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Team Building Perspectives: Mike Cardus

logo_create-learningPerspective is important me as team building professional. I constantly search for new perspectives and inspiration that challenge my professional habits and comfort zones. It could be a new game, technology, or belief system; what matters is I’m challenging my brain to make new connections. I follow Mike Cardus of Team Building & Leadership on Twitter and Linked-in. I look forward to seeing his revelations in my feed. He always impresses me with his knowledge and insights regarding team development.  It would be easy to view Mike as competition but I’d rather recognize him as a fellow explorer. He was kind enough to answer some questions about our shared focus: Teams. Here’s the first part of our interview with him.

What is the most common misconception you’ve encountered about team building?

That team building is a series of ice-breakers with little to no connection back to the actual work of the organization. Moreover, that we are going to hold hands, do trust falls or hug-it- out and fix the psychological issues of adults.

What is your favorite Ice Breaker? How does it work?

I do not use any icebreakers. The term icebreaker implies that the activity is separate from the content and that something exciting is needed because the content will be dull, harsh or dry. When you need an icebreaker, you need to improve your content! In team building what you do has to be connected, purposefully, to the goals of the organization; the goals of the team; the goals of the team members; the goals of the person paying for the team building; and the facilitator’s skill-sets. When these five areas align then, team building happens in a purposeful way, without the use of any icebreakers, because everything is purposeful.

My current favorite is I2U2ME2WE

How can a manager increase buy-in for team building days?

Don’t call it team building, don’t call it anything special. A manager’s role is to add value to the decision-making and problem-solving of the team, plus supply the necessary resources to accomplish the work. You cannot force or manipulate buy-in. A manager can increase people seeing how the team building is useful to their work by explaining the reason for the team building, and discussing with the team members how this may add value to the team and their work. Following the team building the manager can take the ideas, team processes, and show the team how their ideas are being implemented into the work.

What are your top reasons businesses should invest in team building?

Having a team do something different yet similar to work can support them to find different ways of completing the work.

As organizations have become flatter, people are being asked to be on more and more teams. Effective team building can develop better systems to drive effective team behaviors.

What is your favorite book to recommend to a manager that wants to work on team building, leadership, or trust?

Groups That Work(and those that don’t) Creating conditions for effective teamwork. – Richard Hackman

A Foundation of Trust – Sam Sikes

The Team Handbook – Peter Scholtes
>>>Check back with us next week for the 2nd half of our talk with Mike. 

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5 Tips To Boost Engagement For Your Team

Is the energy in your office waning?  Have you detected a drop in productivity within the last month?  It’s not uncommon for companies to experience a lull in employee engagement, a steadfast commitment to work-related goals, from time to time.  With just TEN weeks to go until we’re ringing in the new year, her are five helpful tips to re-energize your work staff and boost engagement by January 1st. 

1.  Assess company culture  

Your company’s culture is the essence of its existence; it embodies the shared vision and practices of your employees.  Consider your own organization.  Is your staff well informed of the company vision, goals, or values?  Are your employees striving to bring that vision to fruition?  If the answer is no, you’ve got some work to do!   

According to Entrepreneur’s article, “10 Examples of Companies with Fantastic Cultures” there’s a lot to learn from organizations like Zappos and Southwest Airlines who have a strong company culture.  Having a clear understanding of company culture helps employees understand what they’re driving toward.  It has the potential to guide product development, and can energize everyone from the CEO to your newest recruit.  When your company culture is clearly defined, and your staff is on board, your company will see limitless potential!

2.  Promote a Well-Balanced Life

It’s no surprise that juggling work and personal life can lead to stress!    Evidence shows that promoting work-life balance leads to a more engaged workforce.  There are several options that could work in any setting and won’t put a dent in your bottom line.

