Air Products Team Scores in New
Philly Treasure Hunt
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. brought 46 of its
Business Process Improvement team members together in
Philadelphia to learn team effectiveness principles through our
Team Building Treasure Hunt. Enjoying the glorious spring
weather, the new hunt had teams solving challenging clues,
problem solving, and working together to find unique
locations in Philadelphia's Historic District. Feedback was
unanimous...it was a great day! Click on the pictures to enlarge and enjoy!
Tommy Hilfiger Canada Goes
Looking for an innovative way to teach leadership skills, Tommy
Hilfiger Canada chose Teambuilding, Inc. to work with about 80 store
leaders using our
Team Hollywood session. It was "lights-camera-action" as 8 teams
produced movies tying Tommy philosophy to such blockbusters as
Titanic, Top Gun, Forest Gump, and more. After an
instructive discussion of the
8 Secrets of Inspirational Leadership by Dan Lyons, and
some intriguing Hollywood background by Lord of the Rings'
Sean Astin, teams launched into the day's filming. A gala Academy
Awards Ceremony capped a thrilling day. A special thanks to our
Montreal friends at Gearwerx for coordinating the event. Click on the pictures to enlarge and enjoy!
Just Showing Up for a Paycheck
The Conference Board,
a non-profit organization for management and marketplace
information, reports from its February 28th Job Satisfaction
Survey of 5000 households that 25% of workers "are just showing
up to collect a paycheck." Only 14% say they are very satisfied
with their job.
Avon Grove School Does
Create a Company
Wanting to boost their collaboration skills during their
in-service day, the teachers and staff at the Avon Grove School
in West Grove, PA, conducted three team building sessions with our Create a
Company exercise. This exercise clearly demonstrates how
team collaboration results in tremendous team creativity. Click on the pictures to enlarge and enjoy!
Team Energy a BLAST at Phoenix Contact, Inc.
How do you turn on an already energized group of sales
tech's and their compatriots? Have them spend a few hours in our
Team Energy program. Dan Lyons and his team of facilitators
engaged 155 hearty Phoenix Contact diehards in 10 challenging
team building activities, culminating in one of the most dynamic, rocking
conclusions we have seen yet. The Phoenix folks were AWESOME! Click on the pictures to enlarge and enjoy!
Get Employees to Brainstorm Online1
Are your suggestions boxes gathering dust lately? If so,
consider harvesting ideas online. According to
PricewaterhouseCoopers, 45% of lucrative ideas generated in
organizations come from employees. To encourage such ideas in
today's high-tech environment, companies such as
Georgia-Pacific, W.R. Grace, Sun Life Financial, and ChevronTexaco are using specially-designed software
for use on the
Internet to gather ideas. Brainstorming sessions conducted
online with people in far-flung locations hash out solutions to problems
and conceive new products.
At W.R. Grace, for example,
34 online campaigns solicited 2,685 employee suggestions
yielding 76 new products and 67 distinct improvements to work
processes. To achieve this, Grace used
new innovation software from
As competitive pressures continue to build in the world
marketplace, innovation will be the key to success. And with
employee ideas waiting in the wings, the
potential is clearly there. Did we mention that this kind of involvement promotes team building?
1. FORTUNE magazine, Nov. 29, 2004, page
72, by Anne Fisher
2. Teambuilding, Inc. has no professional or financial relationship
Wells Fargo Small Business Cash Management Gets "Style" and a
How do you reward, appreciate, and train in one fell
swoop? How about an offsite meeting that incorporates an
understanding of personal style and a chance to use it in a
unique and challenging mystery caper. Wells Fargo's Small
Business Cash Management group recently invited us to perform
training on personal style using the
What's My Style? profile, then blend this learning with our
Mission Impossible Caper. Small teams tackled the challenge
while others played roles such as fortune teller, bar maid, Elvis impersonator,
pet walker, gambler, and others. According to Wells
Fargo Marketing Consultant, Rhoda Cataleta, "Team members rated
the afternoon a '10', our best team building yet!" Click on the pictures to enlarge and enjoy!
