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6 Ways to Ruin a Company Offsite Meeting


Can leading team building exercises (games) ruin your company offsite?  This article from Inc Magazine says yes.

From the article:

Method # 6 for ruining your company offsite:

Include teambuilding exercises when teambuilding isn’t the point. Teambuilding exercises, like ropes courses, puzzles, treasure hunts, etc., were incredibly popular in 90s corporate America.

They’re still fairly popular. After all, who doesn’t want a stronger, more cohesive team?

Still, a one-off teambuilding exercise will not result in a stronger, more cohesive team. Workplace trust is not built on a ropes course. Trust is built when employees know, through long experience, that they can count on each other.

Skip the exercises.  Get down to business instead. Great teams become great teams when they produce great results.

Focus the meeting on how to produce great results, and let your team discover how great it is through their achievements.


I agree with the author. A one-off teambuilding exercise will not result in a stronger, more cohesive team.  However, some organizers like to believe in teambuilding mirages.

Thank you IATF member Mike Cardus for pointing this article out.

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 Almost every team will tell you that they struggle with communication. And we've got some fresh ways to help you think about the communication challenges for the teams that you support.

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Call Details


GO Communicate!: Exploring and improving how your teams interact.


Wednesday   February 22, 2012


Starts at 1 pm  Eastern (NY City time zone)
runs for 60- 70 minutes


Susan Gerke and David Hutchens, creators of GO Team Resources

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!


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

CLICK HERE to download the recording for a limited time. (link coming soon)

Click on the link below to download the slide deck used during the call.

Download GoTeam_Communication_slide_deck_022212

Click on the link below to download directions for leading the experiential learning exercise mentioned by Al Weinberg during the call.

Download Al_weinberg_game


During this TeleSeminar we'll be using the newest telephone conferencing technology that provides a remarkably engaging experience.  CLICK HERE to learn more about this technology.



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