Group Morale Boosters! 5 Leadership Team Building Activities

As a keynote speaker sometimes I get the opportunity to do a follow up leadership seminar at the event. I find team building self development activities really need to be catered to the group or they are a generic time drain.

A good self development leadership activity makes people laugh, think, understand conflict and work together outside of their work context. Here are some fun, inspirational and memorable morale boosters for your next seminar, convention or event:

1. In a seminar, I like breaking down the room based on 4 personality types ( after I have described what they are, characteristics, etc)and than asking the group to solve a business problem by creating a team, based on what personalities they want on it. What will each personality type contribute? How? What will be the drawbacks? In a true Donald Trump Apprentice Style way the problem could be to create an advertising campaign to promote a specific product. The discussion that ensues will help people see how personality styles create conflict and affect how you contribute to a team.

2. Another a fun, simple self development seminar team activity, based on improv…. is create a story with a word. Each person in a line up adds a word to make up a story. Some people don’t listen or get nervous and they put in a word that makes no sense and word by word the group tries to make a sensible story. Usually very halarious and great lessons emerge about listening, interpretation, resolving conflict etc. You can create the story around a business theme you are working on to personalize this.

3. A simple and easy seminar activity is to tell two truths and a lie. In rounds of 8, each person tells two true statements about themselves and one lie. The group has to decide which is the lie. A good way to get to know one another and very funny.

4. Balloons are Morale Boosters! Blow up a bunch of balloons of several colours. Have the whole room stand up. The objective is to keep the balloons in the air no matter what, they can’t touch the ground. Seminar participants boink balloons to each other, gyrating around trying to keep them in the air. For variation, ask the group to move the red balloons to the front of the room, the green balloons to the back of the room, etc.

5. What I like about you. A great event icebreaker, Have a flip chart paper for each person with their name at the top. Each person goes around and writes what they like about others on their respective paper. Afterwards, the posters can be displayed at work. It is a great morale booster when people can look up at their positive leadership qualities.

6. First Meeting. Have 3 people on each team( usually 3 men and 3 women on opposing teams). The objective is for each team of three to act in synch as one person. They are to meet the other team and each team is one person, they move together and talk together. Step by step and word by word each team member is looking for clues from one person ( usually a leader will emerge) on when to move, words to say etc. It is hilarious and teaches leadership ( if one person in each team doesn’t take control and lead the other two in words and movement- it is a mess), communications skills, teamwork.

Add more fun at your event with simple, easy morale boosters that build leadership qualities.

5 Ideas for Team Building and Boosting Morale in Your Company

Do you love what you do and really appreciate the people that you do it with, but sometimes struggle with lack of teamwork and overall employee morale? This is a common issue in companies and the good news is that there are some things that you can do to help improve teamwork and morale. Many times in our work lives it seems like we are so busy already that you do not have time to put one more thing on your plate. But one thing to remember is that lack of teamwork and morale is an indication of your culture. And it will not likely improve unless a plan and action is put into place. So since this is so important in the growth and success of your company. I encourage you to make time to focus on your culture. Below are five ideas to help make improvements.

1. Training and education. Believe it or not, most employees want to learn, grow and contribute more to their company. Sometimes, when you have an employee that doesn’t seem to be engaged in their work, it could be that they might feel like their work isn’t meaningful or perhaps they feel that they are not contributing to the overall success of the company. One way to help them feel more important is by investing in them and their future. One of the best things I have done for my team is to bring in trainer every year to train, educate and inspire. An unanticipated result of this training was that my team became more team minded and more loyal to our company. I was touched by how appreciative they were that we cared enough about them to invest in them and their future. Not sure what to train or educate in? Find out what worries them or what stresses them. It doesn’t have to even be related to their work, perhaps they are worried about finances, bring in a speaker to teach money management. What I have found is that if people can let go of some of the external stresses outside of work, they become more focused on their work. Personal growth oftentimes leads to professional growth.

2. Do you have a corporate mission, vision, value and culture statement? If you don’t, you may want to consider having a corporate retreat and letting your employees help you craft them. They live and work in your corporate culture and in reality, they are the corporate culture. You might be a little hesitant, but will likely be pleasantly surprised at the amount of insight they bring to creating your company’s mission, vision and values. In creating these things together, they will feel an important part of the foundation of your company and this will likely improve morale and build a more loyal workforce.

3. Empower your employees to make improvements and necessary changes. Many times, if you have problems, issues or simply room for improvement, your employees have great ideas to make it better. In your company, do they have a way to make suggestions or improvements? Are their ideas seriously considered? If not, you might want to find a way to incorporate it into your operations. Take time to ask your employees what could be better, ask them if they have ideas on how to improve operations or processes. There are some simple ways to do this. It could be as simple as a rounding process where you regularly ask them or you could create an employee suggestion box. Or maybe it would work best for your company to dedicate time during a staff meeting to discuss. Be careful not to be defensive and strike down ideas too quickly. One important thing I have learned over the years is that when an employee brings me an issue, they know that I expect that they also provide an idea for improvements too. Oftentimes, the initial idea is not necessarily the best idea, but it generates great conversation and oftentimes leads you to a good course of action.

4. Don’t be afraid to have fun at work. Find reasons to celebrate and be together. Make it a habit to celebrate birthdays, important milestones and accomplishments. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Have a potluck or have everyone pitch in for take out. The important part is that everyone get together and recognize each person’s contributions and accomplishments. What you want is to create a culture where everyone feels like family. Imagine letting someone in your family’s birthday go by without acknowledging it, you wouldn’t do that. Well, you shouldn’t do that at work either. You will likely find that treating co-workers and employees like family will make them want to perform better and contribute to a better team environment.

5. Annual Celebration with team building events. Find a good time of the year, preferably around the same time each year, to celebrate your employees, your company accomplishments and show appreciation. Consider creating a venue by renting tables, tents and chairs. Invite family and promote fun and team building. Party rental items such as inflatable bounce houses or inflatable obstacle course rentals offer employees a chance to unwind, but still building teamwork. Fun activities help relieve stress, which lead to a more relaxed and more productive workforce. I encourage you to make it a big event. Consider inflatable rentals and team building activities. One of the biggest benefits of having a big event is that employees get to show off their strengths that they may not get to use in the workplace. You may see hidden leadership and problem solving skills emerge.