Beyond the Bowls Day – effective team building without the warm and fuzzies

Beyond the Bowls Day – effective team building without the warm and fuzzies

In a recent conversation with a General Manager, he mentioned that, if he knew there was a significant change coming up for his company, he would organise extra ‘team building’ to help people get through it. His idea of team building was to organise a lawn bowls day, maybe give everyone a free day off and offer them company time to work on the Not for Profit of their choice. He knew that these things didn’t change anything but didn’t understand why.

His mistake is a common one; the idea that, by giving people something, they will feel more positive about work and therefore more able to cope with whatever happens there. If only we were that uncomplicated. Read More

Busy projects going nowhere

Busy projects going nowhere

Ever wonder why things don’t happen when you have been doing so much?  Sometimes busyness is confused with achievement and we continue to do things without realising that we may be missing the mark.

Recently I worked with a client who had been trying to implement a project for over three years.  There had been extensive work done on the project and they had frameworks, structures, maps and detailed plans.  Yet virtually no one in the business was doing things the new way and one of the senior leadership team had openly declared it was not his problem. Read More