Team Building Quotes From Norman Vincent Peale

Team Building Quotes From Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking. First published in 1952, The Power of Positive Thinking, was by far his most read work. The book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 186 consecutive weeks. Some of his other popular works include The Art of LivingA Guide to Confident LivingThe Tough-Minded Optimist, and Inspiring Messages for Daily Living. Norman Vincent Peale served as a Reformed Church in America pastor at Marble Collegiate Church in New York, from 1932 until his death. During that time the church’s membership grew from about 600 to over 5 000. He was a personal friend of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan awarded Peale the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 26, 1984 for his contributions to the field of theology.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Norman Vincent Peale, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture… Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Change yourself and your work will seem different.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“When every physical and mental resource is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“It’s always too early to quit.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
– Norman Vincent Peale

The World’s Tallest Constructions

The World’s Tallest Constructions

We have put together a list of the world’s tallest constructions as published by Guiness World Records.

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The Tallest Stack of Pancakes
Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in Rufford, Newark, UK has racked up a mouth-watering Guinness World Records title for the Tallest stack of pancakes – securing the record just in time for Shrove Tuesday. The holiday company’s The Pancake House chefs – James Haywood and Dave Nicholls – expertly whipped up a total of 213 pancakes and created a staggering 101.8 cm (3 ft 4 in) pile.

The Tallest Residential Building
The tallest residential building is the Princess Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates stands 413.4 m (1,356 ft) high, 101 stories above ground. Architectural height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires (but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment). The highest occupied floor stands at 356.9 m (1,171 ft). Construction of the tower began in 2005, and is estimated to have cost (£134 million ($210 million).

The Tallest Swing
The tallest swing measures 88 m (288 ft 8 in) from the seat to the top of the cross bar and was constructed by B!g Rush (South Africa) in Durban, South Africa, on 14 May 2011. The swing was installed in the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where it was attached to the roof. Participants could swing from a platform across the football ground. For safety reasons the swing seat was 9 meters above the ground.

The Tallest Cemetery
The permanently illuminated Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica, in Santos, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, is 10 storeys high, and occupies an area of 1.8 ha (4.4 acres). Its construction started in March 1983 and the first burial was on 28 July 1984.

The Tallest Cookie Tower
The tallest cookie tower measured 1.83 m (6 ft 1/8 in) tall and was constructed by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (USA) at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York, USA, on 9 January 2010. 22,800 cookies were used to build the tower. 60 girl scouts participated in shifts of 2 hours.

The Tallest Unoccupied Building
The tallest building that is completely unoccupied is the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. Although it had reached its full height of 330 m (1,082 ft) the building was not finished when construction was halted in 1992. The hotel is the world’s 18th tallest building and would be the world’s tallest hotel if completed.

The Tallest Matchstick Model
The tallest matchstick model was a scale replica of the Eiffel Tower built by Toufic Daher (Lebanon) that measured 6m 53cm in height and was unveiled at City Mall, Beirut, Lebanon, on 11 November 2009 in celebration of Guinness World Records day. Mr. Daher used approximately 6 million matches in building the model.

The Tallest Rideable Motorcycle
The tallest rideable motorcycle measures 5.10 m (16 ft 8.78 in) tall from the ground to the top of the handlebars. It was constructed by Fabio Reggiani (Italy), and the motorcycle was ridden over a 100-m course at Montecchio Emilia, Italy, on 24 March 2012.

The Tallest Artificial Climbing Wall
The tallest artificial climbing wall measures 41.89 m (137.42 ft) and was constructed at Historic Banning Mills, Whitesburg, Georgia, USA. The wall was measured on 9 December 2011. The wall was measured by William Hutson (Land surveyors & engineers, state of Georgia, License LS002312) of Georgia & West Inc., using a Topcon GTS 233W total station laser measuring device. The wall was climbed by Kalib Robertson, an experienced climber, in approximately 12 minutes on 9 December 2011.

Drumming World Records

Drumming World Records

We have put together a list of fun and interesting drumming world records as published by Guiness World Records.

