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Time to Treat Yo’ Team

It’s the best day of the year, according to Parks and Rec characters Tom and Donna. A day to lavish and spoil yourself with anything – get a massage. Have a pedicure while sipping fancy coffee concoctions, splurge on a new outfit and of course no treat yo’ self day is complete without cupcakes. Has […]

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Great Goal Setting

With happy holidays in the rearview mirror, January is all about a fresh starts and, sadly, failed New Year’s resolutions. Surveys show that about two thirds of Americans make resolutions, at least occasionally, but less than 10 percent consider themselves successful in achieving their resolutions. We can help ourselves succeed in our goals by ensuring […]

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Mixin’ and Mingling

Tis the season for people, presents, parties… and more parties. It seems like there is no end to the work functions, social events and family functions. So much small talk can be challenging –staying engaged and interested in so many different people. In our workplace, sometimes we avoid that awkward small talk, choosing to stay within […]

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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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Rollin’ on the River

A previous post outlined the process of “building” a team: establish, increase, then strengthen. A real-world example of how the process looks is easy to find. Several of our program managers are experienced river runners and often go on rafting trips with an assorted group of friends and family members who are looking for a […]

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Maximize Learning Through Teambuilding

No matter how far out of school one is, there is no denying that sitting in a classroom can be boring. Even the most engaging instructor can find their audience staring off into space, minds on what they have to do after class; or what they’d rather be doing than sitting passively in a crowded […]

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Tis’ the season to be… stressed?

While the holiday season may be merry and bright it also has a distinct dark side.  Sadly, heightened stress and depression mean that more heart attacks and more suicides occur during this time of year than any other.     There are a variety of ways employers can help keep their work force healthy and happy during […]

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Ditch the “Recession Mindset”; the Future is Here

The August 2, 2010 Wall Street Journal headline read, “Leadership Training Gains Urgency Amid Stronger Economy”. The article began, “Fearing a shortage of qualified managers as business picks up, some companies are bolstering leadership development efforts.” Organizations committed to providing leadership development  have found the means to continue to develop their people in spite of […]

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Cultivating courage

Shortly after publishing last month’s post, I received a package of letters from a group of sixth graders who we ran a ropes course for a couple months ago. It arrived almost on cue, as many of them shared their own positive fear-facing experiences. Here are some quotes: “My favorite part… was the ropes course. […]

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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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