On December 14 we experienced a tragedy in our nation that will forever change how we live our lives and view the world we live in. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut left many of us asking questions like “Is there any good that can come out of such a tragedy? Does something like this have any redeemable value?” The popular prayer adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous asks God to grant us “serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” It is a natural reaction for people to respond to catastrophic tragedies by looking for ways to do something, sadly there isn’t much that we can do to lessen the pain…
Happy Holidays! Enjoy one of our Christmas Party traditions, a Jib-Jab video featuring our staff!
What will you do to add value to your events this year? With the holiday season just around the corner special event planners’ stress levels begin to elevate as they begin to plan their yearly holiday office parties. Have you put together an event that you thought had all the components necessary to be successful only to find out it fell short in the eyes of the attendees? Why do so many events rarely hit the mark, and what are the key ingredients that might be missing from your events?
How the Duct Tape Game is Played Supplies For each team playing, you will need: A roll of duct tape A marker A poster board or flip chart Purpose To promote communication and collaboration. Directions 1. Set up: Take some of the duct tape and draw a circle about ten feet in diameter. Place a poster… Read More »
Before helping start Group Dynamix in 1998, I labored in a lot of different work environments many of which the companies lacked any understanding of how to build effective teams. In fact, most never truly realized they had a need for team building until it was too late. Several of these companies nearly failed as they witnessed key employees leave followed by their key customers.
For decades, surveys have shown that the top thing employees want most from theirs jobs is not money but appreciation. Some might make the case that a bonus is a good way to show appreciation, but it’s more than that. People want to be valued by their organization, not just by their manager, the CEO, their project leader, but by their work groups. That’s why colleagues sometimes have more influence on employees’ work performance than their bosses…
As we spoke about in Part One of the series, an “era” is defined as a period of time marked by distinctive character, events, etc… I believe right now we are ushering in a unique and challenging era in corporate America. For the first time in history, employers are struggling to balance the different needs and working styles of four different generations in the workforce.
What challenges are leaders faced with and what are some ways to successfully “bridge the generational gap” and build a great team?
The place– The brand new Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. The people – 160 Advancial employees. The Event – A Group Dynamix Amazing Journey.
As guests check into the Omni Hotel on January 15th, their curiosity is peeked by waves of laughter and cheers heard sporadically throughout corridors of this lavish hotel. Their curiosity turns to amusement as they see gaggles of green-shirted Advancial employees hurrying to various destinations throughout the hotel seeking clues or performing tasks before moving onto their next destination…
What Supplies are needed? Duct Tape Set Up: Tape lines on the floor. We used duct tape but could use your gym lines already there. How it’s played? One person is “it.” Plays like normal tag but you can never leave the lines. Once tagged you become the next “it. Variations: 1. You cannot Jump… Read More »
How is Scream Played? Scream is a GDX twist on the game “Look Up-Look Down.” Make a circle of 6 to 12 players, all standing very close to each other. Each circle will have a player that will be the “caller.” This player will start the game by saying , “Look Down!” Each player lowers his or… Read More »
An “era” is defined as a period of time marked by distinctive character, events, etc. I believe right now we are ushering in a unique and challenging era in corporate America. For the first time in history, employers are struggling to balance the different needs and working styles of four different generations in the workforce. If working with teams did not have enough challenges when the workforce was comprised of all Baby Boomers, try and get your arms around getting things done with FOUR generations!
Leaders and team members alike need to understand the distinctive challenges with such a powerful dynamic and how to maximize productivity in a generationally diverse workforce. Employees, though diversified, are still a product of their generation and generally have a set of convictions about work habits such as collaborating, communication, accountability and rewards, productivity and decision making…