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The Longest Marathon Drumming by a Team
The longest marathon drumming by a team is 3 days 8 hours 2 minutes and was achieved by Janel Spalding, Aaron Houseago, Holly Jones, Ryan Murray and Lorraine Dorrington (all UK) in Dereham, UK, from 26 to 29 August 2016. This is the third time this record has been held by J.D.T. MUSIC ACADEMY. The event was live streamed and the team received messages of support from locations including Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, Singapore and Norfolk.

Longest Marathon Drumming by an Individual
Carlos Santos from Portugal recently attempted this musical test of endurance. The determined drummer sat at his kit and played for an amazing 133 hours and 3 minutes, achieving the record and completing the marathon on his son’s fourth birthday. The challenge was no easy feat as Carlos was not permitted to play randomly, but had to accompany recognizable songs, with no more than 30 seconds between each track and limited rest breaks.

The Largest Drum
The largest drum measures 5.54 m (18 ft 2 in) in diameter is 5.96 m (19 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 7 tonnes (15,432 lb 5.76 Oz) and was created by Yeong Dong-Gun local government and Seuk Je Lee (all South Korea) in Simcheon-Meon, South Korea, on 6 July 2011.The drum is a traditional Korean “CheonGo” drum.

Longest Individual Drum Roll
The longest drum roll by an individual is 12 hours 5 min 7 seconds, and was achieved by Jayson Brinkler (UK), in Dartford, Kent, UK, on 16 May 2015.Jayson’s witnesses throughout his attempt included the local mayor and TV actress Cheryl Fergison.

The Longest Group Drum Roll
The longest group drum roll is 64 hours 27 min 59 seconds and was achieved by the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service (UK) at the Tower of London, London, UK, on 3 May 2014. Forty members of the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service took it in turns to drum on the same single snare drum. The record attempt was to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines founded in 1664. The actors Harrison Ford and Tom Hardy were present to launch the record attempt on 30 April 2014.

Largest Group Drum Roll
A total of 1,682 drummers, led by Guildo Horn, (Germany) played a drum roll for 5 min 2 seconds, in an event organized by Lebenshilfe-Werke Trier GmbH, Diedenhofener, Germany, on 30 August 2009. Guildo Horn was also a former Eurovision song contestant. The record attempt was in conjunction with the organizers celebrating their jubilee.

Largest Steel Drum Ensemble
The largest steel drum ensemble consisted of 286 participants, who played the composition ‘Orange’ by Zbigniew Lowzyl (Poland) for five minutes in Mikolajki, Poland, on 21 September 2007

Largest Drumming Lesson
The largest drumming lesson is 1,827 participants, achieved by Inspire-works, Street Child United, and London Schools (all UK), in London, UK, on 3 October 2016. The attempt took place at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Children from 25 London primary schools took up the challenge as part of their Bang the Drum project, with Inspire-works as drumming facilitators. The aim of Bang the Drum 2016 was to unite drummers of all ages and abilities across the globe to bang the drum for street children’s rights.

Longest Marathon Hand Drumming
The longest performance on a hand drum was 501 hours and was achieved by Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan (India) at the Rhythm Therapy Hall, Nandavanam Hospital, Ottapalam, Kerala, India, from 5-26 July 2009. An incredible achievement, beating the previous record by 177 hr! Kuzhalmannam already had a record in this category before, with 101 hr, which was beaten in May 2009.

Most People Playing the Same Drum
The most people playing the same drum is 263 and was organized by PLAY (Poland) at the Przystanek Woodstock Festival, in Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland, 2 August 2013. The music piece played was We Will Rock You by Queen. The size of the drum was 10 m in diameter and 1,6 m in height.