  • Encourage Short Breaks – Brain breaks are necessary when you’ve spent hours in front of a computer or haggling with investors.  Giving staff the freedom to stand and stretch or move about the office goes a long way to sharpening their skills once they’re back in the game.  
  • Create a “Quiet Space” – Create a space where staff can retreat when they need a few moments of silence during the busy work day.  Furnish the space with plants, comfortable seating, and soft lighting.  Your employees will be more energized after their short respite.
  • Provide Flexible Work Scheduling – Not all companies are at liberty to allow employees to work from home 24/7, however, there are benefits to being flexible when it comes to scheduling.  Studies show that breaking from the regular 9-5 routing leads to happier and more healthy employees.

3. Provide Autonomy for Employees

The buzz in the business world is that autonomy, the ability to act independently, at work leads to productivity.  Take frontrunner Google, for example, who has seen an increase in productivity by allowing 20% of an employee’s work week to be focused on areas of passion, rather than product.  Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin realized that by creating an environment in which staff is exercising its mental muscles, the company has given birth to products such as Gmail and Google News.  

Try it in your own workplace by giving employees more autonomy in choosing their work schedule, planning out how to meet quotas, and making business-related decisions!

4.  Envision the BIG Picture

Everyone from your sales department to your tech division plays an important role in helping your business to succeed, but it’s easy to lose sight of that in the day to day grind.  Employees that see their role in the office as a singular effort are likely to face challenges functioning as part of a team.  However, amazing things can happen when employees feel as though their combined efforts are leading to success for the organization.  Allowing your staff to understand that their work has meaning toward a common goal rather than an individual deadline will create a more productive and team-oriented workplace.    

5.  Encourage Corporate Team Building Opportunities

Team building is a great way to increase engagement and a surefire way to break the mold of corporate doldrums.  Plan an off-site team building experience will help to foster unity and trust which will transfer back to the workplace.  It offers a healthy environment for staff to be competitive, take risks, and have fun!  Consider a team building event for your next staff development meeting, product roll out, or team training.

Underwhelmed and overstressed employees aren’t doing your company any good when it comes to performance.  Take some time to consider how these simple methods can boost engagement in the office.  You’re guaranteed to see success by the new year if you do!   

We specialize in connecting employees with outings and events that matter. We work with you to design an engagement activity rooted in team building that will boost trust and build relationships. Email james@fireflyteamevents.com for more details.

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Hollywood Scavenger Hunts – Los Angeles Team Building

Gather a group of your closest pals or round up your co-workers to take on one of FireFly Team Event’s most engaging team building challenges: Hollywood Hunts & Rodeo Rallies! These action packed scavenger hunts guide you through some of Los Angeles iconic locations. Perfect for building team engagement and boosting morale for any size group.

Hollywood Hunt

There’s team building  fun to be had in the heart of Tinseltown at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue!  See a whole new side of this star-studded city as you work with teammates to be the first to complete our over-the-top challenges!

Can you find Michael Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and strike up a flash mob to Thriller? Perhaps you need to grab the attention of record execs by donning shades and holding a rap battle at the doors of the Capitol Records Building! Your Hollywood team building experience will be unforgettable as you soak in the lights and glamour.

Rodeo Rally

Beverly Hills is home to luxury, fashion, and what FireFly does best – entertainment!  Strut down Rodeo Drive in style as your team gathers points and earn the coveted first place medal!

Think your team can schmooze autographs in front of the famous Spago restaurant?  Are you up to the challenge of striking a pose in the windows of a Rodeo Drive storefront?   Not even the Kardashians can keep up with your teams as they create amazing memories.

How Does it Work?

If you’re ready to take on the challenge, FireFly’s capable team is ready to help create an event specifically tailored to your desired locale!  Teams download our easy-to-use app that is pre-loaded with photo, trivia, and checkpoint challenges.  While you’re on the go, get leaderboard updates to see just how well your team is doing and view the live-feed photo silliness occurring in all groups!

