Tag: team building

21 Jan

Take one (or more) for the Team: 5 group activities that build trust, commitment & accountability

  In his bestseller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, author Patrick Lencioni describes five primary reasons teams fail. (To which some will say, only half-jokingly, “What, only five!?”) By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings Using these dysfunctions as a framework, I’ll profile corresponding team building exercises that turn the dysfunction into engaging, purposeful function. Each one has been designed by top team building design consultancy Wildly Different, and proven in the “wilds” of corporations and associations nationwide. Absence of Trust We know trust is the cornerstone of solid teams.  A ropes course is a classic and now-tired way to instill team trust. Here’s a fully fresh and fun approach. Team Dynamics Dash: This activity requires teams to work together and open up to one another to complete tasks. EG: In one task, teammates share what they see as each person’s main strength. In another, they must agree on the critical items to choose if “stranded at sea.” Such discussions can get heated as perspectives differ. Lessons learned are covered in a closing debrief to help everyone recognize “a-ha” moments. Indeed, when team members open up and raise awareness by putting team dynamics to the test, they become…

11 Jan

The ONE Secret to Reaching all your New Year Goals

By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings   Did you set resolutions for 2012? Or at least up the ante on your goals? Bad news: The odds against you making change in your life are 9 to 1. EVEN IF you’re facing a life-threatening illness that demands change.  <Still my beating heart!> Good news: People remember things 65% better when they’re attached to pictures. Even better news: your brain will believe anything you tell it—and, most importantly—SHOW it. So, what’s the easiest, most powerful way to train your brain on your goals? It’s a simple combination of belief, expectation and a willingness to clearly picture how that future state looks and feels. And then taking bold actions toward this vision. In short, your ability to reach your goals and master change is as close as a piece of paper. Patti Dobrowolski is a nationally acclaimed comic performer, high-performance business consultant, speaker, and the author of Drawing Solutions: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life.  All about unleashing your creative genius, she works with large and small teams around the world to help them create new and different strategies. She is also teaming up with the Bill…