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5 Things That are Killing Innovation in Your Company   Sometimes there are factors at play within your workplace that hinder creativity and act as innovation killers without you even realising it. Knowing what hinders creativity is just as important as knowing what promotes and fosters it.   1. Too Much or Too Little Team Work Creativity can prosper in two different work situations: on an individual level and in a team setting. Each of these situations provide different opportunities and frames of mind for catalysing that spark of genius. Individualistic thinking can enable ideas to flow at a highly focused and deep level. By comparison, the energetic and dynamic atmosphere of team problem solving generates ideas at a rapid rate. Though different, each is equally viable and important for progress and innovation. If you want more creativity, you’ll have to create a physical environment that can readily echo and support each of these types of situations. The environment for teamwork is fundamentally different by principle than the environment for individual work. Create balance by offering opportunities for employee collaboration while also providing quiet places for thinking and focusing. Working individually enables one to deeply attune to the problem. Giving something your full attention can be crucial for creativity. When paying attention to something, you fully immerse yourself in it, something that is not so easy to do in a team setting. If you can afford to do and support both, create corresponding calm and energetic atmospheres. A cozy zone that is peaceful and perfect for reflecting and researching will be perfect for fostering creativity within an individual. An open space that can seat lots of people will be more suitable for employee collaboration. If you have limited space, try thinking up of a way to transition from context to context by quickly rearranging furniture when the occasion calls for it or by scheduling particular slots in a day where teams can collaborate.   2.You’ve Become Detached A great leader is present and involved within his company. However, lately you’ve been working extra long hours and going to too many meetings. Ask yourself, have you lost sight of your team and workplace culture? As you get busier, it’s easier to lose awareness of what’s affecting what. So, you may be unable to identify innovation killers simply because you are so out of tune with your company culture. If this is the case, you can quickly re-establish familiarity with the state of affairs by asking yourself these few questions: •How does the team handle failure? Are they aversive? •What happened the last time there was failure? Was someone chewed out?...

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Why Every Business Should Invest in Team Building Not enough businesses implement team building strategies and the effects can be clearly seen. You have employees working in the same team who barely acknowledge each other, there are awkward silences in the canteen and the office has an eerie atmosphere with many employees not actually wanting to be there. Team building activities help combat all the above and more. They transform your workforce and office into something much more inspirational. Never invested in team building before? Well here’s a few reasons why you should seriously reconsider.   1. Get to know everyone Team building is based around doing fun activities as a team. It will give your employees a chance to show another side of their personality and create new friendships. You may have a sales department that constantly liaises with the customer service team via email but have never actually met. Wait, let me get this straight – They are working in the same office and communicate via email daily but have never actually said “Hi” or been introduced? How crazy is that? This is a fundamental problem a lot of businesses have with their employees and the atmosphere around the office. People walk around with their heads down not talking to others, over time this builds a negative atmosphere that will ultimately impact the quality of work. A simple team building day out can change all that.   2. It’s fun and motivates your team Getting your employees away from the desk or factory to do something totally different that is not monotonous will motivate and lift spirits. While team building isn’t something you do every week or month, setting aside 1 or 2 days per year will give your team something to look forward to and rejuvenate morale.   3. Bringing the hierarchy down to ground level In a lot of corporate setting environments, the gap between employee and manager is quite distant. Our team building exercises in Australia are created to break down the barriers between leaders and employees to view one another as colleagues rather than boss or employee. This helps an employee’s morale and brings boss and team a lot closer together.   4. Team building saves money Yes, it really does! Businesses tend to view team building as an expense rather than an investment. Team building has been proven to motivate, inspire and re-energies employees, you should view it as a long-term investment rather than an expense that can be avoided.   Team building is the equivalent of sending an employee to get certified for a particular position or providing them with extra training for their...

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ART TEAM BUILDING – ANZBCTG Blasting cannons, paradigms and creating great art. Recently I had the pleasure of hosting an Art Team Building and Masterpiece workshop with an exceptional group of people. The Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trails Group. mu legend zen online A team of men and women who each day dedicate their time to finding a cure for breast cancer. spyderco slysz bowie An honourable group and there I was standing before them with the job of making them incredibly uncomfortable… (and then very happy). I was facilitating as part of a larger conference they were attending in the iconic Fort Scratchley Historic Site on the head land of Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle. A beautiful location with 360 degree ocean views. They even offered their guest an option of firing an old cannon at lunch. How’s that for a mid day wake up! The had a great morning with Lincoln Amidy from Pinnacle Team Events to which they spoke very highly of. In this session they completed some disc profiling, which revealed that the vast majority of their strengths sat in the lower left hand quadrant of the brain (no surprises there, being a group of researchers and scientists). What I was about to do with them in the afternoon was catapult them into the top right quadrant. When I first addressed the group stating that we were going on a creative journey it was as if a little part of each of them died. An implosion of sorts. All good though as what progressed was a brilliant afternoon of transformation. Teams stood up revealing their works of art to the “Wows!” and the “I can’t believe that!” of their peers. A big thank you to everyone at the Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group. nobis women’s tula It was an absolute joy to share the experience with...

