8 of the Top Teambuilding Trends for 2018

In this article, you will learn about the top trends in team building for 2018. As a team building facilitator and speaker, I realize that the umbrella topic of “team building” brings a number of ideas to people’s heads – not all of them positive! Many leaders can see the profitable impact of relevant and […]

3 Questions to Grow Teammates Who Serve Others

In my experience with corporate and educational groups as a speaker and team building facilitator, I have found that there are 3 levels of servant leadership.   Working with teams in every industry, it seems that one of the greatest issues that groups face is the problem of awareness…   If someone is not AWARE […]

5 Questions to Reflect on at the End of Your Year, Season, or Project

  Teams come together for very specific reasons. Some are joined together for a season of a particular sport. Some are built for an important corporate project. But whatever your area of focus or purpose of being part of a team, at the end of your year… or your season… or your project… there should […]

The Gift of Connection and its Impact on Team Accountability

Ryan Buell and colleagues from Harvard Business School did a fascinating experiment in a restaurant to test the effect of cameras on food quality. In one situation, customers were able to see the cooks as they prepared their food. In the other instance, it was the reverse—cooks were provided with video screens showing the diners […]

Slackers and Hustlers and Building Your Team

You don’t have to LIKE the same stuff your teammates do to be great teammates. You don’t have to LIKE the same stuff your spouse does to build a great marriage. The key to unity is DISLIKING the same things!   Let me explain. I like tennis. My wife is more into running. And that’s […]

Two Surprising Teamwork Lessons for Your Team From My First Marathon

Let’s start by stating the obvious. Marathons are hard. And marathons are far more of an individual challenge than a team activity. So what does running a marathon have to do with you leading your team? A good bit, actually…   First, a brief summary of my marathon experience: My wife and I decided to […]

Do the People on Your Team NEED to Like Each Other?

I got an email from a client that asked me for advice about a group of employees. In her words they were “having a hard time working together because they just don’t seem to like each other.” She asked what she could do to help the situation. Basically she was asking the same thing many […]

What Invisible Fence is Limiting Your Team?

When I took our dogs on a walk the other day, I noticed something that could definitely help your team. We have one small dog (a cocker-spaniel and poodle mix) and one large dog (a lovable part-hound, part-shepherd mutt rescued from the animal shelter), and our neighborhood is filled with the barking of dozens of other dogs […]

One Question to Better Connect with Your Teammates and Clients

As a team building facilitator, coach, and speaker, I have observed and learned a great deal about teams and teammates over the last 20 years. And one of the powerful insights that I often share at events is how to create team unity. Building a cohesive team requires you to connect people to two very important […]

Never Adjust Expectations for the Mules

I had just taken over as head coach of a high school basketball program. From what I had learned prior to taking the job, there were a few talented seniors, and the varsity team had won more than they lost the year before… But the last coach had not done any off season work for […]