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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
[email protected]
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


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. 


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 [[email protected]] 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:

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


Secrets To Managing a Bad Boss


Thursday, March 24, 2011


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.


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

Tom Heck, President & Founder of the IATF


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


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!


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

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!



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 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




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



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