The Team Building Directory

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The Japanese Secret to Happiness, Longevity and Job Satisfaction

Do you hate getting up in the morning? Don’t see yourself as a morning person? Ikigai is a word used by the Japanese to explain (as Ken Mogo, neuroscientist, defines it) “your reason to get up in the morning”. Whilst some of us do not experience this Monday morning dread, a lot of us do…

3 Tips for Keeping Calm

We are all faced with challenges in our day to day live that can cause us to become distressed. When something causes tension, it eases us up to make more irrational and less responsible choices and actions. To help reduce negative outcomes from a distressed response, there are many things we can try to calm…

The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter – Liz Wiseman

What makes a successful leader? Leaders are the backbone of organisations. They are the driving force in a business and many people aim to become a leader at some point in their career. To be a successful leader, it is not as simple as getting the role – you must possess the correct traits in…

Fairness is the Most Important Leadership Quality

    In many organisations, women are paid less than men to do equivalent work. Whilst business owners do this to take more profits from the company, they may be missing out on the impact they’re really having by treating their staff unfairly. Former investment banker Marco Alvera tells the story of his experience within…

Ask Your Team Members These Questions

Managers have a large amount of influence on their team member’s well-being, mood and performance. Therefore it is crucial to set goals and coach or praise individuals whenever possible. Taking interest in individuals -whether it be on a formal one-to-one basis or in other conversational opportunities- can be very beneficial to boosting morale and in…

Planning the Perfect Team Away Day

Planning the Perfect Team Away Day When planned correctly you can plan an away day that could critically improve the performance of your team. The perfect away day can incorporate many opportunities for leaders and team members to get know each other better, share visions and goals, and to discuss or tackle important issues. Reasons…

360 Degree Feedback: Understand the Concepts and Benefits

It’s hard to imagine a manager who doesn’t understand the importance of regular appraisals and feedback sessions, and yet many still use outdated one-on-one methods. Instead, you should consider a 360-degree feedback method. What is 360-Degree Feedback? Most of the time, appraisals involve speaking to one superior. As a manager, you will probably have spoken…

Building Stronger Teams Through ‘Forming Storming Norming Performing’

Developed by Dr Bruce Tuckman in 1965, the ‘Forming Storming Norming Performing’ model is based around the idea that leadership style changes as a team matures and evolves through certain distinct stages. As the name implies, those stages are: Forming Storming Norming Performing   As a leader, your responsibility is to recognize which stage of…

Organisational Change Management Should Be People-Focused

Organisational Change Management (OCM) is too often considered a process that revolves around profit and productivity rather than integrity and people. Adopting more forward-thinking and emotionally-mature principles might seem counterintuitive to the traditional X-Theory organisation, and yet moving in that direction can increase results and profit naturally, all while simultaneously motivating your workforce and underlining…

Experiential Learning: Understand and Implement

Everyone learns differently, so the conventional knowledge/skills transfer style of teaching and training often fails. The traditional process wrongly assumes what needs to be learned and how best to impart the knowledge, with the subject matter typically focused around an exam or other end-goal that does not match the learner’s natural strengths. Experiential learning takes…

Team Building Training and Why Your Business Needs Them

Team building exercises have undergone a negative shift in image in the past but are now surfacing as an essential part of any serious business. A strong team who know they can rely on each other will outperform others in all areas. With trust in the team and fellow colleagues, employees at all levels will…

Five tips for instant team motivation

With massive cuts announced across government spending this week it’s unlikely that the office Christmas party is top of the management team’s agenda. So here are five no cost routes to raising team morale in an instant: 1. Thank each member of your team sincerely at least once a day, not just with a simple…

What to look for in a leader

The recession has exposed weaknesses in not just the financial structure of companies but also in their leadership, even a bad leader looks good when the work is flooding in.

Is dictatorial management set for a come back?

I used to think that hard nosed, dictatorial management was outdated and inappropriate but it looks set for a come back. Would Genghis Khan be a good modern leader? Not so long ago, announcing redundancies was seen as an admission of weakness, the management clearly didn’t have control of their business. Now if you’re not…

10 Team Building Tips To Take Your Team From Great to Extraordinary

Whether you are an organisation, or a professional responsible for facilitating the team building process of a team or group, the following tips are ensured to give you some new ideas on how to accelerate your team building initiatives:

All work and no play … makes for an innovation dead-end

New research by London Business School professor Babis Mainemelis and doctoral candidate Sarah Ronson shows how the best ideas are born in fields of play and how to ingrain more time and space for creativity within organisational settings.

Teams that play together work together

What would you put at the top of a list of characteristics that make a good team? Perhaps initiative, trust, flexibility, empathy, leadership or effectiveness?

