Your Team Building Shopping List

May 16th, 2014

When it comes time to do the weekly shop, I tend to write out a shopping list.  For me, this helps ensure that I remember all the key groceries for that week and anything extra that I wouldn’t normally buy.  It is, in essence, a tick list.  So if I can do this for my weekly food shopping, why can’t you do it for your team building shopping?

When you are looking to arrange team building for your organisation it is key to know a few vital components (your groceries if you wish).  This can include, but not be limited to:

  • Who it is for
  • How long you have for it
  • Why you want to do it
  • What you are hoping to achieve
  • Your budget for the event

If you know some, or all of the above, you should write them down as a shopping list for the team building activity.  That way when you talk to us about your event you can ensure you don’t miss anything key from your event.


Learning to Adapt

May 9th, 2014

Recently research was published which highlighted that African elephants can identify different humans.  They use vocal sounds for this.  For example, they are wary of the Masai men.  So if they hear male Masai voices they maybe avoid that area or be more cautious than around non Masai men.  What this shows, is that elephants have the ability to learn and adapt their behaviours based on their personal experiences.

Elephants are not the only creatures capable of doing this.  We humans are also highly capable of adapting – sometimes though we just need a little nudge in the right direction.  Other times, we may not realise that we can benefit from adapting our behaviour.

What we look to do in the debriefing sessions during our team building activities is to help highlight to your team members what it is they currently do and to help them see how they can adapt and learn and improve.  So their new behaviours more closely match what is required in their working lives.


Understanding the Benefits of Planning Ahead

May 2nd, 2014

Whilst being spontaneous can a very good, and sometimes invigorating, thing at times, it is not always the best approach.  Sometimes planning ahead and not leaving everything to the last minute is actually the right approach.  I am sure we all know people who struggle to plan ahead and they find it easier to be reactive.  However, as often is the case, spending a bit of time trying to help people understand the benefits for planning ahead can make the world of difference.

It is not that everyone wants to be always be reactive, rather they struggle to fit in the time plan.  By highlighting to them, and helping them to understand how planning ahead can benefit them both in their personal and professional lives can make all the difference.

We use our team building activities to help with that.  Our option Liberation is a very popular one to help understand the importance and benefits for planning head.  Whilst it is a very popular one, it is not the only one.  So, if your team members need some assistance in this area then contact us and see which of our unique team building activities will be the best for them.


Congratulations to Nikki and Iain

April 25th, 2014

A very heartfelt and huge congratulations to our Client Services Manager Nikki and her new husband Iain.  They are getting married today.  And we are sure you will join us in wishing them a wonderful day and a very happy life together.

From all of us at Sandstone

Understanding the Differences

April 18th, 2014

I had the pleasure of taking part in a wine tasting session not too long ago.  We got to try two sparkling, four white and four red wines.  Granted that is a lot of different types of wine to try but they were small glasses and we had plenty of water too!

Our fabulous wine connoisseur took us through how to identify the different flavours and make the most from your wine.  He treated us to wines of varying price levels to showcase the differences.  And boy were their differences!  You could tell the different qualities from each wine, and whilst not everyone picked the same wine as their favourite, everyone did agree that they liked having the choice on the day.

So what does this have to do with team building?  Well, like with wine tasting not all team building activities are created equal.  You have varying prices and for those prices you get different products.  Like wines, not all team building activities are made equal.

Likewise, our connoisseur told us it doesn’t matter which one, or ones, are your favourite, if it’s what you like and what works for you then that is the right one to go for.  And variety can also be the spice of life, so it might be nice to offer your team something which offers a mix on their team day to ensure everyone gets the most out of it.

Give us a call on 01158 715690 and see how our team building connoisseur can help you identify the right activity for you and your team.


Share and Share Alike

April 11th, 2014

We are big believers in every team being the best they can be, but not to the detriment of other teams or departments around them.  So how can they achieve this?  It is important for everyone to remember they are one team working towards the same end goal.  Holding team building events remind the departments of this can be beneficial.  But it is not just about reminding them.  It is also about showing them.  If you use the team building activities as an opportunity to help the team understand not only the benefits of working together and sharing information, knowledge and approaches, but also the downside of what happens when they don’t.  They can help the team members realise for themselves why they should share and share alike.


Team Building Showcased at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2014

April 4th, 2014

Just a quick reminder to you all that we will be showcasing our team building activities at the Conference and Hospitality Show next week on our Wild West themed stand.  Come along and meet us at Stand 92 or during our Sheriff School sessions in the Demo Zone.


Choosing the right Team Building Partner

March 28th, 2014

If it is the first time you have been tasked with organising the team building activity for your department, how do you know where to start?  It can feel like a bit of a minefield out there.  Just remember to be clear in your mind who it is you are arranging it for and what you would like to achieve from the time they spend.  Then, when you talk with us about your requirements we can help you identify which of our 16 different team building options is  the right one for you, explain how it fits your requirements and therefore allow you to get not only the right partner for delivering your activity, but also the right activity itself.  Call us on 01158 715690 and we’ll be happy to help you.


Appling Knowledge

March 21st, 2014

Our team building activities are all designed to have parallels back to the workplace.  What this means is, that for any client who wants to have a learning-focused activity, or at least have some of the time dedicated to a debriefing session, we can provide them with real tangible learning they can relate back to work.  Some clients will spend a full day debriefing an activity, with others we may only have 15-minutes.  It really does depend on what the client is looking to achieve from the time they have spent.  Without exception, no matter how long we spend on a debriefing session, the only way that it can have the desired impact back at work is if the team manager and the team members themselves, take ownership of the learning points they have covered with us and anything they would like to see implemented back at work.  We can help provide the stepping blocks, but we aren’t with our clients in their workplace so they need to take it upon themselves to apply their new knowledge.


Team Building Showcased at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2014

March 14th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Sandstone will be exhibition exhibiting at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2014 at Elland Road in Leeds on Tuesday 8th April 2014.

You can find us on our stand – number 92, we’re hard to miss we are a Wild West themed stand!  And we will also be demonstrating some of our skills in our “Sheriff School” in the Demo Zone.

Come along and meet us in person to see which of our unique and exciting team building activities are right for your team or clients.