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Top 5 Movies To Inspire Your Team 

Top 5 Movies To Inspire Your Team 

It’s very important for you to inspire and help your team achieve success in everything that they do. Which is why it’s a great idea to show off various team building movies to help your team stay focused and inspired. Here are some of the top movies that can be used to enhance and boost teamwork!

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect is a great inspiration when it comes to teamwork, because it shows how a new team that’s very diverse is able to work together. They have their own differences and challenges, but they learn how to get past that and achieve success in the things they do. That’s why it can be well worth seeing, since it’s inspirational and very fun too.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters shows that you need the entire team in order to eliminate the ghosts. There are plenty of teamwork focused ideas shown here, the fact that you need practice, leadership, hard work and constantly working together in order to bring your ideas to life. But it’s going to be well worth it in the long run. 

Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings shows a group of Jamaican bobsledders that have a dream to win the Olympics. No one believes in them, which shows how important it is to trust yourself as a team, work together and have a sense of leadership. It’s a fun movie with lots of great things to learn about.

Harry Potter series

The Harry Potter movie series also shows that it’s great to work as a team since you can tackle any type of challenges. It also shows how faith is tested and why having a team is the ideal way to get past those kinds of problems. It helps add in a very interesting dynamic, while also pushing the limits of creativity in a way that’s truly empowering.

The Mighty Ducks

Even if this is a movie from the 90s, it really speaks to the idea of collaboration and teamwork. Only with the right leadership, focus and hard work will you be able to go from the bottom to the top. Even if it might not seem like a lot, the possibilities are limitless and you will be incredibly happy with the results in the end.

All these movies clearly show how important it is to focus on team building and collaboration. Although it can be hard to achieve those ideas right from the start, it’s safe to say that the possibilities are limitless. Any teacher can be successful, and they have a lot to learn from these inspirational movies listed above!

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Can Team Building Really Help With Employee Retention?

 

Can Team Building Really Help With Employee Retention?

As a business, your focus is to always grow and ensure that you have a powerful, efficient team. That means the team members need to gel well together, and one of the best ways to achieve that is via team building. You always need to focus on results and growth, and those things can truly make a difference if you manage everything the right way.

Team building better connects team members

One of the advantages of team building is that it helps bring a sense of cooperation. It encourages communication and team members get to stay focused on the things they want to achieve. In doing so, it becomes easier for them to work with each other. And at the end, everyone becomes more productive.

Showing support from the company

Employees want to see support from their business when it comes to their health and wellbeing. Every business needs to retain great talent, and teamwork as well as adequate support can help you do that. Which is why team building is a highly valuable resource to help achieve such a goal.

More interaction

Due to the pandemic, many more businesses have started offering remote work opportunities. That’s where team building events shine. These are great for all kinds of talent, and the main advantage is that it does indeed help with employee retention. It also makes it easy for the team members to know each other, which is hard to achieve in the business setting.

Making team members more comfortable with each other

It’s natural to have some team members that are shy and which don’t really interact with others that much if at all. Which is where the true power of team building comes, through the fact that it helps enhance collaboration and it naturally encourages even shy people to talk and connect with others. In the end, the team building event will help remove the shyness and it allows everyone to contribute to the team’s success.

Conclusion

As you can see, team building is great because it helps make your team members more comfortable with each other and your business as a whole. It also shows the team that  they are respected and this is the ideal environment for them. Needless to say, it helps retain their attention, and thus you will have way less talent leaving. That’s why it can be a very good idea to use team building as a way to boost talent retention within your business, since it works extremely well.

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Team Building – Quotes To Inspire Your Team

 

Team Building – Quotes To Inspire Your Team

Sometimes all teams need is a quick reminder and that’s where quotes can come in handy. Quotes take big ideas and compact it down into a short burst of knowledge creating an easy tool for employees to easily refer to.

Here are 7 of our favourite quotes that you can use to inspire your team.

Alone we can do so little, together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

“It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit” – Robert Yates

“None of all is as smart as all of us” – Ken Blanchard

“Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability” – Patrict Lencioni

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” – Henry Ford.

“Unity is strength.. when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved” – Mattie Stepanek

“To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another” – John C. Maxwell.

 

Prefer to create a quote that’s unique to your organization? Here are some quick tips to make your quotes count.

  1. Start with writing down the objective you want to achieve by creating the quote and work towards simplifying it.
  2. Avoid using too many big words. William of Ockham, the 14th-century Franciscan friar and logician once said, Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate” (known as Occam’s Razor) or in other words, the simplest explanation is best
  3. Stay away from long sentences. Although most people are guilty of speaking in a somewhat rambling way, leaders are expected to keep things sharp and sweet.
  4. Read the quote aloud once you are done. The final test of whether your quote is ready for sharing is whether you are comfortable reading it aloud. If it creates some uneasiness, chances are, it will probably still require some work. PS. If you are split in the middle and hopefully have also internalised the quotes above, tap on your team and get your co-workers to help you as well.