Other Options

All FireFly events  are 100% customizable!  We specialize in scavenger hunts and amazing race type events throughout southern California.  Consider taking the fun to Pasadena, Santa Monica, downtown Los Angeles,  Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Orange County, Huntington Beach, or San Diego. Read more about our scavenger hunt options

Looking for team building event with a specific theme?  Ask for information about hosting a Color Crazy, Superhero, or Crazy Eighties Rally by contacting james@fireflyteamevents.com

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5 Reasons You Should Outsource Team Building

Already convinced your business would benefit from a team building event? Thinking of taking matters into your own hands? Think again! The effect on productivity for the individual assigned to plan can be significant. Here are FIVE simple reasons to leave the team building to pros like Firefly Team Events:

You Get All the LOVE

FireFly Events evaluates your group and helps you select the event-type that will help foster success amongst your team.  We work with you to evaluate your business’ current goals and tailor a team building activity to match your organization’s needs.  The bonus?  YOU get to take the credit for a well-executed event without any personal liability!

We Say What You Can’t

In any corporation, big or small, some messages are more easily digested when they come from a third party source.  Our facilitators will assist as you roll out new company policies, conduct trainings, or collaborative events, all in a neutral and safe environment for you and your staffers.    

Fresh Team Building Ideas

Our FireFly team is second to none and specializes in providing an extensive variety of engaging team building events.  Looking for a way to develop your team’s identity or tap into the energy of your group?  Consider our Graffiti Challenge: Mural Madness to hone in on a big picture concept for your group! Check out our post on 10 Ideas for your next holiday party.

DIY = Lost Productivity

By leaving the event planning to FireFly’s capable team, you’re investing in your business!  Electing to “do it yourself” drains valuable resources in no time.  Our team focuses on creating an unforgettable event while yours is free to keep business operations running smoothly.   We’ll handle staffing, permits, supplies, and logistics. 

We Understand Group Dynamics

You won’t find wallflowers during our team building events!  We make a living understanding group dynamics and have a reputation for hosting memorable challenges.  We boost engagement thru events that are designed to be accessible to all participants. Motivating groups made up of different personalities is part of our expertise. We keep the group engaged effectively without being cheesy.

Bonus: Don’t Over Simplify

A team building event is more than a dinner reservation or bowling. Events need to be designed to increase engagement and contribute to the company culture. A true team building uses the activity as a lens to discuss office dynamics, relationships, conflicts, communications styles, or procedures. This can be done in fun creative ways but it takes time to design an effective challenge.

If you’re a business in the Orange County, San Diego or Los Angeles area call FireFly Team Events for your next corporate team building outing!  877.267.7149

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10 Holiday Office Parties That Don’t Suck

I recently accompanied my boyfriend to his work’s end of summer BBQ party.  His boss grilled burgers and a Spotify soft rock station played unremarked upon from an iPhone speaker.  Of a staff of over 50, 12 people attended the party.  Don’t host THAT party. Don’t be THAT boss. I couldn’t help think of all the amazing holiday parties I’ve seen with Firefly and what made them so spectacular.  Don’t throw a lame holiday party.  Throw an epic staff party for the end of the year that your staff will talk about through Valentine’s Day.

You NEED new ideas for your end of year holiday parties. Use these 10 new ideas and fresh outlooks on the end-of-year bash to celebrate with style. It doesn’t matter if your event is in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County or Palm Springs we can meet you there.

10 Awesome Holiday Party Ideas

1. Team Arcade: Holiday Madness
A small group high energy competition that uses a healthy dose of High-tech. Teams will literally be yelling out loud as they try and score high during our Scream Team video game match. Remember Pacman? What if you could only control 1 of pacman’s directions? We rewired the arcade classic so that 4 people must work together to munch power pellets and avoid ghosts. It’s hilarious with a touch of nostalgia and perfect for groups. Spice up your next party in Orange County or Los Angeles.
Timeframe: 1 hour
Suggested Group Size: 20 or less
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2. Merry Mixology
Select a holiday trope, fable, or story and create a tribute drink. Then create a clever presentation about the history of your  creation and present it to the judges. This is only available at a hotel or restaurant. But if you’re at a hotel the alcohol and mixins will contribute to your F&B minimum.
Timeframe: 1.5-2.5 hours
Suggested Group Size: 12 and Up

