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[youtubegallery] Chocolate Therapy|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04y72fa08_I
[/youtubegallery] [youtubegallery cols=4 thumbwidth=y] Building Chocolate Bridges|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxPt54ykXaQ
Fiesta Challenge|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_9uTpFtQqU
The Giving Tree|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvHPx3a0dlA
Winemakers Challenge 2012|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RthgqvoWfag
Cooking Team Building Gets Healthy!|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X10wdRfYB18
Slot Car Racing Team Building Exercise|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HilH6s-AIIo
Lightning Fast Video Challenge|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAgINIo2oDk
Food For Thought | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EQW5dbW1vc
Chili Cookoff|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oha3tyFtjUQ
Indoor Team Building|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8p1ENZ9F4
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Houston Team Building

Houston Team Building

Houston Team Building

TEAM BUILDING IN HOUSTON

Explore the rich colonial history of the Alexandria area with Team Building favorites, like our Space-Time Merger Treasure Hunt or Limousine Treasure Hunt program.

Challenge your team with the Chocolate Therapy or an Amazing Adventure program amid the art galleries and cultural landmarks of beautiful Alexandria, Virginia. Get into the spirit of giving with any of our Philanthropic Team Building program.

Have fun and team build with our Wine Maker’s Challenge, a Comedy Improv or Murder Mystery. However you do it, Alexandria is the perfect place for a Team Building adventure!
Our leadership games, employee morale activities and teambuilding exercises offered in Alexandria are innovative and always fun. They are designed to reinforce the essential elements that make up an effective team such as trust, communication, collaboration, leadership, active listening and role clarity, using a user friend format.Whether your needs in Alexandria are camaraderie building or targeted team learning, either style event will be sure to engage your participants, generate excitement, inspire conversation, and strengthen relationships.Just click on the programs links below and take a look at a few of the team building and training programs we offer in the Alexandria, Va., area, then give us a call at 215 426-5644.

SOME TEAM BUILDING & TRAINING PROGRAMS IN PENTAGON CITY

Our most popular team building adventures in East Hanover, New Jersey are:

» Chocolate Therapy
» Wine Maker’s Challenge
» Space-Time Merger Treasure Hunt
» Amazing Adventure Treasure Hunt
» Limo Treasure Hunt
» Lightning Fast Video Making
» Improv Murder Mystery
» Building Chocolate Bridges

Our most popular corporate training workshops, combination team building and training packages are built around the following modules:

» Listening
» Team Building
» Communication
» DiSC Behavior Profile
» What’s My Communication Style?
» Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

 

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Team Building Orlando

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TEAM BUILDING IN ORLANDO

Orlando Florida, the home to Walt Disney World is a dynamic destination with magical theme parks and entertainment great for team building activities of all kinds. International Drive or I-Drive is the center of Orlando and its world famous attractions; theme parks besides Disney World include

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Sea World, Discovery Cove, Aquatica, Wet n’ Wild, Universal Studios, Epcot, Islands of Adventures, and Animal Kingdom. Picture an Anything Goes treasure hunt at these locations – what fun! We know what you’re thinking, “Philly Hops, this sounds like a place for kids.” But on the contrary, Orlando is the kind of city where you create your own fun, without having to go far! This is an ideal location for our Shooting Stars On-Demand Treasure Hunt or the Fast Video Challenge team building activity. Even, as we said before, the Anything Goes team building treasure hunt is a great excuse to check out as many of the theme parks as you can! Aside from the parks, being such an international stopping place, the cuisines offered are world-class along with its fun and stress-free environment.

Orlando Team Building Fun

Our leadership games, employee morale activities and Orlando team building exercises are innovative and always fun. They are designed to reinforce the essential elements that make up an effective team such as trust, communication, collaboration, leadership, active listening and role clarity, using a user friend format. Whether your needs in Orlando are camaraderie building or targeted team learning, either style event will be sure to engage your participants, generate excitement, inspire conversation, and strengthen relationships. Just click on the programs links below and take a look at a few of the team building and training programs we offer in the Orlando, Fl., area, then give us a call at 215 426-5644.

