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We upload a new team building activity or resource for you each week.

November 1, 2019

Nemesis: Reframing Challenging Relationships

Nemesis is an activity that addresses the limiting beliefs we have about people who we find challenging to work with.  Let’s face it, everyone has at […]
October 25, 2019

5×5 Challenge: Give Praise that Makes a Lasting Impression

“Good job!”  “Nice work!” “I appreciate you!” Blah, blah, blah – that really means nothing.  These compliments are so broad and generic that the receiver may […]
October 20, 2019

Mad Tea Party (with examples)

Mad Tea Party is a Liberating Structure I’ve recently learned and have already come to love. In the past two weeks, I’ve incorporated this activity into […]
October 5, 2019

Coaching Questions for Each Phase of the Change Cycle

It’s human nature to resist change because we are wired to protect ourselves for survival and our bodies experience change as a threat.  Leaders and teams […]
September 28, 2019

Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…?

Sometimes the best ideas are generated in casual conversations.  Let’s say you are pulling your team together and you want to talk about the culture and […]
September 21, 2019

Quiz: Am I as Reliable as I Think I Am?

Often people who are very committed to serving others and have the best of intentions are surprisingly unreliable.  Take that in for a minute… yes, I […]
September 13, 2019

Activity: Laughable Moments

The evidence is in! We need more laughter in the workplace.  Science shows us that laughter has many benefits.  Here are a few benefits of laughter […]
September 6, 2019

Prioritize Ideas with a PICK Chart

After an ideation session where your team has come up with numerous ideas, you need a process to help them choose the best idea(s).  The PICK […]
August 30, 2019

3 Lessons Leaders Can Learn from Coach Dabo Swinney

There is something powerful about learning via sports metaphors because our brains are wired to make connections. Metaphors engage and help us understand concepts quickly. The […]
August 23, 2019
360 Assessment for Leaders

360° Feedback for Leaders: Why, What & How

Imagine this scenario: You are working with a senior leader who has been very “successful” in their role, meeting their goals, and objectives.  This leader is […]
August 17, 2019

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Discretionary Effort from Your Team

GUEST BLOGGER: Karla Brandau, Founder of Discretionary Effort Leadership, CEO of Workplace Power Institute On Monday morning, Dana, a team lead, was very excited about the […]
July 19, 2019
How to Plan an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

How to Plan an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

GUEST BLOGGER: Kathleen Kerr, Director of Organizational Development & Training with MEMIC (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company) Looking for an interesting outside adventure to do with your […]
July 13, 2019
How to Prep the Leader

How to Prep the Leader

On one of my first official team building gigs, I almost blew it.  I designed an agenda to address the leaders needs but chose NOT to […]
July 5, 2019

How to Build A Better Team

In what areas is your team excelling or struggling?  This age-old question is constantly in the minds of leaders as well as team consultants who support […]
June 28, 2019
Team Mascots

How To Design a Team Mascot

Sports teams have had mascots for a long time.  A mascot in baseball was used as early as 1880 and intended to be a lucky charm […]
June 21, 2019
Are You Ready to be an independent consultant?

Are You Ready To Be An Independent Consultant?

What I Wish I’d Known Are you thinking about hanging up your corporate hat and going out on your own?  I’m often asked for advice from […]
June 15, 2019

18 Icebreaker Questions to Get to Know Your Team

Most teams want to feel connected with their colleagues.  One way to build relationships is to facilitate a short icebreaker at the beginning of team meetings […]
June 9, 2019

How To Plant Seeds To Reinforce A Message

Planting seeds is an excellent metaphor for many team activities.  Seeds can represent opportunities, growth, change, and development. Rather than just talk about the metaphor, why […]

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