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Our Latest Movie Making Adventure With HCF We had the fortune of hosting one of our Director in Me workshops with the staff of HCF on the beautiful grounds of The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hunter Valley. What a fantastic, dynamic and I must say, courageous bunch. After an initial few ice breakers and warm up activities sharing the art or story telling, film making and acting techniques they were off. Hilarous films that got the awards ceremony humming later that evening. I wish I could share them here but I guess they can be our little secret…. 🙂 Well done guys, we had a ball sharing the afternoon and evening with you all.   Creative Team Building Movie Making Creative Team Building Movie Making Creative Team Building Movie Making Creative Team Building Movie Making Creative Team Building Movie Making Creative Team Building Movie Making Creative Team Building Movie...

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THE NUMBER 1 THREAT TO YOUR POTENTIAL   In most situations progress and success are achieved by breaking through our comfort zones… This little critter is the reason why it’s so dam hard!” Of all the art inspired workshops and team building events we run by far my favourite is our Team Masterpiece event. It’s because of the profound shift and transformation that occurs in our participants. I get to watch the moment when someone’s mind pivots from a state of “I can’t do that!” to, “Wow, I did, and can’t believe it!”. Now within the workshop we use art to create this shift but the workshop is not necessarily about art. What do is illustrate that much of that which we believe we are incapable of, is actually very much within our reach… We simply use art as a means to get there. The reason I believe that this shift takes place so often in Art Masterpiece is that it’s an intense, at times uncomfortable creative journey. A journey that many of us have not been on since we where a child. I’ve written about this in one of my past entries, “The number one reason why your not creative!” (Yes, I do like to use a “Number one… “ title). Now before we guide participants too far down a line of progressively more and more challenging art activities, we illustrate a warning and that is…. BEWARE OF THE OGRE As we say in Team Masterpiece we all have an ogre! It’s a voice which talks to us, constantly in the background. A voice sometimes as silent as a whisper and other times as loud as thunder.  The ogre is that voice which talks to us whenever we go to do something out of our comfort zones. To do something challenging, something we believe we are not instinctively good at. It’s the voice that says, “Don’t you remember your no good at this!”,  “It’s not going to work out well!”, “I think your forgetting… You can’t draw!” We all have a version of this ogre. For me it pipes up when I e-mail or write something like this blog entry, because as long as I can remember I was told “Writing just isn’t your strong suit!”. This belief re-enforced by my peers in high school (all in bottom english) and now by my wife, who is so dam good at it (A High School english teacher… How’s that!). When I write my Ogre say’s, “You’re going to look like a dumb arse!” “You don’t even know which where to use where ???” …. “Maybe you should just do a...

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ART HEIST – An Amazing Race Team Building event with a difference A perfect day running around The Rocks with a great client. Earlier this month I had the fortune (and fun) to facilitate our Art Heist team building event with AMR throughout The Rocks Sydney. Art Heist is an Adventure Race style of event with a heavy artistic spin. Participants were informed that a series of art works by an internationally renowned artists has gone missing from one of Australia’s leading Art Galleries and their task was to ensure the exhibition will take place. They then had to navigate through The Rocks whilst carrying out a series of challenges. They re-created art works via drawing, sculpting, snapping photo’s, filming short skits and seeking advice from a number of wandering artists (professional actors) found along their journey. Here are a few of our top shots captured by the team members. Challenges included; “Take a photo of your sculpture in a situation or location they shouldn’t be in?” “Shoot a photo of your team participating in the latest fitness craze Hip Hop Yoga!”, “Design a Where’s Wally photo with all of your team members present and Inspired by the many stairs used by local office workers banging out a quick lunch time work out capture a photo entailed “Lazy Bastard!” We lucked out on the weather (beautiful, sunny about 22 degrees) and had a location to work with that would be hard to beat… Thanks AMR. It was a brilliant day and I must say your Where’s Wally photo’s where top notch!   Brad Visual Funk Lead Facilitator E: brad@visualfunk.com.au   Art Adventure Race Art Adventure outing Outdoor Adventure Heist AMR HipHop Yoga AMR ART HEIST Art Heist AMR...

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