Team Building Exercises

The best learning comes from hands-on team building exercises. Use engaging training to teach the core values of collaboration and communication to your team members.

The staff of HRDQ has learned that Dr. Fred Mumma, author of the learning instrument, Team Work and Team-Roles, has passed away.  Dr. Mumma was one of our early product authors and began working with HRDQ in the early 1980’s.  His learning instrument was an immediate success and continues to be popular with trainers and HR professionals today. Fred had been helping people understand the dynamics and work of groups since 1966 when he was a process consultant in the leadership laboratories at Temple University.  He has conducted workshops, training programs, team-building sessions, and counseling for managers and executives on, Read More

It’s often said that two heads are better than one, so imagine what can be accomplished with three or even an entire team? Greater power is unleashed when a team is united to get the job done, especially if there is synergy among its members. Synergy has been defined as the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. It comes from the Greek word synergos, meaning “working together”. With the head-down, task-oriented culture that we experience in most workplaces, it is tempting for team members to make decisions independent of the team. It, Read More

Catalyst is a fun, interactive game that helps individuals and teams to recognize their strengths and weaknesses in verbal communication. It is appropriate for any organizational level and can be used as a tool in soft-skills training, employee interviews, or company orientation. Catalyst: Think Improvement for Line-Level Leaders, is an interactive exercise using current concepts of organizational effectiveness and success to identify individual and group strengths and weaknesses in thinking and verbal communication. It is viable for communication training, employee interviews, company orientations and team building. It promotes practical steps to improved information exchange. Catalyst works for many reasons: It, Read More

Imagine a room filled with countless rows of metal chairs, a podium at the front, and a large screen behind it. It’s packed with an audience that’s dutifully trying to pay attention as they attempt to learn how to be a better team. But instead, their eyes are glazed over and they’re easily distracted by text messages, Facebook, and doodles. And all they’re wondering is what time is our lunch break?  Sound inspiring? I didn’t think so. Sure, there’s a time and place for face-forward lectures and videos. And perhaps my scenario is a bit of an exaggeration. But when, Read More

On Thursday, April 9th, the HRDQ Construction Qrew will be back in action at our Second Annual Habitat for Humanity Build Day. Last year, we spent our Build Day doing demolition, prepping a house for rebuilding. We learned a lot about the hard work it takes to gut a house, and got to put into action some of the soft skills that we pitch in our product line. When wood is flying as you’re tearing down cabinets, or nails are exposed as old carpets come up, or you’re carrying heavy fixtures out with someone else, good, clear communication and collaboration are important skills to, Read More

Why can’t these people work together as a team?” If only you had a dollar for every time you heard that plea. So why do some continue to struggle with team performance? After all, it’s not a new or unfamiliar concept. And it today’s world, it’s vital to success, especially with the growing trend toward virtual, cross-functional, and multi-functional teams. A lack of understanding is partly to blame.  Believe it or not, sometimes groups simply don’t “get” what it means to be a team—or how to do it. Sure, you can stand at the head of a classroom and tell, Read More

Too often, this is a common scenario. You get a job. You do what is expected of you. You collect a paycheck. You are forgettable. Your work, really, is inconsequential in the greater scheme of things. You are a cog that could easily be replaced by a strategically-written line of computer code. However, were you to join forces with a more comprehensive team of dedicated employees-and in doing so, make your presence known and appreciated-you could easily become an integral component in that entity that is your company. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to play nicely with each other-let alone, Read More

Last Friday, HRDQ team members (known as the HRDQrew!) participated in the 5th Annual Bringing Hope Home West Chester STOMPS Cancer 5K fun run and walk. As one of this year’s race sponsors, we took the challenge seriously, and supported each other in both training for, and finishing the race. It was team spirit in action as we cheered each other on across the finish line. Bringing Hope Home is a non-profit organization that provides both financial and emotional support to local families with cancer. Through their Light of Hope Family Grant Program, they offer a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer in the Greater, Read More

Team building games are an excellent way to engage participants, make learning active, bring real group dynamics to the surface, and drive home key points. Learning sticks because individuals are immersed in the activity. Whether you choose to use them as a stand-alone learning tools, or as a part of a larger training initiative, team building games can generate quality results. Jungle Escape has been used to train thousands around the globe, and continues to remain a trainer favorite. Participants are transported deep in the jungle during this high-energy team building game. All players participate, develop common strategies and face, Read More

All HRDQ employees will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day on June 11, 2014. We are so excited to help eliminate poverty housing in our local area. Partnering with caring individuals and organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County constructs simple, decent, affordable homes, and empowers hardworking, low-income families to become homeowners by providing no-interest mortgages with which to buy them. Habitat for Humanity is also involved in neighborhood revitalization initiatives, providing home rehabilitation services for existing, low-income homeowners living in substandard housing, as well as family services that guide prospective homeowners along the path to home ownership and, Read More

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