Browsing the archives for the high-performing teams tag

Do nice guys finish first?

Do nice guys finish first? This is the question asked by Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who identified three types of employees— givers, takers and matchers— then studied which personality type performs better on the job. Takers are the people who approach most interactions wondering “what can you do for me?” while givers ask “what can […]

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Million Dollar Moments

The current season of the CBS TV show The Amazing Race features teams of two who met and were partnered on the very first day of their race around the world. Rather than being randomly assigned, one partner chose the other partner in order of their placing in an initial challenge. This dynamic created an […]

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United Not Divided

Politics. Religion. Not much else is able to so strongly unite or divide groups of people. What can teams do to keep things like politics and religion from being divisive forces? Since its football season, we’ll take a look at a football team as an example. While it is not hard to find professional athletes […]

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Laughter as a Learning Tool

Last month’s post extoled the benefits of giving a team time to relax and have a little fun together. Still not convinced that fun and games have a place at work?  Maybe you’ll be interested in to know that even an organization like the U.S. Department of State, that engages in very serious business, advocates […]

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How to Get a Free Bonus From Your Event

Did you know that most of our ODA programs are held entirely or primarily outdoors? Not sure why you should know or care about this random fact? Because if you are one of the 80% of event planners who select an outdoor venue you are getting an extra benefit, absolutely free. Yes that’s right, a […]

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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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The Power of Words

All across the nation, students and teachers alike are anticipating the end of the school year recovering from the recent pressure of standardized testing.  In the wake of recent standardized testing taking place in schools across the nation, an encouraging note went viral. This inspirational letter reminded students that they are more than just their […]

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Fumbles, Failure and Dealing with Defeat

If your ODA facilitators don’t seem as upbeat as usual this week, it’s because our favorite teams suffered some devastating losses in the recent NFL playoffs (colts and packers). The defeats are particularly difficult this year, as a playoff win would have brought a favored team to our Phoenix home for the Superbowl. There was […]

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When the going gets tough

“One way to keep your momentum going is to constantly have great goals” Michael Korda, author of Another Life: a Memoir of Other People Now that it’s February, do you actually remember those goals and resolutions you set back in January? “Well,” you think, “it’s flu season and tax season, who has the time or energy?” […]

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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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