Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

by Brian Cole Miller
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Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes by Brian Cole Miller

Every group can benefit from team-building exercises. But sometimes it’s not practical to embark on a full-scale training initiative. Now, supervisors, managers, and team leaders have 50 team-building activities to choose from, all of which can be implemented with no special facilities, big expense, or previous training experience. Readers will find engaging exercises for:

• Building new teams and helping teams with new members

• Dealing with change and its effects: anger, fear, frustration, and more

• Recognizing individual efforts and team accomplishments

• Finding creative ways to work together and solve problems

• Increasing and improving communication

• Leveraging diversity and individual differences to meet team goals

• Keeping competition healthy and productive within the team

Instructions and tips for follow-up and variations are included for each activity, and an additional chapter provides valuable advice for working through unexpected difficulties in team-building.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814472019
Publisher: AMACOM
Publication date: 11/07/2003
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Brian Cole MILLER is the owner of Working Solutions, a management and training consultant firm whose clients include Nationwide Insurance, Mailboxes Etc., and Burger King. He is former director of training and development at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this in the hopes of getting new ideas. It's ok but not very "new". The ideas are generally already utilized already by HR or Training professionals anyways. You can probably google at least 50% of the exercises on the internet for free.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome! What more can I say about this book? I was thoroughly impressed with the quick, easy way the book was set up. I am a new VP of HR in my company of 50 employees. I am not a trained HR guy, so I was looking for something to help me. It was recommended, by a friend, to get this book. Boy, am I ever glad I did! This book not only gives you ideas on activities, but possible things that could go wrong during an activity and how to plan for them. I felt confident and relaxed as I gave my first team building activity using the suggestions given by Mr. Miller. Let me tell you, if I am having success with this, anyone with any amount of HR experience can. This best thing is that the activities are quick and easy to learn! Thank you Mr. Miller!!! Adam Cope
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried this out prior to my detachment deploying to Iraq. This book was instrumental in helping each other learn about each other, learn to work together, and overall build enthusiasm. Key to it is as the manager/leader you have to be enthusiastic and believe it will work. My team had so much fun they looked forward to them more and more. They all are quick and easy, just a matter of having the resources.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, someone understands the busy manager who is not into the touchy-feely stuff that HR types seem so fond of. THis no nonsense approach to teambuilding activities works for me. Not only does the book tell how (all in bulletted format!) to prepare for and run an activity, but also (again, all bullets) tells how to avoid common problems and pitfalls. THEN, you get 50 activities that are fun, fast, and most importantly: effective. I've used several, and they have all been hits with my staff. PLUS, we all learned something together. Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for any manager who needs a great activity fast. From an icebreaker to a quickie morale booster, the exercises in the book are easy to conduct and have just the right tone to them. My team appreciates the no-fluff approach to these activities and so do I!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. The instructions are concise and mostly in quick-to-follow bulleted format. The activities are fun, without being too 'out there.' The tips for avoiding or handling difficulties are practical and real. A must for any manager too busy to put too much time into teambuilding but wants to do it all the same! I'm giving a copy to each of the managers that report to me.