Tag: team building

Self-Improvement to Cult Initiation: How Not to Lead a Training Session

You would hope employers know the difference between a training session and a cult initiation ritual, but you may be surprised. A Panda Express took trust building exercises and loyalty tests too far during a four-day “self-improvement” session that started with beratement and ended with employees in their underwear.

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Emotional Intelligence for HR

The term “emotional intelligence” means being cognizant of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you, as well as how they are impacted by daily occurrences. Being aware of others’ emotions is a major asset, as it can improve interpersonal and working relationships and make the organization run more smoothly. In the working […]

Why Employees Hate Virtual Teambuilding

Teambuilding exercises and other forms of forced workplace “fun” have been cringeworthy fodder for sitcoms and movies about office life for decades. What is intended to bring staff together and boost morale often has the opposite effect, which was the case when these were in-person activities. But shifting them to an online format only amplifies […]

Create Winning Teams with Game Theory

There are plenty of rivalries between companies, but a company that fights tooth and nail for the upper hand isn’t always the winner. It’s the same in the workplace: A dog-eat-dog culture within your workforce isn’t very productive. If you want to inspire teams to work together and spark peak performance, you need an approach […]

4 Steps to Improving Team Spirit—and Company Performance

Most organizations no longer operate within their own four walls. With the rise of digital communications and mobile technologies, companies today operate anywhere their employees happen to be—from Toronto to Timbuktu.

It’s not about you!

by Dan Oswald Fifteen years ago, country singer Toby Keith had a number one hit with his song “I Wanna Talk About Me.” The chorus of the song goes like this: I wanna talk about me Wanna talk about I Wanna talk about number one Oh my me my What I think, what I like, […]

eTeam: Finding the leader to take you from idea to profit

Books are supposed to be my bailiwick here at the blog and after several posts on anything but, I figure it’s time to return to that groove. This week I want to focus on new businesses, or “startups,” if you prefer.  If you’re starting a business and have grand plans for future growth, you really […]

Workingjay

Inspired by The Hunger Games trilogy, some employers may feel the urge to pile the employees onto a bus, head off site, and pit coworker against coworker in some form of physical competition under the guise of “team building.” Savvy employers are always looking for new and better ways to motivate the troops, solidify relationships, and build […]

“Remember the Titans” offers memorable workplace lessons

by Dan Oswald The other night I walked in the door to find my youngest son watching the movie Remember the Titans. If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know I consider the movie one of my favorites. Of course, I sat down and watched the last 30 minutes of the film with […]

“Team building” requires much more than a weekend retreat

by Dan Oswald We talk a lot about teams in the workplace today. When we recruit to fill a position, we say, “We’re looking for team players.” When the team achieves success, we say, “We win as a team.” When we consider whether we have the right people on the team, we say, “The team […]