Team Building Workshop

Scott Kress recently hosted a webinar about team building as a leader. The webinar titled “5 ideas in 15 minutes” can you seen here. Scott hosted this webinar as an introduction to a conference where he is a keynote speaker....

Team Building Training for Effective Meetings

Meetings are a huge part of today’s work environment. Organizations are complex with many employees, specialized departments and project teams. It is impossible to keep it all on track without meetings. However, many meetings are less effective than they could be if you took a team building training approach. Many of us plan, attend and facilitate meetings with little thought or planning. As Nike says you Just Do It. Chances are you are missing out on a lot of potential value at each meeting through lack of engagement and participation. There are many ways to look at this challenge and in this blog, for the purposes of team building training, I will examine the meeting challenge through a personality lens. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of many psychometric tools available today and MBTI happens to be the world’s most popular. One of the dichotomies that is examined through the MBTI is the pairing of Introversion and Extraversion. Using an understanding of these two preferences can help you plan and lead a more effective meeting. In a meeting you will usually hear from the extraverts even if you do not want to and you may never hear from the introverts. The key is to balance the energy of these two styles. Extraverts tend to think as they talk whereas introverts process internally before sharing. Extraverts are usually comfortable and confident speaking in front of a group and introverts may be less inclined and less comfortable doing so. A few strategies to bring out the best in both types… When having a discussion in your meeting break into small groups...

Team Building in Space

Team building and teamwork are critical for success. Astronaut Scott Kelly has just returned from a record breaking 340 days in space. After spending close to a year on the International Space Station Scott Kelly has landed back on earth. The science rich mission was in-part used to test human endurance in zero gravity as part of the planned future expedition to Mars and its success was in large part attributed to teamwork. As well all know, experience and knowledge are critical to produce high performance results. However, you can have the smartest and most experienced people and if they cannot work well together the vast majority of their talents will go to waste and they will not produce high performance results. Upon his return to earth, astronaut Scott Kelly, spoke of the important role teamwork played on his space mission. “A really smart person said to me one time, ‘Teamwork makes the dream work in spaceflight,’ and spaceflight is the biggest team sport there is,” Kelly said Monday. He acknowledged each of the 13 U.S., Russian, European and Japanese space fliers with whom he and Kornienko lived during the past year. “It’s incredibly important that we all work together to make what is seemingly impossible, possible.” One definition of high performance is: A high performance team is as a group of people with specific roles and complementary talents and skills, aligned with and committed to a common purpose, who consistently show high levels of collaboration and innovation, that produce superior results. Team relationships are built on trust, support and respect When you combine skills, experience and teamwork you...