7 Ways to Minimize Competition in Teambuilding (While Maxing the FUN)

7 Ways to Minimize Competition in Teambuilding (While Maxing the FUN)     How many times have you heard a teambuilding participant say, “Yay, I can’t wait to compete.   You other teams, watch out; you are all going DOWN!”     Sounds fun, right?  Not necessarily.    Focusing on an “us-vs.-them” mentality – with all the […]

Team Bonding, Team Building, Team Development — What’s the Difference?

Team Bonding, Team Building, Team Development — What’s the Difference?       Do you know that Team bonding, Team building, and Team development are not the same thing?    Michelle Cummings does.  She’s the Founder and President of Training Wheels, a “Creative Resource for Building Teams”.   In this great article from her newsletter, Michelle deciphers […]

7 Ways to Mess Up a Teambuilding Scavenger Hunt

7 Ways to Mess Up a Teambuilding Scavenger Hunt       So you want to put on a scavenger hunt, huh? Well of course you do! Why wouldn’t you?!! Done right, a scavenger hunt is a superior way to build community, camaraderie and rapport in a fun, non-formal environment. Muck up your scavenger hunt, […]

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!   Nine times out of ten, […]

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 leadership communication skill is facilitation.  […]

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 back-biting?   According to Wikipedia, […]

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, we can’t really ‘motivate’ anyone […]

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 the Holy Grail.  (Not to […]

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) – blowing off steam, unplugging, […]