SOME TEAM BUILDING & TRAINING PROGRAMS IN ORLANDO

Our most popular team building adventures in East Hanover, New Jersey are: » Chocolate Therapy » Wine Maker’s Challenge » Space-Time Merger Treasure Hunt » Amazing Adventure Treasure Hunt » Limo Treasure Hunt » Lightning Fast Video Making » Improv Murder Mystery » Building Chocolate Bridges Our most popular corporate training workshops, combination team building and training packages are built around the following modules:   » Listening » Team Building » Communication » DiSC Behavior Profile » What’s My Communication Style? » Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

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Teams That Produce and Have Fun

team_workIn the film ‘Cocktail’, the character portrayed by Tom Cruise learned to have fun as a bartender by stepping out of the ‘usual’, the ‘expected’. Work became fun as they tossed around the bottles and danced their way through customer service. They were making money before but this new way of working increased their fun component, therefore bringing in more people and consequently more money. Their productivity and their engagement increased in direct proportion to their fun factor.

The Pike Street Fish Market in Seattle Washington started out as a small fish stand and grew to a large enterprise supplying the people of Seattle with fresh fish on a daily basis. Sure, the fish market was productive…after all, the money was flowing in. What was missing was team passion, a philosophy of fun, and openness to be extraordinary. A transformation was needed. The employees were ready.

Organizations thrive and grow with change but change can be scary. People need strong leadership, coaching and mentoring and encouragement and permission (sometimes) to let go of their fears and take the plunge into unknown waters. They need to see value and take ownership of the changes for them to be real. They need to hold hands and jump together as a team into the deep end to make significant change.

Through four key principles, the fish market transformed itself into a purposeful fun place where theatrical performances were specific, commitment was high and antics, such as the throwing of fish, were encouraged:
1. Play – is not a prescribed task. It is freedom to explore, to think creatively, to be lighthearted, to be curious, to trust the possibilities, to love people and to renew energy.
2. Make Their Day – is not just a comment from a Clint Eastwood movie. It is about the contagious ripple effect of fun, laughter, engagement and unique attention – to people, to detail, to each other – to make the world a better place and to generate great and hilarious memories at work!
3. Be There – or be square! People are the heart and soul of an organization. Teamwork is all about working together, being authentic and fully present with and for people. Leaders are cheerleaders, coaches and mentors. Followers make their day through being extraordinary.
4. Choose Your Attitude – and your legacy. How you perceive the glass as half empty or half full…how you relate to or are perceived by others…is key to the success of your team.

Try this with your team. Let them play….purposefully. Create a play-place for work. It starts with freeing people from pre-conceived notions on how to behave, throwing out the constraints of the ‘expected’, looking forward to the unexpected. Organize an impromptu contest. The “Who Am I?” contest. Task one of your free-spirited leaders (could be the receptionist!) with portraying a character. The leader dresses as that character for 2 days while colleagues on the team take photos, interview and question the leader, and discuss with each other to identify the character. They submit their guesses for a draw. Next week, a new character. Continue this until all team members have participated. Then, hold a planning session where everyone comes in their character. Lots of fun! They tell stories about the experience and identify what is important to them in a workplace. Using this new philosophy of fun, they design the play-place of their future. Fun is fundamental to productivity. Create a culture statement of who you want to be. The passion and energy that brought the individuals to the team will be re-ignit

5 Of The Best Team Building Activities

The best team building activities that your staff can engage in are those that help them feel more motivated to perform better at work. And according to the recent surveys, team building activities make employees feel more valued. People who feel valued are usually the most motivated and productive. In fact, 93 per cent of all people who had a strong sense of being valued said they were motivated to perform their best at work. That is why in this post we will be discussing 5 activities that can create great bonding experiences among your employees.

1. Team Building Workshops
Our first of the best team building activities is workshops and seminars, which give team members the chance to reinforce their skills. It can also help them develop new professional relationships. This makes it easy for team members to grow and develop a stronger sense of value.

2. Cooking Team Building
Our second recommendation for best team building activities is breaking bread together. Sharing a meal created together with your team is a fun, exciting team building and bonding experience. This atmosphere allows team members to get to know each other better outside the workplace. This can really help to build a stronger bond between people who only communicate through the phone and the Internet.

