Straight Talk Leadership Seminars: 17 Tips for Better Team Building Offsites [NOOK Book]

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“OK, let’s go around the room and everyone tell one interesting fact about yourself.”

“Bill, just fall backwards off this platform and let your team catch you!”

“So how do we become a better team?”

Any of you who have attended team offsites may recognize some variation of the above phrases. With the primary purpose of building teamwork, offsites became very popular in the 90’s and are a mainstay in many organizational environments. I’ve seen very mixed success in the offsites I have both attended as a team member...

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Straight Talk Leadership Seminars: 17 Tips for Better Team Building Offsites

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Overview

“OK, let’s go around the room and everyone tell one interesting fact about yourself.”

“Bill, just fall backwards off this platform and let your team catch you!”

“So how do we become a better team?”

Any of you who have attended team offsites may recognize some variation of the above phrases. With the primary purpose of building teamwork, offsites became very popular in the 90’s and are a mainstay in many organizational environments. I’ve seen very mixed success in the offsites I have both attended as a team member and facilitated as a leader. Some of the offsites were great at inspiring the team and driving positive change in the organization, while others had as much impact as trying to bring down an alligator with a pea-shooter.

In looking at my successes and failures in managing offsites, I’ve come to realize that team offsites held for the sole purpose of building teamwork in an organization just don’t work well. Sure, there may be some great feel-good things that happen at the offsite and a couple of friendships may develop. That is all fine and good. What really makes a team offsite hum, though, is when team building is coupled with organizational direction setting or problem solving. Not only are the team-building benefits realized, but the team is putting the team-building to work in real-time by addressing real, meaty business issues. After the offsite is done and the team goes back to the office, the team-building can be reinforced through the implementation of the ideas unearthed at the offsite. When this is done well, team-building shifts from being a separate and distinct activity to something that is woven into the fabric of what the team does on a day to day basis.

In this Self-Study Seminar I will focus on five fundamental requirements leaders should follow which will result in effective team offsites. These requirements are based on years of conducting successful offsites as well as quite a few that were major duds. I learned some major lessons through both the successes and failures which helped me run more effective team offsites. I hope these lessons learned will be helpful to you as well.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045229227
  • Publisher: Leading on the Edge/Projectmanagementadvisor.com
  • Publication date: 8/18/2013
  • Series: Straight Talk Leadership Seminars
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 75 KB

Meet the Author

Lonnie Pacelli is an internationally recognized author and president of Leading on the Edge International. Lonnie has over 25 years of leadership experience as an executive, project manager, developer, tester, analyst, trainer, consultant, and business owner. During his 11 years at Accenture he gained leadership expertise consulting with many Fortune 500 companies including Motorola, Hughes Electronics, and Northrop-Grumman. Throughout his nine years at Microsoft he built his leadership expertise through development of some of Microsoft’s internal systems and led their Corporate Procurement group, managed their Corporate Planning group, and led company-wide initiatives on Continuous Fiscal Improvement and Training Process Optimization. At Leading on the Edge International Lonnie consults with companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, Corning, and Key Bank on leadership, project management, executive coaching, and business strategy development and implementation. He is an engaging and entertaining keynote speaker and consistently receives rave reviews from his audiences. His practical, no-nonsense, experience-based approach to solving tough problems has helped leaders, project managers and teams consistently deliver results.
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