Team Builder’s Guide to Great Burgers!

In my job at Summit Team Building, facilitating team building and leadership programs, I am on the road a lot! And I often find myself delivering Team Development and Team Building programs to clients along that stretch of road between the GTA and Ottawa area. It’s a long drive and not always as “efficient” as I’d like it to be. Be it weather, traffic or construction, I find it always takes longer than Google Maps tells me, and this is all very discouraging!   Something that has kept me motivated lately is setting my sights on fun places to pit stop on my way to or from my programs when travelling along this stretch of highway. I love my burgers and I am a huge fan of the Food Network – one of my favourite shows is, “You Gotta Eat Here!” So, I thought I would put together a little “trail” of spots along the 401 that would be worth stopping into if you’re looking for a memorable burger (and trust me, there are other delectable dishes at each of these locations)- and they just all happened to be featured on the show! First stop, without having to travel outside of Toronto too far, is Pig Out BBQ in Pickering, ON. I would suggest the signature “Pig Out Burger” if you’re looking for a little extra something…like a juicy slice of beef brisket atop your amazing burger patty! And there is certainly nothing wrong with having an extra surprise inside your burger as well. So, if that is what you’re looking for, try the “Gourmet Cheese Stuffed Burger.” Next...

Summit Team Building Interview with Mary Barry

I am excited to tell you that earlier this year, I wrote a blog post, where I interviewed my colleague, Dave Gibson. You can read all about it here. I am excited to tell you that throughout 2017, I will be giving you a behind-the-scenes look and interviewing each member of our fantastic team. This month I would like to introduce you my friend, talented colleague and the person at Summit who has been training me over the last seven months, Mary Barry. Hi Mary. Tell us about your journey. How did you find your way into Team Building and Team Development?  At my previous place of employment, I had a lot of opportunities to try on different “hats” and one of them revolved around Training and Development. It turned out to be a great fit. I loved seeing people reach those “aha” moments and realized it was something I not only loved, but that I was good at.  When I left that organization, I stayed home with my very young children for a while but soon discovered Summit Team Building through some friends. I did some contract work for a while but as my kids grew, Summit grew, and it seemed a natural fit that I would join the company on a full-time basis. That was over a decade ago and the experiences I have had since then could fill a book. In your spare time, what do you like to do for fun?  For the most part I am a home-body. I love to spend time with my now teenage boys and husband. We live on the...

The Best Team Building Activities – The Elusive Formula

The Best Team Building Activities – The Elusive Formula If you are looking for Team Building Activities that will result in the development of a high performing team and don’t know where to start what do you do? Well, you might ask Google and like so many of life’s other questions, Google actually has the answer and it surprised even them as explained in a recent HRM Canada article. http://www.hrmonline.ca/hr-news After two years of research and hundreds of interviews, Google discovered that of the multitude of Team Building Activities out there, no single one provided the magic bullet they were looking for to put together the best team possible. Many HR professionals spend a lot of time and energy developing Team Building Activities that would group individuals with complementary skills together in order to maximise that team’s effectiveness. Finding the right balance of introverts/extroverts, or developing the perfect matrix of academic credentials would seemingly provide the best foundation for building the ultimate dream team in your industry. It turns out that this kind of thinking is all wrong and many HR professionals and managers are starting to learn that the best kind of Team Building Activities focuses more on the human side of things. Relationship building, fostering trust and collaboration and establishing a culture where people care about each other and the work they do makes for a much better recipe for success than simply looking at the experience and background folks bring to the table. This revelation was great for us at Summit to hear…our team building activities focus on creating experiences where people can get to know...

Keynote Speaker Toronto

Trying to find a motivational speaker in Toronto is easy – there are a ton of them. Trying to find a motivational speaker in Toronto that will have a message that resonates with your organization is a little tougher.  Remember, you are not only making a financial investment, your team will be taking time away from work to listen to this message so it’s a good idea to think about what they should be walking away with before you start. Many motivational speakers in Toronto are talented, entertaining and can easily engage groups with stories and anecdotes for an hour or so. People leave feeling energized and have shared some laughs with their colleagues. Then they go back to work and the energy fades, the message doesn’t stick and no return on investment is realized. Steven Covey wisely said that successful people always start with the end in mind.  In keeping with that idea, here are a few questions to ask when hunting for the right motivational speaker in Toronto. What are the key messages my team will hear? If this is part of a conference or offsite there are usually themes that you will want to focus on. Having a clear vision of this before you start searching for a speaker will save you a lot of time and effort. Are the messages relevant and applicable to the work we do? Most motivational speakers in Toronto and beyond can tell you about their experiences but often fail when attempting to relate what they learned to the world their audience lives in. Will the presentation be entertaining and interactive? ...