3. Team Building Treasure Hunts and Excursions
The third best team building activities suggestion is a treasure hunt and excursion. For instance, a treasure hunt in a park, museum, or some other interesting place can build morale and bond your team. You can also send you team members on an excursion visit and study one of your suppliers or another company that complements your work. Your team members will definitely return with greater enthusiasm and fresh insights that can make them more productive.

4. Team Building Through Fun Projects
We all know that projects and activities offer great opportunities for employees to work together as a team while they enjoy the benefits of physical activities instead of sitting watching power point presentations. Fun projects give the groups a change to interact in new ways, to make decisions together using creative problems solving because the activities are new to everyone. These types of programs are some of the best team building activities available.

5. Team Building Through Community Service
The best team building activities you can offer your team is those that will give them a higher sense of worth. Engaging in any form of community service is an excellent way to improve team bonding. For example, your team can participate in helping the elderly, the infirm, or the physically challenged. Teams can make things to donate to community development projects.

Those are some of the best team building activities that your team can participate in. These activities will help your team members to relate better outside the workplace, make them feel more valued and increase their productivity.

Please leave a comment about this article. Let’s know what your views are about the activities we have discussed. You may also ask questions about how you can implement these activities in your organization. Thanks.

5 Ingredients That Can Enhance Team Building Exercises for Work

IngredientsEffective team building exercises offer several distinct benefits in the workplace. They can be used to create a higher level of commitment, collaboration, competence and concentration among all the employees in an organization. But for this to happen, there must be some basic ingredients in place. In this article, we will be discussing some of the most important ingredients and conditions that can enhance team building exercises for work.

1. Clear Expectations
For team building exercises to be successful, leadership needs to communicate its expectations very clearly to the team members. The teams expected performance must be well defined. Team members should understand why the team was created. And the organization’s leadership should demonstrate their sincerity by supporting the team through adequate provision of people, materials and finance.

2. Common Focus
A well-defined mission and vision will enhance team building exercises. Every team should have a clearly defined area of responsibility. The leaders in each team should be able to communicate the goals, strategies, timelines, and the procedure for measuring success. After the leaders in the team have mapped out their strategies, the coordinating group provides adequate support so the team can maintain focus and achieve their objectives.

3. Commitment
Team building exercises will be more effective when they are done with the commitment of all team members. Every team member must have a strong desire to participate with the team. They must feel that the team’s mission and vision are important. Everyone must believe that the expectations can be met. In addition, the team members should anticipate some form of reward or recognition for their contribution. They should also believe that their own careers will develop as they participate actively in team activities.

4. Competence
A strong feeling that the team can perform its functions effectively is essential for the success of all team building exercises. Just like the performance of every athlete in a relay race influences the final outcome, the members of the team should have the skill, knowledge and capability to handle the tasks the team was created for. If the team does not have all the people it needs, can it get help when needed?

5. Communication
When the members of the team participate in team building exercises, there should be well-established channels of communication and feedback. The leaders of the organization should ensure that important business information is provided regularly. The larger context in which the team is operating should be properly understood by all team members.

All team members must communicate cordially, sincerely and clearly with each other. All the shades of opinion held by each team member should be well received, especially during brainstorming sessions. All conflicts of opinion should be handled without allowing them to escalate and hinder the progress of the team.

Those are five vital ingredients that will enhance the outcome of team building exercises for work. If you have any questions or additional ideas about how to enhance team building activities, kindly leave a comment and share your thoughts. Thanks.

Team Building: All Around Atlanta

teambuilding-activities-With the modernized look, newly-built structures, and latest developments, Atlanta is spearheading the rise and advancement of the new and progressive South. Atlanta’s rapid expansion and quick progression place it at the forefront of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the country, and that is definitely in pace with our high-energy, resourceful, and fun team building and training programs.

From street cafes to al fresco dining to exquisite restaurants, Atlanta offers many choices of dining venues for our popular food-focused team building challenges. Under the guidance of professional chefs, participants can test their culinary skills doing Building Chocolate Bridges, Chocolate Therapy, or our Trees (snacks) of Wishes program created by teams for philanthropic donations.

