Newsletter of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators - - March 2011

 

Tom_heck_120Hello IATF Community! 

What attracted you to the world of teambuilding? For me it was the opportunity to help people connect with each other in a positive way and then help them prosper from their connection in a win-win way. In this newsletter you'll find lots of free resources that will help you connect with your team members.

I'm excited to support you and the great work you're doing in the world.

Tom Heck
President & Founder
International Association of Teamwork Facilitators
tom@IATFconnect.com
office (828) 348-4677


NEW TeleSeminar!

Secrets To Managing A Bad Boss with special guests Katherin Crowley and Kathi Elster, authors of "Working For You Isn't Working For Me -- The Ultimate Guide To Managing Your Boss"
March 24, 2011 at 1pm EST
CLICK HERE to register.  FREE

Free Team & Leadership Development Recordings

The following free teambuilding resources will remain available to everyone for the next 72 hours and then they will be archived in the IATF Members Only Area.

  • The Stories We Create -- Narrative and Engagement in Organizations with special guest David Hutchens.    Get the audio recording of this TeleSeminar for free (limited time)  CLICK HERE
  • How To Take a Breather (and remain successful) with special guest Gregg Levoy.   Get the audio recording of this TeleSeminar for free (limited time)  CLICK HERE
  • Courageous Leadership -- A Program For Using Courage to Transform the Workplace with special guest Bill Treasurer.   Get the audio recording of this TeleSeminar for free (limited time)  CLICK HERE
  • 7 Qualities of the Leader As Coach -- Secrets to Leading in the Inspiration Age by Tom Heck. Get the audio recording of this TeleSeminar for free (limited time)  CLICK HERE

Send a FREE Card

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When was the last time you sent a card (through the mail) to a team member? 

Send a card for FREE now.

Celebrate an achievement. Say thank you. Provide encouragement.

Take a moment now to send a free card to a team member (boss, employee, client, or supplier) or even a loved one. You'll make their day and you'll feel great in the process because you took the time to reach out and connect. CLICK HERE  


IATF Group Coaching 

Come to this call to receive coaching in a group setting.  Be ready to offer support to other IATF members.  Network with other members.  Depending on the number of people who show up we may or may not have time to address your particular issue.  Stay for the entire 60 minute call or if your schedule requires, leave early. This is a great opportunity to connect and network with fellow IATF members (facilitators, trainers, coaches, educators, managers, supervisors).

IATF Members Only   CLICK HERE to register

NEW Teambuilding Book / Game System

Teamwork_cards_1 SALE ENDS FRIDAY!

I've just completed a brand new teambuilding games book that's taken three years to create.  It's not just a book, it's a teambuilding games system that fits in your back pocket!  This new system includes 30 laminated "Teamwork Cards", a 150 page book which thoroughly describes how to lead all the teambuilding games PLUS a series of debriefing (processing) activities (all using the cards).  To top it off I've created a DVD showing all the games in action. It's a sweet package that's perfect for anyone who needs a highly portable, multi-use, all-in-one teambuilding games system. 

 SALE ENDS FRIDAY!

CLICK HERE to buy now and save!

 

 

 

 

 


Send A Free Card to a team member

Biz_ad2-1 Do you remember how it feels receiving a (real) card in the mail?  It feels good knowing someone took the time to reach out to you in kindness.

Take a moment now to send a free card to a team member (boss, employee, client, or supplier) or even a loved one. You'll make their day and you'll feel great in the process. 

CLICK HERE to send a free card

 Contact Tom Heck [tom@IATFconnect.com] to schedule a time to discuss how you can use this system to enhance your business and grow your team.

 

Reasons to send a free card:

  • congrulate a team member
  • thank your supervisor
  • support a supplier
  • celebrate a birthday
  • remind a coworker of her potential
  • thank you to a client
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Secrets To Managing a Bad Boss -- Recorded Leadership TeleSeminar with special guests Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster


Have you ever said this: Bad_boss

“I love my job, but I hate my boss.”
 
“My supervisor is half my age with none of my experience.”

“Sure I have responsibility, but none of the authority to carry it out.”

“His first response to any idea that I propose is no.”

Sound familiar? Sooner or later, we all work for someone we can't stand – a constant criticizer, a yeller, a power-hungry jerk, or just someone who's mentally checked out.  But if you can’t afford to quit – and few of us can in this economy – the only option is to deal with it.

Working_for_you_book_cover In their previous bestseller Working With You is Killing Me, Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster helped people deal with troublesome coworkers.  Now they’re taking on toxic bosses in WORKING FOR YOU ISN’T WORKING FOR ME: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss

After years of advising clients, Crowley (a psychotherapist) and Elster (a business strategist) found that the single greatest determinant of happiness at work is the quality of your relationship with your boss.  When it's bad, you either become insecure or so resentful that you end up looking petty or incompetent.

Crowley and Elster offer a better option – reclaiming control of the relationship so you can be happier at work and move your career forward.

In this live and interactive TeleSeminar you will learn proven techniques for improving "bad boss" situations.  You will learn a practical, powerful four-step program for dealing with a bad boss:

  1. Detect – Identify the exact boss behaviors that drive you crazy.
  2. Detach – Discover concrete actions that will restore your power.
  3. Depersonalize - Learn how to take any annoying boss behavior less personally.
  4. Deal – Devise a plan to get what you need, and move your career forward.

Elster_and_crowley About our guest speakers:  Katherine Crowley, a Harvard trained psychotherapist, and Kathi Elster, a management consultant, create the yin and yang of their company, K Squared Enterprises. Since 1989, they’ve combined their complementary expertise to develop a unique method for dealing with difficult people and challenging conditions at work. Their inside-out approach transforms the way businesses uncover and resolve their greatest interpersonal dilemmas.  Visit the website:  www.WorkingForYouIsntWorkingForMe.com

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Katherine and Kathi and ask them your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Call Details

TITLE

Secrets To Managing a Bad Boss

DATE

Thursday, March 24, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60 minutes
BONUS:  An optional 15 - 20 minute virtual "meet and greet" session will follow this program.

PRESENTERS

Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster , author of "Working For You Isn't Working For Me"

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE.  Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

CLICK HERE to access the recording (mp3).  This recording is available here for a limited time. 
This call is archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

Teamwork Cards -- the teambuilding games kit that fits in your pocket

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Teamwork Cards
The Teambuilding Games Kit That Fits In Your Pocket

A super portable multi-use teambuilding resource from Tom Heck, President and Founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators.

Use this unique set of 30 laminated multi-use cards to lead 25 fun, engaging, and thought provoking teamwork activities.

 





 

FREE Teamwork Cards BOOK Included - - $25 value

Includes all lead-it-yourself instructions!

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BOOK includes details on:

  • 20 Game Descriptions PLUS Variations
  • 5 Debriefing Activities PLUS Variations
  • Game Objective
  • Skills Developed
  • Set Up / Preparation
  • Presenting the Challenge
  • Rules
  • Safety Warning
  • Suggested “Story Line”
  • Facilitator Notes
  • Game Debriefing Suggestions
  • And more!








 

Badari (2) "It is my privilege and honor to acknowledge Tom's contributions to Experiential Education.  In my opinion he is a "Master GURU" of this industry.  "Teamwork Cards" are a classic example of his work and experience.  The book provides easy to follow instructions and outlines all the basic factors which any facilitator needs to know prior to facilitating these activities. I strongly recommend Teamwork Cards for educators, teachers, community leaders, trainers and managers who want to establish positive and nurturing relationships with the groups they're working with"   

Badari Ambatti
Program Manager, Customized Programs
New York City Outward Bound School

 


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FREE Teamwork Cards DVD Included - -$30 value

Shows all 20 games in action! 

Teamwork_Cards_DVD_med When you want to learn a teambuilding game fast and easy, video is the next best thing to attending a live workshop.

The Teamwork Cards BOOK is filled with photographs to help you understand how to lead all 20 of the teamwork games.  As good as photographs are at communicating an idea (“a picture is worth a thousand words”), video is far superior to getting the idea across quickly and easily. 

Over the course of three years, I shot video of all 20 of the Teamwork Cards games in action with real groups, edited it and then compiled them on this DVD.  The result is an invaluable resource - - a virtual how-to-lead-it workshop you can access 24 hours a day whenever you need it! 

It took me several years and thousands of dollars to produce this DVD training resource and I could easily sell it as an "add on" for $30 or even $50 HOWEVER, I'm going to send you the DVD for FREE when you order the cards.  I’m that committed to helping you learn how to become the ultimate teambuilder!

With the Teamwork Cards, you'll be able to lead teambuilding games that teach vital team skills such as:

  • Leadership
  • Trust
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Confidence

Who needs the Teamwork Cards, book and DVD?

  • Trainers
  • Facilitators
  • Educators
  • Coaches
  • Managers & Supervisors
  • Counselors
  • Team Leaders

 

 


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Marty_okeefe_2 "Tom Heck has once again taken his passion for creatively working with groups and developed an incredibly valuable tool that will enhance your abilities to make a difference with the groups you facilitate. His thoughtful insights into how to assist groups in making connections through games and processing activities come through in this book. The combination of individual plans for each activity, along with the DVD showing the games in action, makes this book extremely easy to put the Teamwork Cards into action with your groups right away! This book provides teamwork facilitators the opportunity to take their skills to the next level and in the process transform the teams they serve. Thank you Tom!"

