Sonoma County is big. Really big. You’ve got the Valleys… Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, all with about a zillion wineries… you’ve got Redwood Forests, miles of coastline, cute towns (with shopping) and world-class restaurants. And in an entirely different category, you’ve got Safaris West.Read More
If you don’t care about time, money and your effectiveness, then relationships don’t matter. If you do, they do.
For over ten years I helped a Senior Bank VP organize the annual intl meeting for their CEO by sourcing the best hotels and using my lifetime of relationships to get the best venue, rate, concessions and ground suppliers, while assuring the highest level of discretion and security. I trusted my contacts ...Read More
Hey, wait a second, how did this 496-room Scottsdale resort with 50k square feet of meeting space 36-holes of golf, a 90k sq. ft. casino, six restaurants, 3 pools and a Las Vegas style showroom appear in a team building blog? Because… they have a “zillion” team building options either on property or “like”, right there.Read More
I get a lot of e-mails. A recent one began, ”Hi, I was the former guitarist/vocalist for the multi-Platinum band, BOSTON…”. My first thought was… wow, this Nigerian Prince thing has really evolved, but as I read through it I realized, hey, this really was David Victor!Read More
I really loved my experiences in Costa Rica. It has everything a planner could want, plus lots of “critters” (I like critters) and great photo opportunities (I like photo opportunities). I asked Mauricio Arevalo (a really nice guy) with Costa Rica DMC (costaricadmc.com) to suggest an event for a group that has limited time to really explore the amazing diversity that is Costa Rica. He suggested…Read More
Seabourn Cruise Lines provides private group shore excursions with their partnership with UNESCO to World Heritage Sites around the world. And if you have never been to a WHS, you’ll understand why they are so amazing as soon as you get there and why the words that follow can in no way do justice to the experience...Read More
Every so often I come across a good team building idea and feel compelled to write about it. Here’s one called Avital Tours… and while I am writing… a quick idea from TeamBonding I have written before about the Escape Room phenomena as team building.Read More
These (cool) guys are all over the country, and they travel too, so the destination choices are many…
Teams write completely original songs with help from musicians who work with the likes of Prince, Adele and David Bowie (and other names they could drop)...then perform them in a ‘battle of the bands’ showdown. The song theme can be about anything you choose… one group had their sales people compose songs so they could sing to their clients about their new products… but the possibilities are endless depending upon your goals. And of course… if you want… there are performance costumes.Read More
There are so many things I love about living in San Francisco (but not including the new notion that turning on your emergency parking blinkers allows you to double park just over the crest of a hill or around a blind curve on a busy street at rush hour… don’t get me started).
Where was I… oh yes… Street Art is one of those things I love about the city. Makes the neighborhoods come alive with energy, with emotion, and with humor. So when you have a group in the city and are looking for some team building ideas with local flavor, it makes sense to introduce (and immerse) them in the world of San Francisco Street Art. So… check out…Read More
About six years ago I had the good fortune of being invited to visit some of the grandest Hotels of Switzerland (and for that I am eternally grateful to Marius Karrer…visit his site at www.hotelsofswitzerland.com), and as part of that site inspection we ended up on some glacier, only to find that our small group of incentive planning types would be divided up and asked to compete in an ice sculpture contest.
As I have said before, the idea of team-building initially makes me roll my inner eyes, but… there was no way out (except straight down) so I joined in… and of course got really into it (and ice sculpting was not something I had previously gotten into). It ended up being one of those memorable moments… incidentally capped off with a helicopter ride through the Swiss Alps.Read More
The idea behind the idea-sharing is to give you ideas. Here are a few more that may spark some inspiration for your own team. Or you can connect with these guys…
How about team-building on a cruise ship? Hey wait a second… how about having your incentive and/or meeting at sea? (Note… they do stop at land too)… so here are some ideas (but in my words) shared by Shari Wallack, President of Buy-The-Sea … and for those of you who don’t know Shari, she DEFINITELY knows what she is talking about…Read More
Comedy Sportz: The performers use improvisation skills onstage to get people laughing, but they specialize in teaching people HOW to use improvisation techniques in their work lives. Improvisation is not "winging it". It's a highly refined system of observing, connecting and responding.Read More
This takes a little pre-planning but is not only a fun, real team-building thing, it’s one of those give-back-to-the-community things that make everyone better (in some way). “A on A” arranged a partnership with the nationally known charity, Dress for Success, a provider of business clothing for women in need. DFS helps them prepare for job interviews, and supports them with clothing to wear until they get that first paycheck.Read More
America’s premier maximum security prison, thousands of the nation’s most incorrigible prisoners spent day and night trying to figure out how to escape the 22 acres of living hell. Irony being what it is, you can now pay to go there and have fun while learning valuable team building skills.Read More
Definition of Terms. Putting a hay bale and a wagon wheel on the buffet table and handing everyone a red kerchief and cowboy hat when they arrive is not a Theme Party. It’s what we professionals in the business refer to as “a stupid waste of money”.Read More