Team Building Quotes From Robert Kiyosaki

Team Building Quotes From Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki is a well known entrepreneur, investor, author and motivational speaker. He is the author of the book, ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’, which has become one of the all-time best selling personal finance books. Even though he has become a multi-millionaire teaching people how to become rich, he was himself a failure in business at one point of time and had twice gone bankrupt with his business ventures. However, he did not succumb to the downfall and instead started teaching people how not to become poor and evade erroneous financial decisions. Kiyosaki has given financial advice on a number of television news channels including CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. Additionally, he appeared on programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox and Friends, Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor, The Alex Jones Show, Glenn Beck, and Your World with Neil Cavuto.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Robert Kiyosaki, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“Most businesses think that product is the most important thing, but without great leadership, mission and a team that deliver results at a high level, even the best product won’t make a company successful.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Often, in the real world, it’s not the smart that get ahead but the bold.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you look at anyone who has achieved great success and wealth, people like Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, or Lance Armstrong, they have all focused intensely in order to win.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“I believe that one key to success is to accept truth, no matter how it’s spoken.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Education is what you learn after you leave school.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“The power of our thoughts may never be measured or appreciated, but it became obvious to me as a young boy that there was value and power in being aware of my thoughts and how I expressed myself.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Few people realize that luck is created.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“As long as you blame someone or something else – something outside you that’s bigger than you are – as the source of your problems, the problems won’t get solved.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you’re going to be a winner in life, you have to constantly go beyond your best.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Losers are people who are afraid of losing.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“The thing I always say to people is this: ‘If you avoid failure, you also avoid success.’ ”
– Robert Kiyosaki

“Success is not a stop sign.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

Recipes for Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Making

Recipes for Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Making

Cocktail Making as a team building activity is an effective way for your team to bond and to learn how to work better as a team. Having fun together in a team building event like this will strengthen team bonds and create trust between the team members. It will help you uncover strengths in your team you never knew existed as the participants push the boundaries of their creativity in a safe environment. TBAE’s Mix It Up Cocktail Making team building activity also offers a non-alcoholic option. The following are some of examples of non-alcoholic recipes for cocktail making.

Vampire’s Blood Pomegranate Punch

This drink recipe is super easy to whizz up and makes a great punch bowl option for kids and non-drinkers at any occasion or get together.

Ingredients

  1. 500ml pomegranate juice
  2. 250ml grape juice
  3. 250ml ginger ale
  4. Fresh blueberries

Method

Pour the chilled pomegranate juice, grape juice and ginger ale into a large punch bowl and stir.

Sprinkle a generous handful of blueberries so that they bob on the surface of the cocktail. Use a ladle to serve.

Pink Grapefruit Cooler

The refreshing and tart taste of Grapefruit juice has become popular in cocktail making.

Ingredients

  1. 80ml juice from a ripe pink grapefruit
  2. Juice of half a lemon
  3. 40ml sugar syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved then cooled)
  4. Cold sparkling or soda water
  5. 2 x mint sprigs
  6. Crushed ice

Method

Pour the sugar syrup into a tumbler and add one mint sprig, stirring and bruising it lightly. Add the citrus juices and stir, then top up with crushed ice and the sparkling or soda water. Garnish with the second mint sprig.

Shirley Temple

This classic cocktail is given a fresh lift with a squeeze of citrus juice.

Ingredients

  1. 15ml grenadine syrup
  2. 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  3. 200ml chilled ginger ale
  4. Maraschino cocktail cherry and thin lime slice, to decorate
  5. Ice cubes

Method

Place a few ice cubes in a tumbler, add the grenadine and lime juice, then top up with ginger ale, and garnish with the cocktail cherry and lime slice.

Lavender Lemonade

The aroma of the steeped lavender heads is wonderful, but do be sure to use lavender which hasn’t been sprayed with any chemicals. It’s best made with flowers that have started to dry out naturally in high summer.

Ingredients

  1. 10g lavender heads
  2. 250ml boiling water
  3. 75g sugar
  4. 600ml cold water (sparkling if you prefer)
  5. Juice of 3 small or 2 large ripe lemons, strained
  6. Ice cubes

Method

Put the flower heads in a small pan and pour over the boiling water. Heat up again and simmer gently for two minutes. Take off the heat and leave to steep for ten minutes. Strain off the flowers, add sugar to the liquid and stir to dissolve it. Add the cold water. Add the lemon juice and stir (the mix turns pink here), then serve in tall, slim tumblers with a few ice cubes in them.

