How to Develop Your Team Brand Statement

GUEST BLOGGER:  Stace Williams, Executive Coach & Facilitator When team members can articulate your brand, you’ll see increased focus, alignment, and inspiration.  A solid brand statement answers some big questions like these: What does your team really do? What is your team known for when you’re operating at your collective best? Whom does your team serve? What is the unique …

Top 10 Team Activities in 2018

Enjoy some of the best team activities shared by Better Teams in 2018.  Each one is designed to be simple, interesting and purposeful. Top 10 Team Activities from 2018: The Songs of My Life  – Ideal for the beginning of the year Rock It!  – Celebrate each other Forced Choice  – Take the pulse of a group People Mapping – Learn …

Year End/Beginning Team Activity: The Songs of My Life

At a recent team-building off-site, we needed a simple, fun, short and meaningful team activity to close the five-day event.  The Songs of My Life activity allowed each team member to reflect on the past year and dream about the next year in a personal way using songs.  The activity was an interesting way to learn about each team member.  …

Team Activities: It’s A Small World After All

Use one of the three mapping team activities below to help your team discover more about each other or to prepare to travel effectively together. Supplies (vary depending on which activity you select): A poster of a world map (or a smaller copy of the world map for each team member) Tacks or Stick Pins or Dot Stickers (each team …

5 Simple Ways to Express Gratitude at Work in 5 Minutes (or less)

We all share a need to be appreciated and significant.  One simple way to ensure your team feels like they matter is to express sincere gratitude to them. Growing research about the act of gratitude tells us it builds self-esteem, improves relationships, reduces depression, and even helps us sleep better! The good news is it easy to do. Here are …

Photo Metaphors: Connect the Team to the Agenda Topic

Using photos to stimulate ideas or conversation is one of my favorite facilitator activities.  It’s super easy to do and I find most people really enjoy and connect with the visual aspects of this engagement. All you need are some interesting photos.  You can purchase a set of photo cards, or use your own.  Feel free to use the three …

Important Questions to Assimilate New Team Members

When a new leader or team member joins a team, it is important to proactively assimilate that person into the team.  The quicker this happens, the less stressful it is for everyone on the team.  This activity includes a list of questions that a team can use to generate a healthy dialogue. Use these questions to begin to gaining knowledge …

Enjoyable Team Activity: Fun Pictures From the Past

There is so much we don’t know about our colleagues.  We often know very little about their personal lives and interests, let alone about their childhood and teenage years.  When I learn something about someone’s early life it often gives me a new perspective and appreciation for who they are and what they value. The people we are closest too …

What If A Leader Shows Vulnerability?

A team’s willingness to be vulnerable usually begins with the leader.  The behaviors of the leader encourage or discourage vulnerability.  When trust is high, team members are more willing to be authentic and vulnerability because they feel safe. Here are some observable ways vulnerability shows up in teams: Team members are willing to take thoughtful risks without fearing the repercussions …

Forced Choice: Activity to Take the Pulse of A Group

The forced choice activity can be facilitated during training and working meetings to better understand the viewpoints of your group about a particular topic.  I learned this engagement from Mark Smith*, CEO of Leadership Resource Institute and author of The Distinctive Leader, when we co-facilitated his Distinctive Leadership course. Mark and I used the activity to drive home the importance …