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I had the pleasure of working with a dynamic group of women from Galderma Laboratories in Dallas recently as they completed a full day of team building workshops, including Creating a Team Culture and Structures Team Building Event. Founded in 1981 as a joint venture between Nestlé and L’Oréal, Galderma now employs more than 3,200 people around the world. They are one of the world’s leading dermatology companies. This group of women that I had the pleasure of working with provides all of the administrative support to the sales, marketing and production department leaders.

We began the day with Creating a Team Culture, and specifically with taking a look at personality styles. This prompted a very lively discussion as the women grappled with how they have experienced different personality styles in the workplace. They found it very insightful and helpful to learn about typical strengths and weaknesses of each style, and had a passionate discussion.

This led nicely into exercises centered around the four sets of Leadership Principles. We covered the areas of building trust and rapport, managing conflict, gaining cooperation, and building your team. By the end of the Creating a Team Culture portion of our team building day, they were conversing and interacting much more freely than at the start of the day!

The second half of the day was Structures – a wonderful team building workshop that engages the participants in solving a series of puzzles and challenges in order to accumulate the parts needed to build two dollhouses. They must be creative and work very closely together in order to be successful. With the success of the morning workshop, this was easier for them than it otherwise might have been!

The dollhouses were donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas where they will go to be available for children to play with when they are in residence. It added a dimension to the event that reminded everyone that there is a larger picture to keep in mind.

“Ellen did an amazing job with our team! Everyone found the morning session to be eye-opening and extremely helpful as we strive to understand each other better. The afternoon session really cemented it all together for us by giving us the chance to play together. This is a different team now!” — Josie Razo, Galderma Laboratories

Engaging in a full day of team building activities can be a great way to bring your team together. With Creating a Team Culture as a morning classroom-based workshop to address principles, and Structures as a more active team building exercise in the afternoon, it creates the perfect combination!

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