Firepit Steamer

Here’s a hot, spicy, but fresh-tasting drink to wrap your chilly hands around on those cold winter days.

Ingredients

  1. 100ml cranberry juice
  2. 100ml red grape juice
  3. Half a star anise
  4. Half a cinnamon stick, plus one to serve
  5. 2 cloves
  6. Slice of peeled fresh ginger root
  7. 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Method

Simply put all the ingredients except the extra cinnamon stick in a pan and warm up very gently, stirring, and keep hot (not boiling) for several minutes until the spices infuse. Strain into a thick glass tumbler or mug and serve with the cinnamon stick for stirring to release the steam. Drink while hot.

Cherry Sparkle

Make your own red cherry juice with a tang of lime, topped up with sparkling water.

Ingredients

  1. 225g fresh, ripe red cherries
  2. 600ml freshly boiled water
  3. Half a lime
  4. 50g caster sugar
  5. Chilled sparkling water, to taste
  6. Ice cubes

Method

Destalk the cherries, wash them, halve them and take out their stones. Put the fruit in a big bowl and bruise slightly with the back of a spoon. Pour the hot water over them and stir. Peel the lime zest off in thin strips and juice the lime, adding both zest and juice to the bowl, with the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, cover and leave for two hours. Strain off the liquid, divide it between 3 or 4 tumblers and top up with ice and a little cold sparkling water.

Lime and Lemon Grass Spritzer

Easy to make, scented and mouthwatering cocktail.

Ingredients

  1. Half a lemon grass stalk, outer leaves removed, core sliced, plus an extra stalk to garnish
  2. 30ml fresh lime juice
  3. 15ml sugar syrup (make sugar syrup from equal quantities warm water and sugar)
  4. Chilled soda water, to top up
  5. Ice cubes

Method

Place the lemon grass in a glass tumbler and ‘muddle’ to release its oils. Fill the glass with ice and pour in the lime juice and the sugar syrup. Top up with soda water, stir briefly and garnish with the remaining lemon grass stalk.

Coconut Lavender Lemonade

This is a fresh squeezed lemonade made with coconut water and lavender simple syrup. It’s just as gorgeous as it is refreshing.

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
  2. 1 3/4 cups sugar
  3. 8 cups coconut water
  4. 4 cups water
  5. 1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe follows)

Method

Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher and shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir. You can add more or less lavender syrup to your personal taste. I personally find that 1/2 of the lavender syrup recipe is a good balance.

 

 

Fun and Interesting Facts About Karaoke

Fun and Interesting Facts About Karaoke

Karaoke originated in Japan, but it has become a popular activity throughout the world. The following are some interesting and fun facts about this popular past time.

  1. The word Karaoke actually means “Empty Orchestra” in Japanese.
  2. Karaoke was born in a Japanese town called Kobe when a band failed to show up for a gig in a bar. The innovative owner played some music and asked his customers to come up and sing.
  3. The most popular song requested at Karaoke Bars is “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.
  4. There are over 100 000 karaoke bars in China.
  5. The record for the longest karaoke performance by one person lasted 101 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds.
  6. The largest worldwide karaoke consisted of 160 000 participants.
  7. Japanese businessmen often hire professional singers to coach them how to improve their performance so that they can impress their clients.
  8. There is Karaoke World Championship, which started in 2003.
  9. Many Karaoke Champions go on to secure record deals.
  10. The 4th week in April is national Karaoke week.
  11. Some karaoke machines in Japan not only rates the performance of the singer, but also tell the singer how many calories were burnt during their performance.

TBAE’s Karaoke Challenge team building activity is a great way for your team to get to know each other and bond together. The Karaoke Challenge always results in a lot of laughter as fellow team members try and outdo each other to show off their singing talents. The Karaoke Challenge is also an excellent activity for encouraging the more withdrawn and shy team members to step outside their comfort zones… click here for more information

Team Building Quotes About Laughter

Team Building Quotes About Laughter

Laughter is an important part of building a team. Being able to laugh, play and have fun together makes being part of a team more enjoyable and helps the team to solve problems, connect with each other and be more creative. Playing with a problem can often lead to a creative learning opportunity. Make laughter, humor and play a prominent part of your team and creativity will thrive in your team.