Marty O’Keefe
Professor of Outdoor Leadership
Warren Wilson College


Teambuilding Fun & Variety

What kind of teambuilding games can you lead with the Teamwork Cards?  Games that work in all situations - - from the classroom to the boardroom:

  • Games for small teams
  • Activities for large groups
  • Fast moving games
  • Games requiring slow, thoughtful, and deliberate action
  • Icebreakers and get-to-know you games
  • Activities requiring physical strength
  • Challenges requiring brain power
  • Trust building activities
  • Problem solving exercises
  • Games to enhance communication skills

 

What's Printed On The Teamwork Cards?

I've been developing the 30 Teamwork Cards for several years. I've tested various information systems on the cards with teambuilding clients and have removed some content and replaced it with other content.  The cards have content on the front and back that allow them to be used for a number of different teambuilding games and debrifing activities.

Teamwork_card_front_jpg_smTeamwork_card_back_jpg_sm On the front of the Teamwork Cards you'll find an full color "metaphor" image, leadership trait/characteristic, large blue number, and a Leadership Coaching Question.

On the back of the Teamwork Cards you'll find an inspirational leadership quote, large red letter, and an "Evolutionary Progression".

Evolutionary Progressions are a unique training tool developed by Thomas Leonard (1955 - 2003) who many consider to be the father of leadership coaching.  Dave Buck is the CEO of Coachville.com and is responsible for maintaining the intellectualy property of Thomas Leonard.  Dave was so excited about the Teamwork Cards project that he worked exclusively with me to include Evolutionary Progressions on the cards

The Teamwork Cards are laminated and arrive at your door in a clear plastic carrying case so you can easily keep track of your cards and travel with them anywhere.

A quick word about lamination.  You'll find most card sets that are available in the market place are NOT laminated and I understand why.  Lamination is expensive and it adds a lot of weight which increases cost of shipping.  We could have covered the cards with some else, something less expensive and less durable but laminated cards are super durable which means they will last much longer for you.

 

How About A Sample Game?

So you can have a full taste for what you'll have within your grasp when you order your set of Teamwork Cards, here's a sample game from the book - - it's called "Word Race".

The group starts behind a line and then sends a small team out to a "spelling line" where, using the Teamwork Cards, they spell a word and then race back.  The group tries to spell as many words as possible before time runs out.  The team sets a "record" during round one and then tries to beat their record during round two and three.  This teambuilding game requires a great deal of coordination, planning, and teamwork.  The written instructions provide all the details for leading this game yourself AND tips on how to debrief (process) the game with your group.

Watch a video of “Word Race” below

 





Ed_nottingham “Could you do a teambuilding activity for us? How many times are we asked this?  How many times have we wished we had a resource in-hand so we could deliver a teambuilding experience without having to rely on someone else? Whether leaders of teams, consultants, or working in human resources (HR), organizational development (OD), or in other areas, teambuilding activities are often needed.  Tom Heck’s latest book Teamwork Cards is an amazing resource that provides 25 teambuilding activities that are straightforward and an easy to deliver. With the Teamwork Cards in hand, leaders, trainers, facilitators, consultants, and others will be well equipped to deliver, facilitate, and debrief teambuilding activities that will certainly hit the mark.”

Ed Nottingham, PhD
Clinical/Consulting Psychologist
Leadership Coach

 


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100% Satisfaction or Your Money Back Guarantee

Guarantee I’m so confident you’ll love the Teamwork Cards, book and DVD and find them to be a must-have training resource that I guarantee your satisfaction.  If you aren’t 100% satisfied with this teamwork resource then I’ll quickly refund your money.  Just ship the package back to me with a note explaining what happened and I’ll process your refund. 

 

 

 

Special Bonus Material Included

During production of the book and the DVD I ran out of room to include everything in the pages of the book and the DVD.  I guess I could have added more pages to the book but I needed to watch the weight of the entire package (cards, book, DVD).  I definitely ran out of room on the DVD - - I just couldn't fit anymore video in.

To get you more special bonus features I had to create a special website (provided when you buy the book) where you'll be able to access over two hours of special bonus audio programs plus a unique downloadable PDF that will help you more fully understand and utilize the full color metaphor images on the cards.

 


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I've devoted my life to teaching win-win team consciousness worldwide and doing it in a fun and memorable way.  As the President and Founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators I’m leading a community of over 40,000 trainers, facilitators, coaches, educators, and team leaders of all kinds in 105 countries.  The Teamwork Cards represent my latest effort at creating a teambuilding training tool that is both supremely effective and fun to use.

Tomheck100 Sincerely,

Tom Heck
President and Founder
International Association of Teamwork Facilitators
www.IATFconnect.com

 

 

 

For bulk orders of 10 or more Teamwork Cards we are happy to quote you a volume discount. 



More praise for Teamwork Cards!

Craig_wallace "Hi Tom, this resource comes right at the perfect time! We've just started updating our product and activity details and I was going to trawl the Internet and hit the books for some inspiration. You've just saved me hours of work. I also love the way you've set out the explanatory notes for each activity. My staff training notes are now done for me too! If this resource gets used as much as we've used your 101 Team Building Ideas DVDs we'll just about wear out the DVD player!"

Craig Wallace
Tebu Teambuilding Australia
www.tebu.com.au

 

 


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Human Towers -- teamwork example

TARRAGONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05:  A casteller of...Image by Getty Images via @daylife

Here is an amazing example of teamwork in action.

This video was shot in Tarragona, Spain.  Teams gather every two years to see who can build the highest most intricate human castles. 

Notice how there are men, women and children all working together for a common goal. 

How high is your team willing to reach?

What risks are involved in your team's journey?

What is the level of commitment among team members?

 



Casteller from Mike Randolph on Vimeo.

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How To Use Courage To Transform The Workplace with best selling author Bill Treasurer -- Recorded Leadership TeleSeminar

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Courage is critical to personal and organizational success. But in times of economic instability, such as right now, fear directs workers’ behaviors, causing them to be distracted, afraid, and unproductive…just when their companies need them to be the opposite.

Fear is bad for business because it causes workers to become overly preoccupied with safety-seeking.

Courageous workers, by contrast, step up to challenges, seek out leadership roles, and assert innovative ideas…all for the good of the company.

This teleseminar will provide practical strategies for building workforce courage so workers can become “opportunity seekers”.

Key Topics to be Covered:

  • The impact that fear and comfort have on individual performance
  • Three distinct types of courage and how to differentiate among them
  • How to create an environment that supports courageous behavior
  • The differences between managers who encourage workers, and those who discourage them, what Bill calls Fillers and Spillers
  • Tips on how to be more courageous and how to inspire more courageous behavior among those you lead

The workplace is fraught with daily challenges—challenges that may provoke fear, stress, or even excitement; but challenges nonetheless. These challenges can, potentially, inspire our courage or undermine our performance. This teleseminar will help attendees enlarge their Courage Capacity so they can meet organizational challenges with more confidence and less fear. 

About our guest speaker...

Bill_treasurer Bill Treasurer is founder of Giant Leap Consulting, and the author of the new off-the-shelf training program, Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace.

Bill is widely recognized as pioneer in the new organizational development practice of “courage-building”, and is author of Courage Goes to Work (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008), an internationally bestselling book about how to build workforce courage.

Bill is also a former member of the U.S. High Diving Team, and performed over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet. Bills insights about workplace courage have been featured in over 100 national newspapers and magazines.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Bill Treasurer and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Call Details

TITLE

Courageous Ledership -- How To Use Courage to Transform the Workplace

DATE

Thursday, February 10, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60 minutes
BONUS:  An optional 15 - 20 minute virtual "meet and greet" session will follow this program.

PRESENTERS

Bill Treasurer, author of the bestseller "Courageous Ledership -- Using Courage to Transform the Workplace"

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

 CLICK HERE to register.  It's FREE.  Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This Leadership TeleSeminar was recorded and is archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

View video below of Bill Treasurer below speaking about Courage In The Workplace










NY Times: "competitiveness will be more about organizing relationships than amassing force"

In the January 24, 2011 issue of the NY Times, David Brooks shares his thoughts on what it means for the United States to remain competitive in the global economy.  Two of the paragraphs literally jumped off the page for me:

In the 20th century, America was the Big Dog nation. We had more money, more resources and more skilled labor, and we could outcompete our rivals by dominating the inputs and the outputs — by pouring in more talent, greater investments and more resources.

In the 21st century, the U.S. will no longer be the Big Dog. Human capital will be more broadly dispersed. There will be an array of affluent nations fully engaged in the global economy. Therefore, competitiveness will be more about organizing relationships than amassing force. To thrive, America will have to be the crossroads nation where global talent congregates and collaborates.

Brooks is right on target.

What all of us know who work with teams and teach teamwork is that relationships are the foundation of high performing teams.  Relationships make teams and organizations competitive.

Before the world became flat, leaders didn't need to focus on relationships so much.  We were competing with organizations inside our borders.  Organizations could remain competitive simply by buying the latest technology (phone, fax, computer, etc.).  Then the cost of technology dropped so low that a teenager with a $200 netbook could compete with some of the largest companies on the planet.

The landscape has changed.

Money alone no longer gives you the competitive edge.

Here's how you stay competitive in today's flat world:  become masterful at building and leading inspired teams.