3. Lip Sync Battle – Holiday Edition
We’re digging deep for the crazy fun holiday song selections! Teams will have 1 hour to choreograph, practice and perfect a 1 minute slice of a holiday related song. You then perform it on the big stage in front of our judges. Can you outdo Joseph Gordon Leavitt’s performance against Jimmy Fallon…. we’ll see. It’s hilarious, fast paced and full of energy. The perfect event to pair with bar service and dessert.
Timeframe: 2.5 Hours
Suggested Group Size: 20 and Up

4. Holiday Heroes
Create Super Hero Starter Packs for kids in need. Your pack will uplift and inspire children in difficult health or environmental situations. The imagination is a powerful tool for changing the world. You’ll pack each kit with a personalized card, blank super hero shield, mask, and a top secret handbook. Give the gift of inspiration to very special children!
Timeframe: 1.5-2.5 hours
Suggest Group Size: 12 and Up

5. Merry Murals: Graffiti
No Artistic Talent Required: Celebrate the end of year with big, bold, and bright colors. Graffiti art has exploded into the art world and your group can play a part. We’ll put cans in your hand under the guidance of a world class graffiti artist. Within minutes you’ll be creating lines, fills, and fades. Your artist will help you create a mural on canvas that the group can take back to the office, donate to charity, or take home.
Timeframe: 2-3 hours
Suggested Group Size: 10 and Up

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6. The Big Give
We offer charity bike builds, care packages for kids or military, eco friendly projects, and more for clients that want to give back. We work with amazing organizations like Families Forward to make sure your donation is maximized. We loved helping Spireon last year stuff over 250 backpacks with comfort items for the local charity Families Forward.  We donned our Santa’s Helpers hats and led their team through fun challenges to earn the items they would put in the backpacks.  I think the teddy bears we found are the softest in the world as evidenced by how many staff couldn’t stop hugging their bears!  Big Give events are not only exciting, but heartwarming and create a lasting positive impression of the company.
Timeframe: 1.5 – 2.5 Hours
Suggested Group Size: 12 and Up

7. The Great Gingerbread Build
One of our culinary creations ready for the holidays. Teams will face-off in the ultimate test of their Gingerbread House building abilities. The bigger the better! Teams must market their new Gingerbread real estate development to the judges if they want to win. This is a design challenge for groups that want to flex their creative muscles.
Timeframe: 1.5 – 2.5 Hours
Suggested Group Size: 12 and Up

8. Holiday Minute Madness
You will not find a better event for Iphone’s slow motion mode. Contestants will be shaking, jumping, wiggling, stacking and laughing with each round. We’ve created challenges similar to the show Minute To Win It and created holiday themed TEAM versions. Short and simple directions make the challenges easy to attempt, but still difficult to master.  We had a blast with the surf brand Hurley and 250 of their employees in Costa Mesa last year.
Timeframe: 1.5-2.5 Hours
Suggested Group Size: 12 and Up

9. Gameshow Showdown
Test your team knowledge in games like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, or Family Feud. We can pack these games full of trivia about your company, the holidays, sports, or any category that will appeal to your group.
Timeframe: 1-2.5 Hours
Suggested Group Size: Depends on Group Size

10. Winter Team Games
This Olympic style competition will have your group using trust and communication to achieve results. The perfect event for teams that want to explore team concepts to prepare for the new year. We divide the group into teams and have them rotate through challenge stations. Each station is a chance to win BIG points.
Timeframe: 2 – 3 Hours
Suggested Group Size: 12 and Up

Contact James Bennett – 949.439.9641 – james@fireflyteamevents.com for pricing and availability.

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Give Back for Your End of Year Office Party

We may still be melting in the August heat, but as Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) reminds us- Winter is Coming. We are approaching that time of year where we can appreciate all we have to be grateful for and help those who have been less fortunate.  At Firefly we are lucky that we’re able to assist companies in making a difference for their communities in Los Angeles and Orange County with our Big Give events.  We know that need is need and any CSR commitment goes a long way to improving lives. Consider the following Holiday Party ideas benefit your staff as well as your chosen charity.

