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 week and what she hoped the team could finish. She walked through the office doors and hurried over to her team’s section of the floor. She noticed only one person working at a desk. …

How to Plan an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

How to Plan an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Looking for an interesting outside adventure to do with your team?  Try this Scavenger Hunt designed by Kathleen Kerr, the Director of Organizational Development & Training with MEMIC (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company).  This will be ideal if your team is meeting for several days and you want to re-energize them outside.  It will also be a great standalone activity …

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 share it with the leader ahead of time.  For some reason, I wanted the leader to experience the process fresh with the team.  At the time, it seemed like a great idea. When the …

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 them.  Because the dynamics of a team are complex, it is useful to have a simple framework to evaluate the team.  Without a framework, we might miss an important element or focus too much …

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 for the team.  Mascots are highly valued and often represent qualities a team aspires to develop. For more interesting facts and tips about mascots, check out this article. Creating a mascot for your business …

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 people who want to start their own private practice as a team consultant, facilitator or coach. So, I’m sharing with you my thoughts about what you’ll need in order to be successful as an …

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 or even in the middle of a longer meeting.  All you need is an interesting (and safe) question to learn new things about each other.  Questions can be thought-provoking, reflective, creative, or funny.  Choose …

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 not let your team experience planting real seeds.  You will provide them with a sensory experience that will create a strong memory and reinforce the key theme you want to impart. As a bonus, …

I Scream for Ice Cream with My Team

I Scream for Ice Cream with My Team

Looking for a fun way to connect with your team this summer?  Ice cream can be a delicious way to reward your team and create a fun memory together. You can keep it simple and just provide ice cream during a meeting or try one of the ice cream activities below. National Ice Cream Day is a Real Thing Did …

How to Take Control of Your Time

How to Take Control of Your Time

One of the most common complaints I hear from busy professionals is “I don’t have enough time.”  I’m guilty of this too.  Sometimes I feel like I’m on a stage trying to keep 10 spinning plates from falling – and I’m barely making it.  It’s easy to find others who will commiserate with me, because most people I know describe …