October 4th, 2013
It’s an unusual one, this month, to say the least. It was an excellent event, to be sure, but it gets the vote for September more for how different it was for us than for how good it was. And given we specialise in “different”, that alone should generate some intrigue.
It wasn’t the location, though that was beautiful. Set in its own grounds with a 2 mile long private drive through stunning beautiful Sussex scenery.
It wasn’t the room we were based in, though it was a fantastic, professional-level auditorium that would be the envy of many a London or Broadway theatre.
It certainly wasn’t the group size of 92 as this is a common requirement for us. Indeed we work with very much larger groups.
It was the group itself. We often work with schools – sometimes with the staff, sometimes with the pupils – but this was our first ever group of female-only sixth formers. Our trepidation before the event was at an all-time high. We know that we are good at engaging our participants quickly and immersing them in the activity we are running with them, but could we do that for that size group of 16/17 year old girls?
Whatever concern we may have had was groundless. Their group energy level was impressive and they threw themselves into the action. We ran our Vision Idol option for them and they enjoyed it as all groups do. The weather was nice so they were able to get out and about within their impressive school grounds. Once the action was under way it was clear to us that this was going to be a success. But the best was yet to come.
The finale was one of the best we have had. The “X-Factor” style judges came prepared – with masks to match their newly adopted personalities for the session. But the most impressive thing of all was the way each team presented its entry. With style, panache, great humour and verve.
Young people today too often get bad press with people showing concern for the future. We’re here to tell you that there are some excellent reasons to look forward with optimism. In fact, there are least 92 of them.
September 27th, 2013
Here we are, still in the British summer yet you can take a walk through the shops and see that beginnings of the Christmas stock coming onto display. It always amazes me that stores want to get Christmas themed things out when people are still revelling in the warmth and sunshine we have outside. But it turns out that it is not just stores which start thinking of Christmas ahead of time. Our clients do as well.
Why? Well sometimes it is because as it gets closer to Christmas they would like to arrange a Christmas event for their team, and they would like to make sure that everyone can take part. To ensure this, the sooner they get a date booked into everyone’s diary, the less likely it is that someone will be on leave. They also would like to make sure they choose the right team building activity for the staff Christmas party. They want to make sure they don’t miss out. So, if you are arranging your Christmas team building event, call us on 01158 715690 and we’ll make sure you get the right team building activity to get your festive period started.
September 20th, 2013
Although it was a slightly later summer here in the UK than most people would have liked, it finally got itself in to swing – and what a difference a bit of sunshine can make! It is nice to see the bird out and about sunning themselves, the butterflies likewise. But like in most eco-systems, they impact on each other and their environment. They eat seeds/pollen from plants, whilst also spreading those same seeds and pollen to help the regeneration of those same plants. They in essence work together to ensure both of their survivals. They may be able to survive without one another, but by working together not only do they increase their chances, it allows both of them to flourish so much more and reach a higher potential.
If your teams could use a bit of harmonising and working together, just like nature does in our gardens, contact us and we’ll help you find the right team building activity for your needs.
September 13th, 2013
It is not unusual for us to have people on our team building events who are not looking forward to being there for the day. Often, the reason they are not looking forward to their team day is that that have taken part in things in the past that they just do not enjoy. And more than that, they cannot see the point of it. That is why we have a fresh approach to creating team building options. We like to make sure that each option we create is new and different not only to anything else that we offer, but also in terms of what other people offer.
We like to make sure we offer something new and different for our clients. Something that they haven’t done before. And importantly something with lots of variety in it – after all your people are offering them something new with variety in it is a great way to ensure you get maximum participation and maximum happiness from your team members attending your team building day.
September 6th, 2013
Not too long ago we had a blog titles “Things to Avoid on Team Building Events” which highlighted the importance of understanding what you would like to achieve from your team building event and then identifying the right activity based on this criteria.
