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
When you’ve gone to the trouble of planning a corporate event, you’d ideally like your attendees to be dialed in and focused. And that means you’ll need to provide food. Read more
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”.
We love Santa Monica corporate team building events because they offer the laid back California experience, without the hassles that plague the rest of Los Angeles. Santa Monica feels like a small town beach village, but it has all the luxuries of a major city. Pedestrian shopping districts, upscale resorts and event venues, and the world famous pier make Santa Monica a great spot for your next sales meeting or excursion. Read more
Argyle socks and a putter are the key ingredients to our golf themed CSR team building activity for charity. Your team will design, build, and market a minature golf hole that even Tiger Woods would want to play. To win you’ll have to prove your creation is playable and convince our judges why yours is the most innovative hole on the market. We’ve seen teams build the classic golf windmill under the hot sun in Las Vegas and others have constructed water features on the event lawn at Pelican Hill Resort in Orange County. The magic of this event is that your team must include non-perishable food items in their structure. At the end of the event the food is donated to a local charity or food bank like Second Harvest in Irvine, Ca. This is the perfect event for a group that wants a CSR experience with a little creative competition and a lot of heart.