5 Ways to Ensure Your Teambuilding Will Suck

21. January 2014 Team Building 0
By James Carter There are many reasons why a team building activity will fail.  Meaning it sucked.  Let’s be honest, there are many that are really terrible.  We have run a few of them ourselves that utterly failed.  It is embarrassing to admit and it is almost always because we committed one of the 5 ...

Cargill Builds 15 Bicycles for the Geneva Boys and Girls Club

Cargill set a Legendary precedent kicking off their three-day, northeastern conference building 15 bicycles for the youngsters of the local Boys and Girls Club of Geneva. With corporate responsibility threading together their international initiatives in food and agriculture, they were given a unique opportunity to literally give back to their customers. As 180 Cargill employees ...

The Carrot and Stick Approach No Longer Applies

Most of the time, business is at the forefront of change in our society. Sometimes, on the cutting and bleeding edge of change. But from time to time, business is sadly behind what we know to be fact. This is especially true when it comes to what motivates employees within a company. Traditionally, a \'Carrot and Stick\' approach to rewarding employees has worked very well. A goal is set and if you achieve it, you get the carrot. If you fail to achieve it, you get the stick. According to Dan Pink, author of Drive, the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, the carrot and stick still work, but in narrowly defined areas.

10-Step Survival Guide for Tough Times

Times are tough. 2 million jobs lost in 2008, 533,000 in November alone, the most in 34 years.  Manufacturing is down.  Now the automotive industry is requiring a bailout. The economy is moving into a very difficult and tumultuous time.  We are all feeling nervous about what is coming.  Even companies in strong positions are ...

Accountability Starts with You! Excuse Me?

Accountability is a funny thing. Ask almost anyone if they hold themselves accountable and you will receive one of several replies: ‘Of course!’, ‘Sure!’, ‘I do, but no one else seems to!’. And then reading a book recently about personal accountability and read this statement: ‘Accountability starts with you!’ I could not stop laughing. Perhaps ...