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Team Building That Made Dreams Come True

November 17, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

You have to watch the video below, because the snow in Boulder, Colorado on November 14th didn't stop us from conducting one of the most rewarding team building programs of the year.

- 100+ amazing clients from Unisyn
- An "Amazing Race" GPS scavenger hunt on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado
- Creating mission statements from words found during the amazing race
- A service component of the event, giving 20 bikes to underpriviledged kids from the "I Have a Dream Foundation" in Boulder
- Turkey baskets provided to 15 families

A Faster Path to Commitment

November 12, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

Understanding team members' preferences, motivations, priorities, and ideosynchracies can make a big difference on whether team members work well together or not.

In almost all of my strategic team building seminars I conduct with senior leaders and executives, I use either the DiSC profile or the MBTI as a tool to help create cohesion.

The purpose is really two-fold.

Own Your Opinions with "I" Statements

November 3, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

Effective communication is intentional. A simple tool for speaking assertively and authentically is using the "I" statement. Here is an exerpt from John W. Jacobs.

At the heart of better communication is the self-statement. A self-statement puts the responsibility for your emotional experience squarely on your shoulders. It is one single, easy-to-learn skill that can most dramatically improve the communication.

Prepare for the Recovery

October 29, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

It's snowing here in Boulder, Colorado....big time. Receiving a foot of snow on October 28th came a bit unexpected. At least for me.

But the fresh snow gets me excited about my favorite winter pursuits, like teleskiing and ice climbing. Unfortunately, the snow also reminds me that it is budget season (not quite as fun as skiing), and it's time to prepare for the new year.

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