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5 Team Building Activities Guaranteed To Be Fun

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5 Team Building Activities Guaranteed To Be Fun

If you read or study any advice or information about team building activities you are likely to discover that they point to desirable outcomes, such as better communication within your team, a greater level of trust between them, and the goal of everyone within the team feeling valued.

Any team building activity which can achieve these is valuable, but in order to get there, the activity has to be based upon certain principles and contain certain essential elements. One which is often overlooked by team leaders organising their own team building activities, is fun.

Regardless of its settings, its purpose, and the team it is meant to build, unless a team building activity is enjoyable for those taking part, the outcome will be diminished compared to one which is fun for all. Think of this…as children, we learned more when we were enjoying an activity, and that stays with us into adulthood, therefore teaching a team to trust and work for each other is more achievable when fun is involved.

So, if we want our team building activities to be fun, let us look at some which are proven to get results for team leaders and their teams.

The Marshmallow Tree

Split your group into teams and supply them with a roll of sticky tape, 3 feet of string, 20 sticks of spaghetti, plus one marshmallow. Put 20 minutes on the clock and tell them each team has until the clock reaches zero to create the tallest possible tree, which must have the marshmallow on top when it is complete.

Axe Throwing

This is fast becoming a hugely popular pastime, and in fact is now a competitive sport. Take your team to an axe throwing centre where they can compete, and obviously have fun as they throw axes at targets with a view to securing the highest score.

You could make it a team competition to add an extra level of competitiveness to the day. This is also a great way for the team to mix socially as many axe throwing centres offer food and drink.

White Water Rafting

For a team who are happy to leave their normal surroundings behind, and do not mind getting wet, white water rafting is an activity which everyone should enjoy. The shared experience as everyone tries their best to stay afloat is a great bonding exercise, and of course, it is fun too.

Truth or Lies

This is a great game where you prepare a large list of themes and subjects that everyone should be able to relate to and also tell a story about. The game is played with everyone sitting in a circle and each person telling either a true story or one they make up based on the theme they are given. The rest of the team have to decide whether they are telling the truth or not by asking the storyteller one question each.

One of the benefits of this activity is that it helps to bring down some barriers as the team learns more about each other, and often some remarkable and noteworthy facts about each other too.

Escape Room

The clue is in the name whereby your team is locked in a room and have to work together in order to solve clues, puzzles and challenges which will enable them to escape from the room. Lots of fun, and critically, your team has no option but to work together and communicate in order to escape.

Business

How to Notice Drug Use in the Workplace – and How to Act

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How to Notice Drug Use in the Workplace – and How to Act

Whether your workplace is large or small, you may be surprised at how many people within are directly or indirectly affected by drug use. If you suspect that someone at work may need to attend a drug rehab facility, then it’s time to act – and fast. Drug use in the workplace doesn’t just affect the user.

Signs of Workplace Drug Use

No one ever wants to accuse their colleague of drug use, but identifying a problem can ensure they are able to get help. So, look out for some of the many signs that someone you know may be using

You may have noticed a dramatic or sudden change in their mood or behaviour. This, alongside changed job performance and decreased attendance, can most certainly set off alarm bells

Those suffering from alcohol or drug abuse may also be neglecting personal hygiene – even turning up in clothing they wore the day before – and looking disheveled. If challenged about their behaviour, you may note they become highly defensive.

These signs alone aren’t enough to accuse someone of drug use, but they can lay the foundation for further research.

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Culture

Inspired while listening to: Corey Hart – “Sunglasses At Night”

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Halloween in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO HORROR NIGHT
I never experienced anything like what I witnessed last night. Halloween in San Francisco where the streets of Castro ran rampant of hoards of people numbering in the hundreds costumed in anything ranging from a midget Lil’ Jon to a walking drum person. It was magical, it was chaos, it was in essence…beautiful. Sometimes the most exhilarating thing in life is observing the celebration of it.

Culture

Inspired while listening to: Elliot Smith – “Everybody Cares Everybody Understands”

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THE RIOTTT FESTIVAL

EAT, BREATHE, SLEEP RIOTTT
The past weekend I underwent a sort of cabin fever mind state. And if the pictures below look eerily like the ones I posted a few days ago, it is the reality that I live in currently. Everyone here at the RIOTTT office has entered into a zombie state, there is so much to do and so little time.

In two weeks, we are set for the official launch party set to take form in the BE THE RIOTTT FESTIVAL in San Francisco. We’re all nervous and at the same time, very anxious. More info of the concert, please click on events. If you guys happen to be in the Bay Area during the Nov 11 week-end, it would be great to see you guys there. It’s a three day weekend and SF weather is amazing these days!

Oh yes the Kangol hats…it’s been interesting looking at all the past collaborative work that the company has been putting forth. Quite impressive. I never will look at hats in the same way again. And now the challenge begins…

Culture

KARMALOOP: KAZBAH

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KARMALOOP

Yes I am sure you’re all aware of Karmaloop, it’s been one of those online destinations for quite a while. Recently Karmaloop has introduced a new concept online store called the Kaxbah, a consortium of selected brands which maintain and follow through their online orders themselves.

What results within the inventory are a springboard of all sorts of new companies being able to showcase and sale their goods. Notables such as To Die For shirts and Buff Monster artwork are readily accessible. Kudos to Karmaloop for thinking ahead of the curve and allowing independents an arena to grow their individual companies. Take a peep and check it out for yourselves!