Browsing the archives for the Phoenix team buildling 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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How to Handle the Holidaze

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 workplaces, sometimes we avoid that awkward small talk, choosing to stay within […]

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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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Go Ahead, Have Some Fun

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. Why all the goofy activities, wouldn’t a team’s time be better spent learning something useful, or you know, working? Of course the work must get done, but taking a […]

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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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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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Surviving the Storm

Summer Storms have rocked the Phoenix metro area, stalling cars in flooded streets and leaving a mess of downed trees and mud-caked yards. In the same way, tough times – financial strain, acquisitions, PR crises– can sweep through a business, leaving employees feeling shocked and defeated. The good news for organizations is that tough times […]

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School’s Out!

Around the country, kids are looking forward to a long relaxing summer – playing and relaxing. Their parents, on the other hand, get to continue the same daily, commute-work-commute routine.  Why not mix it up a little this summer and commute up to the cottonwood lined banks of a serene pond backed by Sedona’s red […]

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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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