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Leadership Lessons I Learned from My Daughter, the Junior Philanthropist

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It’s a lot of fun to watch children grow up as a parent, especially when they start to come into their own as a person. I have two kids and both are pretty amazing in their own ways.

5 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn from a Micro-Manager

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When I was in my early twenties, within the space of about three weeks I lost my job, my grandmother passed away (her funeral was on my birthday, no less), my dog died, and I became fairly ill. It was like a country song gone bad. During that season, I worked for a guy that was a micro-manager.

7 Team Building Games You Can Lead with Hula Hoops

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If I say, “Hula Hoop,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Quick! When you think of hula hoops, you probably don’t necessarily think of team building games. You might think of memories of elementary school PE or recess.

Top 10 Reasons Your Team Building Activities are Ineffective

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“I really don’t want to share anymore,” one of my coworkers said. “Why not?” ” the facilitator demanded. “Because this isn’t the place,” she replied. At that point, Kara began to cry and walked off. Talk about your awkward moments.

Take Time For What Really Matters

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As we come to the close of another year, there are a lot of things that compete for our attention. Shopping for presents, attending Christmas or holiday parties, preparing for family and office gatherings. The list seems to go on and on.

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4 Ways to Gamify Your Goals

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Gamify. It’s the new buzzword in online circles. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically adapting game design elements and principles into something that isn’t necessarily game related. Do we need to be that entertained? Even normal tasks must be gamified?

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Team Building Lessons I Learned from a Family Kayak Adventure

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Last week, I went on a kayaking trip with my family and some of my wife’s extended family. We rented kayaks and SUP’s (Stand Up Paddleboards for the newbies reading this) at a local marina in the town where we were staying.

5 Essential Elements of Icebreaker Activities

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As a teamwork facilitator, understanding how each element works and fits in to the overall design of a team building program is vital. This infographic details the 5 essential qualities that each icebreaker activity you run should have. What icebreaker activities are your favorites?

Why You Need to Rethink Your Goals

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It’s crazy to believe that there are only just a few weeks left in 2016. I’m curious. How did you do with your goals this year? How did your team do with their goals? As for me, I hit some goals WAY earlier than expected and am still working towards others.

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Leading Others to their A-Ha Moments

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I had the opportunity recently to work with a young man who needed some leadership development coaching. His boss had strongly encouraged (read required, actually – ahem) him to go to three sessions and then any sessions after that were voluntary if he wanted to continue.

5 Funny Teamwork Videos to Get Your Team Talking. You Have to See #3 to Believe it.

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Videos are great illustration tools. In fact, they are some of my favorite tools to use when teaching or training.

5 Ways to Face Your Fear as a Leader with Bonus Quotes. #4 Might Surprise You!

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As a leader, you are sure to face fears on a weekly, if not daily basis. Learning to overcome them and to push through can be some of the toughest obstacle to moving forward in your leadership. It is often a difficult, but necessary task to push through fear and make a decision or deal with an issue.

Why Every Leader Should Use the DiSC Assessment with Their Team

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I first used the DiSC assessment years ago when I was working at a church in Phoenix, Arizona. Our church hosted a workshop and one of the speakers led us in this personality assessment.

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Three Secrets of a Super-Fun Team

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Have you ever wondered what makes some teams great and some, well, duds? So have I. I’ve been on teams that work really well together and are downright a blast to be a part of. I’ve been on others where I couldn’t wait to go home at the end of the day.

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Leading from the Lower Ranks

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There’s several situations where you might find yourself in what some would consider lower or mid- levels of influence. You’ve recently entered the world of work. You’ve changed jobs and had to settle for a downward move.

5 Quick and Easy Icebreaker Games You Can Do with 1 Piece of Webbing

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Here are a few icebreaker games you can do with a short piece of 1″ Tubular Webbing. You’ll need one piece of webbing about 15 feet long for each of these activities. If you only have one group (up to 10 or 12 people), you can use the same piece of webbing for each one.

How to Choose the Best Team Building Activities, Part 2

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This post is the second in a series. To read the first post, click here. Team building activities can be a great way to increase your team’s effectiveness, motivation, communication and vision.

Why Authenticity is a Powerful Leadership Tool, Part 1

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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”. ? May Sarton. The dictionary defines authentic as “not false or copied; genuine; real” Michael Hyatt wrote a post a couple of years ago defining authentic leadership.

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7 Team Building Lessons I Learned from White Water Rafting

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Last week, while on vacation, I went on a whitewater rafting adventure with some of my family. We were on a Class IV (advanced) section of the Clear Creek river outside of Idaho Springs, Colorado. The company we went with was Liquid Descent , and our guide was Alan (he was awesome!).

How to Choose the Best Team Building Activities, Part 1

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You have a team retreat or event coming up and need to choose a few team building activities to get your group excited and working well together so you can be uber-productive during the retreat.

15 More Creative Ideas to Boost Team Spirit

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Almost a year ago, I published a post entitled 15 Unique Activities that Build Team Spirit. I think it’s time to update that list. I have come across a number of very creative ideas since then, and brainstormed for a few more.