Involve Your Employees

Some companies choose to generously make a monetary gift to a local charity and announce it at their holiday party.  This garners some heavy applause and certainly benefits the charity, but what impact does it have on your staff other than that momentary appreciation?  Staff want to feel responsible for a corporate donation.  That’s why we put participants to work at our Big Give event.  Teams earn donation supplies by completing fun challenges during the high energy, fast paced event.  Because staff have had to earn the donation supplies they feel a sense of ownership and accomplishment.  This makes a connection for them between productivity and altruistic rewards which could have positive effects all year long.

Ways To Donate

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After completing their team challenges teams use the provided supplies to assemble their team’s donation.  We’ve worked with many different charities so you’ll be able to select a cause that’s important to you.  Past events have seen the assemblage of:
Backpacks stuffed with school supplies for children living in poverty
Decorated duffel bags for kids in foster care
Hygiene kits and Payday Pails for job seekers trying to reenter the workforce
– Super Hero Starter Kits for hospital bound children
– Bicycle Assembly and Donation

The best part of any Big Give is the presentation of the donation.  This is when you get to present the work your staff has done to a representative from the selected charity.  They will explain what their organization does and how your group has helped.  One of my favorite memories was seeing kids of the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club presented with brand new bicycles.  Several of the children didn’t know how to ride, having never had a bike on which to learn.  That didn’t stop them from gleefully pushing themselves around and excitedly ringing their bells.

A Big Give event involves your staff in your contribution.  Excited by your CSR commitment they become more engaged in your company.  Make a difference in your community and inspire your staff through a partnership with FireFly Team Events. Our Big Give events can easily be produced at your place of business, hotel lawns, conference rooms, and even the parking lot. We’ll help you customize the team building event to your space.

For help organizing your team’s give back contact us at james@fireflyteamevents.com

Super Hero Kits – Fresh Charity Team Building Idea

Charity team building events are a phenomenal option for your corporate group.  Make a positive impact in your local community while boosting employee engagement.  No charity team building is more jam packed with kick awesomeness than our Future Heroes experience.

corporate team building super hero kits girl holding shieldGather your super squad to build kits for the bravest heroes we know – kids at local children’s hospitals battling chronic and life threatening illness.  When a child receives a Future Super Hero kit they discover a sturdy shield they can customize with their own super insignia as well as a mask, bracers, and the top secret Super Hero Code (with plenty of super stickers of course).

How Do Super Hero Kits Help?

The hospital can be a scary place for children.  Removed from their home and the majority of their friends and family, surrounded by strange machines – fun play can be hard to find.  With a Future Super Hero kit kids fashion themselves the way they wish to be seen: strong, brave, and making a difference. They’re not sick anymore they ARE the Flash. They ARE Rey from Star Wars. Check out this Ted Talk on how even a simple posture change can dramatically improve your health . The power of pretend has significant effect on reality. Help us give these kids a fighting chance!

How Can We Book a Future Hero Team Building?

Our Future Super Hero kit builds are fully scalable for different group sizes. There is no limit to the impact your group can make!  Last year we teamed up with hundreds of Microsoft employees and vendors for a 900 person mixer to build a mountain of super hero kits for the children at nearby CHOC.  Large corporate groups love the kit builds because it’s easy for team members to travel down the assembly line constructing their personal donation. It’s fun to watch the amount of kits grow – a great visual demonstration of the effect a team can have by working together. We also have competitive versions of this event for the Sales and Marketing groups out there…

To help your team make a difference and fight bad guys with a Future Super Hero or other charitable event in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego – email james@fireflyteamevents.com

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10 Corporate Event Surprises Your Guests Won’t Forget

When working with corporate event meeting planners we hear about “wow” all the time. No matter what type of event you’re planning, you want the “wow” factor. Something your team will be talking about weeks later. As our team building events have often been used as that “wow” factor we keep our eyes out for other event surprises.  Below you’ll find links to Los Angeles area vendors (mostly), but these event surprises can be produced around the world. Surprise your guests at your next corporate event with something breathtaking!

