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Author: Why Team Building

Boston Golfers Show Team Spirit Can Thrive With A Good Cause

When considering your team building event, inspiration can be taken from a team of golfers from Boston, who completed an amazing 72 holes of golf in just 24 hours according to the Boston Standard. The event was in support of Macmillan, and not only did it bring the golfers together in pursuit of a good cause, it brought the community together too. While they were playing, friends had been organising and setting up the community centre at Hubberts Bridge and held raffles and auctions to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan. Sometimes the pursuit of something more...

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Infographic: 10 Shocking Stats About Disengaged Employees

Infographic crafted with love by Officevibe, the corporate team building and employee engagement platform. Unusually for an infographic, this one actually does contain some pretty shocking statistics. The complete disconnect people have between why people are leaving companies, demotivated and hating their boss, not the job, when most people believe they simply left for more money. If you’re managing your team, unaware of that disconnect and not correctly attributing why employees are leaving, you could be making incorrect decisions almost daily that serve to further demotivate, and reduce the effectiveness of your teams. It also highlights the importance of...

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Ski Resorts Or Playing With A Piece Of String: The Best And Worst Team Building

There’s a real trend developing where not only are forward thinking companies offering full experiences to teams that more resemble a fun day out or even a full on vacation, but team building events companies are starting to create experiences so good, such as the escape rooms, that people are choosing to book them for their own parties outside of the workplace. Unfortunately, there are also many companies stuck in the past with staid, ‘stand in the conference room messing about with a piece of string’ type team building, which many employees come to dread as a waste of...

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We Review Dr Nick Southgate’s Excellent Team Motivation Psychology Lecture

Fallacy of the “great man” theory Dr Southgate starts by exploring the way people tend to idolize individuals who have had success, most often men, and that this approach may be significantly flawed. However he points to our innate desire for simplicity as being one of the key drivers for us to feel and behave that way. An individual has had success, if we listen to many of those types of individual we’ll somehow see the patter and distill from it the correct behaviors. Unfortunately that may not be the case. I started to realize it was going to be a great lecture when he referenced Adam Smith, one of my favorite books of all time being the Wealth of Nations. He points to the failures that have often resulted from appointing a single individual to manage an entire complex process or economy, and contrasts it with the ‘invisible hand’ that Smith prefers as the optimal way for an economy or large function to run. Is it possible then, that the most successful leaders will act more like an enabler for the ‘invisible hand’ to permeate through their organization? How much luck did they have? The lecture touches on some other interesting points, such as our tendency to view our contribution to the team more ‘optimistically’ than an outside observer, except people who are depressed who rate themselves fairly...

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Charity Team Building Creates Real Sense Of Purpose, Camaraderie For Teams

It’s possible to combine the desire to foster better working relationships and camaraderie among staff members with doing good for the community in which the business draws staff, support and customers. Many charities have regular annual drives for support, or themed days which require help to get organized and make a success. What better opportunity for businesses to let their staff bond, while doing something of value. Charity team building activities are an opportunity to make team building real, but still separate that real purpose from the day-to-day office activities and environment. If you’re running an event to try to escape from a room, in a fictional scenario, the team knows it’s all ‘just for fun’ and some, particularly the boomer generation, may even find the whole thing to be of little value, and a waste of time. Getting out into the community and helping real people eliminates a lot of these objections and helps everyone pitch into help people in need, achieving the dual purpose of helping your team and helping a charity much in need of support. The Tennessean reports that the Tennessee Titans football team view their annual Titan Up For Tots charity drive as an essential team building event as well as a great way to support the community. It was also an important way to build bridges and relationships across their entire organization, with...

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