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5 More Questions to Support Workplace Team Building

Team Building Ideas, Team Relationship Building|

Napkin Sketch of Bench Culture Champions, As you know, for ten years I’ve been creating emotional intimacy and camaraderie in a variety of workplaces.  I’m now also in the creation of a project to create emotional intimacy in public places – I’m creating the place and the space to remember our shared humanity. There’s one critical piece of the p Read more >

Stop Awkward Silence: How to get team input, feedback and participation in team meetings

Improve Employee Engagement, Team Building Ideas|

  Are you tired of asking your team in a meeting for their input and all you get is crickets?  Or you only keep getting that one person speaking up? If you feel like your team is filibustering meetings through silence, there’s a good chance your team simply doesn’t feel comfortable speaking up in front of groups.*  Here’s a few ways to switch Read more >

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Top 3 Ways on How to Work with Millennials

Team Building Ideas, Team Relationship Building|

“We love our millennials!”  I heard this from two companies this week.  This had me smile from ear to ear.  It would seem the tide is turning.  Companies are starting to get how to work with millennials. For those who aren’t – they’re still stuck.  Stuck in ageism and assumptions based on generational stereotypes.  Asking biased questions like, “W Read more >

Empowering Fridays at 3:00: How to Have Effective Team Meetings

Organizational Development Process, Team Building Ideas|

If your team works a traditional schedule, the last two hours of the work week are often a waste, but they don't have to be. You can hold effective, weekly team meetings on Friday afternoons by celebrating wins, evaluating opportunities and setting everyone up for success the following week.  Even though mindsets have shifted towards the weekend, p Read more >

What Does Team Mean?

Organizational Culture Management, Team Building Ideas|

Just recently I had someone share the idea of being team as compared to being part of a team. We didn’t have time to talk further, and yet when they said it, I was taken – and so I’ve been left to evaluate why this resonated for me so deeply and wanted to share some thoughts in case this lands as compelling for you and your team as well. In the wor Read more >

Why Nice Teams Finish Last

Organizational Culture Management, Team Building Ideas|

My brother-in-law recently got a job in retail sales of satellite TV.  Here’s a psychological trick he was taught – ask the nice young couple who has stepped into the big box store to follow you, and as you ask, turnaround and walk away with your back towards them.  Invariably they will follow you even if they have no interest in what you’re sellin Read more >

Critical to Your Team’s Culture: Equal Air Time

Organizational Culture Management, Team Building Ideas|

In researching what makes successful teams, Google’s “Project Aristotle” found psychological safety was key.  A group norm that supports psychological safety is  “equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.”  Meaning, everyone has more or less equal air-time by the end of the day.  “If only one person or a small group spoke all the time Read more >

When Play Informs How We Work

Organizational Development Process, Team Building Ideas|

Play is one of the first arenas in which we learn how to work with others.   Share, take turns and don’t pinch.  (It took me a while to get that last one.) Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a PlayWorks event.  PlayWorks exists to create safe, happy and healthy play at elementary school recess. As I was listening, I was thinking about how i Read more >

Best Team Building Activity EVER

Team Building Ideas, Team Relationship Building|

Best Team Building Activity EVER I promise, no trust falls.  No charades.  Instead, social super glue. Any good team building exercise feeds the desire to be known, to matter and to be included by uncovering and learning more about: One another Interdependence and reliance on one another’s contributions Common ground and shared identity As long as Read more >

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