It is important to select an activity that delivers on your criteria, otherwise you run the risk of spending time, money and your energies on a team building activity that does not deliver for you. In addition to knowing what it is you would like to achieve, sometimes you also need to take into the team’s current situation and look at both the short-term and long-term reasons for holding your event. Is it just for a morale boosting afternoon? Or do you want to focus on some key learning outcomes for your team? Whatever the reason, speak to us about them and we’ll help you select the right team building activity for your team building day.
August 30th, 2013
With many things that we do in every day life and our working lives we do it because that is the way it has always been done. But if we stop and think for a while, could there be a different and better way of doing something?
It is possible, that if we take a few moments out, take a step back we just think about it, perhaps talk with other people, we could identify an improved way of doing something. So by stopping for a bit, we can find ways of improving what we are doing, and thereby reducing the amount of work for ourselves.
This is something we often see in our team building activities, and when it comes to the debrief teams really appreciate us taking time with them to help identify different ways they can do something to see if works better for them.
August 23rd, 2013
We are delighted to announce that we have just launched our brand new global / virtual team building website called Global Team Building. You can find it at http://www.globalteambuilding.com/. Why not check it out and see what options we can offer your virtual teams.
August 16th, 2013
When a bird is building its nest it doesn’t just pick up any old twigs, grass, hay, leaves etc. It selects the ones that it believes will provide the best nest it can make. It is selective in getting the right components for the job.
Should we be any different when selecting people for a new job role? Well luckily, most people tend to be more flexible then your average twig. Which means that they can develop and grow into the job. Having said that, you still need to identify what skill sets you require for the role, and make sure who you select either has them, or some of them and is willing to learn the others. Just like the bird you need to get the right components for a job.
Sometimes though it can be difficult to know who has what skill sets, or components. In which case it can be very helpful to get an outside point of view. Our team building facilitators are well trained and good at their jobs. They can lead a debrief for you to help you, and your team, realise the skill sets which they have. Which in turn makes sure you know what components you have, and perhaps which ones you would like to gain.
August 9th, 2013
Not too long ago we had a blog with some tips about team building events. So what about the reverse side? What about some tips on what to avoid? This becomes a little harder because it depends what it is you would like to get out of your team building activity as to which one is the right one for you.
So how do you know what you need to avoid when it comes to selecting them? Try this simple rule, identify what it is you would like to achieve from the team building event. When you know this and are looking at your potential options ask yourself “does this team building event really deliver what I would like to achieve?”. If the answer is no, then it is the wrong activity for you on this occasion. If the answer is yes then it could be the right team building activity for you.
August 2nd, 2013
Not only has July proved to be a hot month here in the UK, it also proved to be a hot contest for the winning team building event of the month! It is not unusual for us to have many events deserving of this coveted title, but when the majority of them are our fabulous Cube activity it makes it even harder! A Wild West made it into the top three, but positions two and one go to Cube. In the end agreed that a Cube held in Central London at LSO St Luke’s was the deserving winner.
Not only was this Cube a fabulous event, it was also a four-day Cube spread over three weeks, with a quarter of the group attending each date. The first was held in June with the other three being held in July. Each event was a replica of the previous in terms of the activity, the tasks, the location and what the client was looking to achieve. But each event was also unique due to the people who took part each time. Each event had it’s own highlights from winning circus skills performers, to beautifully created mosaics, to the individuals who went above and beyond (such as helping other teams win their points). I could probably write an entire essay on all of the highlights – but I won’t, at least not this time! Whatever the highlight from each individual event, they all took away the key messages that the client was trying to put across and had some really good fun along the way.
It may have been hot outside, but our client was hot stuff inside (sorry terrible joke there!). We are sure that the overall winning team from across all four events will love their prize – their own Rubik Cube with the images from their Cube. To have achieved this they needed to contribute the most to the overall goal from across 60 teams – so no mean feat as I’m sure you can imagine!
A fabulous event and very deserving on July’s team building event of the month.