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Team Bonding Vs Team Building

 

Team Bonding Vs Team Building

We often get questions on the difference between team building & team bonding so we thought why not answer it here.

 

Team Bonding

What does the term bonding actually mean? Similar to how a bond can be referred to the binding of an individual to a contract, investment or agreement, bonds between humans refer to the unifying quality that connects individuals to one another. This is important in a team/ group setting where it refers to a unifying bond between an individual, to others in the group and to the group as a whole and if present, may translate to greater desire to work hard for the group often done through fun activities. Some examples of team bonding activities include sports activities such as Telematch Games, Archery Tag, Bubble Soccer & Dodgeball, activities featured in our Mini Olympics Challenges or outdoor fun-based activities such as our signature Amazing Race & Running Man Challenge. PS, it can even be as simple as attending a cooking class, bowling night or a simple board game day in your office.

 

Team Building

Team building on the other hand, is slightly different. Whilst team bonding focuses on creating a unifying bond, team building is useful for those that want their team to be more productive and stronger as a whole with still a small element of bonding. This concept recognizes that every member brings to the table their skills, strengths & weaknesses and by working together as one, the team can become much stronger. The activities in team building create opportunities for members of the team to better understand working styles, preferences, strengths and pitfalls of their teammates and are designed to help build skills such as problem solving and communication as a team and create takeaway aka “Aha” moments for reflection through team activities that often can be applied to the everyday office life. The biggest benefit of team- building is often the long-term results. Some examples of team building activities are one world pipeline and our custom building the dream team activity.

 

So Which Is For Me?

The answer is, that depends. The biggest question we always ask our clients at the start is what do they want to get out of the activity? At the end of the day, it really boils down to what you feel your team needs. If the team is already a high performing team and the focus is to create unifying bonds, then we would recommend conducting team bonding activities as they have a stronger impact in forming bonds than team building. However, if team performance or working on a particular area is your focus, then team building is right for you as you get the best of both worlds.

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Leadership Tip – Making Team Conflict Productive

 

Leadership Tip – Making Team Conflict Productive

We’ve always believed that the strength of a team is in different people of different backgrounds with different perspectives and different personalities coming together for a common cause and goal, all with the burning passion to get the best out of each other.

Ultimately, when you have a strong team like that, conflict on the team will be inevitable. Before you start feeling upset, demoralised & overwhelmed about it, fret not because when conflict is managed effectively, it is more often than not a good thing.  Plus, we’ve got your back so here are our 5 tips to making team conflict productive for your team.

 

Know Your Team

If you’ve gotten to this part, you’ll already know our stance on having diverse personalities, skills and experience in the team. Recognizing the value of each member’s strengths and weaknesses, skills and traits and how it helps the team and complements the rest of the team will help lay the groundwork for effective conflict resolution when conflict arises. Building team awareness across the board and appreciation of different styles will also put teams in perspective during discussions.

Pro-tip, if you feel that during discussions not everyone is actively participating, go one step up and reach out to those who are less vocal within the team and work with them and encourage them to ensure their ideas get added into the mix.

 

Address Common Conflict-Related Problems

Conflict is a good thing but two common problems we see in teams that could lead to negative outcomes are displays of passive-aggressive behaviour and the presence of one or two domineering personalities. If you notice any one member within your team displaying such behaviours, it’s important to quickly nip it in the bud through a private conversation with them sharing the examples you’ve seen and explaining why it’s affecting the team and becoming detrimental as well as trying to find out their motivations.

 

Model A Conflict-Positive Attitude & Promote Diverse Thinking

Constantly work to build a mutual understanding among the team that conflict is normal and healthy. For example, during tough moments of frustration share quotes on how having team conflict could potentially lead to better ideas and show them that you value and appreciate spirited debate. Show them it’s ok and actually ideal to tackle issues head-on when done constructively so they don’t second guess themselves when the outcome does not go positively in their favor. At the end of a heated discussion, thank the entire team for their passion and commitment and embrace the “lessons learned”.

 

Resolve Disagreements In A Way That Satisfies Different Members Within The Team

This goes back to knowing your team but in a different way. Apart from knowing their strengths and weaknesses, keep in mind that different conflict resolution strategies work best for different people. Keep all the different personalities in mind during conflict resolution. Some members might feel humiliated when things do not work out their way or some might not be comfortable being called out. If required, meet with them privately.

 

Make Time To Listen

Sometimes, when deadlines are creeping up and the team can’t seem to agree on a resolution or get past a certain conflict barrier, it might be tempting for you as a leader to force an end to the issue through power or go with the person with the most experience. Don’t allow yourself to get to this. Make time to listen to all sides so you can better understand the core of the issue and help the team to develop a solution.

 

Pro-tip, If you tend to always side with the most experienced person and force a discussion, this could also potentially lead to a bigger problem within the team where the rest of the team members might give up challenging ideas if they feel you will not listen.