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Laughter is also a powerful way to combat stress and conflict. Humor lightens burdens, connects you to others and inspires hope. It is an excellent resource for surmounting problems and enhancing relationships within a team. Laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, releases feel good chemicals and even keeps your heart healthier.

We have put together the following quotes about the team building benefits of laughter.

“Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.” — John Cleese

“A good laugh is a mighty good thing, a rather too scarce a good thing.”
— Herman Melville

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
— Mark Twain

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
— Lord Byron

“An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh.”
— Tom Nansbury

“As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul.”
— A Jewish Proverb

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”
— Jean Houston

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
— Dr. Seuss

“He who laughs, lasts!”
— Mary Pettibone Poole

“I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.”
— Linda Ellerbee

“If Laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them”
– Dr. Madan Kataria

“If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.”
— Edgar Watson Howe

“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know the man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, or seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you’ll get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man…All I claim to know is that laughter is the most reliable gauge of human nature.”
— Feodor Dostoyevsky

“If you would not be laughed at, be the first to laugh at yourself.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips.”
— Fred Allen

“Laugh my friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and awakens your being.”
—Stella & Blake

Laughter has no foreign accent. — Paul Lowney

 

 

How Your Team Can Avoid Office Politics

How Your Team Can Avoid Office Politics

Getting involved in office politics can seriously harm the success of your team. The work environment often draws team members into behaviour that will ultimately damage peer-to-peer relationships. The following are some guidelines for your team to follow in order to avoid getting involved in office politics.

Avoid Gossip

There is no upside to gossip. Not only does it diminish the person saying unkind things, but it also diminished those listening to what is being said. Encourage your team to not only avoid gossiping about others, but also to avoid listening to gossip. Remind them that whoever gossips to you will also gossip about you.

Stay Away From Petty Arguments

In most organizations you will find past grudges, ongoing feuds and petty arguments. Your team must avoid getting sucked into them even if they think they can solve them. It is a sign of maturity to know when something is petty and when it is not. Your team must know when to jump in and when to sit back and listen.

Stand Up For What is Right, Not Just What is Popular

Wise people often sit back and listen, but do not hesitate to stand up for what is right even if it is unpopular. Teach your team that it is time to stand up for what is right when someone is being treated in a way that they themselves would not want to be treated.

Look At All Sides Of an Issue

There is great value for your team members in seeing issues from as many sides as possible. It always pays for your team to avoid being dogmatic in their thinking.

Don’t Protect Your Turf

Politics is often about power. People who want to win at all costs, fight and scrap to keep everything that belongs to them. Your team members should look at what is best for the team and not only best for themselves. If they have to give up some space to help the team, then they must be encouraged to do that. What matters the most is the team.

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

To develop trust with others, your team must be credible and consistent. Trust is only achieved when what you say, what you do and what you say you do all match up.

Develop Each Team Member as an Individual

Develop Each Team Member as an Individual

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

When you develop your team members, they become better at what they do and that benefits both you and the organization. There is a difference between equipping team members and developing team members. When you equip someone you are teaching them how to do a task or perform a duty. When you develop someone you help them improve as an individual. You help them acquire personal qualities that will benefit them in many areas of life.

Development is Long Term

Equipping a team member is usually quick and straightforward, whereas development of a team members always takes time because it requires change on the part of the individual being developed. The development of your team members is an ongoing process and you should have a plan in place which includes consistent, regularly scheduled activities. These activities geared towards developing your team members can include books, teaching lessons, conferences, soft skills courses and seminars. As team leader you also need to keep growing yourself because you cannot give that which you do not have.

Discover Each Team Member’s Dreams and Desires

Equipping is based on what the team needs, while developing is based on what the team member needs individually in order to become a better person. To develop your team members you need to know their dreams and desires. Also keep in mind that team leaders are learning, growing and pursuing their own dreams, they are more likely to help others pursue their own dreams.

