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Engineering A Successful (and Safe) Team Building Day with Parker Hannifin.

17/06/19 11:00

We love team building with a purpose. Fun is always a given with our team building and training but when we deliver something that is really impactful that leaves an organisation more capable and more cohesive then that’s when we get really happy!

We’ve found that never is our team building and training more impactful than when we collaborate closely with our client family to craft bespoke interventions and activities that are truly unique to their organisation.

When the amazing team at Parker Hannifin in Warwick contacted us to help them with their 2019 onsite safety team day we were delighted and intrigued...

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Have you picked the right room layout for your meeting and team building activity?

05/06/19 09:47

When speaking to clients and booking venues there is always that moment when we need to confirm the conference room layout or the space requirement for the team meeting and subsequent team building session – whatever that may be.

This is just a quick reference guide as to what needs to be considered and the terminology used in order to make your next team offsite event a success and how to make the best use of the space available.

When considering a venue, the first thing to think about is space and the requirement of the presenter(s), the requirements of the audio-visual solution, your chosen team building activity and finally the requirements of your guests. This intelligence will help you and your selected venue ascertain which meeting rooms and events spaces are suitable. There are 8 common room layouts as listed below:

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Forget behaviours – its time focus on happiness and health with your next team building activity.

03/06/19 11:00

EML has spent 20 years building better teams by focusing on team behaviours and in that time things have evolved beyond all recognition. In the beginning ‘team building’ was a couple of laps of a paddock on a quad bike followed by a few beers. These days team building interventions are targeted at key behaviours, aligned with outcomes, underpinned by psychometric tools and used to identify ongoing training needs.

But there is another, huge factor of a team’s performance that seems to have slipped under the radar until recently whereupon it has exploded into view – the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the people in your team.

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Team Building for Charity

20/05/19 11:00

The idea of combining practical team building activities with a charitable cause is one that comes up frequently across a broad spectrum of our clients. It’s a lovely notion, building team cohesion whilst working on a great cause together could improve your team’s performance at the same time as addressing corporate social responsibility commitments – two birds with one stone!

Client ideas often include picking litter, building bikes, painting fences and planting trees. It sounds like a wholesome way to spend an afternoon after a morning meeting BUT there are a few very real challenges for organisers to consider.

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Don’t underestimate the importance of “Fun” – Using Team Building Activities to Identify Skills Needs

13/05/19 11:00

 

Apparently, Summer is nearly here.  Not the “fake Summer” we get during the Easter Bank holiday,  but the real one – June through to September.

Typically, these are very busy months for businesses like ours because we are working hard to deliver all sorts of Team Building events for organisations all over the Country.  Activities like our “Soapbox Derby”, “Junkyard Challenge” or “All Manor of Mystery” are popular during the Summer because many employers feel that this is a good time to reward and recognise the hard work of their workforce and strengthen team dynamics.

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5 Top Tips for getting more from your next Team Profiling Workshop

08/05/19 15:47

Don't just put your reports in the top drawer and move on - expect more from your next team profiling session - here's how..

Myers Briggs Type Indicator is one of many profiling tools applicable to team development in the marketplace.

Amongst others I have worked with Everything DiSC, SDI, Insights Discovery and Belbin Team Roles when designing and delivering team workshops for clients.

All of these reports provide insight into your team’s dynamic but too often organisations’ investment of time and money in profiling sessions is lost when the reports are popped in the top drawer and not acted upon.

Here are my 5 top tips for making the most out of your next team profiling workshop.

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Make the time to build a better team

29/04/19 11:00

Time and again I hear the words “we are too busy” and “we don’t have the time for a team building activity”, but why are we all so busy and why don’t we have the time?

Has business changed so much in the 20 years since EML Team started trading?

The unhelpful answer is yes and no. No one can reasonably argue that there hasn’t been mind bending change in how we consume information and how we communicate with one another.

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Tailored Team Building for the McCain family in Hull

23/04/19 11:00

 

Client brief: A half day team building activity for 100 staff members from all levels across one division of McCains. The afternoon session would follow on from a morning of business presentations delivered by the division’s Senior Leadership Team.

The client had already booked the venue themselves close to their base in Hull, in this case it was the Hallmark Hotel.

As the team offsite was taking the place during the UK springtime, the weather couldn’t be counted on and as such the chosen team building activity needed to be delivered entirely indoors.

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“Team building works” – pass it on. The dangers of Chinese whispers in your organisation.

15/04/19 10:30

 

EML Team recently ran a team building workshop for a client who were looking to take a longer-term approach to the development of their teams.

The client’s management team of 20 were well developed, the business was over 20 years old with some 14,000 employees and a highly experienced inhouse HRD team. With such an experienced inhouse HRD team it is always a challenge for our consultants to suggest fresh ways to enable them to achieve their desired learning objectives from their conferences or team meetings. But we are always up for a challenge!

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Multinational and Multilingual Team Building and Team Development Workshop

08/04/19 11:00

 

EML was recently asked to provide an MBTI team building workshop for a UK senior team. The client was exacting in their expectations for the workshop. The tone had to be right, the level of MBTI theory had to be reconciled with a high level of existing MBTI knowledge within such an experienced team and the focus of the workshop needed to be on outcomes. Fun was important but only a part of the equation.

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