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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. For each app, I’ll tell you a little about the app, let you know what I like about the app but also what I think could and should be improved. I tried a total of 7 app’s. One of them I couldn’t even get to open up.

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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. You might think of a sibling or neighbor who used to enjoy playing with them. As for me, a number of team activities come to mind! Surprise, surprise.)

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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. My 9-year old son loves sports and works hard at each of them and is very naturally gifted in the athletic arena. My daughter continues to amaze me with both her thoughtfulness and unselfishness and her willingness to sacrifice for others.

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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. Whether it is a clip from a movie, or a video specifically created for training on certain issues, when done Issues and topics that you can partner with this video: , they are effective learning instruments , especially when connecting with next-gen teams and leaders.

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

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. We went on a 2-hour jaunt on a lake outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. The water was a bit chilly but it was a fun trip. Here are some team building observations and lessons I gathered from our adventure. You can’t paddle for everyone.

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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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. Here are 5 surefire ways to help in getting past those fears. Face it Head On. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers.

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. Each activity comes with instructions, and you can even download a 4-page PDF guide of this post at the end to take with you to your holiday party or team meeting. The PDF includes additional ideas not listed in the post.). Snowflake.

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. You wouldn’t think that writing and publishing a relatively brief eBook would be that big of a deal.

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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. When used the right way, many goals can be accomplished and issues worked on that can move a team from being dysfunctional to highly effective.

Paycor HR Leaders Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

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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. Fortunately, I wasn’t the facilitator or the one who made her cry. Phew!). Why did that turn out so badly?

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. I was in a job that stretched me, for sure. But I was willing to work on the things that I didn’t know, and I was committed to do whatever I needed to make things work with my boss.

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. As leaders, we can either succumb to fear or we can look fear in the face and see the opportunity lying within. We have a choice when faced with new roles and the many obstacles we will confront.

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. We ended up meeting for seven or so sessions and during those sessions discovered a lot about who he was and the leader that he was growing into. During the coaching process, he had several “a-ha” moments.

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!). It was a great thrill and a rush of adrenaline. We got through the whole half-day without anyone falling out and having a blast. Here are the team building lessons I learned from our experience.

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

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. Use them in team meetings to discuss what aspects of team trust you need to work on. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

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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. In his post, he shares 5 traits of authentic leaders : Authentic leaders have insight. Authentic leaders demonstrate initiative. Authentic leaders exert influence. Authentic leaders have impact.

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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. You’re starting a new career and essentially starting over. Whatever the situation, you might be wondering how you can lead from what would be considered a “lower level” Regardless of position, you can have influence in your new [job].

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. The best team building exercises build on each other so that your team can accelerate its performance not only during the event but also in the weeks and years to come. How do you choose which activities to run? Here are a few suggestions on choosing team building activities.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

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? If you’re anything like me, some goals can seem overly daunting. Others can be simply mundane.

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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. Here are ten ways to help re-direct your team (and even yourself) to think about others during the holidays and get the focus off of everything you have to do. These activities will not only help your team to grow closer, but also steer the focus to others.

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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. Though we seek to spend time with family, even the busy-ness of the season (which is supposed to be fun and relaxing) can often be filled with stress and headaches.

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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. Although building this kind of trust takes time, here are a few quick ways that you can build trust with your workers. These should not be the only ways you seek to build trust, but they are specific practices that can be used on a daily basis to build up trust over time.

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COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

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. Thoughts of trust falls gone wrong, “paintballing the boss”, and other horror stories abound.

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. When challenged by another co-worker, he simply responded, “I think it’s a good place,” in his thick African accent. You see, Chibuzo, is a refugee from Congo. He is happy to be in America and glad to have a job. “Bullsh*t!”

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. They tend to push ahead and are not easily satisfied. They are driven but can also be dangerous and tend to upset others. They seem to create problems and more work for others wherever they are found.

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. Depending on your time frame and budget, consider these fun activities for your team to increase team morale. Bowling. Put on those awesome shoes and go for a few hours to a local bowling alley.

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Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

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. Sure, they may sound like fun, but what makes a team building experience worth the time, money, and effort that is put into it? In my opinion, there is really only one criteria that determines if a team building experience is effective: did it transform your team?

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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. Use them in team meetings to discuss what aspects of team trust you need to work on. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

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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. One way to develop team member’s trust is to delegate more tasks to them.

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.” ” Several of these can be done with a limited budget and many of these can be tweaked or combined to create an all-out superstar event that your people will talk about for years to come. Roll out the red carpet.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

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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. Since then, I have used it multiple times and with multiple teams to help me discover more about who I’m working with and how to lead and/or worth with others best. Depending on which DISC test you use (there are a few variations), it will tell you how you respond to certain situations.

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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. Inspiring. One of the most effective ways to communicate is to inspire. Inspiration is more than talking about action. It speaks of belief and why you do what you do.

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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. There’s just something really special about moms. Nobody serves you like dear old mom, right? When I visit my childhood home, my mother serves me and my family like nobody’s business. She loves it.

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. Enjoy these and seriously consider using some of these to boost your team’s morale! Some of these activities are ones you can hire out from specific companies. For

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.