We are now in the "inspiration economy" - - our economic success is determined by our ability to (A) be personally inspired and (B) inspire others.

The path to becoming an inspired leader is here:  Leader As Coach Fast Track Program


Newsletter of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators -- January 2011

 

Tom_heck_120Hello IATF Community! 

I hope you've started 2011 with a vision that inspires you and brings out the best in others. After a great deal of introspection and conversations with my friends, mentors, and members I've set an organizational vision that revolves around helping nonprofits grow inspired teams. We've already taken major steps in this arena by enrolling managers and supervisors from a number of nonprofits from across the country in the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program which begins January 25, 2011. If you work for a nonprofit or a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) anywhere in the world I want to talk with you about how the IATF can help you grow inspired teams within your organization!

I'm excited to support you and the great work you're doing in the world.

Tom Heck
President & Founder
International Association of Teamwork Facilitators
tom@IATFconnect.com
office (828) 348-4677


Upcoming TeleSeminars

The Stories We Create -- Narrative and Engagement in Organizations with special guest David Hutchens with special guest David Hutchens a bestselling author, and creator of the Learning Fables series of books.
January 19, 2011 at 1pm EST
CLICK HERE to register.  FREE

How To Take a Breather (and remain successful) with special guest Gregg Levoy, bestselling author of "Callings -- Finding And Following An Authentic Life"
February 2, 2011 at 1 pm EST
CLICK HERE to register. FREE

Courageous Leadership -- A Program For Using Courage to Transform the Workplace with special guest Bill Treasurer, bestselling author of "Courage Goes To Work."
February 10, 2011 at 1 pm EST
Mark your calendar! Link to register coming soon!

Free Team & Leadership Development Recordings

The following free teambuilding resources will remain available to everyone for the next 72 hours and then they will be archived in the IATF Members Only Area.

  • Secrets to Facilitating "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" with Pat Richie, Principal Consultant at the Table Group     Get the audio recording of this TeleSeminar for free CLICK HERE
  • The 7 Qualities of the Leader As Coach -- Secrets to Leading in the Inspiration Age    Get the audio recording, handout, bonus material, and the slide deck for free.  CLICK HERE
  • How To Achieve Full Alignment -- Practical Steps to Transform Your Life (or Team) Vision into Action   Get the audio recording of this TeleSeminar for free CLICK HERE

Video Training

  • Netflix CEO Shares Secrets for Running a Successful Company  CLICK HERE
  • 5 Steps To Excel at Work  CLICK HERE
  • How learning can more fully support organizational performance  CLICK HERE
  • If You've Never Failed, You've Never Lived  CLICK HERE

Funny Teamwork  

  • How To Safely Greet Someone in a Team Meeting  CLICK HERE
     
  • Marching Band Kicks Giant Ball  CLICK HERE

NEW Teambuilding Book / Game System

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I've just completed a brand new teambuilding games book that's taken three years to create.  It's not just a book, it's a teambuilding games system that fits in your back pocket!  This new system includes 30 laminated "Teamwork Cards", a 150 page book which thoroughly describes how to lead all the teambuilding games PLUS a series of debriefing (processing) activities (all using the cards).  To top it off I've created a DVD showing all the games in action. It's a sweet package that's perfect for anyone who needs a highly portable, multi-use, all-in-one teambuilding games system. 

You wouldn't believe what it's taken to get this ready to market - - years of testing and improving and then finding a printer that could handle the book, cards, and DVD production.  Everying is now in place and I'll soon announce how you can get your set at a special introductory launch price!  Keep an eye out for an email arriving in your inbox soon!

 

 

 


Traveling by Air to Training Events -- Are TSA full body scanners dangerous?

Tsa_body_scanner Have you passed through a TSA full body backscatter radiation scanner at the airport? 

Do you send staff to training events that require air travel? 

If you answered yes to either question then you might find this article at the techy blog BoingBoing important:

Jason Bell, "a molecular biologist and biophysicist... a Ph.D. candidate in Steve Kowalczykowski's lab at UC Davis," has posted a detailed critique of the research on the safety of airport backscatter radiation scanners. His specialty is the "molecular mechanism of how mutations in the breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA2, result in cancer," and he's posted a detailed, lay-friendly explanation of the scientific concerns expressed by the UCSF team that believes that they are unsafe for use.

CLICK HERE for the full story

You can participate in the Leader As Coach Fast Track Program from the comfort of your home or office.  It's the IATF's premier distance learning leadership development program and it WORKS!


How to Build a Bulletproof Company Culture -- GET NAKED!

Lencioni_getting_naked In this new and provocative book, Pat unveils a revolutionary approach to client service that yields uncommon levels of trust and loyalty.

In Getting Naked, Pat challenges service providers to be completely transparent and vulnerable with clients in order to overcome the three fears that ultimately sabotage client allegiance.

Written for internal or external consultants, financial advisors or anyone serving long-term clients, Getting Naked will provide powerful, actionable tools to help readers overcome the three fears and gain a real, lasting competitive advantage.

FREE BOOK RESOURCES

CLICK HERE to read a great article based on this book from INC Magazine entitled "How to Build a Bulletproof Company Culture"

CLICK HERE to access all the free resources provided by the author including the outline of the model, a summary article, author Q&A, brief examples of the Getting Naked Approach.

 



How learning can more fully support organizational performance

In this video, Dr. Will Thalheimer shares his revolutionary Learning Landscape Model for workplace learning-and-performance professionals.

Based on years of research from preeminent scientific refereed journals on learning, memory, and instruction---and wisdom from the practical crucible of real workplace learning situations---the model helps guide instructional design and work-learning design and evaluation, while simultaneously being a great starting point for conversations with our organizational stakeholders who need to know how learning can more fully support organizational performance.

(thank you Mike Cardus)

 



5 Steps To Excel At Work

Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. But your most critical responsibility–especially in today’s world of intensifying competition and economic stress–is how to help your people shine their brightest.

What do you do when your most talented employees fall short of their potential?

How do you inspire a solid contributor to strive for more?

What should you try if a star player falls off their game?

In this video Dr. Edward Hallowell outlines the five steps necessary to excel at work: select, connect, play, grapple and shine.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Hallowell's new book SHINE.

 



How To Take A Breather (and remain successful) with "Callings" expert Gregg Levoy -- recorded leadership training event


 

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We belong to a work-obsessed culture
whose busyness-as-usual makes us forget that discipline also means knowing when to knock off.

Just as the ear needs “rests” when listening to music, we each need time to linger and reflect in the onrushing of life, time when we’re not engaged in what the Taoists refer to as “the ten thousand things.”

When we’re giving off nothing but busy signals, the calls of spirit, of soul, of the deep self can’t get through.

This TeleSeminar examines the challenges and benedictions of taking breathers, of remembering that life is meant to be savored and not just worked at.

Gregg_levoy Our guest speaker for this special event is Gregg Levoy, bestselling author of Callings -- Finding and Following an Authentic Life.

Gregg is a former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and USA Today. He has written about the subject of callings for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader's Digest, and many others. He has also been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Gregg and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" training and development! 

Call Details

TITLE

How To Take A Breather (and remain successful)

DATE

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60 minutes
BONUS:  An optional 15 - 20 minute virtual "meet and greet" session will follow this program.

PRESENTERS

Gregg Levoy, author of the bestseller "Callings -- Finding And Following An Authentic Life"best selling author

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

 CLICK HERE to register. It's FREE!  Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was recorded and is archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

RESOURCES

During the call Gregg mentions an article entitled  "Bumping Into Mr. Ravioli" that appeared in the New Yorker magazine.  Download the article in the IATF Members Only Area.

View video below of Gregg Levoy in action

 






The 7 Qualities of the Leader As Coach -- Secrets to Leading in the Inspiration Age

Recording of TeleSeminar and Resources available below.

Register now for the Leader As Coach Fast Track Program.

Today’s leaders must evolve.  They must make a shift away from a traditional command and control style of leadership to a style of leadership that focuses on energizing and empowering people.

The old way of leading was about motivation - - a short-term, externally based, "technique" driven approach to moving people into action. 

"How can I motivate my team?" was the old question.  Asking this question keeps leaders caught in a downward spiral where they are:

  • Managing merely for results
  • Babysitting the employees’ smallness
  • Trying to eliminate mistakes
  • Creating adrenaline through deadlines
  • Solving all the problems

The old style of leadership is a HUGE energy drain.

Clapping_group_250 The new style of leadership - the style of leadership cutting edge managers and supervisors around the world are moving to - is all about INSPIRATION.

Leadership through INSPIRATION is most easily defined as the "Coach Approach" to leadership.

"How can I inspire my team?" is the question asked by the Coach Leader. 

There are 7 distinct qualities embodied by the Coach Leader that make them naturally inspirational leaders. These include:

  • Coach Leaders are models for others, not just expert managers.
  • Coach Leaders create problem free zones versus being expert problem solvers.
  • Coach Leaders have more then they need.

Join IATF President & Founder Tom Heck for this interactive and thought provoking TeleSeminar.

Call Details 

TITLE

The 7 Qualities of the Leader As Coach -- Secrets to Leading in the Inspiration Age

DATE

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

TIME

  • starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
  • runs for 70 minutes

PRESENTER

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF
 

REGISTER

Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

CLICK HERE to access the recording. 