Peter Grazier Speaks at University of Washington
Recently, Teambuilding's Peter Grazier was asked to speak to
the University of Washington's Daniel
J. Evans School of Public Affairs Executive MPA Program participants. Mr. Grazier spoke on
"Employee Engagement in the New Millennium," focusing on the need to harness the vast
intellectual potential of the workforce in making ALL segments of our economy, from private to public
more efficient. Both government and industry will need to find new ways to lower costs to businesses
that are struggling to survive the onslaught of super-low-priced goods and services from abroad.
Appreciative Teambuilding for the American Heart Association
There are many approaches to team building, and one of the most positive and insightful
is what we call "Appreciative Team Building." Recently Dr. Jay Cherney spent a morning with
about 20 very dedicated leaders of the American Heart Association
meeting in Washington, D.C. The group developed powerful images
around "great collaboration" to help them begin to design a
highly-collaborative and communicative management process.
Read more about Appreciative Team Building.
Teambuilding, Inc. Supports New Reality Show on FOX Television
Recently Teambuilding, Inc. was contacted by the
Renovate My Family, a new reality show on FOX Television
families in distress remake their lives. Hosted by
Dr. Phil's son Jay McGraw, the show remodels the home (or one
might say "rebuilds" it) while teaching the family ways to
rebuild the family "team." For the upcoming episode on
Friday, November 5th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Time, Chef Jim
White, who conducts our
team building session, worked with the Senteno family to help them
learn to prepare meals together. Jim said this was classic team
building with a twist. Click on the picture of the
family to enlarge it.
Renovate My FamilyTM
and © 2004 Fox and its related
entities. All rights reserved.
Access Group, Inc. Takes on Baltimore's Inner Harbor
How do you bring people together in unique and
energizing ways? Design a 2-day team building session full of
creative learning activities. Access Group, Inc. of Wilmington,
Delaware, called on us to work with their excellent sales team
that was meeting in Baltimore. Day 1 included learning
activities such as our
What's My Communication Style? profile,
Values and Beliefs exercise, and
Portable Ropes team
activities. During Day 2, the team was joined by their executive
team for additional learning that included such exercises as
Create a Company and a challenging
Treasure Hunt in
Baltimore's Inner Harbor. With beautiful fall weather for both
days, it was a training and development opportunity to remember. Click on the pictures to enlarge and enjoy!
Are Crowds More Effective at Decision-Making Than Individuals?
A new book called
The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many are Smarter Than the Few and
How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and
Nations challenges the notion that crowds of people are generally
considered an "ugly phenomenon" and certainly no replacement for
good independent decision making. This interesting piece,
adapted from the recent book review in Business Week
magazine, is available as a pop-up on our site by
clicking here. Note
that clicking on the link to the book title link will take you
to Amazon.com for more information about it.
for Forest Service Recruits
The United States Department of Agriculture - Forest
Service, recently requested a day of team building for 30
college students who may choose to become employees of the
Service. The session was intended to build team skills and
collaboration. Part of the day's activities included our
The Polygon Puzzle, our team development exercise
Jungle Escape, and our team creativity exercise
Create a Company. The day-long session received rave
reviews from the student participants, as they were challenged
continually with high-energy exercises. Click on the pictures to enlarge and enjoy!
It Was a Quiet Riot at Radian Guaranty, Inc.
Quiet Riot gave a stimulating keynote presentation to a large group of
Radian's Risk Management people meeting at the New Jersey State
Aquarium. According to Radian's Donna Williams-Griffin, "They
did their homework and included our values in their
presentation. It was poignant, meaningful, and funny. I was
still laughing on the way home!" Quiet Riot's David
and Bill Mettler are totally unique in their approach to inspire
empowerment, team building, and a sense of community. See our