If you have any other tips you would like to share, we’ll like to know! Don’t worry, we’ll credit you and provide you and your team with a special discount off our team building activities. Email us at [email protected].

To head back to read another article in our blog or for more tips on team building, click here. If you haven’t already read about how good team conflict helps your team, read about the 5 ways team conflict is good for your team here.

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5 Reasons Why Team Building Helps Communication

5 Reasons Why Team Building Helps Communication

If you’re looking to grow and expand your business, one of the crucial aspects to think about is certainly communication. Making sure that your team members are all working great together is imperative if you want to achieve success. This is why team building experiences are crucial, because they help enhance communication, eliminate boundaries, and deliver incredible benefits. Here are some of the reasons why team building is a very important element in regards to communication.

 

It Reinforces The Importance Of Communication

Team building events and experiences show just how crucial communication is for any team, regardless of its size. Every employee gets to see that only through communication will a team be able to fulfill a task, regardless of its type. Without the right amount of communication, the message can be lost, which alone can become a challenge.

 

It Boosts The Morale Of Your Employees

Connecting with team members via team building activities is very helpful, and it helps eliminate boundaries. It encourages everyone to communicate and also work with one another. Simple things like these are beneficial, and they have the potential to bring tremendous success. It also makes your employees happy and in turn morale.

 

It Enhances Interaction & Reduces Isolation

While team building games are fun, they also help enhance interaction and of course the plus point that the entire team is a family together. If remote work is part of the company’s infrastructure, sometimes it could create isolation as employees will not have the opportunity to see their fellow colleagues physically so having touch points regularly are important. 

 

It Encourages Innovation & Creativity 

Team building games are designed to be interesting, exciting and immersive. If curated right, company objectives can also be well-weaved inside whilst still being full of fun. It always takes employees away from their day jobs and gives them a little breather that in turn might breed creativity. PS. The best ideas typically are not found while sitting at a desk.

 

It Reduces Conflicts

It’s pretty common to find conflicts in any workplace. How does team building help you might wonder? First and foremost, providing a platform for employees to come together allows them to build rapport and trust and with communication being a big part of a team building session, it helps encourage individual employees to speak up. That helps eliminate a lot of potential issues, and at the same time it might even develop new friendships.

 

Conclusion

Every team member has their own beliefs, ideas and personality and that is sometimes what makes a great team. However this means it can be challenging to have a team that works together perfectly. However, with help from team building games and activities you can achieve such results. Team building is immersive and engaging, but it also does a very good job of encouraging communication. 

It makes it easier for everyone to speak their mind and better connect with others, while also solving any differences. Team building is a necessity if you want to have a powerful team whose members trust each other and listen to one another. This will help you create a stellar team able to surpass any problems and ready to achieve greatness in anything they do!

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Why Virtual Team Bonding? – Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Jump On The Bandwagon

Why Virtual Team Bonding? - Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Jump On The Bandwagon

Virtual team bonding has become the new normal as we adapt to the Work from home reality brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you are still on the fence, here are 5 reasons why you should consider a virtual event whilst we wait out the pandemic.

 

Bring More Interaction To Virtual Work
As much as there are countless benefits about Working From Home Eg. Netflix all day just kidding 🙂 or being able to work in your pajamas, the reality is that with the Work From Home situation having been in place for a while now most people are slowly growing apart without realizing. Studies have shown that the physical distance of working remotely can eventually turn into an emotional distance. By having regular virtual bonding sessions (PS. it can be as simple as a chit chat or coffee break) it’ll provide opportunities for everyone to catch up, get familiar with each other, re-kindle the old flame and perhaps even create new meaningful relationships that leave all members feeling valued and satisfied.

Boost Team Morale 
We’ve spent quite some time sharing the importance of bringing more interaction to virtual work so we’ll keep this short. When everyone feels like a family, people wake up excited for work with excitement & enthusiasm which means also higher productivity!

Combat Loneliness
Loneliness can come in different shapes or forms and is a dangerous emotion. For the lucky ones who are living with family, loneliness might  creep in let alone for those working away from their families in another country. For some of us, work could be a form of socializing and with the loss of ability to have a quick chat with colleagues in the lift or pantry or simply turn behind to ask a question it might hit harder. Gone are the days we can have a quick chat in the lift or pantry. Let’s face it, trying to randomly chat with someone virtually especially since you have not seen them for a while is going to be a little awkward.

Increase Collaboration
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much more”. Many people have the mindset that it is alot harder to collaborate virtually. One good benefit of a virtual event apart from all the above points is that you can show your team how we shouldn’t let any obstacles stand in our way. Plus, it’s always good to know someone has your back.

Lower Costs
We always try to save the best for last. Apart from the prices of virtual team bonding being signifcantly cheaper than physical events, there’s also other hidden savings such as travel, venue rental & other misc cost. Even if you are not facing budget cuts, why not use the remaining budget more effectively such as for more attractive prizes or a little gift for everyone.

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Till we meet physically, take care.