Browsing the archives for the leadership tag

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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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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Four Ways to Motivate Your Team

Quick – take a mental break from your work and think about one thing you most enjoy doing when you are off the clock. Chances are, you are motivated to participate in that leisure time activity for different reasons than motivate you on the job. There are many types of motivators, or elements that drive […]

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Why “Build” a Team?

The dictionary definition of the word build is to “establish, increase or strengthen”. If we look closer, that definition outlines a process that illustrates why this term is used to describe activities designed to produce strong teams. Preparing for Success To establish means to create or begin. This doesn’t necessarily mean a team can only […]

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Train Right, Train Smart

The last post outlined the benefits of integrating teambuilding into business training as way to facilitate learning and comprehension. As beneficial as breakout activities are, they can’t completely transform a presentation. Effective training must also be delivered well. Action Seminars from One Day Adventures bring that winning combination to a company. Interactive team building activities […]

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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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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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