1. Water Graffiti
We admit it, we’re big fans of this art and it’s many forms. Whether you bring in an artist for a live demonstration, or get behind the spray can yourself with our Graffiti event you’re guests will enjoy the experience of seeing art created before their eyes. Worry about paint getting messy? Check out Antonin Fourneau’s water light graffiti- hundreds of LED lights activated by water to create temporary luminous designs. (this is not a Los Angeles vendor)

http://www.waterlightgraffiti.com/

2. Silent Dance Party
Did you know dancing is illegal in Sweden without a permit? Celebrate your freedom to jive with some slick moves.  With a Silent Dance Party guests wear headphones that broadcast the tunes so you won’t have to worry about sound ordinances or big speaker systems.  It’s like a disco for ninjas! Want to turn it into a team building event? – contact james@fireflyteamevents.com and ask him about our Quiet Riot event. Or check out Silent Disco one of our favorite dance party vendors.

http://silentdis.co/silent-disco/

3. Special Effects Booth
Plenty of events have cheesy photo booths. What if your booth recorded hilarious video in slooooow mooootioooon? Or transport your guests to exotic locales with a green screen. For the most uploadable to social media fun, a GIF maker will keep entertainment on loop.

http://www.itouchbooth.com/

4. Light Painting
More fun with photography, but with some extra creativity thrown in. Light painting uses long exposure photos to capture the movement of a light source. Awesome examples include words spelled out with sparklers or glow poi carving designs in the air. Harmonic Light has turned this into an art form. We came across them at the Steam Carnival a couple of years ago and were blown away by their artistry.

http://harmonic-light.com/

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5. Wall Dancers
A mezzmerizing blend of ropes, vertical space, and dance choreography. These dancers suspend themselves from great heights and dazzle your guests with breathtaking performances above their heads.

http://bandaloop.org/

6. Projection Shows
Remember that Led Zeppelin laser light show you went to in college?  Step into the modern era with interactive projection shows.  Experience 360 degree video and images projected on an inflated sphere that responds to your guests touch.  This alien looking technology will add a futuristic wonder to your event.

http://ouroborossphere.com/

7. FIRE
Everyone loves a fire element.  Most events settle for tiki torches or electric fireplaces, but not your event.  To REALLY excite your guests you need something like 2 Bit Circus‘ Dunk Tank Flambe.  Imagine the traditional dunk tank, but instead of plunging a heckler into water you blast him with giant fireballs.  A special thermal suit keeps the object of your ire safe of course, but there’s still something monumentally satisfying about lighting up the wall of flame.

8. Epic Battles
Choose your weapon: pillows, nerf guns, rolls of toilet paper. At the end of the day, who doesn’t want to pummel their co-workers with items of minimal destruction?  San Francisco hosts a yearly pillow fight battle that draws over a thousand warriors.

https://www.facebook.com/pillowfightsf

9.  Video Games for Crowds
Ever wanted to play video games with your 200 closest friends?  Firefly Team Events offers several video games meant to be played by crowds.  Relying on voice activation technology, your guests will control the game with their shouting.  It’s like a caucus, but fun 🙂 Contact james@fireflyteamevents.com for more information.

10. Parkour!
For those of you that missed the infamous scene from The Office, parkour or freerunning, involves doing acrobatic stunts off urban architecture.  It’s been featured in TV shows, movies, and video games and is universally considered to be the coolest method of travel.  Parkour teams can demonstrate their climbing, jumping and back flips as a stage performance, often accompanied with music and video.

http://www.usa.scarlettentertainment.com/content/parkour-and-freerunning-team

Firefly Team Events is your favorite team building event producer. You love our energy, enthusiasm, and our ability to read your group. You can’t imagine a company that has better customer service. You can’t wait to book with us. You know that we’re hypnotizing you RIGHT NOW to call us – 877.267.1939. Let’s make some amazing memories!

