Browsing the archives for the business adventure tag

A Simple Way to Give Better Gifts

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, has been researching the correlation between money and happiness for decades. What has he found? It turns out that while we used to think material things were the way to happiness, according to science, what will bring you the most lasting happiness are experiences — travel, outdoor activities, […]

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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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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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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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Fostering cross-functional collaboration

CBS TV’s new reality series “Undercover Boss” has quickly gained popularity for the way is resonates with America’s workers.  The show follows CEOs of expansive companies such as 7-Eleven and White Castle as they join the front lines of their workforce.  While undercover, the big boss is often surprised to find themselves challenged by learning […]

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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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The new corporate teambuilding

 The tension is high and voices are hushed as the field fills with people, moving two by two until all forty have positioned themselves.  The duos stay close to each other, whispering intensely,  gesturing around the space and consulting the maps they hold.   Suddenly, the signal sounds and the game is on.  The previously subdued field […]

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