Teams can participate in some healthy competition, work together, and achieve one goal by having a Great Chili Cook-Off or a Team Tapas. If they’d rather engage in a mental game, a Game Show will challenge the group’s problem-solving and communication skills and let them sit and enjoy their meal at the same time.

Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and Zoo Atlanta in Grant Park are all wonderful sites for our outdoor treasure hunts and scavenger hunts. Have an Amazing Adventure Treasure Hunt while surrounded by animals in the Zoo Atlanta. The Stone Mountain provides great scenery for the Polaroid Photo Treasure Hunt. The Limousine Treasure Hunt can take groups all around the three districts of Atlanta, namely Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead. Relive the Olympics in the Centennial Olympic Park and create your own mini-version with the Record Breakers team building game.

Our in-demand Fast Video Challenge and Video Treasure Hunt lets budding filmmakers create their own video production companies. Participants in this challenge are sure to build team camaraderie and their strategy and decision-making skills. The Philips Arena, Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center, CNN Center, and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta are all just as a stone’s throw away from each other and would serve as terrific backdrops for film ideas.

Location-specific team building programs can be tailor made for Atlanta. With places like the Atlanta History Center, Carter Center, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, and the New World of Coca-Cola exhibit, groups in Atlanta can plan their team building sessions according to their specific needs.

All Philly Hops team building activities and training programs offered in Atlanta are innovative, creative, and enjoyable for all participants. They are meant to be fun and exciting ways of building trust, encouraging innovation and creativity, promoting teamwork, enhancing communication, increasing motivation, reinforcing work relationships, and developing leadership within members of a group. Essential team and work values are learned and instilled in our team building programs in a light, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere.

Call Philly Hops at 215 426-5644 or email at betty@phillyhops.com for more information.

Atlanta Corporate Team Building by Limousine

West-Palm-Beach-FL-airport-car-service-limousine-town-limo-rental-transportation-business-luxury-party-rent-stretch-weddingHere is an article we wrote about team building by Limousine in Atlanta:

Looking for a corporate team building activity with a touch of class and a dose of high-speed adventure? Then a treasure hunt in a stretched limousine is what you’re after. This corporate team building adventure promises you a heart pumping, interactive ride as you race through the streets of Atlanta.

In a nutshell, the basic package includes a chauffeur-driven limousine, digital cameras, and a scavenger hunt list. Basically, it includes the elements of a typical scavenger hunt: clues, puzzles, maps, lists, passwords.

However, this is not your typical average treasure hunt. There’s a time limit, and since you’re in a limo, this team building activity is designed to cover a lot of ground – literally. Team members not only have to strategize and figure out the most efficient route but they have to be decisive as well, as the clock will be ticking fast. They will also need to bring their heads together in choosing which items to prioritize. Should they go after the small point but easy to do task, or the big point but difficult one?

Since you’ll be directing your chauffeur through your own desired route, team members will have to take into consideration a number of variables. Traffic flow is one of them.

The activity is not simply programmed to give you a constant adrenaline rush, as you can also sit back and enjoy the luxurious ride in between tasks; all in the cozy enclosure of your limo. You can expect to be driven through historical spots, landmarks or chic hotels, bars and restaurants on your way to picking up items on your list, solving puzzles or going to the next required spot on the map.

The hunts can be customized to fit your organization or your own objectives. The ride can be through plush establishments or through eco-friendly sceneries as parks and zoos or through more culturally inclined landmarks such as museums. For those who are not familiar with the Atlanta terrain, here are some notable locations: For indoor spots, there is the Georgia Aquarium, Underground Atlanta, SciTech, and The Atlanta Museum of Fine Arts. Outdoors, there’s Stone Mountain Park, Six Flags Over Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Unicoi State Park.

Stopping by significant spots, you can click away and collect photos as you capture the moment when you find a required item or simply complete a required task. When the day is done, you can keep the photos as a treasure to remind you of that once-in-a-lifetime fun-filled treasure hunt.

This stylish corporate team building activity is a favorite of big companies who recognize the moral boosting benefit that it offers. Most organizations that have booked this hilarious team building activity did it to celebrate achieved successes, a team bonding experience, as a kick offs to training sessions, or sales conferences.