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Turn ANY Office Activity Into a Team Building Event

Hunger Games style Nerf battle in the office? Team building. Bringing a photographer in to shoot new profile photos? Team Building. Office trashcan hoops tournament? Yes, team building. I can make cleaning the storage closet a team building moment. Team building activities aren’t limited to facilitator led sessions. Embrace the idea that it doesn’t matter WHAT you do. It’s about reflecting on what happened while you were engaged.

Every team building event should add value to your organization. After the event you need to reflect on what happened during the activity. Can you recognize how it affects, helps, or changes how you do your job? My goal as a facilitator is to help groups find that meaning. Any facilitator will help find where you’ve increased communication, elevated engagement, strengthened relationships, or increased trust. Each of those benefits has a direct effect on productivity and profits. If you don’t have a facilitator handy, below are 3 easy questions that can help you find meaning in ANY activity. Going Bowling? Ask these questions. Volunteering at a shelter as a company? Ask these questions. Covering a coworker’s car with Post-its? Post on Instagram then ask these questions.

Before you unleash these on your group, consider how You would answer them. Ask your first question to the group then count silently and slowly to 10. The group will break and speak before you do. The hardest part is staying silent until they break. You can do it.

1. Why did we do this activity?

  • This makes the group to consider the cause and effect of this outing. If you went bowling it wasn’t because you were dying to wear the shoes. Or because you really wanted to win a bowling match. What’s the greater truth to this action? Increased cameraderie? Building forearm muscles? Try to steer them away from catchall answers like “team building”.

2. What worked or didn’t work during this activity?

  • Exploring what worked and didn’t allows the group to reflect on their behaviors as individuals and a group. It opens the successes and failures to discussion. A great follow-up to this is “Where else does this behavior, problem, or habit show up?”

3. What have we learned that we can apply to the workplace?

  • This is the key question. It connects the activity and the people to an actionable idea. And idea that will have an effect on the success of your shared work endeavor.

Adjust the questions to fit your activity. Remember, If you’re not debriefing your team outings or activities the value IS being lost. Increase your productivity, highlight engagement, and boost profits by utilizing the power of reflection. 

If you’d like help creating that Hunger Games style Nerf battle, call us. Or if you need an experienced facilitator to work with your team, call us. You know what? Just call us. We’ll chat and reflect on why you called us and you’ll soon be stuffing your bank account with profits. Be prepared for questions though – james@fireflyteamevents.com – 877.267.7149

FireFly Team Events creates events that your team actually WANTs to do. Crazy fun immersive events that help you build happy, healthy, and engaged teams. Call somebody else if you want to trust fall. We produce team building events in Los Angeles and Orange County and anywhere people have teams. http://www.fireflyteamevents.com

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Team Building at Newport Dunes Resort

We never turn down sun, sand, and waterfront based team building. When our client One Legacy asked us to host our Iron Team Challenge at Newport Dunes resort we did a little dance. Newport Dunes has it all! We grabbed our team and headed down to their corporate meeting space with our big bag of team building tricks.

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Winner of the Rock, Paper, Scissors energizer

We started the group off with our hilarious rock, paper, scissors battle on the lawn. The group was cheering and yelling and lifting victors into the air. We LOVED this group. We then challenged the group to dig a little deeper. Studies have proven that high performing teams excel at connecting on a personal level. One of the first steps is moving beyond “How was your day?”

Once we had the group divided into teams we unleashed them on our Iron Team Challenges. It’s our version of a team building Olympics. Each round teams rotate to a new challenge and face a new opponent. The challenges require teams to work together, communicate, and trust if they’re going to win. We’ve designed them so dominant skills or personalities can’t hijack the game.

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Team building on one of the lawns next to the bay at Newport Dunes

After the mayhem and laughter of the Iron Team we moved into the meeting space. We primed the groups with prompts that allowed them to reflect on the experience and share highlights with people on other teams. Gathering them back into their teams we lead a discussion to discover what the takeaways for the day were. What can they take from the day’s activities that is relevant to their day to day responsibilities?

If you’d like to explore team building with your group – email james@fireflyteamevents.com or visit http://www.fireflyteamevents.com.