RESOURCES

Click on the link below to access the slide deck used during this event

Download 7_Qualities_of_the_Leader_As_Coach_Dec_2010

Click on the link below for the class handout

Download PARTICIPANT - 7 Qualities of the Leader As Coach

CLICK HERE for the Adrenaline Addiction Self Assessment

CLICK HERE for the audio interview with Jack Canfield

CLICK HERE for the Leader As Coach Self Assessment

Learn how to inspire your team while making your life as a leader more fulfilling in the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program.


Teambuilding and "Graphic Facilitation"

During a recent IATF Visiting Faculty Member TeleSeminar, Breah Livolsi Parker of BlipStudio.com provided live Graphic Facilitation which enhanced the event greatly.  CLICK HERE to view the results of her work.

Graphic Facilitators like Breah help facilitators, trainers, coaches and educators create a deeper, more profound learning experience.  The article below by Geoff Ball will help you understand what Graphic Facilitation is, why it's important to our work with teams, and how you might be able to employ this work with the teams you serve.

Graphic Facilitation Focuses A Group's Thoughts

By Geoff Ball

Did you ever wish there were a better way to capture and organize a group's ideas during a meeting than by taking endless notes on flipcharts?

Well, now there is. It's called "graphic facilitation," and it's growing in use and popularity. In a nutshell, graphic facilitation involves recording and organizing a group's ideas with graphics and icons on large sheets of butcher paper.

The real appeal of graphic facilitation is that it's more than just a fancy way to take notes; it's a technique for helping groups reach consensus and resolve disputes.

In an environmental regulatory agency, for example, employees in the inspector general's office and in one of the regional offices were continually at odds with each other. Over time, the conflict between the two offices became so acrimonious that a number of employees in the inspector general's office came down with stress-related psychosomatic illnesses. To begin resolving the difficulties, a fellow dispute resolution practitioner and I were called in.

The conflict centered around the agency's process for making multi-million dollar investments in infrastructure projects -- projects that typically took nine years from start to finish. The regional office was responsible for doling out money to contractors and overseeing the projects. The inspector general's office was charged with looking for instances of "waste, fraud, and corruption" that occurred in the course of the nine-year process.

Continue reading "Teambuilding and "Graphic Facilitation"" »


The Stories We Create -- Narrative and Engagement in Organizations with special guest David Hutchens

Storytelling

Storytelling has the power to transform your team and your organization.

As the whole of human history shows and storytellers have always known, stories are a wellspring of communal life. Stories inspire, support, and sustain all types of human communities.

Having a story in common brings people together because stories cultivate the communion of hearts and minds that creates community.

Stories provide a community with the common ground and shared vision needed to inspire collective striving.

Organizational stories provide an effective way to convey fundamental understandings necessary to workplace design and culture.  More importantly, stories speak to the heart of your team members.

In this TeleSeminar we will explore how you can use stories to build an inspired, high performing team.

 Join us for this live and interactive TeleSeminar to:

  • Learn how to use stories to engage employees.
  • Learn how stories can motivate your team.
  • Learn how stories set the stage for cooperative and productive work relationships by creating common contexts of knowledge, interest, and communication.

David_hutchens_jpg Our guest speaker for this special event is David Hutchens, a bestselling author, and creator of the Learning Fables series of books.

The Learning Fables have been translated into more than a dozen languages and found an enthusiastic audience in organizations all over the world.

As an organizational learning consultant, David Hutchens has worked with IBM, The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, GE, Nike, and many others. He is the creator of GO Team, a library of 18 easy-to-deliver team-training modules that allow you to build your own team training agenda. David is a member of the leadership board of Stories in Organizations, a special interest group of the National Storytelling Network.

This live an interactive TeleSeminar with special guest David Hutchens represents a perfect opportunity to learn how you can leverage the power of storytelling to build inspired, high performing teams.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with David and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" coaching! 

Call Details

TITLE

The Stories We Create: Narrative and Engagement in Organizations

DATE

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TIME

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

PRESENTERS

David Hutchens, best selling author

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register.  It's FREE!  Registration is now closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

CLICK HERE to get the recording for a limited time.
Click on the link below to download the slide deck used in this TeleSeminar.  Link active for a short time.
Download SLIDE DECK David Hutchens Org Stories
This call was recorded and is archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.


Secrets to Facilitating "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" with Pat Richie, Principal Consultant at the Table Group

 

Five dysfunctions The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni is one of the most important books on teamwork in the last decade. 

This book has appeared on American best-seller lists including: New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

More teamwork facilitators, trainers, coaches, supervisors, and managers have read and attempted to teach the principles in this book than any other in recent history.

Patrick Lencioni travels occasionally to teach this material but the guy doing most of the training on The Five Dysfunctions is Pat Richie who will be our guest for this special TeleSeminar. 

If you love The Five Dysfunctions book as much as we do at the IATF then you'll want to attend this TeleSeminar where Pat Richie will share secrets to teaching the material and insights gained from working with Patrick Lencioni. Come to the call ready to ask questions!

 Join us for this live and interactive TeleSeminar to:

  • Learn secrets to facilitating The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Gain insights on how to "re-start" The Five Dysfunctions if you have a team that is currently using this model
  • Learn stratgies for making The Five Dysfunctions of a Team come alive with a team

Pat_richie Our guest speaker for this special event is Pat Richie who has a unique combination of experience building a teamwork culture on the highest performing teams ever and expertise facilitating the groundbreaking 5 Dysfunctions model for business.

Pat Richie’s early success came in professional sports as part of the San Francisco 49’ers in the 80’s and 90’s (he won 3 Super Bowl Rings!).

Pat has authored two books, “Wisdom for the BusyLeader” foreword by Patrick Lencioni and “Wisdom for the Busy SportsLeader” foreword by Mike Holmgren.

He has co-authored articles on teamwork with Patrick Lencioni that have appeared in national publications, and been quoted by: The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, the BBC and GQ Magazine.

Contact Pat Richie:  pat.richie@tablegroupconsulting.com

This is a great opportunity to learn about how you can learn how to teach one of the most powerful teamwork models available.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Pat and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" coaching! 

Graphic Facilitation

This call included live "graphic facilitation" provided by Breah Livolsi Parker of BlipStudio.com. Click on the imgage below to view the graphic representation of the information shared in this program.

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Call Details

TITLE

 Secrets to Facilitating "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team"

DATE

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TIME

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

PRESENTERS

Pat Richie, Principal Consultant at the Table Group
Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

 CLICK HERE to register.  Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was recorded and is archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

Watch this video clip of Pat Richie speaking on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team


 


How To Lead Successful Team Building Programs by Michael Cardus

How_to_lead_awesome_teambuilding_programs_by_michael_cardus IATF member Michael Cardus of Create-Learning.com has a new book!

Did you ever wonder “How does one lead AWESOME team-building programs? The ones that ensure that content and learning take place. A teambuilding program that is fun, and teams leave better than when they arrived?” Now you can find out. In this 55 page E-book you will find applicable strategies, team-building activities, facilitation, de-briefing, and processing activities + theory that you can use immediately.

CLICK HERE to read a preview and purchase!


How To Achieve Full Alignment -- Practical Steps to Transform Your Life Vision into Action with special guest Anthony Silard -- Recorded Leadership TeleSeminar:

 

 

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Alignment
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When people are in alignment (physically) they have greater strength and flexibility and no pain.

When teams are in alignment they move faster and with greater efficiency. 

If you're able to help a team achieve FULL alignment then you're more likely to help the team experience their full potential.  Best of all, fully aligned teams are easier to lead!

Full_alignment_book_image How then do you help people achieve full alignment?

In his landmark book Full Alignment: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Life Vision into Action, leadership expert Anthony Silard shows you how to bring your life to purpose by transforming your lofty dreams into concrete, deadline-driven goals and then choosing actions on a moment-to-moment basis that are congruent with your deepest values.


 Join us for this live and interactive TeleSeminar to:

  • Learn steps to define your vision for what you want to achieve in life.
  • Learn how to handle disaproval (there WILL be people who disapprove of your vision!)
  • Learn how to unleash tremendous power and deep commitment toward powerful, compelling goals.

 

Anthony_silard Our guest speaker for this special event is Anthony Silard, the CEO of The Executive Leadership Institute and the President of The Center for Social Leadership. Anthony is the author of Full Alignment - A Practical Guide To Transforming Your Life Vision Into Action.  As a leadership coach, Anthony helps CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 100 companies, small businesses and the world’s largest nonprofits such as CARE, Save the Children, The United Way and the American Red Cross to become more authentic people and more effective leaders.  Winner of the prestegious Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award, Anthony's leadership programs have helped thousands of people in 20 countries including Argentina, Zambia, India and Romania to create positive, breakthrough personal and social change in their lives and the lives of others.

This is a great opportunity to learn about how you can help those you serve move into full alignment.

This TeleSeminar will be interactive - - you'll be able to talk with Tony and ask him your questions directly (or send them in as text).  It's "just in time" coaching!

Call Details

TITLE

 How To Achieve Full Alignment -- Practical Steps to Transform Your Life (or Team) Vision into Action

DATE

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

TIME

Starts at 4 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60 minutes

PRESENTERS

Anthony Silard, CEO of the Exeutive Leadership Institute
Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

REGISTER

CLICK HERE to register.  Registration is closed.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

 This call was recorded and is now archived in the IATF Members Only Area.  Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.



FREE Live Workshop in NYC: 7 Qualities of the Leader As Coach -- Secrets to Leading in the Inspiration Age

FREE Live Workshop!

