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Fun Time Friday #3

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in article, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Problem Solving, Team Building Games, Team Building Ideas, Team Spirit, Team Work

I would imagine that competition is hotting up a bit amongst your teams. If you had a look at our half time review you might have made a few changes to the teams, and started to think about the dynamics going on within them.

Who’s who?Bloggers-Block-270x300

You need to be looking at how the teams and individuals are interacting with each other. Try and make a note of who will try anything, who is first to congratulate, who jumps up and celebrates their or another teams success.

These personal traits bleed into working lives. But sometimes these are disguised or shielded.

One of the purposes of “team building days” is to allow these traits to surface.

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?”

Fun Time Friday

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in article, Event Planning, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Building Games, Team Building Ideas, Team Spirit, Team Work

Team building is often seen as something you need to get outsiders in to help you with. But why? It’s your team, you already know each other, you have a good idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are.

This blog will be the first of a series that will show you how to run a 30 minute Friday afternoon team build.

The events will be competitive, light-hearted, fun to play and watch.

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Team Building – A Night At The Opera Or A Day In Combats?

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in article, Event Planning, Team Building Ideas, Team Spirit, Team Work

There are fewer wishy-washy (mass) nouns than Team Building. Yet these words create very vivid images in people’s heads even though they come from very different experiences and perspectives.

Back in 2008 I took my partner on a romantic trip to Paris specifically to see The Magic Flute at the Paris Opera House. It was and remains the only time I’ve been to the Opera. The version I saw was very modern (subsequently slated by the press), the characters wore jumpsuits and vests and the stage was strewn with giant inflatable props. Not what had expected at all. No fat lady, no horned helmet, yet we loved the experience.

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.

When Do You Need A Team Building Event?

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in Event Planning, Team Building Case Studies, Team Spirit, Team Work

People achieve senior management positions for simple reasons.  But mostly it all boils down to the fact that they are trusted to make good decisions.

At the top of a company will either be a Chairperson or Share holders that place the responsibility for the running of the business into that the hands of an MD who in turn will delegate out to a management team of people he or she trusts.bbq

And so it continues down the chain of command to the lowliest of positions within the business.

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.

A Bluffers Guide To Team Building Days

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in Event Planning, Team Building Case Studies, Team Spirit, Team Work

So your company have invited you onto a team building day, what can you expect and how are you going to shine?Raft Building

First up be yourself, unless you’re going to spend the rest of your working life pretending, look and make the most of who you are. There are many types of team building days but in this article we are going to concentrate of the most traditional.

Using Team Building to Build Teams Effectively

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in Event Planning, Team Building Ideas, Team Spirit, Team Theory, Team Work

“We are looking to run a team building event.”tester-featured

That’s probably the most common opening to an enquiry we receive. The question I try to ask in return is “Why?” and that is usually as far as that line of conversation stops.

Most clients don’t really know why their team isn’t functioning as they would hope, truth is that sometimes it can only be ascertained by spending time with them in their working environment.

So what’s wrong with your team, probably nothing. Individuals tend to cause the problems, it could be the guy on the shop floor that sneaks off and lets other people do all the work or that girl in the office that just can’t stop playing Candy Crush. The disengaged person that just runs on tick over, or it could be the boss, aggressive, abrasive, or just not a good leader.

People will always try to blame others rather than face their own weaknesses.