Dec 20 2013

5 Ways to Bring Holiday Cheer to the Office

Believe it or not, not everyone gets to take off before, after or even during the Holidays. Plus even if they have the time off, there are many people who are away from family and friends and find it hard to find the joy and cheer so many take for granted.  Unless you have Cindy Lou Who working for you, you might want to try some of these ideas:

 

Nov 05 2013

Putting the Team Back in Teamwork

I wasn’t surprised to see an article by Brain Amble on "Why we're challenged by teamwork". When I watch reality shows like Top Chef or Project Runway the cast members react to team challenges like they're facing a cholera epidemic. As the article points out, 80% of the people they surveyed find working with others a challenge.

 

Aug 21 2013

Using Humor to Help Build Teams

Yes, I have team building on the brain. Maybe it’s because coming back from summer vacations is a great time to think about bringing your team together.   Seeing this article in the Wall Street Journal on effective office humor made me realize that one of the most effective team buildings I was ever part of was based in humor.

Aug 14 2013

Do You Even Know Why You’re Having a Team Building Exercise?

I was speaking with a former colleague today asking him. “Of all the team building events we did, what was the most valuable?”  We both really struggled to find the answer. We listed all the events we had done and narrowed it down to a few.  But we quickly realized the most valuable exercises were the ones where we had a specific purpose in mind.

 

Feb 11 2013

6 Fun Things to do at Work

If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you’re probably wishing you were anywhere but work.  And if you’re in the NE, you’re still digging out of your 28 plus inches of snow.  So isn’t everyone ready for a little fun at work? 

Oct 17 2012

Will Election Day Ever Get Here?

If you’re like me, you’re getting sick of all the political ads, political rhetoric, Facebook chatter and debate discussions. But what do you do when it seeps into the office? Can visceral dialogue about a candidate lead to rage in the office, as a recent WSJ article suggests? How can you respect people’s First Amendment rights, but keep peace in the office?

Aug 16 2012

How to Build Better Teams

“ A rising tide lifts all boats” JFK

Besides the fact they landed a science lab on Mars, what impressed me most about the NASA team was the sense of joy you saw in the faces of every member of the team.  It was clear this was a win for everyone.  Wouldn’t it be great if all teams celebrated this way?

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