Lead Each Member of Your Team Differently

Do not attempt to lead everyone in your team the same way, everyone does not respond to the same kind of leadership. Be consistent in treating everyone with kindness and respect, but do not use the same strategy and methods for everyone. Take responsibility for conforming your leadership style to what the individual members of your team need, not expecting them to adapt to you.

Help Your Team Members to Know Them Selves

You cannot be realistic about your potential until you are realistic about your position. You need to know where you are before you can figure out how to get to someplace else. One of the first steps of developing your team members is to help them define the reality of who they are currently. You need to help them to recognize their strengths and weaknesses so you can develop them in those areas.

Do Not Shy Away From Conflict

Development usually involves hard lessons. True growth comes when we have positive responses to negative experiences. As a team leader you need to get passed the discomfort of having difficult conversations for the sake of your team. People will work through difficulties if they believe you are willing to work with them.

Celebrate the Right Wins

Leaders that develop their team members help them get wins under their belt. Strategic wins are always of the greatest value to the individual. Target wins based on where you want the team member to grow and how you want them to grow. It is always an extra incentive for a person to go after things that will help them improve as an individual. Celebrating a wrong activity that somehow got the right result is setting up the team member for failure. Evaluate what looks like a win to make sure it is actually teaching the team member what they need to learn in order to grow.

Prepare Your Team Members for Leadership

No development process is complete without the inclusion of leadership development. The better your team members are at leading, the greater impact they will have on the organization. Take your team members through processes that gets them ready to step in and lead.

10 Effective Steps to Build Your Team

10 Effective Steps to Build Your Team

The following are ten effective steps that you can focus on daily to build your team and get the best out of each team member.

Place a High Value on Your Team Members
If you want to get the best out of your team, you have to value each member of your team. If you focus on the individuals in your team, you will win your team over and establish the team vision. Make sure you do not take all the credit for the successes of the team, but always give the credit to the team.

Commit Resources to Developing Your Team Members
To facilitate growth in your team you need resources. People are only your most appreciable asset if you develop them. Whatever the cost will be for developing people will not be as high as the cost for not developing people.

Place High Value on Leadership
All good leaders recognize the importance of leadership and place a high value on it. If you value leadership, leaders will emerge to add value to your team.

Look for Potential Leaders
Leaders who value leadership are continually on the lookout for potential leaders. The following are some qualities in a team member that could make them a potential leader.

  • They make things happen.
  • They See opportunities.
  • They influence opinions and actions of others.
  • They add value to the team.
  • They draw winners to themselves.
  • They provide ideas.
  • They have an uncommonly great attitude.
  • They live up to their commitments.
  • They show fierce loyalty to the team and team leader.

Know and Respect Your Team
As you build your team, you will get to know the team members better as individuals. The following are some points to keep in mind in the development process:

  • People want to see results.
  • People want to be effective.
  • People want to be in the picture.
  • People want to be appreciated.
  • People want to be part of the celebration.

Try to tailor the development process for each individual team member as much as possible.

Provide Potential Leaders With Leadership Experience
Potential leaders cannot learn leadership without actually leading. There needs to be a shift from merely delegating tasks to delegating leadership functions with authority and accountability.

Reward Initiative
Initiative is an important part of leadership. Leaders are proactive and they make things happen. Reward initiative shown in your team.

Provide a Safe Environment Where Team Members Ask Questions, Share Ideas and Take Risks
Secure leaders do not take it personally when they are asked questions by their team members. They are not threatened when they share ideas. Give your team members room to succeed or fail.

Grow With Your Team
When a team sees their leader growing it changes the culture in the team and removes the barriers between the leader and the rest of the team. It also makes the leader more accessible and sends a clear message that growth is a priority.

Draw People With Higher Potential Into Your Inner Circle
The best way to develop high caliber leaders is to have them mentored by high caliber leaders. Handpick people with the best potential and invite them into your inner circle and mentor them. Give your best to your best people.