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4 Easy Team Building Activities for Any Company

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Team building is about focusing a group’s energy on problem solving, task effectiveness, and maximizing the use of available resource to achieve a common goal. Team building involves a variety of activities and discussions that create a climate that encourages and values contributions of the team members.

Most companies plan one or two events per year to address the issue of team building; but the reality of the matter is that, in order to create a strong team, frequent activities are necessary. A solid team is the result of constant practice; a professional athlete doesn’t train one or two days a year, they train constantly. In the same manner, company leaders should seek frequent team building activities that will strengthen the company as a whole.

Team building serves and addresses different team issues, so before you begin make sure you identify the areas that need improvement; some common challenges are:

– communications kills.

– leadership skills

– personality differences


Here are some examples of activities

back to back team building activitiy

Back-to-Back Drawing 

Divide your group into pairs, and have each pair sit on the floor back to back. Give one person in each pair a picture of a shape, and give the other person a pencil and pad of paper.

Ask the people holding the pictures to give verbal instructions to their partners on how to draw the shape – without actually telling the partners what the shape is. After they’ve finished, ask each pair to compare their original shape with the actual drawing, and consider the following questions:

– How well did the first person describe the shape?

– How well did the second person interpret the instructions?

– Were there problems with both the sending and receiving parts of the communication process?

Activity from mindtools.com 


Following activities from onlineexpert.com

dancing team building


Time: 1–2 minutes

Purpose: Releases anxiety and reinforces idea of cooperation

Participants: Partners

Materials needed: None

Instructions: Partners face each other and place hands palm to palm. Partner A is told to

push as hard as possible. Next, Partner B is told not to push but to move their hands in a

gentle swaying motion.

Desired outcome: When you push, others push back; when you dance, others follow

your lead

mood buttons team building

Wear Your Attitude

Time: A few seconds

Purpose: Encourages all to be conscious of attitudes they are displaying

Participants: Everyone can play

Materials needed: Attitude buttons


Have buttons or laminated cards with a variety of attitudes on them; such as happy,

angry, friendly, generous, sad, worried, excellent, etc. As each person enters work, allow

them to pick the attitude they would like to display. People who pick unattractive ones

can be avoided and the pleasant ones will get all the smiles, encouragement, and

positive attention.

Anyone can change their ‘button attitude’ at any time.

Desired outcome: Bring awareness about how transparent our moods are and what we

get as a result.


mingle before meeting team building

Purpose Mingle

Time: One minute

Purpose: Focus participants before the meeting begins

Participants: Everyone attending the meeting

Materials needed: None


Before the meeting begins, everyone must stand up and tell as many others as they can in

one minute what they hope to contribute to the meeting.

For best results, offer a simple prize for the most people contacted and a bigger prize for

the most generous contribution expressed.

Desired outcome: Allows players to think about what they will give to a meeting rather

than what they will get. Encourages participation from the start.


Other sources: exforsys.com


Motivate Smart person holding business globe

Are You Motivating Smart?

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We are a long way from a Fordism form of management, and we’ve surpassed Taylorism Principles of scientific management. Times have definitely changed and Employee Management Practices have become increasingly important, especially when you consider the following data:


95% correlation between balance sheet and business value (1978)


28% correlation between balance sheet and business value (2005)


There’s a significance difference so, what has changed? Business Value is no longer driven solely from financial indicators or what your current assets are. Business value is now driven by Intangible Assets such as:

– Intellectual property

– Strategy

– Brand

– Systems

– Processes

– Access to capital

– Off balance sheet items

– Customer reputation

– Executive Team


Are you Motivating Smart?

In order to determine whether or not your Intangible Assets are where they should be, take this survey by assigning a 1-5 value to each statement; 5 being the highest.


Take the Survey

1. Employees’ values, motivations, and talents are understood and measured.

2. Employees consider their jobs rewarding and interesting.

3. Employees are committed to jointly owned, shared goals, values, and beliefs.

4. Employees hold each other accountable against agreed upon plans and standards.

5. We have open and honest communication that empowers employees.


Survey Results

Now add up the scores and divide by 5 your score.

– 4-5: means that you are motivating smart.

– 3-3.8 : means that you are in the caution zone and need improvements to your motivating program. You can benefit from better alignment, making you much more productive and profitable.

– Below 3: you are in the danger zone and are probably out of alignment, may have poor motivational programs, and are much less productive and less profitable than you could be.


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Why Motivating Smart is Important?

(from David Norton, Balanced Scorecard Report Vol. 3, No.5 Oct 2011).

– Only 5% of workforce understand their company’s strategy

– Only 15% of senior management spends more than 1 hour a month defining strategy and aligning operations to it

– Only 25% have their operations aligned to the strategy

– Only 40% align company from budget to strategy

How can companies motivate smarter?

1. Develop a long term strategy. Having a clear direction makes it easier for all areas of a business; much like being at sea, a long-term strategy is the final destination, and every company ship will align their compass to reach the same goal.

2. Develop a comprehensive orientation program for all new employees. Having employees that understand the culture and environment they work in facilitates cooperation and motivation.

3. Hold company-wide meetings in order to share information about the company on a regular basis (quarterly) and openly share information with them so that you can establish a regular and recurring dialogue with your employees.

4. Sponsor company social events outside of a work setting to cement relationships that are developed inside the organization.

5. Create a culture of caring and motivating.

6. Offer profit or gainsharing pay.


Doing the Right Things Right

Every company is different, so every motivational strategy will be different. Here are three different strategies to consider:

1. Family –like community: employees are motivated primarily out of sense of responsibility to one another and the company

2. Interesting and Rewarding Jobs – employees are provided with challenging work opportunities and chances to learn and grow

3. Fair compensation – companies use compensation to motivate people and pay higher wages than their competitors. They also use incentives to attract, reward and retain their people.


Sources: The Executive SuiteTweak Your Biz