team building games

Positive buzz, measurable results, and improved performance top every trainer’s wish list. It’s also the key to getting management buy-in and achieving professional success. But you won’t get there with lecture-style training or e-learning programs where rows of chairs face forward or the only activity taking place is the clicking of a mouse. The question is…how can you take your training to the next level? The answer is…try adding a training game to the mix. Why Choose a Training Game? Say goodbye to doodling, daydreaming, and worrying about what’s for lunch. Simply put, training games add life to the classroom., 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

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

An organization is a group of people that work together for a common purpose. That’s really it.  That’s all it is.  So how does the work get done?  How are decisions made, and by whom?  How do they know they’re right? To maximize efficiency, engagement, and effectiveness, everyone should be empowered to make decisions – everyone needs to know how their decisions align with and affect the organization as a whole. An essential responsibility of organizational leaders is the communication of mission, vision, and goals. People need to be reminded and reassured of what their organization’s purpose is – not, Read More

October 23rd marks the 55th anniversary of the Smurfs.  Today is a day to pause and take note of the exemplary teamwork embodied by these little guys. From Wikipedia: The Smurfs’ community generally takes the form of a cooperative, sharing, and kind environment based on the principle that each Smurf has something he or she is good at, and thus contributes it to Smurf society as he or she can. In return, each Smurf appears to be given their necessities of life, from housing and clothes to food without using any money in exchange. Now the Smurfs, of course, live, Read More

Maya Angelou We’ll be celebrating Labor Day this weekend – a time that reminds us how important we all are to one another.  Unless you’re out in the wild, growing your own food, building your own shelter, and keeping your mind occupied and spirit fulfilled with the endless wonders of the universe (but, come on – who’s really doing that?), you depend on other people to live the life you’re living. No matter how far from the front line you are, the people that work for and with you have an effect on you.  And you have an effect on, Read More

Finding the true cause of organizational problems requires a great deal of effort, courage, acceptance, and willingness to change. Often, problems aren’t traced back far enough, and the fundamental communication issues at their core are never diagnosed, much less addressed or resolved.  Attempts to get organizational performance back on track, then, may not be successful if problem behavior goes uncorrected. One challenge is that communication is such a fundamental part of everything we do – especially when we work on teams and in organizations.  For communication skills to be examined, evaluated, and improved, they need to have their boundaries tested, Read More

Our planet has a specific set of resources.  Independently, they’re just a group of things.  But, under the right conditions, when they interact with one another and begin processes in which they are interdependent, they have the ability to synthesize into a thing that has greater capabilities.  (Liquid water and biogenic elements come together and begin processes facilitated by energy from the sun.  With adequate protection and stability, they become life.) In the same way, a specific group of people can work together interdependently and communicate with each other to accomplish common goals.  They can be a team.  These conditions,, Read More

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