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Top 10 Trends in Team Building

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Top 10 Team Building TrendsCorporate leaders, trainers, coaches and consultants are drawn to team building because of its long-term effectiveness in the workplace. As we look toward goal achievement and plans for individual and team development, it’s valuable to know the trends in the business.

Key benefits of team building include:
•Communication enhancement – breaking down barriers
•Build on individual strengths and strengthen leadership skills
•Create opportunities for groups of people to work with each other to accomplish goals and objectives
•Leveraging resources – break down silos
•Tap into new avenues of creativity and brainstorming
•Project management, organization and teamwork skills

Here is a list of the top 10 trends:

1. Team Building that gives back to the community – Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropic focused events; charity bike build, putt putt for pantry, backpacks for kids, to name a few.

2. TV inspired events – Min It to Win It Teams, music and video events, Corporate Survivor, Amazing Race and game show simulations.

3. Virtual team building events – on-line and multi-location interactive events.

4. Culinary-centric Events – sangria making and marketing challenge, stir-fry cooking challenge, bake a cake and chili cook-off.

5. Team building with movement, art and music – drum circles, team movement, team artwork projects.

6. Technology and Gaming – smart phone hunts, urban gaming, iPad team events,

7. Team Development Events – experience-based training events tied to specific team or corporate development objectives.

8. Team Building and Business Simulations – leadership and business skills development.

9. Outdoor and Adventure-based – strategic activities, ropes challenge courses, build a boat and orienteering.

10. Multi-day destination retreats – consultative experience-based professional development events.

Team building events are not to be confused with recreational activities. The ROI and true value of a well facilitated team building experience comes from process, debrief and reflective questioning.

Deseri Garcia
Vida Aventura
317-362-4898
www.vidaaventura.net

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Ten People In An Elevator Are Just Ten People In An Elevator Until…

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

A team has a purpose.

Last week I was working with a customer service group. Before we started the session, I asked the group what makes a team.

The reply was, “We know each other and work together; and that makes us a team.”

I then asked, what about a group of people who work for the same company, but don’t know each other and they’re in an elevator? Are they a team?

There were quizzical looks and varied opinions.

“What if the elevator is stuck between floors? ” was my next question. Immediately people laughed and said the group better figure out how to get out of the elevator.

I guess they’ve just become a team.

People often think they’re a team just because the work in the same building, for the same company or in the same department.

A team really isn’t a team unless they have a common purpose. This is why things “don’t” get done in organizations. There are departments but no teams. Even groups composed of people with high level skills have difficulty completing tasks because they are not vested in the task or the organization.

In order for a team to accomplish a task, they must all be invested in the task and have the skills to make it happen.

In order to demonstrate team building, I divided the participants into two groups and had them complete a task. The task was simple; take your box of toys and build the tallest tower.( It was obvious that one box had more toys than the other but it wasn’t mentioned by anyone until after the event.)

During the task I watched and took notes. I now realize it would have been great if I had videoed the event. There were leaders, there were followers and there were people who became annoyed because their suggestions weren’t taken and decided to opt out! What’s really interesting is that people behave in work groups the same way they do in life. Think about people you know; when they don’t get their way they decide not to play.

Some people were inventive, they asked their team members questions and some worked on a plan before starting the task. One of the winners decided to lay the tower down on the floor. This way they didn’t have to work so hard on making it stand up.

Having functioning teams is especially important for businesses. Accomplishing tasks or “getting things done” is what builds a successful business. As a manager or team leader you are measured on how much you can get done.

Social media encourages the formation of groups. Group members often take these groups and turn them into teams—teams that are focused on raising money or supporting a cause.

You probably remember the story about Karen Klein; the 68 year old bus monitor who was violently harassed on Bus 784 as it rolled through the streets of Greece, New York. The kids were taunting her, calling her names and being downright nasty.
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The ROI of Play

Monday, May 28th, 2012


There is an adage that “companies that play together, stay together.”

If you have ever attended a good team building event, you know first-hand the power of play. I recently facilitated a “Minute to Win It Teams” team building event for an internal sales team. The event was modeled after the hit TV show “Minute to Win It.” The group of individuals who participated ended the day as an energetic, laughter-filled and cohesive team.

Can you imagine how those attributes would benefit your work group?

My good friend, Brooke Green from Caskey Achievement Strategies, interviewed me for her Whiteboard Wednesday show. Check out the video below to see fun footage from the event.

Deseri Garcia
Vida Aventura
317-362-4898
www.vidaaventura.net

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What Does Teamwork Mean to You?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Wagner Signs is on its way to having a landmark year in sales – and the main reason is because they have increased their capacity to work as a team.

Following a record month, CEO Todd Wagner individually asked his team members 7 key questions about their thoughts on team work.

I thought their answers could give you perspective on how your team functions and their priorities:

1. The main benefit of teams is…
Leveraged results
More work completed in less time
You can accomplish more as a team than as an individual
A team is stronger than an individual
Efficiency
Having fun and accomplishing a task
People backing you up
The ability to meet goals
You get multiple ideas and skills
Everyone works together to achieve a goal

2. One important reason teams make sense for an organization is…
Powerful ideas
You can tackle bigger projects
A positive work environment
The ability to share workload
Collectively the company will be more successful
To have fun reaching a goal
Checks and balances
Everyone knows their role
Everyone knows their role
Diversity

3. In order for a team to work, the team leader must…
Set a vision and hold the team accountable
Hold members accountable
Set the end result
Understand how to lead
Lead
Lead
Lead by example
Be willing to listen to others
Communicate
Communicate

4. The number one thing that weakens teams is…
Lack of communication
Lack of communication
Lack of communication
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
Negativity
Negativity
Not listening
Not working together
Selfishness
Individualism
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