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Mi Swaco of Houston and the Build-A-Bike event

Mi Swaco a Schlumberger Company based in Houston Texas, brings together twice a year, the best of the best involved in the Program for Accelerated Career Training (PROACT). M-I SWACO is an industry leader of products, services and expertise for managing your drilling, completion and production operations. Whether drilling offshore West Africa, managing drilling waste in Kazakhstan, managing production of a North Sea reservoir or working in mines in Wyoming, our customers depend on M-I SWACO to help them complete their job on time, at cost and without undue challenges. Most of these young engineers just finished training at Mudd School, they actually learn to make mudd for drilling purposes. They started the day with the creating a team culture program, covered personality temperaments and finished the day with the Build-a-Bike program. Amber who organized the day for this group, especially liked the group sessions we did for the 28 leadership principles. To build rapport, reduce and resolve conflicts, gain enthusiastic cooperation and building strong confident leaders, “This is exactly what this group needed
Benjamin is the manager that oversees this group was involved from beginning to end and was a very thorough judge. This group who works very hard proves they also play hard, so energetic ,funny, outgoing and focused. The group was moved when they realized the children were coming to get the bikes. Many pictures were taken, names exchanged and Mi Swaco filled the craft bags with candy for the kids (with representatives approval)

Procter and Gamble Managers Create a Stronger Team Culture While Gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio

Procter & Gamble executives met in Cincinnati, Ohio to create a stronger team culture. Cincinnati became home base for this burgeoning global company, over 100 years ago, and gave its employees a chance to buy-in way back in 1887.  Just fifty years after they entered production. All you have to do, to understand a bit of their  business, and the diversity of products they produce, is to look around your own home.  Gillette razors, Tide of course, toothpaste, check out the dog food and pet supplies, and they make luxury products too, like Olay, Dolce & Gabbana, and Hugo Boss.  You are likely to find many P&G products on your own shelves or in your closet.  They partner with many across the globe.  On a more local level, P&G joins Wal-mart to present Family Movie Night.

Keeping track of development, and fine-tuning a global strategy, brings P&G managers from across the world to meet in Cincinnati.  Part of their strategy is to create a more effective team culture.  So, they called on The Leader’s Institute for our expertise in strengthening teams and building leaders.  We spent about half a day doing just that.  Creating A Team Culture team building event turns a day of learning into a fun and rewarding learning process.  We focused on how to be better, more-effective leaders, how to communicate on a much effective level, and laughed while we did it.

Learning how to take a step back and recognize each other’s gifts, become more cooperative and far less judgmental of each other, was the lesson of the day.  And it was all done in a very interactive way that also helps strengthen memory, by thinking in the way the brain really thinks – in pictures.

In a way, it is most of the good and kind stuff our moms taught us.  Somewhere along the way most of us learned to be managers – with subordinates, and processes, rather than leaders who inspire and guide.  All you have to do is be willing to change.  Yes, there is learning how to undo a lot of bad stuff that we have learned over the years.  But Creating a Better Team Culture, by creating more effective leaders will take any team into a stronger, more enjoyable future.

Paul Flaherty, of P&G told us quote, “This program was fantastic.”  In a short amount of time, this program can make a big impact.

By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Add Fun to the Work Day

Do you really want to have fun at work or just add fun to an ordinary work day? Below are a few simple team building tips that will help you have fun while building the team.

Go to Lunch

Have Fun at WorkOne of the most overlooked team building activity is the lunch. Really… Just a simple lunch out of the office. Quite often, coworkers will run to get a bite to eat with each other, and they will likely group together when they do. Every once in a while, if you are the boss, invite yourself to the group. “Hey are you folks going over to Chili’s for lunch? Mind if I tag along?” If you have never done this before, you will likely get some subtle resistance. (I mean, who wants to eat with the boss, right?) However, when you pick up the tab at the end of the meal, the whole group will be appreciative. You are likely during the meal to really get to know your team on a more personal level, as well. It is easier to communicate with your team when you they like you and trust you, and food is a great conversation starter.

Share Success Stories

When you get a compliment from a client or a project runs very efficiently, make sure and share the story behind the success with the whole team. Most managers think that just telling the result is good enough, but the team will only get to see the complete picture if they get access to the whole story — the story behind the numbers. For instance, instead of “We hit our goal by the skin of our teeth. Good job, everyone,” tell the team what put us over the top. “On Thursday afternoon, we were still $25,000 under goal and had just one day to get the generate the last bit of revenue. John was able to go back to an order that was shipping on Friday and called the customer back to offer to double the order in exchange for a 2% discount. That was just enough to put us over the goal!”

By the way, most of the people that work for a big company do their job very well without ever knowing how their work affects the bottom-line. They are the part of the team who need most to hear about the success stories that occur at the end of the project. They will feel more of a feeling of accomplishment as they hear how their activities led to the success.

