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Team building is something most of us will have been involved in, whether it’s organising the event or being invited along to partake. Most of us have preconceived ideas which come to mind when the words “team building” are mentioned but what fundamentally is team building all about?

Essentially team building is a concept of improving the way people work together cooperatively, supporting each other in order to strive towards a common goal. By bringing in people with different skills, interests and opinions to work together as a unit, goals are often reached far more effectively. It is without doubt then that team building is an important part of any business.

Whether you have a work force of five or 5,000 it’s vital that the team can cooperate and work effectively together in order to reach company goals and exceed targets.

If the annual team-building event has fallen on your shoulders to organize, don’t panic – this is the time to really excel and demonstrate your creativity and understanding of what will benefit both staff and the business, by following these simple steps:

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Who is your audience?
Identify who will be attending the team building day and the motivation behind hosting a team building exercise for these people, as this will help you go on to choose a suitable activity. For example, if you are organizing a team building session for your sales team, consider how they are currently motivated at work. Do they respond well to incentives and naturally want to win? If so, competitive team building activities may be a good option to pursue. When you think about who you are bringing together, consider how their roles interact naturally within the business, consider
what type of tasks they enjoy and respond well to, and what limitations you need to consider.

Identify the objectives
once you have determined who the team building activities are aimed at, start thinking about the
objectives. Team building events are usually instigated for a reason and this should never be
forgotten during the planning process. If you’ve been asked to organize a team building event but
don’t know why, find out. Get your colleagues involved from this early stage by finding out what they see as challenges and issues that need to be overcome. Get them to think about what kind of team they want to be, how they want to treat one another, and what areas they feel need attention.

Gathering this information is no mean feat so ensure you allocate enough time to do this successfully. Common objectives include collaboration, communication, boosting employee morale, managing change, problem solving, delegation and resolving conflict.

Plan your budget
Team building events are not cheap. As well as the activities you choose there are often additional costs which need to be considered such as equipment, event staff, transportation, insurance, venue hire, catering, refreshments and accommodation (if required). This is all on top of the cost of employees spending time away from the office. This all adds up, therefore having clear objectives and being able to measure the success of the chosen event is crucial.

Choosing a relevant activity
The choice of activity will be steered by the objectives you have agreed so make sure you keep going back to these. For example, if your colleagues have highlighted the need to improve problem solving then it is worth considering team building activities that provide mental agility challenges. Think Crystal Maze, University Challenge or orienteering. If the need to improve blue sky thinking has been brought to your attention then more creative activities are worth researching such as invention tests, a Dragons’ Den pitching scenario set-up or developing strap lines for a variety of quirky advertising campaigns.

Consider activities that get adrenaline pumping. Get delegates competing for points and prizes. Look at activities that are designed to challenge, provoke fun and thrill participants. The more engaging the activity, the more people will want to put in and the more they will get out of it. There’s no harm in combining more productivity-led objectives with the simple brief “to reward”.

Measuring your success
Once the team building event has taken place, you can sit back and relax knowing you have 12 months before you’re tasked with organizing the next one. Wrong! Measurement is imperative so make sure you have considered ways to measure the outcomes of the team building event right from the start. If your team building activity is focused on improving team morale, why not conduct surveys before and after the event which team members fill in anonymously.

Ask them to share feedback on how they view the team morale. You could do this on a quarterly basis following the team build to see how impact it was and how long the results last. If the team building event was designed to address productivity when working together as a team, consider reviewing sales leads and the number of leads that were converted successfully. That’s a very tangible demonstration of return on investment.

Team building events can be very beneficial to all involved so enjoy the planning, get stuck in and give your colleagues the opportunity to better their working relationships.”

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    How to Manage Time and Set Priorities

Good time management means identifying what's most important.

The 3 rules of effective time management

  • Don't create impossible situations.
  • Define priorities.
  • Avoid distractions.

Don't create impossible situations.

  • Make time your friend, not your enemy.
  • Use time to create success, not failure.
  • Identify your first priority classes and do whatever it takes to succeed.
  • Usually plan on two hours studying for every one hour of class.
  • Drop 2nd priority classes or reduce work hours if necessary.

Define your priorities using the three-list method.


Weekly List #1 - The Weekly Calendar.
Create a weekly calendar. Make it your basic time budgeting guide. List your courses, work, study time, recreation, meals, TV, relaxation, etc. Plan to study 1st priority classes when you work best. Be flexible, adapt your schedule to changing needs. Keep your schedule handy and refer to it often. If it doesn't work, change it.
Daily List #2 - The Daily "Things to Do."
Write down all the things (not on your calendar) that you want to do today . Note homework due or tests to take or subjects you want to emphasize. include shopping, personal calls, etc. This list is a reminder. Use it to set priorities and to reduce decision-making and worry. If time is tight, move items to your long-term list. Rewrite this list each morning. Use visualization to help you focus on what to do.
Monthly List #3 - Goals and Other Things.
This can be one or two lists, a weekly list and/or a monthly list. Put down your goals and things you have to do. What do you want to accomplish over the next month? What do you need to buy? Use this list to keep track of all your commitments. If you're worried about something, put it on this list. The purpose of this list is to develop long-term goals and to free your mind to concentrate on today.


                                                                               What not to do.
Don't work when frustrated or angry; put feelings on a list and calm down. Don't worry or feel guilty; put problems on a list, unwind and plan for today. Don't look back and regret past actions; put them on a list, relax and look ahead. Don't get sick and blow your schedule; think positive, eat, sleep and exercise.

                                                              Distractions: How to handle distractions.
Do you get sidetracked by TV, telephone, friends, sports, boredom, daydreaming? Do you procrastinate? The best way to not do something is to avoid it. Find a place to study where there is no TV or telephone. Try a library or study hall.

