Love Letters and CSR

We love getting letters like this in the mail:

Boys and Girls Club Thank You

This came from ten lucky kids from Portland area boys and girls clubs who received their first new bikes from the participants in a recent "Freewheel" game.

This is why we do Corporate Social Responsibility games!



Individual Motivation and Performance Can Also Apply to Teams

Did you know that some of the same best practices that support individual motivation and performance can also apply to teams? To drive individual and team performance and motivation, there are 5 easy tasks designed to foster group members and their ability to effectively work together.

Teams often flounder because of a lack of direction. Individual employees need goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. And so does your team! Therefore, make sure your teams are given clear and precise goals and set clear expectations.

Just as it is important to structure individual goals and connect them to the goals of the organization, it is also important to connect your team’s goals to these same goals. This motivates your team by helping them understand the impact of how their efforts connect and contribute to the company's overall success. Therefore, connect teams to the "Big Picture" to show how their work fits into the organization.

In the same way that you review your an individual's demonstration of skills and assign them activities to help them further develop these skills, you can review the team’s demonstration in the same manner and provide them with learning activities to help them address any skills lacking. Therefore, encouraging team and employee development can be an important driver of engagement and motivation.

The principles that apply to employee self-appraisal, still applies to teams. By asking team members to provide feedback on their own performance, as well as team colleagues, this can help improve their engagement in the team, and increase their motivation. Therefore, gather performance feedback from all team members to make sure the team is working well together.

Just as employees need regular feedback about what they are doing well and areas for improvement, teams need feedback on how they are functioning and performing as well. Give them perspective and guidance, and help motivate them just like you would do for the individual. Therefore, the final step is to provide ongoing coaching and feedback to your team.

The same management principles that apply to managing and motivating employees, also can apply to working teams. These practices that support employee high-performance can be used to help keep teams motivated and drive their performance. So go and motivate your team!


Go Green, Team!

Green teams need fun outings, too. And not just once a year, on Earth Day.

That's why Run Brain Run came up with a unique team building event, "Go Green Team" - a fun, innovative way to help make the world a cleaner, greener, more sustainable place.

In your "Go Green Team" outing, you'll participate in challenges and games that get your heart racing, your faces smiling, and your team working together, all while making a positive impact on the good green earth.

Whether you choose to tidy up a neglected City Park, prepare a garden for producing gorgeous flowers or fresh vegetables, or find innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, "Go Green Team" will entertain, enlighten and engage your team. You'll not only feel good about helping the planet, but you'll feel better about each other, too.

Feeling green? Walk, bike, or browse on over to see us.

Peace out.


Set Team Building Goals

You spend good money on your team's outing, so you want to get the most out of it. To ensure that you get the most for your money, the best first step to take is to set goals for your team's event or outing.

In fact, it's best to do it before you go choose the type of event or provider for your team's outing. While it's okay to shop around at any time for ideas and to get a solid picture of the types and quality of offerings your provider can offer, it's best not to issue a check or book an event until you know what you want to achieve.

A good team building company can help you walk through this, but you can also prepare yourself as you do your research.

Here are some potential goals to consider:

  • Just have fun. We like this one. Why not just get the group out of the office and shake out the cobwebs? Everyone will return to work refreshed and ready to tackle tomorrow's problems.
  • Reward your team for a job well done. They work hard for you - and will work harder if their efforts are recognized and appreciated.
  • Help your team members get to know each other better. Some events are better than others for accomplishing this. Ask your provider how their game can help you accomplish this.
  • Build rapport and communication. Does the game involve communication and depending on each other for team success?
  • Team bonding. How does the event help your team pull together and develop an espirit de corps?
  • Develop specific skills. Are there job skills you want honed with an event? (We're moving away from fun here, folks... just sayin'.)
  • Sort out the wheat from the chaff. Are you trying to determine who has guts and who doesn't? If not, consider how the outing may put people in that situation when you don't want it to. Ask:  is this event appropriate?
  • Scare the heck out of someone, or embarrass them? If so, go on ahead with karaoke or bungy jumping. We'll talk to you another time.
  • Get someone hurt or killed? If so, go ahead with that ropes course or boot camp and have the survivors call us for a fun event next year.




Feed your team

No matter what you're planning for your team's next outing, you'll want it to run like a well-oiled machine.

Make sure you provide fuel

Both brains and bodies need to be fed. Brains need stimulus on both sides - the creative and the analytical - for balanced mental nutrition. That means that outings should stimulate the fun centers, the thinking centers, the creative centers, and the figure-out-that-puzzle centers.

A little physical activity helps, too. Not so much that people risk their necks on crazy death-defying rope courses or zip lines, necessarily, but a little movement - walking, stretching, bending - gets the blood flowing and unkinks the bound-up joints that get creaky when we sit at desks all day.

But all that thinking and moving makes people hungry. You need to replenish the mental and physical energy reserves so your team will continue its winning ways.

What could be better than feeding their minds and their bodies at once, with brain-expanding challenges and belly-filling scrumptious snacks and meals?

Plan for meals in your next team building outing. Your team will not only return to the shop more ready for action than ever - but they'll love you for it.


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