Make Time to Play

One of the big mistakes that I see big companies make is that they try to re-create a team culture from another organization. For instance, a lot of high-tech companies have started creating gourmet meals for their employees for free and bring in pool tables for recreation because Google does it. Or they try to add comedy to their announcements because Southwest Airlines does it. Remember that it took years for these organizations to create their culture, and if you take what works for them and insert it into a different culture, you’ll likely get a lot of resistance and confusion. Instead, start slow and build on the team culture.

A good way to start is to and a small fun activity. It could be a goal for the group to accomplish like a sales goal or customer retention goal, or it could be an outing where you shut down the office early on a Friday night and go to a ball game or go bowling. In reality, it doesn’t really matter how you start as long as you build on the first step. You can’t do something fun once and then stop. Instead, get creative an add fun activities to your culture in a step-by-step fashion.

So if you want to build a team culture and have fun at work, go to lunch with your team from time to time, share success stories, and make time for play. If you do, you’ll begin to build your team culture.

National Credit Union Administration completes Creating a Team Culture corporate team building workshop in Chicago, Illinois

The National Credit Union Administration held a meeting in Chicago, Illinois recently for a new team of people and included Creating a Team Culture, a corporate team building workshop, as part of their meeting. The NCUA is the independent federal agency that regulates, charters and supervises federal credit unions. Established in 1970, the agency has grown as credit unions grow and thrive across the country. Many of the people working on the team that met in Chicago are spread out in different locations, which can make clear communication challenging.

The group of 35 people gathered with some skepticism about doing a team building activity. They didn’t want anything “touchy feely” or hokey. They were experiencing some real communication challenges and wanted a workshop that would help them address them.

We discussed four sets of Leadership Principles relating to improving communication and team culture. With each set of principles, there were exercises for the group to do that helped them interact with the principles and try them out. The first set of principles dealt with building trust and rapport, which is something this group was struggling with most. We also covered ways to manage conflict, gain cooperation, and build the team around you. As the workshop progressed, the level of interaction in the group rose steadily, and by the end, they were much more relaxed!

“This workshop was exactly what I was hoping for! Ellen really knew how to handle our group and get everyone talking. We are looking forward to more great team building workshops with you in the future.” — Staci Hawkins, NCUA

Team building workshops done in a classroom don’t have to be dull or lecture style. If your team is struggling with communication issues and wants to enjoy a seminar where they will get to interact with each other and share some laughs while still addressing core issues, include Creating a Team Culture in your plans.

For details about a team building event in Chicago, Illinois, click here!

Corporate Team Building Ideas and Creating a Team Culture within Your Company

by Joe Jessop

In today’s tough economic times it is even more important to create a positive team culture within your organization by conducting corporate team building. In this era of downsizing and lay-offs you have to have a positive team culture among your employees. An upbeat and positive team will help your folks feel like valued members of the company and more willing to do their part to help your whole organization survive and thrive.

As a basketball coach I used to take my teams to big summer camps where there was tough competition, player skill development, tons of basketball situations in which each player could maximize their improvement. When I first started coaching I thought that the chance to work hard and improve should be enough incentive to get my high school teams to put in the time and effort during the summer time. However, the big summer camps were never as successful as I thought they should be. There was something missing.

One year I decided to take the evening skill development sessions off after a particular hard day and instead take my team to a laser tag arena to forget about the grueling camp schedule. It was a hard thing for me to do as I felt like the kids were going to miss out on crucial skill development. The result, however, was totally different than I expected and truly amazing! What I got were a bunch of teenagers who came together and created a fun, positive team culture inside a laser tag arena without me doing a thing. I had high school Seniors who suddenly were communicating and having fun with Freshmen. That had never happened before even though I stressed how important it was. The end result is that we had so much fun that’s all the kids talked about the rest of the camp and even when we returned home that’s all they talked about to their parents and friends. The camp lasted 4 days and the laser tag lasted less than two hours but it was the high light of their summer. The next year I had kids signing up for summer camps two and three months in advance and actually recruiting younger players to come to camp because of the laser tag experience. Over the years my summer programs became a huge success as kids became more and more willing to put in long hard hours if they knew there was going to be some fun and camaraderie splashed in there as well.

The corporate world is no different. Even as grown-ups with grown-up salaries the same principles apply. We are still kids at heart. If you will take a little time to invest in your employees as people rather than just employees you will see dramatic results. There are a number of corporate team building programs that can add energy and enthusiasm to your company. Activities like Camaraderie Quest Scavenger Hunts, Murder Mysteries, Build-A-Bike®, and Rescue Bear® team events are great ways to let your staff off the hook for a couple of hours and have a little fun. You will be surprised at how invigorating it is for them… and you. They will be more willing to put in the time necessary to make the company successful because they feel like they are valued. It will take some money to invest in team building but the benefit is priceless. You will not only survive the tough economic times, your will thrive in them!

Joe Jessop is a speaker and trainer specializing in Team Building in San Francisco, CA that insert fun and energy into any convention or annual meeting. (https://www.teambuildingsanfranciscoca.com) Joe teaches team building events in major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Las Vegas.

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