WHEN:  Friday, November 5, 2010

WHERE:  New York City

7 Qualities of the Leader As Coach -- Secrets to Leading in the Inspiration Age

The best leaders today use the coach approach to build high performing teams because it’s the most effective way to leverage the strengths of the team.

People who work with a Coach Leader are more creative, have higher job satisfaction, are more productive, and are more likely to become strong leaders themselves.

In order for you and your organization to thrive you must learn how to lead using coaching skills.

In this fun and interactive workshop you'll learn how to make the shift to a new model of leadership based on inspiration, abundance and personal responsibility.

This live workshop is based on the Leader As Coach Fast Track Program, a 7-week distance learning leadership development program developed by the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators.

About the Presenter

This session is being led by Tom Heck, President and Founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators (IATF). Tom is a veteran of the team and leadership development field and has trained leaders and Teamwork Facilitators from North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Central & South America, and Australasia. The tools he’s developed (books, multimedia training CDs, teambuilding activities, audio programs, etc.) are used by managers, supervisors, facilitators, trainers and coaches to transform teams around the world.

How to Register

This event is open to the public and is made possible by the New York City Outward Bound School

To register for this event (it's free) contact Badari Ambatti, Program Manager at the NYC Outward Bound School Office:  

email    bambatti@nycoutwardbound.org

phone   (718) 706 9900  Ext.125

Who Should Attend?

Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders, Trainers, Facilitators, Coaches, Educators

This event is perfect for anyone who wants to inspire their team (not just motivate them).

Learn proven strategies, tactics and tools for building and leading inspired, high performing teams using the coach approach.

Event Details

WHEN:  Friday, November 5, 2010

TIME:  10 AM -- 12:30 PM EST (New York City time zone)

LOCATION:  NYC Outward Bound School Office
                    29-46 Northern Boulevard
                    Long Island City, NY 11101


Netflix CEO shares secrets for running a successful company

What is your company vacation policy?

Netflix's vacation policy:  Take what you need while getting your job done.

What is your company travel and expense policy?

The travel and expense policy at Netflix is five words long: "act in Netflix's best interests."

Do these Netflix policies sound crazy?  They wouldn't work for most organizations because most organizations aren't managed like Netflix.

The CEO of Netflix is Reed Hastings and he shares his company's "secret sauce" in this must read slide deck (below).

From what I gather from the slide deck, it looks like Hastings management team has adopted the Leader As Coach operating system.




Newsletter of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators -- October 2010

 

Tom_heck_120Hello Teamwork Facilitators!  It's Tom Heck, President & Founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators, with your October 2010 teamwork ideas e-newsletter.

Here at the IATF we offer lots of TeleSeminars because it's a powerful and effective way to help people learn new ideas quickly and easily.  When you participate in an IATF TeleSeminar you get to engage with our guest speaker (ask questions, interact, etc.).  In this newsletter you can get immediate access to two great TeleSeminar recordings (nonmembers get access for the next 24 hours only).  Be sure to register for next week's TeleSeminar on "Gamestorming". 

Earlier this year I was a guest panelist at the Nonprofit Technology Network conference in Atlanta.  The topic was all about working with and leading Virtual Teams.  The full video of this presentation is now available for FREE (link below).

One of my favorite Team Theory articles below is "The Universe Rewards Action, Not Thought".  I'd love to hear what you think of this.

Thank you for the opportunity to support the good work you're doing.

Tom Heck
President & Founder
International Association of Teamwork Facilitators
tom@IATFconnect.com
office (828) 348-4677

Upcoming TeleSeminars

How Games At Work Inspire Creativity
with special guest Dave Gray, author of Gamestorming - A Playbook for Innovators, Rule Breakers, and Changemakers
October 21, 2010 at 1pm EST
CLICK HERE to register.  FREE

Member Buzz Roundup

The IATF community is AMAZING.  Check out what some of our members are up to: 

  • Dr. Relly Nadler's new book Leading With Emotional Intelligence.  CLICK HERE for more.
  • Debora McLaughlin and her new Real World Leader's Institute.  CLICK HERE for more.
  • Paul Limoges the AEE Exec shares his secret insights. CLICK HERE for more.
  • Adam Lybarger joins Lodestone Adventures as a facilitator.  CLICK HERE for more.
  • Aric Bostick stops the bullying.  CLICK HERE for more.
  • Dianne Crampton launches Waffeling to Winning.  CLICK HERE for more.
  • Ray Reuter brings spirituality to the workplace.  CLICK HERE for more.
  • Mike Cardus has a game to address conflict.  CLICK HERE for more.

Video

Audio -- TIME SENSITIVE

  • Are You Charging Enough? Pricing Strategies for the New Economy CLICK HERE
    • NOTE:  This audio recording  available to nonmembers for 24 hours only.  Includes a significant discount coupon.
  • Happiness & Teamwork  CLICK HERE
    • NOTE:  This audio recording available to nonmembers for 24 hours only.
  • Secrets of Social Media  CLICK HERE 

Leadership Theory

  • The Universe Rewards Action, Not Thought  CLICK HERE
  • Tips on Boosting Workplace Happiness  CLICK HERE
  • The Trouble With Teamwork  CLICK HERE
  • To Evoke The Best From Others On Your Team  CLICK HERE
  • The Value of Play at Work  CLICK HERE
  • 6 Coaching Questions to Ask Your Direct Reports  CLICK HERE

 

 

 


How Games At Work Inspire Creativity with special guest Dave Gray -- Recorded Leadership TeleSeminar

Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.

Learn how to apply game thinking to your business challenges in this TeleSeminar with the author!

Gamestorming_book_cover Think back to the last time you played a game. What was the game? Why did you choose to play? Was it a simple game like tic-tac-toe, or something more complex, like Monopoly, Scrabble or Chess? Or maybe it was a game of basketball? Did you play with friends? With family? Try to recapture the feeling you had as you played the game. How did it feel? Would you like to have more of that feeling at work?

Games come naturally to human beings. Playing a game is a way of exploring the world, a form of structured play, a natural learning activity that’s deeply tied to growth. Games can be fun and entertaining, but games can have practical benefits too.

In this TeleSeminar you'll learn how to design games to help you get more innovative, creative results in your work.

About the book "GAMESTORMING"

This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world’s most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and make great things happen. This book is the result: a unique collection of games that encourage engagement and creativity while bringing more structure and clarity to the workplace.

Here's what GAMESTORMING can do for your team:

  • Overcome conflict and increase engagement with team-oriented games
  • Improve collaboration and communication in cross-disciplinary teams with visual-thinking techniques
  • Improve understanding by role-playing customer and user experiences
  • Generate better ideas and more of them, faster than ever before
  • Shorten meetings and make them more productive
  • Simulate and explore complex systems, interactions, and dynamics
  • Identify a problem’s root cause, and find the paths that point toward a solution

One common review of the book:

…one of the most valuable and applicable collection of tools and techniques for organizational design that I have ever come across. The "games" outlined in the book help you make ideas more tangible and meetings more productive, notably through visual techniques. Gamestorming is a window into the future of how groups will work. There is no way around this book if you are serious about making innovation and change happen in your organization.

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Our guest for this special TeleSeminar
is Dave Gray is the coauthor of GAMESTORMING and the founder and chairman of XPLANE Corp., an information design consultancy serving Fortune 100, NGO and government clients around the world, and co-founder of Vizthink, a global community dedicated to the use of visualization in all forms of learning and communication. An artist, journalist and information designer, he is passionate about applied creativity.

 

Call Details

TITLE

 Gamestorming -- How Games At Work Inspire Creativity

DATE

Thursday, October 21, 2010

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Dave Gray, author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This leadership TeleSeminar was recorded and is now archived in the IATF Members Only Area. Not yet a member of the IATF?  Please join! Membership information is HERE.

REGISTER HERE

CLICK HERE to register.  It's free!  After you register, we'll send you the secret phone number and "PIN".  Registration is closed.

Watch this video (below) of Dave talking about GAMESTORMING at UX Week in San Francisco





 

Watch this video (below) of Dave presenting an IGNITE session on GAMESTORMING


IATF Member Buzz Roundup for October 2010

IATF members are actively working to grow, train and lead inspired teams worldwide.  Here's what some of our members are up to...

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Relly Nadler has a new book, Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Hands-On Strategies for Confident and Collaborative Star Performers. Get $99 of bonuses when you order now, includes 3 podcasts from Relly’s Internet Radio show. It has 108 strategies, tools and checklists in Emotional Self-Control, Confidence, Teamwork, Developing Others, Empathy and Communication. Go to iTunes under podcasts and enter "Leadership Development News" and you can download over 150 FREE podcasts.  Relly will be doing a live coaching demonstration at the ICF International Conference on October 28th in Fort Worth Texas, called 3 Coaches and one client.

Real World Leaders

Debora McLaughlin, CEO of Open Door Coaching, IATF member, co-author of Blueprint for Success with Stephen R. Covey has launched the Real World Leader's Institute. The Institute offers a hybrid model of retreat events, webinar trainings and ongoing executive coaching for all participants. Training includes coaching competencies, emotional intelligence, diversity appreciation and leadership development.

