"Part of making the workplace fun is energizing your followers. You can
energize the workplace by using games to build teams and teamwork. There are a
large variety of teamwork, discovery and ice breaking exercises. At first blush,
some leaders are reticent about using games as a means to teach concepts and
strengthen workgroups. Okay, so dont think of them as games, think of them as
Andrew J. Harvey and Raymond E. Foster (Leadership: Texas Hold 'em
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Stompin: Frank Cable Chiefs Mess Improves on Team Concept
"Youve got to see what your capabilities are outside of your normal working
environment, said USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Command Master Chief Mark Fiorey.
Master Chief Fiorey, along with the entire Frank Cable Chiefs Mess, got the
chance to do just that Friday, Feb. 2 when the group participated in a day-long
boonie stomp, a team-building exercise emphasizing cohesion amongst the mess.
It was a good day, said Master Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Danilo
Lintag. It was effective team building because you had fun with chiefs you
dont normally interact with on a day-to-day basis.
Your organization is ready to roll; your officers are enthusiastic about
beginning the year, and your returning and/or newly recruited members are eager
to contribute. The manner in which you successfully channel this collective
group energy is important for your organization. Knowing the stages of group
development coupled with the team building process can help you point your group
in the right direction. There are two important steps to take before you just
plunge into the year's activities - building your group into a team and
determining your team goals for the year.
Choosing the right Team Building Exercises
Team building exercises and games can sometimes be 'a hit' or 'a miss'. Follow
our simple process to choose the right team building exercises for you, because
well chosen team building exercises will deliver benefits to the organization
and individuals. Team building exercises that are poorly chosen could waste your
time or even have a negative effect.
What, Your Team Building Event Didnt Work?
I have been a professional team building consultant for twenty years and learned
long ago that
'touchy feely' workshops are rarely the answer for adult team building programs.
issues lie beneath the surface and the 'team building' session itself may only
work from one to one intervention to real group work about real issues.
The Team Building Trap: Three Critical Elements in Building
As you walk through your office, you look at the boxes stacked in the hallway
and wonder why they havent been moved in weeks. With new eyes you notice papers
piled on desks and files cluttering the bookshelves. People arent greeting each
other in the hallways and everyone looks tired.
Team Building with Time Wasting
Teams seem to be becoming more and more common and important. Management
theorists and organizations around the world are extolling the value of
teamwork. As the traditional, hierarchical school of leadership begins to
diminish in significance, a new focus on networked team leadership is emerging
to take its place. Leaders are finding themselves as members of all kinds of
teams, including virtual teams, autonomous teams, cross-functional teams, and
action learning teams.
The Dynamics of Team Formation
As many researchers have learned the hard way, forming a team that can function
effectively over time to achieve a difficult task is not an effortless process,
and certainly not instantaneous. Frequently, it takes more time for the diverse
individuals on the team to come together as a community than it does actually to
accomplish the work. But as Robert Reusing, acting director of programs and
services for the Foundation for Community Encouragement, says, "Community
building is a practice, much like yoga or meditation. It can be cultivated with
an ongoing effort."
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, its one of those characteristics of life
that seems to fit the old adage, I know it when I see it. For most of my years
working in the field of workplace collaboration, this word has held a place of
stature and importance, because it has been, perhaps, the most significant
outcome of worker involvement. As the collaboration trend, and more
specifically, the use of employee teams continues to grow, one question that is
taking on greater importance is how to keep the team motivated over the long
The Six Deadly Sins of Team-Building
There is no question that the traditional workplace, with its emphasis on
internal competition and individual star performers is undergoing a
transformation. Management experts and researchers are suggesting that the
successful organization is one characterized by effective teamwork, and
leadership rather than management. Organizations are realizing the importance of
developing teams that can work in a coordinated, efficient, and creative manner
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