How Team Building May Have Affected The Outcome of the Superbowl

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Watching the Super Bowl yesterday I was not surprised of the turn of events leading to the  final outcome even though one team had a considerable lead at halftime. Not that the Atlanta Falcons are poorly managed as a team, but one of the reasons the New England Patriots are and have been so successful is because of the coach Bill Belichick. Belichick is known for having a well oiled machine or system in place. There are a lot of teams that have equally good and maybe even better players but the New England team is a very successful system. Team building is a big part of the successful system that Belichick had built and implemented. Successful team building I believe was responsible for the Pats win in the Super Bowl. The “system” that Belicheck implements uses is a very successful form of team building and that is why they are winners more times than not. It looks like Brady is the star, but it truly is the whole system working together working as a team that makes them so successful

Effective teams must have communication among all members of the group. Effective teams conduct frequent meetings to evaluate the work completed and discuss the status of tasks in process. All members of a team must participate in team meetings or receive updates on how the project stands. When all workers in a business are members of a team, management or owner must ensure that communication is clear and necessary information is available to all.

Clearly defined goals are essential for an effective team. An goal provides all team members with an understanding of what the team is attempting to produce or achieve. For example, a team assembled to reduce scrap rates on a production line can define the project goal to reduce the amount of scrap produced by 10 percent. Goals also set the definition for success. When the processes and improvements reduce the scrap rate by 10 percent, the team has reached the goal of the project successful.

So just as in sports, effective team building practices can lead to a successful and productive workplace environment.

The Advantages of Outside Trainers for Companies to Consider

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Employee training is one of a business owner’s or manager’s top priorities and can pay some of the highest dividends in terms of productivity and profitability as well as leading to greater customer satisfaction. There are such companies that can  provide training services to other businesses, also known as outside training. While not a substitute for training by immediate supervisors, outside training has its own advantages and could have a place in your business’s training plan. The benefits of these training companies can outweigh the costs to provide a rewarding long lasting experience.

Outside Training companies

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Professional Trainers

Outside consultants and professional trainers often have the seasoned skills in teaching and training being that is their forte rather than the management and supervisors within the organization who do not practice as a profession. Training is their specialty, and outside trainers are up to speed on all of the newest techniques and the use of technology in training. An outside trainer may be more willing to use role-playing and team-building exercises with which a manager might not be familiar or less willing to use. The outside trainer specializes day in and day out facilitating training sessions for many companies.

From a time management standpoint, A department manager’s or business owner’s time is valuable, and he often finds himself stretched to the limit with day-to-day obligations. Even though the benefits may outweigh the time spent, managers may be unwilling to invest the necessary time to train employees because of other pressures. By delegating some of the more time-intensive training activities to an outside trainer, his employees and company still benefit from the training, and he is able to attend to other tasks so that there is a win/win all the way around.

Another advantage of the outside trainer is that they will have non –biased and insights and  therefore can be advantageous because of the “clean slate” approach to the personnel that needs to be assessed in a non- judgmental way. In the instance or concern that outside trainers may not be familiar with some of the companies practices, trainers will spend some time prior to the training to be brought up to speed on the companies culture and expectations that they have for the prospective training expedition. The trainers are then familiar with the company’s culture as well as their management styles and procedures.

Outside trainers may provide training through seminars or conferences that are held off-site from the business. Off-site training often can provide a more distraction-free environment for employees, who may be pulled back into work when the training is provided at their main place of employment. Seminar or conference training may also allow the employee to interact with others in similar businesses and to gain knowledge and ideas from them. Different venues serve as a refreshing retreat from the overly familiar environment and can encourage fresh ideas.

Companies can truly benefit from outside training companies in the training and development of employees . Outside trainers can help you achieve your desired results in personnel enrichment refresh team when  communication cooperation have gotten out of sync for many reasons.

