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Can your team building training handle the Zombie Outbreak?

Posted by HRDQ on 02/26/2018 to Team Building
Zombie Outbreak is an exciting simulation that gives participants the opportunity to practice decision making and team synergy through concensus decision making. An impending zombie attack calls for the group to work together to make the best possible decisions. While not usually life or death, there are times when employees need to make decisions as part of a team. Zombie Outbreak will help teams understand the value of synergy and learn how to conduct positive, productive conversations that lead to effective decisions under pressure.
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How Would Your Team Survive? A Look at Jungle Escape Game

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Team Building
By Gary Turner Team building can be tricky. It requires significant effort and compromise. But there is a way to make it easier. HRDQ's Jungle Escape game is a great way to put team building skills into action and establish a road map for team success. It brings vital group-process skills to life through a hands-on design and interactive experience.
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Training Games: More than Just Fun

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Experiential Learning, Collaboration, Team Building
Hands-on training games are an excellent way to engage participants, make learning active, bring real group dynamics to the surface in a "safe" environment, and drive home key points. Whether you choose to use them as stand-alone learning tools, or as part of a larger training initiative, training games can generate quality results when used properly. But not all training games are created equal. Before you add a training game to your curriculum, consider these points:
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How to Encourage Greater Individual and Team Performance

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Team Building
Whenever HRDQ asks clients about their goals, we notice that one of the most frequent goal cited is being able to encourage greater individual and team performance. But as a trainer, how and where do you begin to accomplish this goal? Clients often ask us to recommend training resources to help them achieve their goals. When it comes to improving individual and team performance, a good place to start is with productivity. In other words, getting things done. How can we prepare individuals to implement time-bound work goals rapidly, effectively, and efficiently, with a successful and measurable finish?
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How 'What's My Communication Style' Fixed a Broken Team

By Gary Turner, Turner Consulting Relationships Were Strained The human resources manager of a large company contacted me when her department experienced an influx of complaints coming from the firm's administrative team. The HR manager suspected that the complaints, which were mostly interpersonal in nature, were the result of recent organizational changes. In just 12 months, productivity had dropped, job satisfaction was at an all-time low, and relationships were strained. The human resources department was overwhelmed with the number of complaints and the failed attempts to improve the situation. The manager of the administrative team was equally frustrated.
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Discover the Teamwork Formula

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Team Building
It seems as though any group of individuals in today's workforce that is connected by even the smallest thread is referred to as a "team," even if the only thing the group members share is physical location or the same supervisor. But you can't simply gather a group of individuals in a common location, refer to them as a "team," and expect phenomenal results. It takes time, effort, and most of all, dedication from all involved parties. Here are some of the characteristic differences between teams and groups:
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Learning to Play. Playing to Learn.

Positive buzz, measurable results, and improved performance top every trainer’s wish list. It’s also the key to getting management buy-in and achieving professional success. But you won’t get there with lecture-style training or e-learning programs where rows of chairs face forward or the only activity taking place is the clicking of a mouse.
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The Seven C’s of Effective Team Performance

In business, as in most human endeavors, the best teams win. A work group, business unit, or organization that functions as an effective team will always outperform one that doesn’t. But what factors need to be present for “great teamwork” to exist, and how do you go about building effective teams?
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Simulation as a Diagnostic Tool

There are many factors in successful teamwork. When conflicts arise, or performance declines, it’s not always simple to find the root of the problem. What – at first glance – may seem to be an indecipherable problem might become very clear in the context of a simulation. By taking our everyday habits into a simulation, we highlight the ways we act as a team in a safe environment, where skills can be measured in without jeopardizing an actual team project.
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To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate. That is the Question.

There’s always been a lot of buzz about the benefits of collaboration. But before you assume collaboration is the best strategy for executing organizational goals and objectives, consider this: there’s a right way to collaborate and a wrong way to collaborate. And sometimes, collaboration is the wrong strategy altogether.
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