Why Championship Teams ARE Touchy-Feely

As soon as your people hear the term “team building,” odds are that at least one person in your group can be seen rolling their eyes.  That behavior is almost always followed by the firm assertion that “I don’t do touchy-feely stuff.” But the truth is thatstrong groups DO reach out and encourage each other […]

3 Truths About Teams and Change

You have likely heard of growing pains that accompany progress – but the truth is that, for teams, the greatest pain that will be experienced is from those who refuse to change and adapt to each other, to their competition, or to the market they are a part of. Our world – and your corner […]

How to Turn Group Work into Teamwork

Teachers are all too familiar with how attempts at group work can deteriorate into unfocused social time or a majority of the responsibility being unfairly placed on one conscientious individual, while others slack off. Classrooms across the country are filled with situations just like that. Unfortunately, this is a circumstance that often continues as students […]

How Low Tech Events Provide High Quality Results

If you have visited many other corporate team building provider websites in the last year or so, you likely will have noticed an increasing number of high-tech event offerings. The novelty that technology like phone apps or iPads or GPS receivers may offer is certainly attractive to many event planners, but those bright shiny objects […]

Effective Leaders Know the Power of Climate Control

Rather than traditional “command and control” style of leadership, Sir Ken Robinson, during a recent TED talk, shared that effective leaders should focus instead on “climate control.” I felt that was tremendously insightful, as leadership styles determine the culture of most organizations. Throughout this blog I have explained how command and control leadership can often […]

Why Discomfort is the Strongest Catalyst for Team Growth

If you want team growth, you have to find a way to make your people feel a bit of discomfort. The most powerful catalyst for individual or team development is getting people out of their comfort zone and experiencing or doing something new. I once had a basketball player who had always played guard and […]

25 Funny Questions to Get to Know Your Team

If you want to get to know your team better, the first thing you need to do is ask them about their past, their passions, and their purpose for being there. But while that conversation will help you understand why they are on the team and what they plan to contribute, it will likely not […]

3 Ideas to Create a Culture Where People Will Grow

In an ideal world, every leader would be able to choose only the best people who were best suited for specific tasks and who always interacted well with their teammates. But most leaders do not live in an ideal world…  Leaders in the real world do not always get to choose the seeds that they […]

The Impact of Teamwork and Steve Jobs’ Parable of Rocks

Steve Jobs, in a 1995 interview, was discussing the importance and impact of teamwork, and it was during that discussion that he shared a short parable of rocks and how they polish each other: “When I was a young kid there was a widowed man that lived up the street. He was in his eighties. He was […]

Three Powerful “F” Words to Use With Difficult Teammates

Everyone, at some point, has dealt with difficult teammates who seem to hold onto damaging beliefs or continually sabotage team progress with negative behaviors… For those individuals that you would like to help change, there are three powerful “F” words that you will find useful in future conversations. And, yes, all three of them are […]