Why Choose A Vineyard Setting For Your Next Team Building Seminar?

27 Mar 2013 –

Many may remember our post “Do Corporate Team-Building Events Really Work?” from July 2012 by Lindsay Olson.  While Lindsay indicated that you “don’t need to schedule a weekend retreat complete with a trapeze to get the job done” while reading the article below from Midge Hand about Markovina Vineyard Estate as a great location for a team building event / workshop I was inspired to review new, interesting and most of all rewarding locations surrounding Auckland for our PlusOne Dynamics iMA Workshops.

 

We have been exploring options with our customers regarding locations for our iMA Training and Workshops and the benefits of delivering training to Staff while considering and recognising their contribution to a company’s success, in essence training and rewarding.  Team Building and Training doesn’t always have to be delivered in a stuffy office, training room or work environment (although this is the common location), from my experience the best Staff and Team bonding experiences develop outside the work environment when the activities and training are meaningful, engaging, rewarding AND the location allows for focused engagement.

 

Hosting a Team Building or Training Seminar at a location like Markovina Vineyard Estate can make the training investment and outcome longer lasting, more memorable for Staff and result in a significantly better ROI and outcome for both your business and employees.

Happy training – Grant Dickson – PlusOne Dynamics

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Why Choose A Vineyard Setting For Your Next Team Building Seminar?

Midge Hand – (republished with permission)

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Can you think of a better place and better way to encourage your team to participate in a company team building ever than to have it at a vineyard?

Not only will it be away from the daily grind and routine at the office, but to host your company event in a beautiful, non-office setting, where everyone can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of a vineyard is sure to be a welcome surprise.

Make this event more unique than others you’ve ever had before and take the group to a vineyard – your staff will definitely appreciate the effort and thought you have taken to inject a little class and style, rather than hosting it at a hotel conference room.

They will most likely be more inclined to participate and gain more insights from your efforts and presentation of your speakers at a stunning venue. No doubt it will make a more lasting impression and create some good memories and ensure a successful outcome for the day.

A vineyard will offer your company both indoor and outdoor options with plenty of room for the team to spread out and interact with each other which is the purpose of the day. In this relaxed setting your teams can also separate for break out activities of smaller groups as well.

Make it a day long event and treat the team to a breakfast brunch to start the day and include a break and encourage them to talk a walk around the vineyard after a light lunch and relaxation.

When the business has finished for the day, the team can kick back and relax in the restaurant and chat about the day’s events over a few drinks.

Once you host a team building event in a beautiful setting like this, you will never have any problems again with reluctant staff members coming up with all sorts of excuses as to why they cannot attend – this won’t happen with such an interesting venue.

Instead it will give your staff something to brag about to their colleagues and this will make a good and lasting impression on other members of staff who lag behind when it comes to participating in team building events.

While there is a definite focus on the business purpose for this occasion, such as reinforcing the commitment between the team members, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a in business environment.

A vineyard is a perfect solution to inspire your team by giving them the opportunity to see how they can make the transition from working as an individual to working within a team.

When the event is over and they return to their normal work environment, they will take with them good memories of the team building day at the vineyard.

They will appreciate the management for going the extra mile and be all the more thankful, appreciative and inspired for it.

The Markovina Vineyard Estate venue is stunning either indoors or outdoors and the cuisine and wine selection is second to none.

Markovina Vineyard Estate is a stunning venue and has been providing vineyard magic for seminars and corporate events. They are the experts when it comes to planning and staging events, small or large

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Thinking of a Team Building Event to Improve Your Team Engagement? Consider a PlusOne Dynamics iMA Workshop

Getting the best from teams and effective team working is key to your success as a Leader and business. The challenge is to adapt your thinking, communication and style to leverage the potential of teams.  At PlusOne Dynamics we invite you to complete our free iMA Questionnaire,it will only take 2 minutes and will reveal your preferred communication style as a successful Leader / Manager plus how you can communicate effectively with your team while enhancing the connectivity, productivity and engagement of your staff. An iMA Audit or Workshop at your next Team Building event or session will greatly enhance the connectivity and performance of your team and have them motivated to engage in your business direction.

