Category Archive: team building exercise

“My Team, My Team, My Team.”


The dynamic balance of collaboration and competition exists in most organizations, with the reality being that some teams are collaborative and some teams are competitive and some teams are a bit of both.… Continue reading

The Ditch. The Road. Your Choice


Leading teams is about communications and shared missions and goals. Too often, wagon pushers are not involved and engaged nor do they have a clear sense of where they are going. The reality… Continue reading

YOUR Value, your BOSS, and your Team


How do we value ourselves and our contribution to the team? It is a reasonable question that each of us need to ask every day. Note that your personal contributions to your team… Continue reading

Team Building Success – The Stairway Model


Heavy drinking last night must have given me the idea of The Stairway Model of Team Building Success. You be the judge… The Stairway Model develops from the Escalator Model, which was built… Continue reading

Business Haiku – Working Hard and Making Progress


Here are two new Haiku sprung from my newer Square Wheels images about how organizations really work. Your thoughts? If you have needs for more teamwork to generate better business outcomes, consider that… Continue reading

Learn to See – Da Vinci and Square Wheels of Connectedness and Engagement


I read this quote from Leonardo da Vinci and checked it for authenticity and then popped it into the context of organizational improvement. I am guessing that his workplaces in his times were… Continue reading

Teambuilding.sucks – It certainly can!


There is good teambuilding and then there is the other stuff, the things that you regret having even seen, much less participated in. Among other things, the difference is in what the event… Continue reading

Poem on making work more fun


Our flagship team building game focuses on the leverage points of having fun playing and solving a problem and on the main issues around collaborating among different teams. So many workplaces can benefit… Continue reading

Simple Thought on Team Perspective


Teams are powerful tools for implementing changes and improving workplace performance. Teams also impact leadership and can work for you or against you, depending on the organizational culture. Sometimes, it pays to simply… Continue reading

Moron Teambuilding: A Great Video


I popped onto my pal Michael Cardus’ blog and found this animated 2-minute video that is about teambuilding. For me, it hit a lot of the “high” notes about what is wrong with… Continue reading

Haiku on TeamBuilding and Teamwork and working together


Teams can form up quickly, but a team may be only a team and not part of any larger team, which is why interdepartmental collaboration is an organizational oxymoron. A cartoon haiku for… Continue reading

Teamwork? Why is this called TEAMwork?


Every so often, I am simply struck by what some people call team building. I have written extensively in my other blog about things like go-kart racing, golf, bowling, firewalking and other activities… Continue reading

A Slideshare package on Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine for teambuilding


Apologies for this miss-aligned and non-poetic post but I wanted to share the information that a new slideshare program on our team building game for collaboration and alignment was uploaded a few minutes… Continue reading

Teamwork could happen


Teamwork just might happen on its own when people are faced with a challenge. Well, probably not. One is actually much more likely to see competition and each individual working in their own… Continue reading

Thought on Business: Teamwork – How things really work (Leaders)


My last blog quote post of today — this is number 5. We talk leadership all the time and there are thousands or tens of thousands of books about the issue. SO much… Continue reading

It’s about Mining as much GOLD as WE Can – Collaboration and Results


The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine game has the theme of mining gold, and we put the tabletops into the context of collaboration with slides that talk about “WE” — but what teams hear… Continue reading

Reflecting on Results; Looking for Improvements: Two Illustrations


Reflection is a primary way to identify new ideas and opportunities. Too often we continue to do things the same way expecting things to change. One of my favorite quotes is from the… Continue reading

Dealing with Mud – Improving teamwork with focused discussions


In our Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine game, one of the metaphors is mud, that gooey stuff that makes progress difficult. In the exercise, it is a factor that costs a team extra fuel… Continue reading

Team Building Games for Large Groups – The Goal is to Mine Gold! As much as WE Can!!


The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine has the theme of mining as much Gold as WE can, something that tabletops often ignore in their attempt to win the game for their… Continue reading

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