Team Building Activity: Take as much as you need

This is a good event when team members do not know one another well – such as a new team that is forming.  It can also be used as a training review exercise.


A bag of candy (e.g. M&M’s or Skittles) or roll of toilet paper

No Set Up is requited


Form the group into a circle. Without telling them any of… Continue reading

Launching Strong Team Relationships

Do you believe in the existence of a collective team spirit?  I do.

In fact, I developed a mathematical formula to describe it in my contribution to New Leader’s Press, Working Together. I call it the third culture.

I will put the formula at the end of this post for you to see.

Rugged individualism in our modern society has led to the loss… Continue reading

Six Principles For Building High Performance Teams and Work Communities

Team development that drives results.  Who would not want that?

Yet, $2,246 is the average amount a company loses per year as a result of disengaged employees. Engaged employees are 57% more effective and 87% less likely to leave your company, which can result in a large amount of cost savings yearly.

In fact, the typical cost of employee turnover is 48% – 61%… Continue reading

Is HR ready for the future? No way, report says

This article is a report from a SHRM research study.

The highly connected and global 21st-century workforce is here. And if a massive new report from Deloitte is to be believed, employers are simply not ready for the challenges that workforce will present.

The Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report combines 15 years of research as well as a global talent management survey, incorporating… Continue reading

The Tone and Attitude Words Game

Tone/Attitude Words

Purpose: To build management and team leader awareness to recognize important emotional signals. This is a good prelude to emotional intelligence training.

Time: 5 – 15 minutes

Resources: Pens, quiz paper

Process: Divide participants into teams of 2-4 members. The bigger the group – the longer it takes.

Give each team a quiz page. The goal of the team is to match up… Continue reading

How to Take Your Team Consulting Business to The Next Level

What is best – remote online consulting or onsite consulting? With the advent of coaching on line and on the phone, should consulting take the same route? Absolutely not and here is why.

With the soaring use of independent consultants for business growth, culture refinement and team development, the strategy to work from a home office or work at the client work site is much… Continue reading

Team Creativity Exercise: Let’s Get Creative

From Training Games From The Inside by Jeff Stibbard

I like this game because it promotes creativity on teams and also helps with training retention so we use it at the end of a team development event.  We also use it to kick off the start of the second day of training where we recap what was learned the day before. It also works… Continue reading

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10 Strategic Solutions For Sustainable Corporate Expansion And Retention

In today’s fast-moving business world, every executive team needs executable solutions for strong post recession recovery and success. Technology changes at lightning-speed. New ideas and innovation emerge in the blink of an eye. Your company must be prepared for post recovery Engagement, Retention … Continue reading

The Trainer’s Card Playing Way To Form Small Groups

When developing training for teams or for breaking  large workshops into discussion groups, this activity is fun and engaging.

All too frequently people sit with their best friends or in affinity groups when they attend training. So to build more engagement between pareticipants, this is a simple and effective activity.

Objective:  To use a creative way of forming small groups.

Procedure:  Have… Continue reading

The Relationship Between People Management and Financial Performance

A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group and the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) demonstrated the relationship between people management capabilities and financial performance (Realizing the Value of People Management). The study found that the share price of the Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” outperformed the S&P 500 group of companies by 99% over a ten-year period. Companies… Continue reading

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