December 2018
Issue 101

This month's theme - Team Building


In this Issue:

For Managers: Health check for building a winning team
For Trainers: Free team building activity
•  Training in Action: Night shift workers enjoy team building events
•  Offer of the Month: Free Training Activity
•  The Light Touch: Team Work – it’s an old one – but worth seeing again!
•  Quote of the Month: It is amazing what you can accomplish
Next month's theme
  For Managers – Health check for building a winning team

Complete the following questionnaire to see how you do.

Answer the following questions by placing your score in the column to the right of the questions (or better still ask your team members to complete the questionnaire):

All of the time
1. Do your team members know your departments’ goals and targets?
2. Do your team members feel a strong sense of ownership of your goals and targets?
3. Do you hold regular, two way energised meetings that generate ideas coming from your team members?
4. Do your team members speak highly of you and your leadership team?
5. Are your team members happy with the level of communication and consultation within the department and across the organisation?
6. Are your team members happy at work?
7. Does your team perform according to your expectations even when you are not present?
8. Are your team members willing to put in extra effort when required – they don’t complain or object?
9. Do your team members feel valued and appreciated?
10. Do you have plans for developing your team members?
35 – 40 Very good – you seem to have a strong team.
30 – 34 Good – keep working at building a winning team – put in a little more time.
25 – 29 Hopefully completing the questionnaire has helped you focus on those areas where you need to improve
0 - 24

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  For Trainers: Free Team Building Activity


Blind Square

Blindfold all of the delegates.  Place an object (this could be a bucket or box) and a length of rope, minimum 2 metres length somewhere on the ground in the immediate area.  Give the following instructions.

“Ladies and Gentlemen

Your task is to locate the length of rope and object.  These are somewhere near to you.  You are to make an exact square with the rope and place the object in the exact centre of the square.  All of the team must then stand on the outside of the square facing the object.  Blindfolds must be worn at all times.  You have ten minutes."

The trainer may answer questions at this stage but once the game has started the trainer will not speak, other than to ensure safety.

Numbers: 4 to 12 people

Review Questions:

  • What was the purpose of the activity?
  • What did the team do well?
  • What could the team have done better?
  • How did this activity relate to work?

Answers may include comments around: team working, communication, listening, including everybody, quieter people need to be encouraged etc.

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  Training in action: Night shift workers enjoy team building events

The production teams at a north east factory took some time off from production to attend Syd Strike team building events in a local centre.  To make the event all inclusive the team building took place during day time and on night shift. An array of team building apparatus was transported to the centre and the employees enjoyed the challenge of participating in team tasks and learning what can be achieved when a team pulls together. They participated in several team activities, working together to achieve success, followed by review sessions where they were able to relate the learning to work and action plan ideas for improved team working back at work, alongside their team leaders and managers.  It was a great event and more importantly it produced some useful and practical ideas for team and production improvement.  Syd Strike Training has worked with several production companies, helping them improve performance and motivation. Syd says “we are flexible and we understand that sometimes our clients are restricted by working hours. That is why we work evenings, nights and weekends to make sure our clients are able to enjoy the benefits of team development and management development offered through our unique training programmes.

Some of the benefits of team building events enjoyed by our customers:

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Please ask us about:


More interesting topics for you to consider:

»Why Employees Give More
»You are Amazing
»Don't be an Ass
»Success is not Everything
»Believe in Yourself and be Happy
»Easy to make Mistakes





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The Light Touch


There are four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.


Quote of the Month

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

President Harry S Truman





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