Chocolate Therapy Team Building in Atlanta

Prize-Winning-Chocolate-Cake-6inch_2Time to get that sweet tooth into action! Discover a delicious way of doing corporate team building through a fun yet loaded business challenge that’s sure to get those marketing strategies, creative juices, and well, taste buds going into overtime.

Like all other team building activities, this program is not an all-fun (or eat for that matter)-and-no-work session, because even while delving into loads of chocolate, the participants should still keep in mind that ultimate goal: to come up with a chocolate product to beat all chocolates – and with “healing” powers to boot!

In the course of the Chocolate Therapy team building activity, the participants will have to go through the whole business process, and even if they do already have the general concept of the end product, the design, formulation, production, packaging and promotion would still be their ideas. The team members will certainly be able to use their various skills and experience to good use in this activity, while developing camaraderie and respect amongst them.

The whole process for this particular corporate team building activity is fairly straightforward. A large group of say 10-200 persons, is divided into smaller teams of about 5-10 members, and in a kind of “chocolate treasure hunt”, the teams are assigned to a distinct chocolate flavor which they would need to find amidst a sea of other equally delicious and unique samples. Sounds delectably easy, huh? Now on to the more challenging part: each of the teams will then have to create a new chocolate “cure” using not just their individual chocolate flavors but also some significant clinical data, a sense of humor and adventure, and a whole lot of ingenuity and creativity. A one minute-commercial showcasing the end product, written and performed by the team members themselves, fittingly ends the program.

In this fun-filled, corporate team building activity, participants will be able to reap benefits not normally addressed as innovatively in the regular work session; among them improved communication and presentation skills, team unity and coordination, resourceful problem solving, and the ability to adapt to individual behaviors for optimal team performance. The relaxed and highly creative atmosphere doesn’t hurt one bit, and only adds to the positive energy shared.

Corporate team building through chocolate therapy is one of the more unique and entertaining team building activities to emerge these days when company events are getting more vibrant and dynamic in approach. It was originally initiated with a pharmaceutical company in mind but has now become popular choice with other companies of any size and industry as well. The session is quite flexible and may last for at least 2 hours, maybe a little more, depending on the additional activities or criteria. Venue can be anywhere indoors from a conference room, a sizeable meeting area, or even a private dining area in a restaurant.

Sure to elicit a host of inspired ideas, not a few friendships, some comical acts, and more importantly, a whole lot of laughs, Chocolate Therapy Team Building in Atlanta is definitely not your everyday team building experience.

The Benefits of Team Building

Team building is any situation or exercise that promotes unity among a group. The group can be part of a business or organization, but team building is effective with any type of group. For the purposes of this article we will consider team building in a business environment.

The benefits of team building have been proven time and time again, which is why there are so many resources available to help you achieve your goals. Let’s look at some of those benefits.

A TIGHTER BOND AMONG THE RANKS

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of team building is the resulting bond between the members after the exercise is complete. While co-workers relate to each other one way in the workplace, they will relate to each other a whole new way while on a team building exercise. Participants from various levels of management and departments will need to work together as equals, allowing people to view each other as individuals rather than co-workers. This gives them a chance to bond, as opposed to only having a working or business relationship.

DISCOVER WHERE THE GROUPS WEAKNESSES (AND STRENGTHS)LIE

If office productivity isn’t where it should be, but the cause isn’t easily identifiable, team building can help to bring the groups strengths and weaknesses to light. By placing employees in a variety of situations that require them to work together as a solid unit, it may be easier to pinpoint the reason that projects are delayed and productivity isn’t up to where it should be. Recognizing that there are communication issues, personality challenges or silo issues within your organization is the first step towards solving the problem and getting the company back on track.

IMPROVE MORALE

Nothing can benefit an organization more than a boost in morale. Unhappy or dissatisfied employees are detrimental to a companies’ productivity and the attitude can spread like wildfire. Allowing your group time to have fun and avoid the pressures and politics of the office can provide a much needed boost, release some stress, and restore a sense of pride and purpose back in to the game.

The benefits of team building can be felt at every level and can go a long way towards improving your work environment and flow. By encouraging your participants to find success as a group rather than individually you are showing them what they are capable of both in and out of the office.