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Fear Factor

Last year we worked with a group that was led by a young manager. He had a rather strong, imposing personality. What he said, people did. While the group functioned well together, it was clear that they were somewhat intimidated by their manager. The manager participated in the activity, joining one of the five teams […]

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Lessons from the Field

The next time someone tells you that you watch too much football—tell them you’re working! Effective leadership and high performing teams possess many similarities, whether the goal is a trophy or revenue. There are plenty of business lessons to be learned from the sport of football. A good coach, just like a good manager, promotes […]

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Trick, or Team?

“OK Josh, just tell us, what’s the trick to this?” I heard that question from a lot of teams last week. One of the low-ropes course activities is a giant teeter-totter. Teams work together to complete three levels of challenges. The first level is mostly a warm-up. All group members simply step onto the big square […]

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Let’s Get Goofy!

Team building initiatives sometime get a bad reputation for being “cheesy.” We make you do puzzles, throw rubber chickens around and dress up in funny clothes. On top of that, we make you talk about your feelings. What is the reason behind all this play? Play encourages a team to relax around each other. Playing […]

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Facing fears

One of the most iconic images of the ropes course is the confidence pole. You know, the telephone pole with the ladder nailed into the side. A climber gets to the top of it and has to make one last, big, awkward step to balance themselves on the top of the narrow pole. From that […]

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High Adventure in High Country

While much of the country is looking forward to thawing out, summertime can be challenging in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.  By August, the heat can feel oppressive.  None of us are very surprised to hear incidents of road rage on Valley roads increase, given how unhappy we are to have to get into our car at […]

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rubber chicken reconnaissance

Occasionally we’ll be talking to a manager about their goals for a teambuilding program and they will comment that they don’t want to do one of those “lame” activities that they remember from somewhere like PE class or summer camp .  This is the reason that teambuilding businesses are constantly hawking new programs based on current […]

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The new corporate teambuilding – part 2

“Lori” was participating in a paintball teambuilding event along with her colleagues from the local Arizona office of an insurance company.  From the start of the introduction she seemed pretty uncomfortable with the event.  She was shy and fearful that she would drag down her team or wouldn’t be able to finish the game.  During equipment […]

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