum I’ve ventured into a new team building venture this summer — leading “ropes courses” (for the Pacific Leadership Institute). Based here in San Francisco, PLI actually uses the term “challenge course” and describes it as follows: “Challenge Courses (or ropes courses) are a…

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My first teleclass: lessons learned

Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Dave Blum After talking about it for a long time, I finally performed my first-ever teleclass yesterday, on the topic:  “Creating Team-Building Treasure Hunts: The Five Deadly Mistakes (and how to avoid them)”. Although not perfect (what ever is?), the class went pretty well, I…

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Keeping Teams Motivated: 3 Tips

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by Dave Blum There’s a great little article in this month’s edition of Inc. Magazine. It’s on page 113, in the “Ask Inc.” section — the expert is Kevin Plank, Founder of Under Armour, a sports aparel company.  You can find the whole article online at:…

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Teambuilding Teleclass: Creating Treasure Hunts

Monday, June 22, 2009 by Dave Blum Hey everyone.  I’m doing my first teleclass this Wednesday.  Here’s the blurb: “Creating Team-Building Treasure Hunts: The Five Deadly Mistakes (and how to avoid them)” WHEN: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Mountain 11:00…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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