AEE Exec Shares Insights

Paul Limoges, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Experiential Education, is leading a session entitled "Meet the President and CEO" at the AEE international conference.  This conference will give Paul an opportunity to share several insights he has gained since becoming AEE's Chief Executive Officer in 2008.  Learn more about this event HERE

New Adventure

Adam Lybarger recently joined Lodestone Adventures based in Big Bear Lake, CA, as a facilitator.  Lodestone Adventures specializes in corporate team building, corporate development, leadership development and adventure training programs.  Lodestone Adventures also offers outdoor education, adventure and environmental education and travel programs to youth groups, church camps, and other non-profit organizations.  Adam is very excited to be a part of the Lodestone team and to have the opportunity to work with many different groups and types of programs.

How To Stop Bullying

Aric Bostick, the # 1 motivational speaker for teens and teachers, will be speaking at five school districts in Texas this month and will reach over 5,000 teens with his message about how to stop bullying.  Aric challenges students to be heroes on their campus  by inspiring them to live their dreams and helping other students live theirs.  Aric's presentation is high energy and interactive. Last month Aric spoke to 400 students in Arkansas at a Tobacco Teen Summit. This speech put Aric in his 34th state to speak in, he has now spoken to over 500,000 students across the country!  Go Aric!

Waffling to Winning

Dianne Crampton at Tigers Success Series will be offering a course for business owners and business executives entitled "Waffeling to Winning -- 5 Simple and Common Sense Strategies That Guide Waffling Teams Out Of Conflict and Confusion to Produce On Target Winning Results". Dianne is offering interested partners the opportunity to participate in an affiliate program.  Contact Tina for details.

Spirituality and the Workplace

Ray Reuter of Kaizen is launching a new group business coaching initiative called KINGDOMablaze.  KINGDOMablaze is an in-depth business coaching program for entrepreneurs, business owners, and business professionals who are stuck trying to figure things out all by themselves and struggling to live out their spirituality.One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs, business owners, and business professionals face today is living spiritually in all aspects of their day. Ray's new program provides a solution.

New Conflict Game

Mike Cardus of Create-Learning.com has a great teambuilding activity appearing in Michelle Cummings new book "Setting the Conflict Compass" which is available now. Mike's activity is called Bright|Blurry|Blind and appears along side so many other amazing conflict facilitation methods.


Working With A Virtual Team -- Free Video Training

Here's the full video (1 hr 13 min) of the panel presentation I was on at the spring 2010 conference of NTEN.org (the Nonprofit Technology Network).

Virtual workplaces are fast becoming commonplace. Shrinking carbon footprints, worker satisfaction and increased productivity are all good for employers (and arguably the planet), but what does it mean for you? How do you get someone’s attention when there’s no door to bang on? How can you trust someone you can’t see or manage in person? How can you enjoy the process and find satisfaction in the result?

Takeaways:

  1. Strategies for establishing clear communications
  2. Strategies for evaluating virtual vendors
  3. Resources for working virtually
  4. Three things to avoid that will absolutely doom your project

The panel was lead by Ian Rhett (CivicActions), Jenn Sramek (CivicActions) and Tom Heck (International Association of Teamwork Facilitators).

Learn how to lead a virtual team at the IATF Virtual Team Leader virtual training program.




6 Coaching Questions to Ask Your Direct Reports

QUESTION:  What is the # 1 area that leaders consistently score lowest in during a 360 degree feedback assessment?

ANSWER:  "provides effective coaching when needed"

Why do leaders (especially executives) rate so poorly when it comes to coaching?

  1. Knowledge Worker Syndrome -- A "knowledge worker" is, by definition, someone who knows more about what they are doing then their boss does."  How do you coach someone who knows more than you do?
  2. Too Busy -- Leaders are too busy to sit down and coach someone.
  3. Fear of Alienation -- Leaders are worried that they'll coach poorly (or the wrong way) and their direct report will think less of them.

SOLUTION: The Six Question Process developed by Marshall Goldsmith, executive advisor and best-selling author.

Executives who use The Six-Question Process almost always get dramatically higher scores from direct reports.  It's simple and it's fast, easy to implement.

Learn more about the Leader As Coach HERE.


The Value of Play at Work

Over at Presentation Zen, Garr Reynold's awesome blog, there is a GREAT post about the value of play at work. 

Garr shares a fascinating TED video of Tim Brown CEO of Ideo.  In the video you'll see Brown engage the TED audience with experiential learning activities (i.e. games). 

Best of all Garr provides a great summary of the lessons Brown shares in the video (thank you Garr!).

CLICK HERE to view the video and read Garr's summary.

I'm a big believer in using playful activities ("teambuilding games") to fully engage a group and to deepen the learning experience.  It's great to see the CEO of Ideo explain the value of learning through play.


The Power of Experiential Learning -- lessons from Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins produced a series of reality TV shows that were broadcast during the summer of 2010.  There were six episodes but only two were broadcast on TV with the remaining four episodes available online.

The series was called "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" and the reviews were not so great and the viewer numbers were not high enough for NBC so the show went to the web.

I loved the shows and one of the reasons was because of how Tony integrated experiential learning into each program.  Each episode actually revolved around the experiential learning opportunities.

In an interview Robbins explains why experiential learning is so powerful.

"But if I can get you to experience something you think is impossible that destroys the old belief system, because the belief system is a weak substitute for life experience. I can believe what it’s like to be in China but if I can go to China I have an experience."

"And so what I try to do here with all these people is give them some experiences that cause them to see what they thought was impossible is possible, create that opening and to get them to act on that moment to do something to kind of lock it in place."

I'm a big believer in experiential learning and I teach experientially every chance I get - - with the groups I serve, with my one-on-one coaching clients, and with my children.  Have you seen some of the experiential activities I like to use HERE?

By teaching experientially we help the student experience the learning at a deep level.  Experiential learning engages the mind and the HEART.  People move beyond "beliefs" to a deep "knowing".

The job of the Teamwork Facilitator (coach, manager, supervisor, executive, parent) is to create opportunities for growth and expansion.  Our job is to help people remember who they are and what they are truly capable of:  GREATNESS.  Teaching experientially helps people get their faster and in a way that sticks.

Here is the 43 minute video of one of my favorite episodes from Breakthrough with Tony Robbins.  Watch how Robbins masterfully uses experiential learning to create openings for growth and transformation.

NOTE:  The video is provided through HULU.com and that site says the Robbins video may be removed at some point in the future (so watch now).




The Universe Rewards Action, Not Thought -- lessons from a game

Russell Bishop, an Executive Coach and Performance Improvement Consultant relates a wonderful lesson he gained by playing a game at a workshop 40 years ago.

LESSON:  The Universe Rewards Action, Not Thought

Bishop explains the game setup...

The puzzle in front of us required a combination of creative thinking and creative action. The exercise was set up so that other participants could provide feedback about problem solving moves but weren't allowed to talk. They could provide feedback in the form of positive encouragement, in this case, applause, when I actually picked up and moved one of the puzzle pieces and did so in a way that indicated a "directionally correct" move.

In this particular puzzle, there were dozens and dozens of possible moves, but only a handful which would lead to a solution -- moves which were directionally correct. I spent a great deal of time thinking about possible solutions while my feedback mechanism, other participants whom the seminar leader referred to as "my universe," remained observant and completely quiet. Absent of action on my part, they had nothing to reward, no feedback to provide.

CLICK HERE to read the entire story (it's great!).

The biggest problem I see with team and leadership development programs is that participants are not held accountable for taking action on a regular basis.

I've discovered that it is ACTION, taking on a regular basis, that distinquishes the true leaders.  Far too many people are satified with enrolling in training and then sitting there passively, not taking any action.  Distance learning is the worst for this because it's so easy to be passive.

I've been teaching the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program since 2008 and I've learned that participants are way more likely to take action when the following is in place:

  1. Public declaration (promise) to the learning community to take action weekly (we call it "playing full out").
  2. Reporting weekly to an assigned study partner.
  3. Reporting weekly to a supervisor at work (or to an official accountability partner).
  4. Completing weekly progress notes which are read by your study partner and the instructor.
  5. One-on-one coaching weekly as needed (personal attention from instructor).
  6. Taking on a "Key Project" to be completed during the program.  This project requires the participant to stretch and grow.  Updates are provided weekly to the instructor, class, study partner, and supervisor.
  7. Instructor communicates weekly with the participant's supervisor, providing updates and answering any questions.

Taking action on a consistent basis is way more likely to happen when the above elements are in place.  When people take consistent action the results are often remarkable. 

How are you supporting those you serve to take action on a consistent basis?


Tips on Boosting Workplace Happiness from Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project, a NY Times bestseller and in this article she offersHappy_workplace  some great tips for leaders who want to boost workplace happiness.

The questions Gretchen addresses are:

Q: Why should employers take steps to help make their employees happy?

Q: Why do happy people do better at work?

Q: Is there any correlation between happiness and qualities related to things like leadership, or innovative thinking?

Q: What’s the bottom line on happiness vs. unhappiness for a business?

Q: How specifically can employers help make their employees happier?

CLICK HERE for the full article AND the answers!

 


The Trouble With Teamwork

Patrick Lencioni is one of my favorite business writers.  In his article "The Trouble With Teamwork" found at the Leader To Leader Institute Lencioni shares some valuable insights on how to decide if teamwork is right for your staff / group.

So how do well-intentioned leaders go about deciding if teamwork is right for their staffs? They can start by recognizing that organizational structure is not nearly as important as behavioral willingness.

