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A Review Of Leadership And Team Dynamics

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Building Case Studies, Team Building Games, Team Spirit, Team Theory, Team Work

Hopefully by now you will have had a chance to try out some of the past 2 weeks Fun Time Friday games and enjoyed competing within your office.

Games will have been won and lost. Some of the team players will be being identified as real competitors and others not so.

This is an important time in your teams development. You may have noticed  that in episode one I made no mention of assigning a team captain. This was very deliberate. They should of by now allowed a team captain/leader come to the fore.

This captain may have earned their position through repeated high performance or through social standing already in the company, or they could have just assumed the position.

The team captain will also have placed a second behind her. A “right hand man”. This position is usually much more disputed than the captain. Other high performers will be thinking “why isn’t that me?” while players who have lost their games might me thinking “Who does she think she is?”

The Solution Hat

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Team Spirit, Team Work

Have you ever been that person who feels uncomfortable about office politics or a new business move but just can’t pluck up the courage to speak out for the better of the company or your own position due to over powering colleagues or managers?

Getting people to stand up and speak their true thoughts  at a meeting or in an office environment is a difficult task and not everyone who really wants to make a stand will take the opportunity.

This outcome and lack of real input can have a very negative impact on a business and managers need a way to minimise this so they can focus on moving the business forward. Great businesses are fueled by great teams and these great teams are fueled by good cohesion and teamwork so communication is the key to all of this.

Breaking The Ice Without The Cringe Factor

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in Communication, Event Planning, Ice Breakers, Team Spirit

Have you ever walked into a room and not known anyone there? To many it can be a deeply uncomfortable experience.ice-cube

Harder still is the idea of walking into a new job and not knowing anyone. Pressure of a new position, no understanding of the social hierarchy, getting to grips with new skills all adds up to a potentially difficult time.

The Talking Stick

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers

Too many cooks spoil the broth but what if you were to take all but one of their spoons away?

This weeks article is more of a short thought and an idea to help control your all important 2015 kick start meetings with a simple but effective tool.Passing the talking stick

When it comes to making decisions tribes hold a council of elders and businesses hold meetings.  The leaders ask for input from the council members and ideas flow however sometimes ideas flow too fast and people need to be controlled and restrained or nothing gets done.

The Human Machine

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Spirit, Team Work

The Human Machine Ice Breaker

Ice breakers are a great way to engage a group before some serious business activity and the Human Machine is a perfect exercise to emphasise the importance of teams working as a well oiled machine.

 

 

 

This must have been mentioned a hundred times before on our blog and it’s common sense really as we all know. If some parts of your machine are not working as they should it will soon all come to a grinding halt and a good service is required!

4 Card Negotiation – A Communication Game For Teams

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Building Games

The art of negotiation is a great skill and we all need to have a little of this to progress in business and clinch that deal!

Today’s team game is focused on a fun communication exercise that allows participants to network with each other and trade for the better of their team in a limited period of time. Selection of playing cards

As in business negotiating with a client or customer to seal the deal is something that we all strive to do and nothing is better than the buzz of another order and an increased bank balance. If you have a sales team that you want to wake up before a meeting and subliminally introduce negotiation into the day or simply provide a fun communication game ‘4 Card Negotiation’ is a great activity.

3 Problem Solving Activities For Adults, Students Or Children

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Problem Solving, Team Building Games

Problem SolvingProblem solving activities are a great way to install some fun into your meetings and training days and this week we have 3 fun problem solving games that are really easy to set up and run yourself.

These activities will work well for all scenarios and can be used with adults, students or children.

Communicating Rings

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers

Communication GameToday’s post is a description of a new ice breaking game that we saw being held at a recent event where we provided an It’s A Knockout for a group of new students at Birmingham University.

This great quick fire ice breaker involved nearly 100 students all at the same time and was a very effective way of getting the students to talk face to face with each other about random subjects thrown in by the organiser.

The simple method is to organise your guests onto equal groups and get them to stand in an inner and outer circle (the image below shows the students about to merge into there positions within one circle)

Plane Introductions

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building

Fun ice breakersFun ice breakers and team games come in many different formats and are designed to bring out various outcomes. These next two games are mainly designed to fun and competitive with a main focus on getting to know each other in a non threatening scenario.

This week’s post came from a little inspiration after teaching my 7 year old at the week-end how to make paper airplanes! We had a great time challenging each other to make the best flying plane and Ben took great interest in decorating the planes once they were built. This I know has nothing to do with activities for breaking the ice at meetings however this fun activity can be easily engineered to assist your meeting and introduce a new group of people!

Top Tips For Trainers

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Team Spirit

Getting your presentation to be effective, informative and attention grabbing is not always an easy task especially when you may be creating a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation for the first time! so here a some top tips to help you along the way.Clipboard

There are lots of tips for trainers on our blog that include ice breaker games, indoor team building and team theory but until now we have not looked at the bones behind building on your presentation skills and actually putting these activities to the test on the big day.

For you to be an effective trainer or conference speaker you have to be confident and provide your material in a clear and concise manner. Here is a little video that includes a humorous twist on how NOT to create your presentation at the next team event!