 

Bicycle Team Building Event – Federal Government Washington, DC

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Team Building Activities for Co-Workers

The Pretrial Services unit for the Federal Government was looking for team building training and awarded Leaders Speakers of Charlotte NC the contract.Bicycle Building Team Building Event They chose the” Bicycles Built by You” team building event because it was a high energy and creative exercise with a charity component. The event took place in downtown Washington DC. There were three sessions of enthusiastic competitive team members that had to bond with their team members and cooperate with other teams in order to advance in their quest to obtain the necessary bikes parts in order to build 20” bikes that would eventually be presented to the local Boys and Girls club at the end of the event.The teams had to come up with a team cheer and compete against each other teams with their creative, unique and high energy competitive exhibitions. They were then judged after the cheer offs to determine winners that would get a concession of a “head start” to start solving some challenging clues to earn their bike parts. The groups worked feverishly to get their bicycles built first even when it meant cooperating and helping other groups with their efforts. The overall team building experience proves and helps the individual teams realize that it takes cooperation from all groups to be successful.Bicycle Building Team Building Charity event Another sense of accomplishment and awe happened at the end of the event when the finished bikes were presented to 18 deserving children from the local Boys and Girls club of Washington DC. The staff members made it a point to individually express their appreciation for the overall experience that this team building event that will provided for them.

How to Fix Bad Management that is Destroying your Employees Morale

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I have recently had the opportunity to interview many prospective sales people as candidates for entry level sales positions which has brought in candidates from many different industries and professions. I shockingly discovered through my process of interviewing that many of the applicants experienced bad management /employee relationships in their past jobs that resulted in resentful attitudes or quitting. In any case it seems that there are a lot of supervisors or managers that are not properly trained to manage other people leads to unsatisfactory production and low profit margins. team buils pymaid Sometimes companies have are forced to hire inexperienced management personnel or they do not have the time or resources to properly train them. So how do companies remedy a bad management situation? Well it obviously starts with reassessing and retraining of management and supervisory roles. Most times it is better to get an opinion and a fix from an unbiased outsource, this has two benefits in that the outside source can provide the unbiased judgment and it takes the burden off you and/or your company being perceived as the bad guy.

In addition to my role as a sales consultant I have been practicing leadership and team building training for several years. Team building exercises are a way of realigning, restoring team values and re-establishing effective communication channels not only between management and the teams but between teams (co-workers) as well. For Example I had the opportunity to facilitate a “Cultivating team a Atmosphereprogram for one the veterans associations management teams. They seemed to have interdepartmental issues – dissention, total communication breakdown with different management styles ECT. They were looking to quickly repair a breakdown and dysfunctional situation immediately.  As the participants came in the workshop room to choose their seating you could see the division among the personnel. “The Cultivating a Team Atmosphere workshop is a one day team building workshop with exercises and teachings to help overcome any obstacles that are inhibiting a productive and harmonious workplace.  The  participants were lead through various exercises that uncovered and resolved some very long standing issues. After the first break, one of the top managers who sat in on the leadership workshop took me aside and said that she was pleased that we had made some breakthroughs in a short period of time. It usually does not take more than a half a day to start uncovering and resolving communication issues and collaboration problems that can be easily remedied. Once you have people together and take them through a few exercises they realize and then are open to discuss their errors and problems at hand and be able to resolve them in a focused and non- threatening environment.

What is Your Motivation?

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How are People Motivated?

Importance of MotivationPeople are motivated in different ways to reach desired various goals and achievements. Motivation towards goals and or achievements can be as common as cleaning out your garage, rearranging your living room or tackling that deck you wanted to build. Goals can also be a bit loftier in the sense that they will benefit your status get to that next level of management in your company or decide to switch careers totally. In any case goals have one thing in common whether they are large or small. The things can get you to start then complete your goals are simply reasons that trigger and cause you to start an action towards achieving your desired goals. Let’s take building a deck for example: You may have been at a gathering at a friend’s house and they may had their party on their deck, it was such a great party and you found that your enjoyed being outside on a wooded platform that was complete with sitting areas and cooking options. What happened here is you had gotten a feeling of enjoyment which triggered an emotion you want to experience at your house on your own deck. So now you have the importance of motivation behind you to carry out the task of building that deck.

The Importance of Motivation

Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act. Same thing holds true moving up in status in your company. What drives people to get a promotion or change careers? Many answers here; money, desire for more power, more satisfying work that suits your career needs. You may achieve these goals by going to school, working harder taking on extra responsibilities and a myriad of other means. Once again you have the motivation that drives you towards these achievements. I facilitate public speaking workshops and many people are motivated to attend for many reasons. Some people are trying to alleviate their apprehensions of fear of public speaking , some people attend the public speaking skills training to become more persuasive speakers by learning how to design effective presentations. Did you know that people that posses excellent presentation skills are more likely to be promoted or even earn more money ? Maybe the reason or motivation people are seeking out Professional Speaking Training are for the reasons above. Whatever you motivation is ,know that you can satisfy it by taking the prompt action you need to achieve your goals.