iMA is an exciting universal language, designed to maximise connectivity: mutual liking, trust, understanding and respect. Everyone speaks one of four iMA dialects, putting them on the same wavelength as 25% of the world’s population.  iMA is a simple way of observing and understanding the differences in people, then connecting with them on their wavelength. When this happens communication, trust, understanding, co-operation and sales increase, and stress and tension decrease.
I stands for Identify your iMA colour style and that of the person you want to connect with.
M stands for Modify your message by encoding it in a way that is most likely to be understood.
A is Adapt the way you treat one person vs. another.

Review our iMA Services here, and consider a PlusOne Dynamics iMA Workshop for your next team building event.

To become an even better Leader we invite you to download our PlusOne Dynamics free e-book – “12 Cs of Building a Team that Works“, you will gain valuable insight into to how you can grow and build your team using effective communication and contexts. This FREE e-Book provides a simple “answer these questions” guide surrounding your team, communication and connectivity.

Download Here – No Signup required!
http://www.plusonedynamics.com/12cs_for_building_a_team.html

 

 

Team Building Retreats: The Key to Corporate Success – An iMA Workshop Will Make a Difference!

1 Mar 2013 – Mark R Cohen –

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Team formation activities are imperative for the perfect harmonisation between the staff and the higher management. The upholding of group spirit is, therefore, crucial within the organisation because people working in collaboration can take a company to the pinnacles of accomplishment. It is the collective efforts of employees that put things in proper shape. Team building retreats encourage employees to deliver quality output to help an enterprise live long by delivering the best. Conflicts and disagreements between coworkers that are stumbling blocks for an organisation’s success are resolved through collective efforts.

The concept of retreats is an advanced and modernised version of forum training. Through a successful team building, employees are trained to take initiatives and work in collaboration for optimum corporate performance. Adhering to the right techniques and principles, a company’s staff is expected to contribute to the organisation with more focus and zeal. With interaction and discussion, the workforce learns how to steer clear of mistakes and catch up with the nitty gritty’s of a project through sharing of innovative and inimitable corporate ideas. Joint effort helps in the transfer of knowledge from one member to the other. Thus, with the sharing of intellect and effective implementation, productivity is accelerated and performance enhanced.

Members and staff participate in several activities and implement them in the way they work. This results in both individual and professional growth of a staff helping him or her to ascend the corporate ladder. Issues, conflicts of interest, and challenges are part of every corporation. Joint activities like fun games and active interaction are encouraged to take care of such problems. Let’s cite an example to make this point simple. Say for an instance, a game is played in which certain obstacles are present, and they need to be overcome to win the game. Participants learn to master the tactics of winning the game and execute the same principles in their work life. This way, individuals learn the art of managing complex issues and tackling difficult situations.

There are several ways in which employees can be brought together for a common interest, and it can be done effectively by sharing mutual ideas or interests. For instance, if there are talented guitarists in a team, they can be motivated to form a group and perform in a company event, thus boosting team spirit. There are other activities that make management retreats a huge success. These activities can be an outing or picnic to improve employee morale. When participants are in a group, they can sit together and think jointly for the successful execution of a plan and how it can be further improved.

Shooting a corporate video is one way of accentuating an organisation’s strength and spirit, and will make others understand the crux of team building retreats. The video can be made interesting by speaking about other’s positive traits instead of talking about self. It should explain how each member’s strength helps in making a company prominent and successful.

Through joint activities, concepts like enhancement of professional expertise and appreciation of other’s efforts are encouraged. Senior members of a company must motivate young coworkers within the group to perform better.