Most theorists will call for teamwork in organizations that are structured functionally, but may not do so for those that are organized divisionally or geographically.

In other words, if the work can be organized in departments that operate largely independently (with regional territories, distinct product divisions, or separate subsidiaries), then the executives at the top can follow suit and function as what Jon Katzenbach, author of The Wisdom of Teams, describes as “working units.”These are groups made up of individuals who, though friendly and cooperative at times, are not expected to make willing sacrifices to one another to achieve common goals that lead to joint rewards.

However, when executives run an organization that is made up of departments that have structural interdependencies, teamwork is usually presented as the only possible approach for the leadership group. But although this is a sound and reasonable theory when all other factors are considered equal, it is not necessarily advisable in the messy and fallible world of real human beings. Before deciding that teamwork is the answer, ask these questions of yourself and your fellow team members.

  • Can we keep our egos in check?
  • Are we capable of admitting to mistakes,weaknesses, insuffi- cient knowledge? • Can we speak up openly when we disagree?
  • Will we confront behavioral problems directly?
  • Can we put the success of the team or organization over our own?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is “probably not,” then a group of executives should think twice about declaring themselves a team.Why? Because more than structure, it is the willingness of executives to change behavior —starting with the leader of the organization—that should determine whether teamwork is the right answer.


To evoke the best from others on your team

To evoke the best from others, you must find a vibration that is a match to the best in others.

       -- Abraham-Hicks

I love this teaching. It's simple and profound and best of all, it puts you (the leader) in the driver's seat.

How many leaders want to learn how to get the best from their team members?  The leader reads books on leadership and takes workshops on leadership and yet she struggles. 

Abraham-Hicks suggests that the path to getting the best from others is for the leader to find a vibration (a feeling) that is a match to the best of our team members.

Leaders lead.  They go first.  This means the leader must first find that positive feeling (emotion, vibration) in themselves - - a positive feeling that is a match for the best in others.

We explore how to achieve this in the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program.


Secrets of Social Media for Teambuilders with Mike Cardus of Create-Learning.com

STOP MARKETING And START Sharing -- A discussion of reciprocity using on-line media for the development of your business, brand, customer, and YOU!

Join us for this live and interactive TeleSeminar to:

  • Explore the pros and cons of Blogs, Websites, FaceBook, Twitter and maybe LinkedIn for marketing of your company’s products and services.
  • Explore why giving more stuff away creates a magnetic pull of fans and people who value your services and products.
  • Explore how your capacity for change, values & commitments can either explode or implode your business.
  • Discuss and co-create techniques, processes, plans, and short-cuts to see a rapid return using on-line social media tools.

Here's what you'll learn:

  1. Four techniques to re-brand and market existing products and processes you already have.
  2. A clear understanding of the necessary steps to create a change of your marketing and sharing in the following steps: 1) Vision, 2) Skills, 3) Incentives, 4) Resources, 5) Action Plan
  3. Understanding of why giving stuff away for free elevates your brand and you to expert status; and can get you more people to serve (and profit from it!).

Michael_cardus_1 Our guest for this event is Mike Cardus, founder of Create-Learning.com based out of Buffalo, NY.  Create-Learning.com  is a learning and consulting firm that provides experiential development to create great experiences for improved performance and lasting memories.  Mike facilitates, educates, and speaks with groups in a variety of settings including Fortune 500 Companies, small businesses, universities and classrooms. Best known for his high energy and creativity, Mike has facilitated groups from as small as two to as many as three thousand.  Mike's Facebook page is HERE.  Find Mike on Twitter HERE .  Mike is a member of the IATF.

This is a great opportunity to learn about how to grow your business and positively impact more people using social media from someone who has done it.

Call Details

TITLE

 Secrets To Growing Your Teambuilding Business With Social Media

DATE

Thursday, October 7, 2010

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Mike Cardus with Create-Learning.com
Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was recorded and archived in the IATF Members Only Area HERE .  Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.


Newsletter of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators -- September 2010

 

Tom_heck_120Hello Teamwork Facilitators!  It's Tom Heck, President & Founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators, with your September 2010 teamwork ideas e-newsletter.

The economy continues to challenge many, particularly those who work in small and medium-sized nonprofits.

Over the past couple of weeks I've been talking with several Executive Directors (EDs) of small and medium-sized nonprofits about how they handle the development needs of emerging leaders ("rising stars") within their organizations.  Most don't have a clear plan in place.  All of the EDs recognize the need for leadership development, but two big obstacles stand in the way:

  1. Cost of the leadership development (training)
  2. Time away from work

Large nonprofits (YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Red Cross, etc.) don't have the same training and development obstacles that small and medium sized nonprofits do.  The big guys have entire   departments at the national office dedicated to advancing leadership development within the entire (networked) organization whereas the small and medium sized nonprofits are on their own.

One ED at a medium-sized nonprofit told me she would hesitate to provide leadership development to an emerging leader on her team because the average person only stays a year or two (especially true with Gen-Y).  So her team members do their best without any leadership training.  Before the recession, the ED found this system worked.  Now the challenges are great and her staff lack the leadership skills to move forward with confidence.

There is another way.

What if you provided cost-effective, results-driven leadership development to your emerging leaders (rising stars) knowing full well that staff would likely stay for one to three years?  The investment in staff development would pay off in two ways:  1) Your organization benefits from having inspired, capable leaders and 2) Word gets out in the employment marketplace that your organization is the place to go to receive the leadership training needed to advance careers (regardless of where one works).  This is the same approach many large, forward-thinking corporations are using (as reported by Gen-Y expert Bea Fields).

If you're the Executive Director of a small or medium-sized nonprofit, I want to talk with you and learn about your leadership development needs so we (the IATF community) can support you.  Take a look at the IATF distance learning leadership development program Leader As Coach Fast Track Program and let me know if this is the type of leadership development that would benefit your emerging leaders (rising stars).  Take a look at the IATF member benefits and let me know if your emerging leaders would benefit from inclusion in this inspired community of movers and shakers.  Let's talk.

Tom Heck
President & Founder
International Association of Teamwork Facilitators
tom@IATFconnect.com
office (828) 348-4677


Upcoming TeleSeminars

Happiness & Teamwork -- Exploring the connection between happiness and team success
with special guest Gretchen Rubin, author of the NY Times bestseller "The Happiness Project"
September 23, 2010 at 1pm EST
CLICK HERE to register.  FREE

Are You Charging Enough?  Strategies for the New Economy
with Entrepreneur Business Coach Ali Brown who appears in the Inc 500
September 30, 2010 at 1pm EST
CLICK HERE to register.  FREE
Secrets of Social Media for Teambuilders
with teambuilding expert Mike Cardus of Create-Learning.com
October 7, 2010
CLICK HERE to register.

Member Buzz Roundup

The IATF community is AMAZING.  Check out what some of our members are up to: 

  • Demetris Booth shares secrets of Collaborative Intelligence.  CLICK  HERE for more.
  • Terrance Bradford enrolled in Transformative Studies Ph.D program.  CLICK  HERE for more.
  • Badari Ambatti at NYC Outward Bound changing lives.  CLICK  HERE for more.
  • Lauralee Nieves-Hughes builds stronger virtual community.  CLICK  HERE for more.
  • Jaime Cipperly works with high performing sports team.  CLICK  HERE for more.
  • Mike Cardus uses knives and marshmallows to help a team.  CLICK  HERE for more.
  • Diane Crampton develops free training videos.  CLICK  HERE for more.

Video Clips

Free Leadership Skill

Looking for a no-cost method for becoming a stronger leader?  It's the same method 90% of the super successful employ.  CLICK HERE

 

 

 


Funny Teamwork Video -- the value of thinking ahead

The video clip below provides a demonstration of the phrase "Can't see the forest for the trees."

How many teams an organizations end up like this?  Well meaning people putting forth lots of effort only to realize they weren't thinking far enough ahead.

This is the value of a teamwork coach.  One of the coach's most important jobs is to anticipate and look into the future. 

"Is this the right thing for us to do?"

"What happens if we succeed?"

"Have you ever considered...?"

"What's the message here?"

"What question should you (we) be asking right now?"

Learn how to be a powerful team leader at the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program and you'll be able to see further into the future.


Are You Charging Enough? Strategies for the New Economy with Entrepreneur Expert Ali Brown -- Recording of a Leadership TeleSeminar

What you charge in your business is directly related to how much money you can make. 

Are you still charging what you were in 2007?  If yes, you may need to rethink this.

Are you starting a business and have no way to determine how to set your fees?

Good news for those in the IATF community who own a business (or plan to start one)!

Entrepreneur Business Coach Ali Brown is our special guest speaker for this event and she will share some powerful quick tips on evaluating how much you should be charging, as well as a special strategy that can help you generate quick cash while you raise your rates!

On this call you will learn: 

  • How-to determine if you’re selling yourself short and missing out on thousands of dollars worth of hard-earned profits!
  • Simple strategies for increasing your rates – and how to set them in the first place
  • Your key factor in commanding a dramatically higher rate
  • How-to introduce your new rate with success. (There’s a positive way and a negative way to announce an increase.)
  • How to handle client complaints with any rate change.  (it’s inevitable, so prepare how to turn it around into a win.)

Ali-brown-chair-prefered The psychology you're currently using to determine your pricing structure may be outdated and thus, limiting the amount of prosperity you're truly capable of experiencing.

