The 8 Best Team Building Event Companies In The World

The 8 Best Team Building Event Companies In The World

Here’s a question for the corporate event managers out there: What’s the difference between a team building event and a group activity? Read more

Top 10 Corporate Team Building Workshops For 2024

Top 10 Corporate Team Building Workshops For 2024

As someone smart once said, teams are not made but grown. Every optimizer-in-chief eventually learns you can’t force that kind of growth. What you can do is create the ideal conditions for teamwork, and that starts with a little thing called fun. Read more

What Are The Best Types Of Corporate Events To Strengthen Your Team?

What Are The Best Types Of Corporate Events To Strengthen Your Team?

Among the favorite reads of the Firefly team is Priya Parker’s The Art Of Gathering. As team event planners, we’re quite fond of gatherings ourselves, and we love her ideas about how to give meaning to group experiences. (Something to ponder: Are you just getting together to see who can eat the most hot dogs in one sitting, or is there some deeper purpose there???) Read more

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6 Top Team-building Facilitators In The Milky Way (Mainly Earth)

You’re an intelligent, independent, proactive human being. You lead a strong team in your workplace, and you truly care about how everyone feels and gets along. Heck, you’re probably attractive and funny, too. Read more

Team Building Vs. Team Bonding: What's Right For Your Team?

Team Building Vs. Team Bonding: What’s Right For Your Team?

Depending on who you ask, you might hear that team building is the most important thing you can do to make sure your team works together smoothly. Others will tell you it’s not team building that’s key, but team bonding. Read more

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650+ Mega List of Fun Rapid Fire Icebreaker Questions

Looking for an awesome list of over 670 fun rapid fire style icebreaker or conversation starter questions for your next team building or meeting? We have ’em! We ripped open our Rapid Question Generator and have put all the questions down below for you to use for free. If you’d like some ideas how you can turn these questions into a fun icebreaker or make a meeting less boring, check out our guide to making meetings less boring. We use variations of these in our corporate team building events to help break the ice or get some laughs. Read more

How To Plan A Team Offsite In 2023: The 5-Step Guide

How To Plan A Team Offsite In 2023: The 5-Step Guide

Ah, corporate offsites: They can simultaneously strike fear into the hearts of retreat planners and either excitement (Hawaii, anyone?) or boredom (another Lego competition in the local park?) in the hearts of employees. Offsites can be incredibly valuable for team-building, but getting the event to go off without a hitch — while keeping everyone happy — often comes with some challenges. Read more

Ways To Give Back While Team Building: 7 Impactful Events To Try

Ways To Give Back While Team Building: 7 Impactful Events To Try

Many company founders start their businesses with the best of intentions in mind. They want to build a successful company, certainly, but they often also want to become pillars of their local communities. Read more

15 Fresh Outdoor Team-Building Activities For Work

15 Fresh Outdoor Team-Building Activities For Work

If you tell your employees you’ll be doing some team-building activities together, what would their reactions be? If you’re getting more eye rolls than enthusiastic “Heck yeah!”s, that’s a sign you need some fresh employee bonding ideas. Read more

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Workplace Team Building Strategies with Chris Cavert, Ed.D.

Part 2 of Our Interview with Chris Cavert, Ed.D.

Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known educator, trainer and speaker and recipient of the AEE Karl Rohnke creativity award. He has been working with groups of all ages for more than 25 years. Chris is the author of over a dozen books related to activity-based experiential group development. He holds an undergraduate degree in physical education, a master’s degree in Experiential Education and an educational doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction. As an educator Chris focuses on how to use team building activities to develop social-emotional intelligence and pro-social skills within groups of all ages. For more information visit: FUNdoing.com

 


On a regular basis, what could a manager do in their role to help build a better team?

Build personal relationships with every member of the group that you as a manager supervise or are accountable for. If a manager is purposefully taking time to get to know everyone on his or her team, that opens the door to so many other problem-solving opportunities. You work through conflict a little faster and smoother if you know more about each other and each other’s needs. This to me is the simplest and most important thing for any manager who is leading people: put your pencil down and take the time to go out and talk to people.

A quote from my friend Molly Foote, that I use all the time is, “The more we know about someone, the less likely we are to hurt someone.” Connecting with people and getting to know them on a deeper level creates more empathy, strength around dealing with conflict, accepting each other’s differences, and the ability to work together to move forward.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t take anything personally. In life and in being a leader, it’s hard to not take things personally when you’re being attacked by a person or a group of people who are really in need of help. But they attack the person who’s trying to help.

And the biggest challenge for leaders is not to avoid conflict. Because a lot of new managers I encounter will create an environment or will have behaviors that sweep things under the rug. They’ll do everything to avoid conflicts because they don’t want to deal with it. But that doesn’t move a group forward. Groups need to be able to push through difficult challenges.

I was given great advice years ago, that we need to experience difficulty so that we can learn to recognize and choose difference behaviors. Read more