Team Building – a different way.

How do you know that your team building event will be successful?  Why are they successful?

  • The experience will be unforgettable. It will be an event, fancy isn’t necessary
  • It will be the subject of stories told by those who were there, for years
  • It will mold, bind, and forge team member relationships
  • It will be different from all those other “team building” exercises offered commercially, externally. It will put the team in situations that most of them are unfamiliar with or have not experienced for some time
  • So much fun, memorable.
  • Over time, it will build anticipation and expectations for the following year.
  • You are receiving emails months in advance from members searching for advanced information.
  • When you are receiving emails from high potential professionals, who have yet to reach a position level to be included in the meeting, wanting to know how they can participate (Responses need to handled carefully).

The keys: Team building is homemade, creative, and unique. Retaining a professional meeting planner can be helpful for ideas and support.  There is great detail, the greater the detail the better. The meeting is a mix of business meetings, outside guest speakers, and the team building exercise.  The team building exercise portion of the meeting needs to be designed so all participants, regardless of age and physical condition can fully engage. A dedicated, agreed upon budget needs to be an integral part of the annual financial plan if leadership is serious about team building.

The value: Team building gives participants a non-business basis experience upon which to build working relationships.  Why would that be important? Most stress in the business and working world is caused by managing day-to-day issues.  Non-issue experiences provided by great team building experiences can help.

Usually annually: Dates are communicated months in advance which accomplishes a couple of things. (1) It clears calendars, and (2) begins to build expectations and conversation about the meeting. Expectations can be high if previous team building experiences have been successful. And, it commits the business to the event.

A new or different experience for most: The usual consulting firm based team building sessions are OK, but they are not unusual, unforgettable, and are not long-term bonding and conversational “pieces”.  And usually they are not memorable and laughter-filled experiences that last long into the future.  Team building has to be “an experience” to be successful!

New member inductions: the first evening is ideal, after dinner. These indoctrinate / welcome participants new to the team. These, as one might imagine, are met with great anticipation by new members and are absolutely loved by existing team members.

Your top leadership team is important: Its support is paramount to successful, dynamic team building.  I was lucky enough to create and build team building experiences over a period of 10 years as I had bosses that supported them, so much so, that they asked for the sessions each year.  We actually developed a reputation for these events in the corporation. True we had substantial budgets, depending on the unit. In some units leadership team members / participants hailed from as many as 13 different countries.  But the same experiences can be designed and built for the smallest team and do not need to be exorbitantly expensive.  Creative and unique do not necessarily come with big price tags.

Team members referenced in this posting include: The boss and key operating and support leadership positions. 

What were the EVENTS?  They usually consume one afternoon and evening of a two day or three day business meeting.  Some examples: afternoon at the races (we purchased go carts; resold them after the meeting), rafting, boat building, Olympics, over-night canoeing, and others.  New member inductions: vikings, the chief, not your usual hayride, the theater, comedians, and others.

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Hey Mitch…!

CNN: Oct 21  “5 Things” 

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, is not so bullish (on a relief package) and has warned the White House that getting behind a proposal with Dems (Democrat’s)  before the election could badly divide Senate Republicans.”

So there you have it.  Unemployment claims approaching a million, food lines bursting, small businesses struggling, COVID case numbers going straight up… and the leader of the US Senate is worrying about a party divide over package negotiations in the Senate.

Hey Mitch!  How about the people!  Looks like the only person you are representing is yourself !

Washington DC… an absolute &!q#4 hole.

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A very short story…

… and small victories…

The kitchen silverware drawers have separators for knives, forks, spoons, etc., but not for each size of each.  So all forks, notwithstanding the size, go in one section. 

Yesssss !

Recently, he was advised when he offered to put away the eating utensils from the dishwasher, he was no longer permitted to do that as he did not do a good job of stacking them by size.  Yes, he said, he could replace the separators so each size had its own section.  But, he asked, why would he do that?  There are many things he likes to do everyday and that isn’t anywhere near the top of the list!

He says small victories are important!


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Wanted: Global Thinkers and Leaders

CNN’s “5 Things”: October 7, 2020:

$67 billion. “The value of America’s trade deficit, its highest level in 14 years, according to the Census Bureau. The deficit has ballooned from $37 billion in February, (and that was) before the pandemic sunk the US economy.”


We need Globalists as leaders in our government. The phrase, “Think globallyact locally“, in environmental circles, urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. Long before governments began enforcing environmental laws, individuals were coming together to protect habitats and the organisms that live within them.

The phrase is very powerful when applied to having an international business strategy as well. There ARE countries that believe in and follow “Think globallyact locally“. From an economics standpoint, leaders who encourage and sponsor a global economy, call it a “model”, build trade deals to market their products and services world-wide. And their focus is making the products and building service industries in their home countries. The result is a strong home-country employment base and a relatively stable and flexible economy. And, they just might benefit from a stable tax base to have the funding to invest in and support needed infrastructure, education (STEM), and technology development.

Providing support for the country’s corporations is important as many corporations are globalists and know the value to the business and to their employees of having an international strategy and markets.

This blogger believes we have nationalists running the country, a government that drove corporations overseas, and has more of a focus on corporate control than benefit.

We need globally-minded strategists as leaders. We don’t have any. We have “leaders” who believe tariffs are the way to do business with aggressive economic policies of other countries, never mention global strategies to build the economy, have a mindset of corporate control, never mention addressing the national debt, and spend time focused on petty party politics.

Just think for a minute who the leaders are of our Congressional bodies — it is a scenario that presents a one way ticket to nowhere.

Then think of where we would be if we had the talent the caliber of our corporate leaders leading the country. We would not be here.

And then there was the great leadership shown in the presidential debate a week or so ago… I call it, “The Greatest Show on Earth”. I posted an opinion on “LinkedIn” about that debate. A friend of mine from Australia commented: “Certainly comical (sadly) from an international perspective. Now the “Denier* in Chief” has COVID-19. What a !@+! show!


*as used here, people who deny the legitimacy of the scientific evidence.

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New Job … Expectations and Windows

A friend of mine has a shot at a Director’s job; obviously mucho younger then me. I had just commented to him that, within the scope and expectation the corporation has for the job, when your new you have a window of time to change it into what you want… so to a greater extent it is not so significant as to how the job was previously done. 

Clearly the boss has a “list” of  pluses and minuses as to how the previous incumbent did the job… so at the least he/she is probably looking for less minuses. 

From experience, the window of time, for example, six months, maybe a year on the outside, is when executives and subordinates expect any significant changes… that window of expectation diminishes as time wears on.  And it goes without saying that introducing significant change usually takes a period of introduction and conditioning to improve the probability of acceptance.

The one thing the corporation never abandons is the need for more… ya gotta laugh or you’d cry !

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