Trust V teambuilding game with an added twist

On June 3, 2015  I led a conference call for members of the IATF community on how to lead the variation of the "Trust V" teambuilding game.

Click on the link below to download the written instructions for the Trust V game along with photos and handouts described in the call that allow you to take the game further. 

Download Trust_V_teambuilding_game_plus

CLICK  HERE to download the audio recording of this special conference call.



Bernie De Koven interview -- The Big "WE" and Coliberation

Live and interactive interview with author, speaker, and master of playfulness Bernie De Koven.

RECORDING:  CLICK HERE to download the recording.

SLIDES: Click on the link below to download Bernie's slide deck (PDF file)

Download IATF - DeKoven for PDF



If the Big ME is the “peak experience,” CoLiberation or the Big WE, is like becoming a whole mountain range.

CoLiberation: Those moments in which we have actually managed to free each other from whatever constraints we usually impose on each other.

CoLiberation is something Bernie teaches to teams around the world. It can transform the way you interact. 

CoLiberation is how you create synergy.

This webinar is for you if:

  • You like to have fun and laugh or want more of that in your life
  • You lead meetings or attend meetings
  • You want to have more fun at work or anywhere else
  • You're a coach, facilitator, trainer, teacher

In this Webinar you'll get a chance to hear one of the foremost speakers on playing and learning through games AND you'll get to ask your questions!

About our special guest Bernie De Koven

Bernie DeKoven
Bernie De Koven
is a game designer, author, lecturer, TED speaker, and fun theorist. He is most notable for his book The Well Played Game, for his contributions to the New Games Foundation, his pioneering work in computer game design, and for his long-running web site,

Bernie is the author of Junkyard Sports, Power Meetings, and Connected Executives. A Playful Path, his most recent work, is a collection of essays from his popular blog deepFUN. DeKoven developed the interplay curriculum for Philadelphia’s public schools, and he has devised electronic games for toy and games manufacturers such as Ideal Toy Company, Children’s Television Workshop, Mattel Inc., and CBS software. 


Event Details


Coliberation - how to work (or play) extraordinarily well together.


Thursday  May 7, 2015


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone) and runs 55 minutes


Bernie De Koven, author of "The Well Played Game

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


This event is FREE.


No need to register. Simply call 828-380-4393 (no "pin" needed). We'll also be live on the web at

NOTE: There is a 100 person limit to this event.

PHONE / How To Participate

This will be an interactive interview. You'll get to ask Bernie DeKoven questions via a chat window and via audio!

At the time listed above, simply call:

Phone: 828-380-4393  (no "pin" needed)

or join via the web from anywhere in the world:


This event was recorded and posted in the IATF Community Area.

CLICK HERE to download the recording.  Available for a limited time.


SLIDES: Click on the link below to download Bernie's slide deck (PDF file)


Download IATF - DeKoven for PDF


Serious Fun Workshop with our good friend Mark Collard from Australia

Mark Collard, best-selling author, adventure programming expert and founder of playmeo, is touring the United States this Fall to deliver a series of one-day training workshops.

Mark is one of a handful of trainers endorsed by the IATF.

Nothing beats first-hand experience, and that's exactly what Mark offers you and your team in this seriously fun, activity-based training.

Specifically designed for people who work with groups, this unique one-day workshop will show you how to design and deliver remarkably powerful programs that are easy to deliver and rewarding for everyone involved.

Jam-packed with inspiration and practical advice, the 'Serious Fun' workshop will:

  • Present dozens of highly successful group activities that have universal appeal, require few if any props and relate directly to your program's key learning goals;
  • Model a simple yet powerful four-step sequence called the Difference Model that is proven to create incredibly fun outcomes for any group;
  • Explore critical program design and facilitation skills such as how to engage your unwilling participants, how to manage difficult behaviours, and how to exceed your group's expectations.

BONUS #1: receive a complimentary one-month subscription to, the world's largest online database of group activities.

BONUS #2: preview Mark's forthcoming book, Serious Fun, due in November.


Ideal for novice and experienced program leaders


  • Individual - $127
  • Three Person Group Deal - $187

Click the link below to download the Serious Fun flyer (PDF)

Download Serious_fun_workshop

Here's what people are saying  about Mark's "Serious Fun" workshop: 

  • "... your workshop has provided me with so many brilliant activities to help my groups build rapport and trust with each other..." - Patrick, teacher
  • "... I love your work. I have had endless positive feedback from my colleagues and students since I learned your ice-breakers and warm-up activities..." - Barb, corporate trainer
  • "... what I learned from you followed through into the formation of strong bonds and deep respect for our differences amonsgst all members of the class - teachers and students alike..." - Rebecca, teacher
  • "... you changed me as a teacher..." - Sean, PE teacher
  • "... I have just used some of your games and strategies with a school group, and the kids loved them..." - Kylie, outdoor educator

Free Leadership Webinar -- How To Help Boys Become Men (a leadership journey) with author Jonathan Catherman


If you're a regular reader of this IATF blog you know I'm passionate about team and leadership development, particularly when it comes to kids. One of my other passions is being a great father to my son and daughter.

