July 25th, 2014

This week’s blog has a very simple title – “happy”. Everyone here at Sandstone thoroughly enjoy our jobs, in fact we often remark that when we are delivering the team building events for our clients it doesn’t feel like work. And the reason for that is we are happy when we are on events. We really enjoy doing what we do and being able to see our clients enjoying taking part in the activities, and for those who look to get something more than just fun out of the day, see them achieve their goals. So happy is the title of this team building blog, as it really does explain so perfectly how our events make us feel.


Knights Working Together

July 18th, 2014

Recently I was enlisted by my brother in collecting my nephews birthday present – a castle and its knights! It was a fun item to collect. But it got me thinking, as lots of things do when I writing our regular team building blog, about how the knights worked together. Their aim was to protect their castle, their villagers, or whatever they had at that point of time. But they could only do that by having good defences and work together.

And it’s not too dissimilar from situations people face at work together. Granted not everyone goes around on horseback, in full knights’ armour and with a sword. But what they do have is a joint goal that everyone is working together towards, so a common mission, and everyone has a role to play in achieving that mission. Just like the knights did.


Team Building Event of the Month

July 11th, 2014

During the month of June we had a few front runners for our team building event of the month, but in the end we all agreed that the winning event simple had to be a fantastic Cube we ran for a client at Staverton Park.  With 20 teams and over 200 people taking part it will be hard to really pin point just a few highlights from this event.  I am sure you can all imagine we have many to choose from!

After taking a quick poll of my team we have decided the following are just a small selection of the reasons why this Cube has won our team building event of the month:

  • Potentially the best rap we have heard – with some impressing twerking
  • Amazing examples of teams working together to achieve their common goal
  • One of the friendliest groups we have ever had the pleasure of working with

In all honesty the list really is much longer than this – but we were trying to be selective.

A fabulous event and a fabulous client – thank you!


Getting the Balance Right

July 4th, 2014

A friend of mine was recently trying to organise a hen weekend. Only, she wasn’t as organised as she thought she was. It all started off so well, she organised the fun activities, found out who was able to attend what, got the deposits. It was all looking so good. Then she forgot about her pièce de résistance – a stretch baby Bentley. With just 4 days to go she remembered she wanted this to be the transport on the day. Which normally wouldn’t be a problem, but with such a short time scale to the event there was not a company available to fulfil the requirements. This meant that there was no limo for the hen.

Now the hen didn’t mind this, she was had great fun anyway, but the friend organising it was very disappointed. And all of this could have been avoided if she had just given herself the proper amount of time, had been more organised or was willing to let other people help her.

This sort of situation isn’t unusual for many people – both in their personal lives and at work. We often see examples of teams not performing as well as they should because individuals within that team insist on doing everything themselves, but they aren’t able to achieve everything they want to, as it is just too much. We help teams realise the importance of being able to share work with their colleagues, the art of delegation, and time management among many other things.

Nobody can do absolutely everything, you are a part of a team. Contact us and we’ll help you learn the skills to work within the team.


Using Your Memory

June 27th, 2014

This week’s team building blog is about using your memory. Now that might seem quite a strange topic for a team building blog. However, we were running an event for a client this week and members of the team had completely forgotten some of the things they went through in their morning session. So when it came to doing our team building activity they reverted to type, as opposed to taking on board their new learnings.

It takes time to develop and have your way of doing things become second nature. But if you don’t remember what it is you are supposed to be doing differently, you’ll never learn to do it. So try and remember to use your memory and put into practice the new methods and processes that will help you and your team.


Working in Harmony

June 20th, 2014

I was listening to music on the radio yesterday, and whilst I appreciate that music is a very individual thing, there are some songs that just didn’t sound quite right to me. There didn’t seem to be any harmony between the instruments and thelyrics. Whilst others, to me, seemed to have the perfect harmony. They seemed to have the right balance of everything, making it a very enjoyable listen.

And that is what we aim to help achieve with our team building activities. We look to help you get the right balance of all elements in your team, so you have a team working in harmony. A team that is in harmony is a lot more productive and effective for you and your business. So why not contact us on 01158 715690 and see what we can get your team working in harmony.


Talking to your Team

June 13th, 2014

I was weeding my garden at the weekend and notice that there was a lot of bee activity around an old dovecote. The bees have taken a fancy to it, and just before it was going to be replaced! There is a lot of activity with the bees coming in and out of it all the time. Based on this we are pretty sure they are using it as their new hive. And we’re more than happy to leave them bee (get it?) in there.

But how did the bees come to find themselves there? Well it is likely that some scouts went looking for a new location for the hive, they found our dovecote, quite liked it and the queen bee moved there. But what about the rest of the hive members? Well they got told the information. They were told where they were going – the team shared the information. If they hadn’t shared this information they would have struggled to take all of the hive with them.

And that is an important lesson which we can learn from the bees. People are not mind readers, they cannot know something just because you do and you think they should. You must remember to tell your team members the information and share it with them. All to often team members can forget to do this –we see it a lot in our team building activities. The power of talk is an amazing thing for bringing the team, or hive, together.


Team Building Event of the Month

June 6th, 2014

Ah May. Weather: unpredictable. We can hope for sun of course – especially when a client books a venue with beautiful grounds that you’d just love to get out and about in – but can we guarantee it? No. So it is nice when it all works out as we’d like.

A hotel with beautiful grounds was indeed the venue for a brilliant Vision Idol event that charmed its way into our affections such that it wins our event of the month this time. To add to a nice venue and good weather, we had six teams each with more than its fair share of competitive spirit and our usually array of brilliant props that help make this event something special.  Vision Idol is one of our naturally tailored activities, so it is always different and always relevant to the client. It’s also always a hoot – for us as much as our participants, but this one had that little bit extra – thanks to a great group of participants.

We’ll not forget may things about it in a hurry – not least a couple of team entries that were real action shots, one of which was crowned the overall winner on the day. And a worthy winner it was too!  As was the event as a whole for us – the event of the month indeed!


Birds in the Garden

May 30th, 2014

Like many gardens across the nation mine has a multi-station bird feeder on it.  I am lucky in that it attracts many different species of UK garden birds.  Or am I lucky?  Or, instead, do I offer a variety of different seeds and feeds for the different birds that the mixture attracts a mixture of bird species?  If I only put one type of food out, it would not attract such a variety as mot all birds like the same feed.  So the variety of feed ensures I get a variety of birds in the garden.

The same logic applies to team building.  If you chose an activity which has only one type of task in it, the people who enjoy that style will love it.  But for those who do not enjoy that style they won’t want to be there, or to come back again.  Instead if you offer an activity which has a variety of different style tasks that require different skills sets then you are opening your team building activity up to your whole team, rather than just a portion of it.  By offering the variety, you are offering something for everyone and isn’t that part of what a team day is about?


Differences between Team Building Suppliers

May 23rd, 2014

With different providers for team building, how do you know which is the right one for you?  It may seem that just because everyone offers team building that we all offer the same products.  But that is not the case.  There are differences between each and every one of us.  For some suppliers it may be subtle differences, for example where they are willing to deliver an activity or the time periods activities are available.  Or it can be much bigger differences, such as with ourselves.  You can only get our unique and exciting team building activities directly through us or one of our specially appointed International Partners.  No one else in the UK offers our activities.  So if you are looking for a change, and not just a subtle difference contact us and see what we can offer you.