10 Ways to Mess up a Teambuilding Program

10 Ways to Mess up a Teambuilding Program   1) Make the teams randomly.   How many times has a client told you, “Oh, just have people number off—the team makeup doesn’t matter”, only to have the same old clique be randomly placed onto the same team?   This is very common!  …

7 Public Speaking Tips for Team Leaders (and Why This Matters)

7 Public Speaking Tips for Team Leaders (and Why This Matters)       I believe we all can agree that when it comes to teams and teamwork, communication is everything.     For the team leader, however, different situations require different kinds of communication.   In every- day work life, the key…

Four Steps for Ending Team Back-Biting

  Four Steps for Ending Team Back-Biting   In his fascinating TED talk, “How to Start Changing an Unhealthy Work Environment”, psychotherapist Glen Rolfsen suggests that the best way to transform a toxic work environment is to put the kibosh on “back-biting”.   That sounds great, but what exactly is…

The Pleasure And Pain of Motivating Employees

The Pleasure And Pain of Motivating Employees   A short while ago, I wrote an article called “The 12 Best Ways to Motivate Your Team” in which I listed a dozen ways you can create a highly motivational environment at work. Although I stand by my argument that “As managers,…

10 Tips for Creating a Whopping-Good Teambuilding Scavenger Hunt

  10 Tips for Creating a Whopping-Good Teambuilding Scavenger Hunt       Scavenger hunts have been around since the dawn of human civilization.  One might argue that Homer’s Odyssey was just a big treasure hunt, as was Jason’s search for the Golden Fleece and the Arthurian Knight’s quest for…

10 Tips for Promoting Team Mindfulness

10 Tips for Promoting Team Mindfulness   It’s no secret that we’re all experiencing unprecedented levels of stress, both in our personal lives and especially in the workplace. One solution for mitigating all this agitation is to take your team out of the office (playing a teambuilding scavenger hunt, perhaps)…

The 12 Best Ways to Motivate Your Team

Okay, you got me!  As managers, we can’t really “motivate” anyone to do anything – at least, not in the long term.   Oh sure, we can briefly dangle a carrot (or wield a stick), but take away the external factors and poof –there goes the motivation. Rather than focusing on…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Scavenger Hunts

1) Teambuilding “scavenger hunts” and “treasure hunts” are two different animals. A scavenger hunt involves the execution of a simple list. For example, in a scavenger hunt, you receive a list of objects to find, or pictures to take — all very straightforward. By contrast, a treasure hunt involves the…

Is Teambuilding a Waste of Money?

Recently I came across this very interesting and challenging article in the Harvard Business Review, titled: Stop Wasting Money on Team Building by Carlos Valdes-Dapena In a nutshell, the author argues that most corporate teambuiilding is a waste of time.  He refers to bowling, ropes courses, and the like, and…

Teamwork vs. Teaming

Did you know there is a difference between “teamwork” and “teaming”?    I didn’t either until I watched a great TED talk by Amy Edmondson, which you can watch here.   It’s called “How to Turn A Group of Strangers into a team”.   Edmondson suggests that teamwork is what sports teams…