Team building with us is a completely different experience. Unlike a ropes course or a white-water rafting outing, where the thrill of the experience often fades away soon after it’s over, a team building workshop with us brings lasting transformation by giving participants the tools they need to break down personal barriers, change habits and discover their full collaborative and creative potential.
Our team building workshops are custom built for your team, are perfect for teams of any size and bring powerful concepts and exercises to regular people. We work with local and regional Seattle area consulting firms, credit unions, banks, public schools, universities, government agencies, today’s leading technology, and companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nike and Boeing. Regardless the size of the team, or role of the team members, we create a safe space for people to make mistakes, celebrate failure, and become aware of how they act with each other, and react to things that happen in their work environment.
Like traditional team building, a workshop like this can feel a little bit scary. Stretching social boundaries with co-workers is not a comfortable thing to do, but unlike traditional team building, our workshops empower participants to be open, authentic, trusting and confident.
We often get a ton of questions from people asking about our workshops and how it can apply to business. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions:
What are the most important principles that can be applied to the corporate world?
There are many, but here are 6::
- Redefine Failure: The moment you realize that you can choose how you react to failure is the moment that failure will become something from which you can learn and gain.
- Listen. No, REALLY Listen: Humans have five physical senses. Hearing is only one of them, but LISTENING requires at least two at a time.
- Ditch Perfectionism: Mistakes are an invaluable part of the human experience. Consider the invention of Penicillin, Potato Chips, Fireworks, and the Slinky…. All accidents!
- Play more: Side effects include increased cognitive function, lowered blood pressure, improved motor response, improved problem-solving skills, and more FRIENDS.
- Refocus to the Present: It’s easy to let your mind drift or become distracted by the person or task that you’re with right now. Stop and gently refocus.
- Take 1 single ACTION Today: No matter how small, how easy, commit to one single ACT (not plan, not research, but an actual “DO”).
What is a Team Building workshop with you actually like?
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, let me begin by offering you a series of videos devoted to giving you a visual introduction to what our workshop will be like to experience. In 2017, we produced a couple of entertaining, but informative videos that I’d like to share with you. One is on Leadership and Teambuilding, and the other is on Conflict management. Still, there are several more we have produced over the past five years that are certainly worth giving a watch if you’re interested in a little bit more of an audio/video immersion. Contact us for a sample of these videos.
Our workshops bring powerful concepts and exercises. In our workshops, we create a safe space for you to make mistakes, celebrate failure, and become aware of how you interact with, and react to each other, making your workplace a place of collaboration and collaborative empowerment.
My team is fragmented and untrusting of each other. How do we gain/regain trust in this team?
When a bunch of people engage in a new activity, it often starts with most people feeling anxious or nervous about doing something they think will be very difficult, and will take a special kind of mindset. Once they realize that the goal of every exercise is not to perform ‘correctly’ and that we’re really just having fun, the nerves calm down and give way to curiosity and true engagement. This transition from fear to fun is when all the benefits start to happen. In our workshop, it is made crystal clear in the beginning that the only goal is to engage in what’s going on. In other words, we want you to MESS UP. When you’re given license to fail, and you know that everybody in the room has the same license, then the pressure is removed and you begin to let yourself play. That’s how the ice is broken and the seeds of trust are sown.