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Want to Be Trained by the Best?

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Hey Adventurers – Have I got a special opportunity for you! One of my mentors and one of the world’s leading team building trainers and the founder of Playmeo , Mark Collard, will be in the Dallas area next month and you could have an opportunity to train with him too.

Member Spotlight: Pedro Balcita

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I am really excited to introduce you to one of my subscribers (and just to let you know, I don’t think of people as merely subscribers, but members of this adventurous community ). His name is Pedro Balcita, and he is from the Philippines.

Warning! Do NOT Read This Unless You Want to Become a Dangerous Leader.

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You might have seen one of these “creatures” before, but you probably didn’t know just how dangerous they can be. They are prone to wandering outside the box. They upset the status quo and have dangerous ideas. They are often hard to manage and continually step out of bounds.

Five More Funny Teamwork Videos

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In my last post on Funny Teamwork Videos , I found a few videos that might lighten up a team meeting or be good examples of what NOT to do as team members along with a few debriefing questions after each one. Here are a few more funny videos that I’ve found since then.

How to Choose the Best Team Building Activities, Part 3

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In the previous two weeks, we have discussed the process for choosing team building activities for your team and how to go about it the best way. When many people consider these kinds of activities, there is little thought that goes into the process of choosing these kinds of exercises.

10 Quotes on Trust to Challenge Your Team

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Trust is one of those bedrock components of any team. It can be hard to build but easy to break down. There are a lot of ways to build trust , and endless ways to breach it. Here are some quotes on trust I’ve gathered to help challenge and encourage your team towards an attitude of trust.

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10 Quotes on Trust to Challenge Your Team

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Trust is one of those bedrock components of any team. It can be hard to build but easy to break down. There are a lot of ways to build trust , and endless ways to breach it. Here are some quotes on trust I’ve gathered to help challenge and encourage your team towards an attitude of trust.

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7 Ways to Motivate Your Team Red-Carpet Style

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There are a lot of ways to motivate your team and let them know you appreciate them. Since we are in the season of major award shows and nominations, I wanted to offer some suggestions on ways to help motivate and encourage your people “red-carpet style.”

15 Ways Leaders Say, “I Trust You” Without Using Words

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There are many ways that leaders say, “I trust you”; however, the most effective are often said without using words. You can tell in their voice, the way they manage, and the way that they don’t hover over you like a news helicopter waiting for a story to break. Delegate.

8 Ways to Insert Adventure Into Your Day

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Most of the time, we tend to fall into our routines and stay there. If you’re like me, though, routine tends to get boring rather quickly. I try to find ways to get out of my normal schedule and make my life and work more interesting.

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How to Lose a Customer Over 78 Cents

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I’m a big advocate and proponent of customer service. As in a huge believer. Ever since my mid-20s when I worked in a retail store called Eastern Mountain Sports and went through some phenomenal training, I am sold out on quality customer care and training.

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4 Creative and Effective Debriefing Exercises to Enhance Your Team Building Activities

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Debriefing after team building exercises is an essential, though often neglected, part of team building. Processing the activities takes time, energy, and intentionality. There are various ways to debrief activities ; however, most facilitators stick to simply asking questions after each exercise.

What Makes Team Building Activities Effective?

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There are words and phrases that get watered-down, misused, and ultimately can get a bad reputation. Team building is one of those, especially when people discuss team building activities. Now, just about everything is labelled as team building as long as it’s done with a group of people.

5 Ways to Transform Your Team’s New Year’s Resolutions into Adventurous Goals

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Now is the time when people think about and set New Year’s Resolutions. Chances are you have as well. However, I am not a big fan of most New Year’s Resolutions and here’s why: They’re rarely specific. They’re easy to break. They lack focus and clarity. They’re seldom risky. There’s typically no accountability. I use this time of the year to set specific goals for how I want my upcoming year to look.

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3 Strategies for Overcoming Fear as a Leader

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Every leader faces it, and must make a decision on what he will do when faced with any number of fears. Fear is a natural reaction to something new, different, or from change that is occurring in an area of our life.

How to Become a Team Building Jedi Master, Saga II

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Welcome back to Team Building Tuesday, young master! Last week you learned some of what it takes to become a team building Jedi master. We will continue your training today – are you ready? You must not lose focus. You must continue to press on and complete your training.

How to Become a Team Building Jedi Master, Saga I

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Ah, my young padawan. You are interested in becoming a team building master, no? There are several key elements in which you must become proficient before you are ready. But, don’t fear, you have come to the right place.

Leadership Begins with Attitude

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He sat across from me in my office talking to me about his job. He works the night shift at a local food-processing plant. It’s not a glamorous job by any means, but this man is truly grateful for his position there.

4 Problem Solving Activities to Grow Your Team Brain

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There are many ways to get your team to problem solve and come up with different kinds of creative solutions. The The following problem solving activitiesoffer a way to get your team thinking outside of the box and on the road to growing your team brain. 9 Dots Exercise.

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