Team Building

In most companies, when you get results, you get rewards. And if you can’t lead teams to success, you’ll end up stuck in a job with no exit. Use this strategic blending of common-sense strategies and implementable team building exercises to build and bolster your winning team…

You want to improve teamwork. So you reward group performance, praise any signs of collaboration and prod loners to become joiners. That’s a good start, but why stop there?

Make sure your team is working more like the Manhattan Project and less like Enron… Use these articles, exercises and strategies to get your team building training up and running!

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A creative brainstorm can strike at any time, perhaps while you’re in the shower or taking a walk. Effective leaders prod their team to innovate by recognizing and capitalizing on such creative connections.

Until recently, National Hockey League goalies were overwhelmingly Canadian. Then the Finns arrived around 2000. Seemingly overnight, 5 million Finns began producing one-sixth of the NHL’s starting goalies. Their secret is Urpo Ylönen, or “Upi,” a man spoken of the same way Jedi knights speak of Yoda or Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Are employees falling into a problem pattern of finishing things late? Here's a plan for more productivity, fewer excuses.

At Pixar, the movie studio behind blockbusters such as “Toy Story” and “Cars”, Ed Catmull cultivated a culture in which filmmakers could share ideas and opinions in a free-flowing, nonthreatening manner. He devised the Braintrust, a regular series of management meetings where the primary purpose is straight talk.
At first glance, you might not think im­­provisational comedy and organizational teamwork share much in common. But they do.
When people band together to achieve an ambitious goal, it can heighten everyone’s sense of camaraderie. That’s what happened in Seattle in the lead-up to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win in 2014.
It would be easy to explain NBA start Kevin Durant’s greatness as a combination of athleticism and practice. But what else has played a huge part?
Team-building exercises seem to be falling out of favor, yet several college basketball programs have turned to Navy SEAL-inspired regimens they hope will steel players for a run at the Final Four.
When Jay Gould joined American Standard in 2012 as CEO, he faced a liquidity crisis. Draining cash, the once-venerable plumbing company was on the brink of collapse. To boost morale, Gould gave the company’s 5,500 employees a larger purpose.
Audiences respond well to speakers who share inspiring stories. By forging an emotional tie to a famous victory, you’re more apt to deliver a memorable message. Consider how Gary Spitzer, a senior vice president at DuPont, rallied hundreds of employees at a company event.
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