                                                    The most productive three minutes you'll ever spend.
Preview and review. Before lecture, preview the book. After lecture, review your notes. When you have three spare minutes, review your summary sheets.

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 “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” ~Buddha

You experience and create all kinds of different energies that affect how you feel and what you accomplish throughout your day. Some energies are powerful and easily recognizable, while others are more subtle and often only intuitively felt. I believe it is fair to say that everything is, in a sense, energy.

The things you say, the things you think, the things you do—even the things you don’t do—all produce energy that impacts you and the people around you. If you work on creating more positive energy, you’ll see improvements in your life and you’ll touch more lives than you thought possible.

So what do I mean by energy?

I like to think of energy as anything that invokes a reaction inside you. In other words, anything that makes you tick, ponder, feel, or react. Energy comes to us in different forms. The chair you’re sitting on, the music you’re listening to, or the book you just finished reading, all provoke some sort of reaction within you.

Take music, for example. How does your favourite song make you feel? What type of energy do you enjoy most from music? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, dig into your iTunes right now and put on a song you love.

Take a break from reading this, close your eyes for the entire song, and see what you feel. Music is one of the most powerful and recognizable forms of energy, which is perhaps why it is grounded in so many sacred traditions. A powerful musician can create the same sensations in many different people.

Becoming Energized!

 

Music is the easiest way to shift your energy quickly. Athletes often listen to certain songs before games to help channel adrenaline; artists listen to music to help get their creative juices flowing; and many writers write with the help from music.

While music is the easiest way to understand this concept, it is definitely not the only way to become energized.

Often, when I wake up I fling the curtains open and let the sun flood into the room. This is a great way to become energized first thing in the morning. I don’t let rain sap my energy, though. If it’s raining, I try to be fully aware of the beauty before me so it becomes a positive influence, as well.

Maybe I’ll follow a few raindrops down the window or watch the ripples form in a puddle below me. Either way, I’m fully present. I find being present is the most important thing if you want to feel energy in a positive way. When you are here and now, everything is beautiful energy!

 

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How can you obtain energy in a positive way?

Make a list of all the things that make you feel good and use it as a guide as you learn to become energized from a wider variety of things.

If being in nature is something that energizes you, try spending a little more time outdoors. If the sun energizes you, there is a good chance that flowers, trees, and animals will do the same.

Some of the things that bring positive energy into my life include:

Yoga
Meditating
Creative writing
Keeping a dream journal
Reading
Focusing on gratitude
Why focus on positive energy?

Positive energy is contagious. When you constantly take in the positive energy from your surroundings, it will be visible in the outer world.

My good friend Ravi is perhaps the best example of this. He is so present that he radiates beautiful energy in everything he does. Everyone recognizes it and everyone loves being around him. They feed off his energy.

I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times people have told me stories about Ravi making their day, or making them smile or simply making them feel good. After many late night conversations with Ravi, the best piece of advice I can share in terms of this is to be fully in the here and now.

To make room for the positive energy available in this moment, you’ll need to release negative energy you’re holding onto from the past—be it distant or recent.

This can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t need to be if you focus solely on this moment and ask yourself: What about what I see in front of me makes me feel good? And if I don’t see anything that provides that feeling, how else can I access it?

A lot of people think of energy as a spiritual term, like the divine energy of Christ, Buddha, or Krishna. It isn’t necessarily an otherworldly concept. It’s something we create in our day-to-day activities.

If you learn to fully appreciate this moment, you will see you have profound power to manifest positive feelings within—to create divinely inspired energy, if you will, that impacts everything and everyone around you. In this way, we play a much larger part in the bigger picture than we realize.

How do you create and utilize positive energy?

 

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Did you know that without your knowledge, your health might be deteriorating due to pressure at work. Whatever we do or say has a direct effect on our physiological processes as it affects our psyche-both positive and negative. While positive vibes act as a booster to our health, enhances the morale causing increased productivity which is “THE CONTRIBUTION FACTOR” in corporate organisations, negative vibes causes distress to the party affected and in-turn the organisation. Though in a small way, which is enough to cause great distress waves amonsgt the entire organisation through grapevine.

 

Morale Surveys:

Therefore, it becomes necessary that every organisation takes some  time to understand and analyse the mind-set of their employees to maintain the entire health of their firm. This can be done through surveys or questionnaires which serve as best platforms that shoulder employees’ opinion. On the side of the individual, he also should spare some time, from time-to-time to analyse his attitude towards the organisation and his/her colleagues and how it affects his/her performance. Management scholars say that “SELF-APPRAISAL” is the best tool for enhanced organisational performance and productivity.

What is Stress? 

It is very important to understand what stress is, to combat it. Stress is nothing but a condition where people get excited emotionally or in other words ” a disturbed mental state” affecting the well-being. The causal agents may be physiological  which can be medically treated or emotional which we are more worried about as emotionally unstable individuals cannot think properly which again leads to physical distress.

It becomes therefore vital to know how we perceive and interpret things through our cognitive skills, again influenced by environmental factors to a considerable extent. People, particularly working in corporate environment and IT industry are subjected to much stress and they don’t know how to find a  vent to their feelings or when there is no adequate support from the family side.

What are the Ways Out? 

So, what is it we do at times like these? Not to bother. The mantra is “RELAX” to the maximum possible extent. First thing extract yourself away from the scene of action so that you could breathe some fresh air. Then think calmly and try to isolate the bug that is bothering you. Here the problem is the bug and analyse how far you have become vulnerable to the situation.

Gauge the amount of damage done and rate the problem in terms of ” recoverable by myself- no help needed”, ” recoverable- but with external support”. Remember, for every problem there is a solution. It may not be tailor- made, but definitely passable with little bit of compromise from our end if necessary.