Come join us and explore how to charge what you're worth on this interactive TeleSeminar with Entrepreneur Business Coach Ali Brown.  

Ali is the founder and CEO of media company Ali International, LLC, which includes the Millionaire Protégé Club, Ali Magazine, Ali Boutique, and Shine Events.

In 2009, Brown's company Ali International ranked #263 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in the nation. In 2010, Brown was a recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year award.

This is your chance to join a live call and ask Ali questions about your business pricing situation.

Call Details

TITLE

 Are You Charging Enough? Strategies for the New Economy

DATE

Thursday, September 30, 2010

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Ali Brown, founder and CEO of Ali International LLC
Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

This call was recorded and is now archived in the IATF Members Only Area HERE .  Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.


IATF Member Buzz Roundup for September 2010

IATF members live in 35 countries and are doing amazing work.  Here's a sample of what's going on...


Collaborative Intelligence uncovered in Switzerland

Demetris Booth at Congruent Minds in Switzerland has developed a new series of public workshops around the concept of Collaborative Intelligence (CI).  The number of teams and organizations who need to collaborate to thrive is increasing exponentially.  This CI program helps position teams and organizations so they remain competitive.  Demetris is also an active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is participating on the Technology Task Force which is researching, defining, and recommending technological changes to the ICF web presence and service offerings to coaches and business partners worldwide.

Transformative Studies Ph.D.

Terrance Bradford at Stephen F. Austin State University was accepted into the Transformative Studies Ph.D program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. The primary focus of the doctoral program is to develop thought-leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry. Terrance will conduct a study on the effects Life Coaching will have on academic success when applied to college students living in “on-campus” university housing.

NYC Outward Bound School delivers giant complex program

Badari Ambatti with the NYC Outward Bound School tells us about a life changing program for 397 students enrolled in the Macauly Honors Program at the CUNY campuses across NYC.  This is the tenth year in which NYC Outward Bound have provided the incoming students with a day-long Outward Bound experience as part of their orientation to the Honors program.  The students were divided into 24 different crews, with each crew participating in a service project and various Team building initiatives, as well as in a Poetry Slam at which they performed a poem that they had created.  View PHOTOS HERE.  Watch the POETRY SLAM winners HERE.

Supporting a Global Team

Lauralee Nieves-Hughes at WorldVision.org decided to learn Sharepoint to help her team collaborate with greater ease.  WorldVision has 40,000 employees located in almost every country in the world.  The new Sharepoint website Lauralee developed helps unite all of the offices with one voice.  Lauralee reports that developing the Sharepoint site was a challenge and a great experience. 

Sports Team works on Teamwork

Jaime Cipperly with Lotus Lake Discovery Center in Williamstown, Vermont had the pleasure of working with a local high school varsity soccer team.  This high functioning team came to Lotus Lake Discovery Center to work on teambuilding and communication.  Of the 20 team members, only 6 were American and the rest were a mixture of refugees and exchange students.  Jaime's program design was just what the team needed to explore teamwork at a deep and personal level.

Teambuilding with Knives and Marshmallows

Mike Cardus at Create-Learning.com shares the program design he developed for working with a CPA group (shares photos to) - -CLICK HERE andMike shares the slides from an Executive MBA teambuilding program he led HERE and photos HERE.

Videos Available on Conflict Resolution and Team Communication

Dianne Crampton at CoreValues.com is building a series of free video tips for companies to share with their employees or to use as discussion points for team meetings.  Resolving Team Conflict video is HERE and Improving Team Communications video is HERE.



How To Motivate People -- Lessons from Dan Pink

Did you know that rewards for top performers may actually lead to WORSE performance?

If you'd like to see your team become more innovative then don't provide bonuses.

Weird right?

Makes no sense.

To understand this, you've got to read Dan Pink's book "DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us"

Watch the entertaining video below for a few very important lessons.




Example of poor leadership and coaching

The video clip below shows a team competing in "The Amazing Race" (a TV program).

Pay close attention to the coaching.

Coach:  "Don't give up on me now.  Just focus."

Launcher:  "I'm not giving up.  I'm just frustrated."

Coach:  "You got this sister.  You are super, super close.  Right in the kisser.  Show that knight who's boss."

Watermelon Launcher gets hit in the face with a watermelon!

Coach:  "Are you okay?"

Launcher:  "I can't feel my face. I have the worst headache ever."

Coach:  "I don't doubt it."

Launcher:  "So what do we do now?"

Coach:  "You have to finish."

Launcher:  "What?!"

Coach:  "There's no out."

Launcher:  "I can't even see straight."

Coach: "They don't call this the Amazing Race for nothing."

The coaching provided in this video clip is an example of what I refer to as a "Traditional Leadership Style." This style of leadership places relationships second (or third) and "winning" in the number one spot. 

Just imagine this coach leading a team at the office.  What do you think her staff turnover would be?  How deep would her "trust account" be? (thank you Stephen M.R. Covey) 

This style of leadership might have worked during the industrial age but it definitely won't work in the Inspiration Age - - an age where our prosperity (economic, organizational, personal, etc.) is determined by our ability to inspire ourselves, our team, our organizations, our communities, our world. 

Learn how to lead using a powerful leadership operating system based on love and abundance HERE.




Lessons about the "Leader As Coach" from the money tree video

The Leader As Coach understands the following distinction: 

discern vs. judge

To discern means to observe information and then draw conclusions based on that information.  Discern is when we are able to pick up every aspect of what is occurring or what we observe without having to judge the person as in compare, diminish, make wrong or feel better than.

A team leader discerns better when

  • his needs are met
  • he doesn't get his energy from the other person (team member, client, etc.)
  • he doesn't feel pressure to perform
  • he is independent

People judge because they're threatened in some way or reminded of a piece of themselves that is yet to be reconciled.  Compassion is also important because it keeps the observation on the discernment side vs. the judgmental side.

NOTE:  One can discern without judging and still have a strong opinion and/or label or peg the person.

Discernment can be an active process vs. just a passive one.  It's the Leader As Coach's job to peg, or discern, who their client (direct report, coworker, team member, etc.) is, where they're at, what's in the way, and what's really going on.  The Leader As Coach who thinks less of a team member, diminishes them or stops standing up or behind them (as in putting them in a small box) is judging, not discerning.

In the video clip below, which do you see happening?  Discerning or judging?




Why a "mastermind" is important to your success as a leader

Jack Canfield, author of "The Success Principles" and co-author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series says mastermind groups are “one of the most powerful tools ever used by successful people.”

Mastermind groups are used by Anthony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, John Assaraf and many others.

Napoleon Hill, author of the famous book Think And Grow Rich, is credited with first describing the "mastermind principle." (see video below)

DEFINITION: 

Mastermind -- Two or more minds working actively together in perfect harmony toward a common definite object.

Mastermind groups are simple and yet profound.  Simple in that the uninitiated might see them as "support groups".  Profound learning and growth is what comes out of them.

If you want to be a strong leader then you need to experience the power of a mastermind group.

I've been a member of several mastermind groups and I facilitate others.  Christine Kane offers these 7 tips for creating a successful mastermind group.


Happiness & Teamwork with NY Times best selling author Gretchen Rubin -- Leadership TeleSeminar Recording

"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  US Declaration of Independence

"Whoever is happy will make others happy, too." ~ Mark Twain

Clearly, happiness is important.  We all seek out opportunities to be happy.  Some people appear to be happier than others. 

What about happiness and teamwork?

What is the relationship between the success your team experiences and the level of happiness your team members experience?  Chicken or the egg?  Which comes first?  Team happiness or team success?

Gretchen_rubinWhat is your responsibility as a leader to promote or effect happiness on your team?

What exactly IS happiness?  What does it mean to be happy?  How happy can we expect to be?

  To answer these questions I've invited happiness expert Gretchen Rubin to the IATF.

Gretchen is the author of the NY Times bestseller "The Happiness Project" which I found to be a wonderful book.

The Happiness Project is a memoir of the year Gretchen spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy--from Aristotle to Martin Seligman to Thoreau to Oprah.

“A cross between the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, and seamlessly buttressed by insights from sources as diverse as psychological scientists, novelists, poets, and philosophers, Gretchen Rubin has written a book that readers will revisit again and again as they seek to fulfill their own dreams for happiness.”
— Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

Wikipedia has an entry on "Happiness At Work" that starts with the following:

Despite a large body of positive psychological research into the relationship between happiness and productivity, happiness at work has traditionally been seen as a potential by-product of positive outcomes at work, rather than a pathway to success in business. However a growing number of scholars, Boehm and Lyubomirsky included, state that it should be viewed as one of the major sources of positive outcomes in the workplace.

Resources mentioned during this TeleSeminar:

Come join us and explore happiness and teamwork on this interactive TeleSeminar with Gretchen!

Call Details

TITLE

Happiness & Teamwork -- Exploring the connection between happiness and team success

DATE

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TIME

Starts at 1 pm Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 70 minutes

PRESENTERS

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF

WHAT TO EXPECT

Come to the call ready to participate in small group discussions, share ideas and resources, ask questions, answer quick polls, and be fully engaged as we put the newest distance learning telephone conferencing technology to use!

RECORDING

For a short time you can download the recording of this call HERE for free.
CLICK HERE to get the recording which is archived in the IATF members only area. Not yet an IATF member?  Join HERE.

REGISTER HERE

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