Coping with Change

January 31st, 2014

Towards the end of 2013 we had a client ask us to deliver an event which focused on change.  They were going through a period of change and wanted to help their team understand and accept change.  This is not a small topic by any means.  For them, we delivered a combination of two team building activities (Vision Idol and Attributes) to the team to help them understand what change mean to them, but also looking at how they could react to the change – and indeed how they would cope with it moving forward.

If your team is going to be going through, or already has, a period of change, contact us and we can identify which of our team building activities will be able to aid them with the transition.

Nikki

Delivering Team Building for our Clients

January 24th, 2014

When we deliver a team building activity for a client we not only want to meet their expectations, but deliver so much more.  This is the same whether it is a short 3-person event or an event which lasts for months for thousands of people.  The reason for this, is every client event means just as much to us – we want to deliver a superb event for each and every single one of you.

To help with this we are flexible, whilst we have some activities which can be tailored, we have others which would be classed as off-the shelf.  But that doesn’t mean they have an off-the-shelf delivery.  We tailor how we deliver each one to make sure it delivers the clients desired outcomes.  And more than that, we can also make changes on the day, if required.  It is your team building activity and we want to make sure it delivers what you want it to.

Why not call me on 01158 715690 and see what we can deliver for you?

Nikki

A Snowman can be a Team Effort

January 17th, 2014

At this time of the year you get children and adults alike who would like snow days.  So those days where there is enough snow to go sledging, have snow balls fights and create a snowman.

Building a snowman can be more than a one person job.  You can have multiple people coming together to build the best snowman that they can.  This goes to show, that you can have fun and work together.  By doing this, the snowman could be bigger, sturdier and perhaps have improvements you wouldn’t have thought of by yourself.

It goes to show that people can work together on a project, just like they do at work and on team building events, without realising it.

Nikki

Picture Perfect Team Building

January 10th, 2014

When a client holds an event with us we like to add to their memories by taking lots of photos during the day.  Very few of our photos are posed (we do like to get smiling team shots though!), as we like “action shots”.  After all it is nice to have the photos to show what it was you were doing on your team building activity with us.  And of course, naturally, there is reminiscing and laughter from the teams when they get to see them after their team building activity.

Paul

Happy New Year 2014!

January 3rd, 2014

As we say good bye to 2013 and hello to 2014 we would like to wish all our blog readers and clients (both new and existing) a happy and successful 2014.

The Sandstone Team

Team Building Event of the Year 2013

December 27th, 2013

When it comes to this time of year there is always a big discussion for us to decide who we want to nominate for our team building event of the year.  We can struggle deciding on a month to month basis, so to then select the top three is even harder!  As always we have had a year of amazing events and wonderful clients.  After much debate we have decided the top three are …

3rd: Vision Idol at a fantastic children’s centre in May

2nd: A series of four Cube events held in Central London at LSO St Luke’s in July

1st: Small Steps held at the Christchurch Centre in Newport in June

Congratulations!

2013 – what an amazing year!  We are really looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings for us, our team building events and of course our clients!

Barbara

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greeting’s 2013

December 20th, 2013

From everyone here at Sandstone, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and season’s greetings.

Please take a moment or two and to view and enjoy our Christmas card, you can find it here.

Enjoy!

The Sandstone Team

Using Team Building Activities to Highlight the Customer Experience

December 13th, 2013

As it approaches the festive period, I like other people have started preparing early.  I was pleased with myself for being organised.  But it turns out a delivery driver decided to try and through a spanner in the works for me.  On a day I was unable to take a delivery, instead of leaving it with a neighbour they threw it over a gate and left the cardboard box in the pouring rain.

When I got home and picked up the package half of the contents were ruined – I was not impressed.  Thanks to the thoughtlessness of one person it meant that presents had to be returned and exchanged.  I got no apology about the delivery driver albeit the rest of the organisation I dealt with were very good.  But it just goes to show that one person can have a negative impact on an overall experience.  It is important to be aware of this because if you want your customers and end-users to be happy, then everyone must play their part.  All too often people are unaware and do not fully appreciate what it is that they offer to the bigger picture.

If you think some members of your team may have difficulties understanding the impact they can have on your customer’s experience, then call us.  We will help you identify the best team building activity to highlight this important issue to every member of your team.

Nikki

Team Building Event of the Month

December 6th, 2013

This is a blog entry that ends up talking about fireflies and the statistic 18%.  Intrigued?  Read on…

As you might expect, we work with all sorts of teams.  Of all the ways that you can look at types of team, how they are formed and for how long is one of the most interesting.  We work with well established teams through to newly formed teams.  We work with natural work teams that are likely to be in existence for as long as their organisations are there too.  We work with project teams, sometimes formed for as little as just a few months.  They are all equally enjoyable to work with.  This month’s team building event of the month, though, belongs to a team that isn’t really a team.  One that was formed 4 days before we got to work with its team members and which was disbanded 5 days after we said our farewells.  This transient kind of team, believe it or not, is a type that we often work with.

We have a few clients that have been good enough to embed us within their development programmes.  For these, we run our events within and as an integral part of their training programmes.  By their nature, these programmes bring together different people from within the client organisation to benefit from their development opportunities, often from very far afield.  With the particular client in question we work within their annual Senior Management Programme and also their bi-annual Sales Development programme.  This month’s entry comes from the former.  Their 2013 Senior Management Programme delegate group.

For such ad-hoc teams, bonding can be difficult to achieve and the norm is that when we see such a group they are some way off of being a team at all.  Indeed, one of the goals for our team activity is often to help that bonding process to add to the effectiveness of the programme elements that follow us.  Part of the reason this group gets the Team Building Event of the Month award this month is kind of odd.  They had become so well bonded in the 4 days before we joined them that it was impossible to tell just from observing them that they hadn’t worked together as a single unit for years.  And as that bonding had spread to encompass some fantastic banter between the team members, they were great fun to work with from the off.  Whatever else we could add to the programme for them, team bonding wasn’t on the list.

But already being a well-bonded team has never before helped an event move up to the best of the month.  And it hasn’t here either.  What really made this event stand taller that the others in consideration was that, without exception, the team focused superbly during the debrief and went away with really relevant and important learning that they took back not only into the rest of their programme abut also back to their respective workplaces, spread around the globe.

Liberation was the activity.  It is superb with all types of teams but is especially strong for senior groups.  It didn’t need to bond them – they had done that for themselves.  But it did help them really appreciate how leadership feeds in to team effectiveness from a senior management perspective.  And we really appreciated their enthusiasm, their banter and and they way they welcomed us into their team for two days.  Like fireflies they had a short lifespan as a team.  Just 11 days.  It was our pleasure to be work with this great team for just over 18% of it’s existence.  Fireflies, check.  18%, check.  Blog entry complete.

Alan

Recharging the Batteries

November 29th, 2013

Cameras, torches and many other electrical devices can use rechargeable batteries.  Basically, you use the batteries and when their power runs out you charge them back up again to full strength, ready to use and again to their full potential.  But what about your team members batteries?  Just like batteries for electrical devices they can use all their energy up.  They need to have the opportunity to recharge their batteries.  Many will take their annual leave and use that, but that doesn’t mean that more cannot be done to help them.  Having a day, or part day, away from the office as a shared experience can do the world  of good for them, such as taking part in a team building activity.

So why not contact us and see how we can help your team recharge their batteries with our fun team building activities.

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