 

Considering a Team Building Retreat?:

Getting the best from teams and effective team working is key to your success as a Leader and business. The challenge is to adapt your thinking, communication and style to leverage the potential of teams.  At PlusOne Dynamics we invite you to complete our free iMA Questionnaire,it will only take 2 minutes and will reveal your preferred communication style as a successful Leader / Manager plus how you can communicate effectively with your team while enhancing connectivity and productivity. An iMA Audit or Workshop at you next Team Building Retreat will greatly  enhance the connectivity and performance of your team.

iMA is an exciting universal language, designed to maximise connectivity: mutual liking, trust, understanding and respect. Everyone speaks one of four iMA dialects, putting them on the same wavelength as 25% of the world’s population.  iMA is a simple way of observing and understanding the differences in people, then connecting with them on their wavelength. When this happens communication, trust, understanding, co-operation and sales increase, and stress and tension decrease.
I stands for Identify your iMA colour style and that of the person you want to connect with.
M stands for Modify your message by encoding it in a way that is most likely to be understood.
A is Adapt the way you treat one person vs. another.

Review our iMA Services here, and consider a PlusOne Dynamics iMA Workshop for your next team building event.

To become an even better Leader we invite you to download our PlusOne Dynamics free e-book – “12 Cs of Building a Team that Works“, you will gain valuable insight into to how you can grow and build your team using effective communication and contexts. This FREE e-Book provides a simple “answer these questions” guide surrounding your team, communication and connectivity.

Download Here – No Signup required!
http://www.plusonedynamics.com/12cs_for_building_a_team.html

Team Work Translates to Success

Consider the wide range of PlusOne Dynamics iMA Strategies & Services (iMA HR Audit, iMA Workshops) when reading this article.

17 Dec 2012 – Padmaja S Singh – Enzine

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The modern work culture totally depends on working as a team. In an office, every department has to work in tandem, coordinating and co-operating with other colleagues. However, achieving total team efficiency is a difficult task as each individual works with a different mindset. It is not uncommon to see personality clashes at workplaces, as everyone’s style of working is different. It is, therefore, essential for any manager to create a sense of togetherness in the team and restore some sense of discipline.

Simply giving out a guideline regarding the work process is not enough. A manager’s job is to make sure that each team member shares a common outlook at work.

There are various team building exercises that can not only improve team work but also boost each individual’s confidence as well. There are many fun activities which corporate offices undertake to boost a sense of trust, comfort and confidence among team members.

Team building activities reap benefits

It is a common knowledge that in order to get any work done, working as a team is necessary. However, it is often seen that we tend to incline towards people we are comfortable with. Corporate learning programs aim at helping people open up to people they don’t often interact with. These programs aim to promote healthy communication. Team building activities highlight the various qualities in a person which may otherwise go unnoticed.

Exercises that motivate one to think out of the box, step out of the comfort zone and do the unusual, to prove oneself and others just how much one is capable of. Team building activities aim at building mutual trust, compatibility, communication, and essential collaborative skills.

It does not matter whether these team activities are quick five-minute exercise inside the office space or much elaborate weekend outdoor activities, these exercises bring out each members’ creative streak.

Various corporate learning exercises are employed for a fun, yet fruitful, team building activity.

Benefits of undertaking team building activities

• Improved communication: Healthy and proactive communication is the key to a good, functioning team. Lack of communication leads to misunderstandings, unwanted conflicts, delay in work and a horde of other problems. Communication – verbal or non-verbal – is very important for a successful business. When organizing team building activities, one should keep in mind to address communication issues and introduce exercises which focus on strengthening communication within the team.

• Creating a comfortable atmosphere: People spend a major part of their day in office with colleagues. A healthy rapport with every individual in the office creates a comfortable atmosphere for working. Trust and interdependence building exercises go a long way in creating a friendly, yet professional work atmosphere.

• Breaking the stereotypes: It is common for people to be stereotyped – whether it is because of the nature of their work, their body language or simply the way they deal with clients. When participating in various team building activities, people tend to think and act unconventionally. Group exercises help in recognizing and utilizing different skills, techniques and tapping the talents one may have not known existed!

Padmaja Singh is a prolific Mumbai-based freelance writer who writes on numerous topics including Leadership Training, Innovation Workshops, Corporate training & Induction Training, to name a few.