Teams in 21st Century: how do we define their role?

Meredith Belbin takes a look at the nature of teamwork today and offers an optimistic outlook.

Ten Styles of Leadership

Leadership is often assumed to be a single skill, something you have either got or you haven’t got.

Coaching for Success

If you are not achieving yhose resolutions – get a coach A 2001 study by MetrixGlobal found that “coaching produced a 525% return on investment and significant intangible benefits to the business. Including the financial benefits from employee retention boosted the overall ROI to 788%”.

Five Stages of Team Development

Most experts in team development agree that teams will go through five different stages. How fast a team moves through each stage will depend on the team members, their individual skills, the work they are expected to do, and the type of leadership available to the team.

Team Motivation

Motivation. We hear the term often. Generally we associate the word with human behavior, meaning, a state of mind that moves us to action. And even though few of us have had formal training in it, it’s one of those characteristics of life that seems to fit the old adage, “I know it when I…

When You’re in Charge: Tips for Leading Teams

Do you remember that trembly feeling you had in the 4th grade when Mrs. Smith warned you about cheating? You know, looking off another’s paper, talking about the answer, or working with someone else outside of class? Isn’t it ironic that in the classroom you competed against your classmates for the best scores, but when…

Resolving Conflict in Work Teams

Abstract As organisations continue to restructure work teams, the need for training in conflict resolution will grow. Conflict arises from differences, and when individuals come together in teams, their differences in terms of power, values, and attitudes contribute to the creation of conflict. To avoid the negative consequences that can result from disagreements, most methods…

Basic Team Working

What is a team anyway?   A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable

Benefits of Teambuilding

The term “team building” has become a buzzword in recent years, and has many connotations. In terms of corporate development, team-building exercises are important not for the immediate experience of the activities performed by the team, but also for the group skills, communication and bonding that result.

Promoting Teamwork And Cooperation

Teamwork is one of the qualities that managers and heads repeatedly try to instill in the people they work with in order to ensure seamless and effective operations.

Characteristics of a good team and team member

Characteristics of a good team Everyone participates actively and positively in meetings and projects. Team goals are understood by everyone.

Can vulnerability lead to succes

One of Stephen Covey’s famous Seven Habits of Highly Effective people tells us that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. All too often we let lesser things obscure our vision and that main thing. Covey doesn’t list vulnerability as one of the Seven Habits but in view of its…

Resolving Conflict in Work Teams

During 1992, researchers at the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University conducted a study that evaluated the factors affecting cross-functional sourcing team effectiveness. The study, titled the “Cross-Functional Sourcing Team Effectiveness Research Project,” collected data from 107 cross-functional sourcing teams at 18 U.S.-based firms over a period of seven months. Responses…

History of Team Building

The emergence of the team idea can be traced back to the late 1920s and early 1930s with the now classic Hawthorne Studies. These involved a series of research activities designed to examine in-depth what happened to a group of workers under various conditions. After much analysis, the researchers agreed that the most significant factor…

Team Types

“What is needed is not well balanced individuals; but individuals who balance well with each other.” – Dr Merideth Belbin Dr David Marriott, internationally renowned corporate psychologist and expert in team and management development, shares some thoughts on the famous Belbin Model and it’s relevance for teams into the next century.

Christmas Team Building

Sponsored by Fresh Tracks Christmas team building events Christmas Parties – The Ideal Time For Team Building The Head of HR is concerned that she’ll have a harassment case on her hands if the booze flows too freely and the Finance Director keeps banging on about benefits in kind and the £150 per year limit….

Chocolate anyone?

Hertfordshire based team building, motivations and event management specialists Fresh Tracks, famed for the creation of the original chocolate team building event the ‘Chocolate Challenge™’ have come up with a novel way of attracting business; they are giving away even more chocolate! The company recognise that for many companies getting around to arranging an away…

Is dictatorial management set for a comeback

I used to think that hard nosed, dictatorial management was outdated and innappropriate but it looks set for a come back. Would Genghis Khan be a good modern leader? Not so long ago, announcing redundancies was seen as an admission of weakness, the management clearly didn’t have control of their business. Now if you’re not…

8 Suggestions to help you think strategically and creatively

I used to rely on the weekend papers for business news, then a couple of years ago I was in a hotel room, killing a few hours before a lunchtime presentation on the morning Robert Peston reported the collapse in the HBoS share price. Make sure you find time to think creatively or strategically Over…

10 ways to reduce your workload

I thought Blackberrys, Microsoft Outlook and Open Plan Offices were all supposed to save us time and make us more efficient. Yet most of the middle managers I come across seem to be busier, more stressed and consequently more indecisive than ever before. Avoid being crushed by your workload and follow the 10 tips below…