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4 Free Apps to Use for Team Icebreakers

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Here are some free app’s that you can use to run icebreaker activities in meetings and for special events. All of these app’s are free; although, some of them offer “Pro” or paid versions that offer even more activities or icebreaker questions.

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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.

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 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?

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

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.

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 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.

5 Quick and Easy Holiday Team Building Activities

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Need some team building activities for the holidays? Here are five different ones that you can use as stand-alone activities or put them together for one amazing holiday gathering.

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.

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.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

My First eBook and Conquering Fear

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Well, today is the first official day of the launch of my eBook, 4 Steps to Choosing the Best Team Building Activities. It’s been an interesting journey. I’ve learned a lot not only about the eBook process, but also about stepping out in the midst of fear.

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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.

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.

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.

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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5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

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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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!).

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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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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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

10 Ways to Help Your Team Be More Thankful

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‘Tis the season to be grateful. There are lots of things to be thankful for; however, we can often get busy (especially during this time of the year) and become consumed with all that we have to get done before the end of the year.

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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.

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.

5 Quick Ways to Build Trust with Your Team in Five Minutes or Less

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Trust is a necessary component to any team. According to Patrick Lencioni in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team trust is the foundational attribute on which everything else must be built to form a successful team.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

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.

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.

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.

15 Unique Activities that Build Team Spirit

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Does your group need a boost in morale? Here is a list of 15 activities that can help build your team’s attitude and increase their team spirit both outside of the office and at work. Active/Outdoor Group Activities.

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The CFO Playbook: How to Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

To increase employee retention, you need to consider more than universal healthcare benefits in your turnover calculation. Discover how investing in the right employee benefits can decrease turnover by 138%.

What Difference Does it Make?

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There are a lot of team building activities that exist, and there are also a variety of team building companies that boast everything from a Drum Circle to Cooking to get your team engaged, communicating, and more productive.

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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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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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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.”

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

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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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.

7 Essentials for Team Communication

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Communication is one of the most important aspects of any team. Without good communication, teams and projects fall apart. Good communication, on the other hand, cultivates trust and catapults teams into success. There are many aspects of good team communication. Let’s focus on seven of those.

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Team Building Lessons I Learned from My Mom

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When we consider who we work with and how we interact with our team mates and clients we serve, picture your mom serving these people. How would she react? What would she do to make their day? How can we serve others like our moms serve us? Serve ‘em Like Your Mama.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.