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Building Positively Stellar Teams™

An Incredibly Fun and Effective On-Your-Feet
Team Building Experience


Listen to our clients in their own words

"Excellent! The team came away enthused and charged, and most of all, they learned how to work together as a team and as leaders."
  - Jamie Jones, Regional Director,
Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals
"Interpersonal relationships blossomed! David got a wide variety of people to work together in a new way and the end result was that we have a closer team. Now, when we pat each other on the back and thank each other, it's not just lip-service; it's deeply felt. A great experience."
- Chuck Hotze, National Sales Manager,
FASCO Tools


It takes a solid team to bring out the best in each of its members. This unique on-your-feet experience is one of our most requested programs because it's a guaranteed eye-opener, where participants experience exactly what it takes for leaders and teams to soar! Your meeting room will be filled with great laughs, great insights, and usable ideas!

Here's How It Works...
This program begins on an electronic maze (a programmable checkerboard-like carpet). Teams must navigate through the maze without triggering any alarmed squares. This is readily compared to the unknowns in their rapidly-changing workplace. Talk about navigating a "maze of change" -- Which way do you turn without being penalized? How do you communicate direction and vision with all the players? Who has the time when we're all so busy?

Teams have 15 minutes and $15 million working capital. Overhead costs $1 million per minute. The clock starts. After the first minute, teams typically cease planning and communicating and spring into action. Many team members are unclear of their roles and the mission. Sound familiar? Because teams are not allowed to talk once the first participant touches the carpet, innovative communication strategies and decision-making skills are required. How innovative is your team? How does fear stop them from taking risks and using their creativity?

Some participants are eager to lead and walk confidently from square to square. Some share and learn from one another, while many reinvent the wheel and waste precious time and money. Many participants appear paralyzed once they reach unexplored territory -- afraid to let down the team by making the "wrong decision."  But their indecision was very costly at $1 million per minute. Which participants from your group will emerge as confident leaders? You may be surprised. How can you develop new leaders?

Some people support and encourage their team members, but just wait until one of them makes a mistake and triggers an alarm or leads a person down the wrong path. How does your team react when others "fail" or are wrong?

Frustration builds, but a wonderful cheer is heard as the first team member makes it all the way across. But where was the recognition for the "less successful" team members who only made it through a few rows? Didn't they help the team? Who receives the recognition in your organization and who could benefit from more of it? How does this impact morale and willingness to try new things?

"We'll do better in round two..."
Once participants feel comfortable with how to accomplish their task, David allows them to try one more time with a new path. It appears that they have indeed learned many lessons from round one and they are doing significantly better. But wait... there are sudden changes nobody warned them about (just like in their real world). Many feel the changes are unfair and resist them. Some become quite vocal and spend their time and money complaining. Others simply quit playing. And some decide to turn the changes into opportunities. How similar is this to your workplace? What will your group do? How can you keep everyone motivated especially when people are stressed? How can you combat negativity and see opportunity in the midst of all the changes?

A powerful discussion follows this energizing activity. Participants create Personal Action Plans to ensure their success and accountability as leaders and team members back in the workplace long after the program is over.

Participants learn many powerful tools from this outstanding activity including how to:

  • Function as a cohesive team with "healthy" competition

  • Develop effective leaders that others want to follow

  • Keep people motivated under stress

  • Increase team spirit and camaraderie

  • Open the lines of communication 

  • Create shared visions

  • Identify team members’ fears that block success

  • Develop a support system that allows team members’ to stretch their comfort zones

  • Increase mutual trust and support

  • Recognize and reward little successes in order to achieve your desired end-results

  • View "failures" as valuable lessons in order to grow, promote risk-taking and creativity

  • Maintain a positive attitude toward progress, change, and teamwork

  • Remain flexible and be victors of change

  • Much, much more!

To reinforce the learning, we recommend that each participant receive a copy of David’s book Seven Simple Principles to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams (contact us for details).

Our team building programs typically range from approximately 90 minutes to one full day.

 

 

 

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Our Clients Say
 It Best...

"The best division meeting in ten years! Our changing environment drove the need for a speaker who brings a message of relevance and inspiration. David's 'maze' program gave us an invaluable experience that has carried back to the workplace in a positive way. A great beginning to our new and dynamic organization."
- E. Oakley, Division Manager,
 AT&T

 

"Our group continues to rave about this program! There's a reason why we have David back so often -- fun, interaction, lots of usable ideas, and bottom line results. David helped our group feel more positive about working here and more positive about working together as a cohesive team. In addition, what a generous gesture to donate your entire fee to the Special Olympics in our name!"
-
A. Keith, Meeting Planner, Legal Department,
Cingular Wireless

 

"The highest-rated program at our three-day sales conference, and our group believes they've seen it all! What separates this program from so many others is that it goes way beyond just being fun... it really helps make the workplace better."
-
T. Rollins, Assistant Marketing Manager,
Yancey Bros./Caterpillar

 

"Thank you for the best meeting we ever had. I heard that comment many times. This program was the perfect activity -- not only was it fun, but important lessons were emphasized in a way we will all surely call to mind often."
- S. Frost, Executive Assistant,
Georgia-Pacific Corporation

 

 

"Three months have past and our group is still talking about the program! Now that's the mark of a successful program. It's often a risk bringing in an outside speaker, but David far exceeded our expectations. The program was great fun, highly interactive and loaded with ideas we could really use to continue building our stellar team. I highly recommend his services."
- M. Dannenberg,
Division Vice President and General Manager,
ADP Payroll

 

 

"David was by far the best speaker we have work with. This program helped us explore new avenues in communicating, coaching, and teamwork. We found several things we can do differently to increase our effectiveness at work.
- L. Latiolais, President,
International Customer Service Assn.


 

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