Engaging a global team isn’t always easy, however, it is crucial to help team members feel like they are valued, engaged and connected. Andy Molinsk shares his thoughts on how best to engage global teams. His article inspired us to share some of our most effective programs for global teams:
- Experiential Initiatives: These are popular programs that global teams love. Teams work together on a series of experiential initiatives that allow them to explore current ways of working that may need to be addressed to increase both individual and team success in the workplace. Topics frequently explored include; building trust, encouraging open communication, how best to collaborate and more.
- True North’s Remarkable Race: This program encourages team members to seek out and solve a series of different challenges. Teams will get a chance to really engage and connect as they set out to complete their challenges with detours and roadblocks along the way. It’s possible to customize some aspects of the race to your organization.
- Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Workshop: This program helps teams understand how, they score on the key components of The Five Behaviors of an Effective Team model which includes: trust, conflict, commitment, accountability and results. Each individual on the team will also learn about their own behavioral style and their team members styles, based on the Everything DiSC® model and how each style contributes to the team’s overall success.
- Culinary events: True North Team Building blends a culinary experience with experiential learning to encourage communication, planning and working together. This is one of our most popular programs for global teams. Whether you are an experienced cook or inexperienced cook there is some way for everyone to contribute. Collaboration is key in this event as everyone is dependent on each other to finish the task.
Here at True North one of our specialties is working with companies on team development. We couldn’t agree more with this article about Unleashing the Power of Small, Independent Teams. Many organizations really thrive with teams that are able to hone in on and leverage each individual’s skill set. We can help you to develop and reinforce team mindset with some of our experiential learning programs such as: Chain Reaction 1.0, The Matrix, Everything Disc Workplace and many more. We are happy to determine which program would be best for you!
Recently my colleagues and I were able to spend some time talking to students at the East Shore Middle School in Milford, CT. The students are taking part in the “First Lego League Challenge”. This challenge requires them to work together as a team to create a number of lego robots that meet very specific goals and requirements. However, it also requires them to tackle a more in-depth, abstract problem. This year’s project is focused on human spaceflight in deep space. The students were specifically tasked with: “Think about all the challenges humans must overcome to travel in our solar system for long periods of time. To name just a few: extreme temperatures; lack of air, water and food; waste disposal or recycling; loneliness and isolation; and the need for exercise in order to stay healthy. After you select a problem, find out about the solutions that we are already using to try to fix it. Why is this problem hard to solve? Can you think of a new solution? Can you imagine a way to improve a current solution?”
The group chose specifically to focus on the problem of morale and mental health while on a long duration space mission. They quickly realized that if they came up with an appropriate team building challenge that it would be a great way to improve morale and check in with each other during the flight. They discussed this with their advisor who agreed that it would be great to be able to bring in some experts to help advise the students. She reached out to True North and asked if we would come in for an afternoon to talk to the students about team building ideas and what might work within their framework. Together we spent several hours brainstorming new ideas and helping explain to the students what our process is when designing an activity! By the end of the session, the students were well on their way to having a clearer set of goals and requirements for the activity.
This meeting really helped reinforce for us that team building can take place at any age and any location. These students were motivated and well prepared with new, innovative team building ideas that they discussed with us during the meeting. It was a great opportunity for us to get out and help instill the ideas of team building in a younger group. We are looking forward to following up with the group in the future and seeing where their project takes them during the statewide lego league competition.
Yes…the holiday season is upon us! Whether you decide to have your party in November, December or January it’s so important to bring your team together and celebrate all their hard work throughout the year! What better way to do this than with one of our many team building activities?!
Some of our most popular programs this time of year are:
Holiday Bar Wars – Stir things up as your teams compete against other teams to create winning holiday-themed cocktails.
Toy Bins For Charities – One of our most popular programs! This program encourages networking while building toy bins and filling them up with a variety of toys to be donated to local charities, just in time for the holidays.
Red Wagon Build & Toy Donation– Teams work together to build kids wagons and then fill them up with a wide variety of toys, sporting goods, crafts, books and more.
CanSculptures– Help fill local food pantries with this creative giving back event. Teams build themed sculptures out of canned goods that will get donated to a local food bank. The is an ongoing need at local food banks… before and after the holidays.
Holiday Bistro Battle– Teams compete to create a signature cocktail and cold appetizer to accompany it. After the creation of their cocktail and dish, each team will present their creation, but only one team will be awarded the winner!
Networking Lounge- Bring the fun to your office or meeting space when you transform the room into a giant lounge, full of games such as Wii tennis or bowling, ping pong, corn hole, giant Jenga and so much more!
Holiday Lip Sync Battle- Teams compete head to head to see who is the best performer.
Ugly Sweater Cookie Decorating Contest– See who can create the ugliest sweater cookie out there.
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No one knows when a natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake will strike. That is why it is important to keep our local disaster relief agencies well stocked with hygiene kits that can be distributed in case of a natural disaster!
You can create hygiene and personal care kits with your team any time of year! In addition, it is possible to create hygiene kits specifically for children and pets. Our Zombie Apocalypse program is a great team experience and a fantastic way to give back to the communities in which you live and work.