While staffing a recent The Leader In Me SYMPOSIUM, I met Mr. Jonathan Catherman who is the author of the new book The Manual To Manhood. Jonathan works as a Senior Consultant with FranklinCovey and he was a keynote speaker at this event attended by 600 teachers from across the Southeast US. 

Jonathan and I shared our experiences helping our sons make the transition from boy to man. We feel strongly that fathers can do so much to help a boy become a man and thus, create more conscious thoughtful leaders in the world.

How does a boy become a man?

I've been fascinated with this question for five years. I started exploring this when my son was about to celebrate his 10th birthday. I realized, like many parents, that life was moving by so quickly. It seemed my son was just born  and before too long he would be all grown up!

I called some other dads, friends who also had sons about to turn 10, and we started a father-son program that has been meeting every month. Our goal is to help our sons make the transition from boy to man in a good way. 

The journey to Manhood is something that is earned. One does not become a man by simply growing older. 

The world needs real men. By "real" I mean this - - the world needs men who live by higher standards. 

Jonathan Catherman
says "Real men don't believe that the kind of car they drive, how much they drink, or the number of girls they get are what make them a man. Real men know that personal maturity transforms boys into men. Maturity is a practiced skill and is best demonstrated when a man knows how to do the right thing, the right way, at the right time, for the right reason. Even when nobody is looking."

This is Webinar is for you if:

  • You have a son or know someone who does.
  • You're a teacher or counselor.
  • You're interested in how to help boys make the transition to manhood.
  • You're interested in leadership development.

In this Webinar you'll get a chance to hear one of the foremost speakers on helping boys transition into men AND you'll get to ask your questions!

About our special guest Jonathan Catherman

Jonathan_catherman_smJonathan Catherman is a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth. An award-winning cultural strategist, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults. The father of two sons, he sees daily the importance guys place on gaining respect and avoiding embarrassment. As both a parent and a professional, Jonathan is committed to assisting young men in the making to experience success and significance as they mature into manhood and lifelong leadership. 


Event Details


How To Help Boys Become Men -- The Leadership Journey


Wednesday   April 23, 2014


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone) and runs 60 minutes


Jonathan Catherman, author of "The Manual To Manhood"

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


This event is FREE.



Free Leadership TeleSeminar -- What if Everything You Know about DISC Training is Wrong? With special guest Merrick Rosenberg

The DISC profile is one the most commonly used assessment tools in corporations around the world. And yet, while people find it interesting (if there’s one thing that people like to learn about, it’s themselves) awareness does not often translate into sustained behavioral change.

Taking_flight_bookIn this highly interactive and engaging session, Merrick Rosenberg, co-author of Taking Flight!’ and CEO of Take Flight Learning, brings the DISC styles to life. He will demonstrate how to design and deliver brain-friendly DISC training.  No more short-term results.  Merrick will help you reimagine your approach to DISC training so that it has a lasting impact. 

Merrick has combined his team building background of creating and leading experiential training programs for Team Builders Plus since 1991 with his experience in teaching the DISC model to more than 20,000 people over the past 20 years. The result is a revolutionary new way to approach teaching people about the personality styles.

In this teleseminar, you will:

  • Learn why this is the perfect time to introduce or reintroduce DISC training in your organization.
  • Gain insight about how to turn classroom-based DISC training into a fun and engaging experience.
  • Discover why most DISC training is designed for short-term memory, not long-term retention and application.
  • Find out how to turn DISC training into a process not an event by reinforcing the learning throughout the year.

Attendees will learn how to re-imagine DISC training by:

  • Refocusing DISC training from awareness to results
  • Repackaging the styles to shift from empty letters to metaphoric symbols
  • Revitalizing training to involve the participants
  • Reallocating time from profiles and graphs to skills and application
  • Rebranding the message to shift from learning about letters to learning skills and applying principles

Overall, participants will learn what to look for when offering or designing DISC training to be delivered in their organization.This will allow the power of the DISC styles to be infused into their organizational culture.

This session is designed for anyone who has a personality or knows someone who does!

About our special guest Merrick Rosenburg

Merrick is an experienced speaker, facilitator, performance coach, author, and entrepreneur. He co-founded Team Builders Plus in 1991 and Take Flight Learning in 2013. Merrick has worked with more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in the US and around the world.

As President of Team Builders Plus, he led his organization to the be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region. Under his leadership, Team Builders Plus was selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine.

Merrick co-authored Taking Flight: Master the DISC Styles and Transform Your Career, Your Relationships…Your Life. In fact, Ken Blanchard called ‘Taking Flight!’ “an instant classic” and Marshall Goldsmith noted, “You’ll never look at people quite the same way again.”

Merrick was a guest during the IATF TeleSeminar series called "The Spiritual Nature of Team Building". Listen to the interview with Merrick HERE.

Watch Merrick's TEDx talk HERE.

Event Details


What if Everything You Know about DISC Training is Wrong?


Thursday   March 6, 2014


Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone) and runs 60 minutes


Merrick Rosenburg, President of Team Builders Plus

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF



Registration is closed.


This event is FREE.


This TeleSeminar was recorded and is now archived in the new IATF Members Only Area. Become a member for FREE and access the recording for FREE.  Membership information is HERE.