It’s holiday season! Time for the obligatory office parties, happy hours, gift exchanges, and other torturous bonding exercises. Oh the horror! If bonding exercises feel more like bondage to you, maybe it’s time to take a moment for some serious reflection and self-evaluation. No! There’s nothing wrong with you. But there may be something going […]
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Like any other kind of construction, building a team requires careful planning, a well drafted blueprint, and available expertise in a variety of disciplines to assure success. The raison d’etre for building a team within a corporation should be reflected in the company’s mission statement. Whether you sell goods or services or both–whatever your business–the clarity […]
Depending on your age, you may have post-traumatic flashbacks of trust building activities at your first job in which you had to clap the company clap, cheer the company cheer, and sing the company song—all in a feeble attempt to manufacture team spirit and build trust among your fellows. What a nightmare!
The upcoming holidays are a marathon of glad tidings and bonding exercises, both personal and professional: gift exchanges; office parties; school pageants and concerts; collegiate and professional football tailgating parties; feasts, fun, family, and charitable donations.
The degree to which your company recognizes the importance of team building is in direct proportion to management’s commitment to humanizing the company’s mission. If the only thing you’re focused on is dollar signs, then frankly, your company is flying blind and you’ll eventually crash.
In the good old days, the best team building plans were based on rulership. Managers and supervisors were free to lord over their subordinates with the iron fists of sovereignty. Team building was about cracking a scepter-like whip to make sure the workers toed the line.
During the holidays nothing can boost morale like charitable team activities. It might surprise you to learn that among Millennials–many of whom are just a few years away from receiving their last fashion dolls and action figures–the holidays are as stressful to them as to their parents.
What does successful team building mean to you? Kudos for you from your CEO? A big promotion? A new penthouse-level office? A bigger company car? An even bigger expense account? When you close your eyes and think about your company, if all you envision are bigger and bigger paychecks, and personal perks, you may need to […]
No matter how reliable they’ve been over the years, your tried-and-true ideas for team building are about to receive a complete overhaul! Why? Because they’re heeeeere! Millennials are 75 million strong and they’re forcing the workplace to change.
Every day in offices all across America, ideas for team building are undergoing an extreme makeover. The Millennial generation is larger than any other group in the labor force; and by 2030, they’ll completely dominate it at a whopping 75 percent! And Millennials promise to be every bit as formidable as their Baby Boomer parents. […]