team building training games

Team building training games are the best way to improve team performance and employee engagement. HRDQ has tons of fun and effective training games for use.

On St, Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.  It’s not really about ethnicity or religion – it’s about finding things that are special and unique in us and in others, and celebrating them.  It’s about being aware and appreciative of differences. But more than that, it’s an acknowledgement that behavior is a choice.  We can shape our interactions and interpersonal relationships by choosing certain behaviors. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone incorporates the good, fun parts of the signifier “Irish” into their own behavior.  In the same regard, we can all flex our Personality Style to incorporate positive aspects of other styles, Read More

There’s a reason we work in teams.  We’re not that lonely, we don’t really need to make others feel included, and we’re not not-good-enough on our own.  But we can be better.  When individuals face a common problem (or opportunity!), they can produce results that reflect the combined strengths of everyone involved.  Broadening not just the potential for production, but the set of benefactors of success.  More goodness from more people for more people – synergy. But, if you’re working as a team, and the results you’re coming up with are not better than could be achieved by your single, Read More

In 1999 the Mars Climate Orbiter burned up as it entered the Martian atmosphere after $125 million spent in development and nine months of travel. The cause? A lapse in communication. It all came crashing down because the navigation team and the designers of the spacecraft weren’t communicating essential information in a common language; one used English measurements and the other used metric to relay vital data. “It is very difficult for me to imagine how such a fundamental, basic discrepancy could have remained in the system for so long,” John Pike, Space Policy Director at the Federation of American Scientists,, Read More

Our Personality Style comes through every day, whether we are conscious of it or not.  Awareness allows us to take control of – and improve – our interpersonal relationships.  Developing an understanding of our Personality Style can be the first step in improvement.  This Halloween, you can start by choosing to celebrate your style.  Obviously, you were planning on being a Ninja Turtle.  I didn’t even have to ask.  But which one should you be? Do you have a Direct style? Raphael embodies the Direct style.  Never hesitating to take action, he’s always ready when the team encounters conflict and, Read More

A Post by HRDQ President, Brad Glaser. “Why can’t these people work together as a team?” There’s no doubt in my mind you’ve heard that cry for help. If you’re a training professional, you’re well-aware that teamwork is vital to workplace success. After all, the once novel concept is now considered part of the modern organizational structure. This trend will only continue to grow in importance with the emergence of virtual, cross-functional, and multi-functional teams. So why do some teams continue to struggle with the concept of teamwork? Believe it or not, the answer may be quite simple. They probably, Read More

Teamwork is the ultimate competitive advantage.  Fostering teams is a direct route to higher performance and a healthy organization.  While teams may encounter all sorts of conflict and discord, Patrick Lencioni (author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and business expert) suggests that the obstacles to team success boil down to five issues: Absence of Trust Fear of Conflict Lack of Commitment Avoidance of Accountability Inattention to Results Here are some articles we’ve been reading while thinking about ways to keep our team healthy and successful: Click here to read about Team Dysfunction Patrick Lencioni has created an assessment to measure, Read More

There are many factors in successful teamwork.  When conflicts arise, or performance declines, it’s not always simple to find the root of the problem. At HRDQ, we are firm believers in the effectiveness of experiential learning.  What – at first glance – may seem to be an indecipherable problem might become very clear in the context of a simulation.  By taking our everyday habits into a simulation, we highlight the ways we act as a team.  It creates a safe environment, where skills can be measured in action without jeopardizing an important team project. One of our most popular simulations, Read More

Employees are placed in supervisory roles for a variety of reasons.  They may be the most experienced or technically proficient in their group’s work; they may be a tenured employee with a wealth of knowledge on organizational goals and policies; or they might have great administrative and people skills that show their ability to interact with other employees and groups successfully. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding their new supervisory standing, the undertaking of this new role should come with a stock-taking of a new skill set.  Supervisory skills are not only instrumental to the success of any team – they, Read More

A company culture of accountability is very different from a company culture of assigning blame.  But, it’s easy to see how the two can become confounded with one another. In The 85% Solution, Linda Galindo writes, “Be responsible for the success or failure of the endeavor, for your choices, behaviors, and actions –before you know how it all turns out. Own all of it, even if you’re working for or with somebody else.” She’s talking about accountability – accepting, through action and reaction, one’s part in the success or failure of one’s team.  Not compartmentalizing a task or project and, Read More

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