Interactive teamwork games make learning fun. They are a powerful way to develop the key skills needed to succeed in a team oriented workforce.
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
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
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
Navigating the ins and outs of teamwork can be as difficult as trekking through the jungle. In the jungle we can try to push through the dense vegetation with no tools – just like we can push teams to work together – but without the right tools we just get nowhere. Teamwork is vital to the workplace but we often don’t know how to deal with teams when conflicts arise and productivity drops. So, where and how do you start addressing these problems with teamwork? By demonstrating how a well-oiled team acts and thinks. A well-oiled team recognizes the impact, Read More