Category Archives: Athletic Teambuilding

How to Handle a Complainer… and Turn Them Into a Contributor

We’ve all heard them over the years. Heck- some of us have BEEN one of them. The complainer. The person who sees something that needs to be done… who notices a problem and says out loud (or internally) that “somebody should…” And the truth is that on your team, there are lots of those internal […]

Use a PreMortem Activity to Ensure Team Success

Everybody likes to set goals… But at the end of the season, do you always accomplish them? As a team building event facilitator, I have learned that most teams do not… because they start the journey without preparing for the difficulties and issues that will likely be experienced along the way.   As leaders, the […]

What Does Your Team Celebrate?

As a coach I had a love/ hate relationship with ESPN. The ESPN network provides around the clock information and scores and (sometimes) interesting commentary about the teams I follow… so I am a fan of SportsCenter… But the same network has also has been the catalyst for an unfortunate contributor to the diminishing quality […]

Forget Results and Focus on What Matters More

What results do you want? Great Results Team Building was founded on the idea that you cannot get great results by focusing on results only…  Great results are a symptom of focusing on connections to people and to a shared purpose. And whatever trophy or result you desire – whether it is for an athletic […]

Top 11 Inspirational Songs to Motivate Your Team

An Inspirational playlist can be powerful. I didn’t realize that when I was a young leader – but the last few years that I coached, I put together a short video of pictures of our team… good times, practices, game pics, and team building locker room stuff. And the pictures were accompanied by a motivational […]

3 Ancient Quotes from a Stoic to Strengthen Your Team

As a teammate or team leader in any field, if you haven’t heard of Seneca the younger, you are missing out. Seneca was educated in Rome, but had been born in southern Spain over 2,000 years ago. His father was Seneca the Elder, a well-known Roman writer, and Seneca the younger spent his youth focused […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]