Archive for February, 2010

Team Building For Fitness

Friday, February 26th, 2010

When companies plan team building events, they often forget about one important thing – fitness. However this can be incredibly important as was recently illustrated by the team on Test Match Special.

Regular listeners may have noticed a curious affliction that has affected Vic Marks of late. He has taken to standing up while doing commentary. When asked why by bemused colleagues he said it was his only way of getting regular exercise.

The problem Victor had was that his occupation is very sedentary and office workers face the same issues. It can be difficult to find time to get exercise in, especially during the winter months, but it’s worth the effort and companies should do everything they can to help.

Healthy employees are happy employees and as a result far more productive. You could organise a company football team, for example, or an indoor cricket side. You might set up a running club or a golfing tournament. Not only does it make them healthier, but by improving interaction among different parts of the company it will also help greatly with team building.

Fitness is often overlooked when planning team building exercises, but it can be hugely helpful to improve productivity. We can help you find the kind of activities that will work best for your company. Get in contact with our representatives to see how we can help.

EastEnders Compared To Deadline Corporate Event

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

On Friday millions were amazed by the BBC’s live EastEnders episode which was filmed entirely within half an hour. The entire cast had to ensure their lines were firmly lodged in their brains, and the camera crews had to make sure they were ready to get every shot. The editors had to edit in real time – no mean feat. It all came down to time management and hitting deadlines. And most would agree they succeeded. Our ‘Deadline’ corporate event exercises the same kind of skills required for this show.

In Deadline, you and your team are given the task of coming up with a brand new newspaper brand. It vies for success against newspapers of other teams – with the most promising paper being chosen by one of our tycoons.

As with EastEnders, time is of the essence – you and your team need to think fast and co-ordinate your efforts for the common good. If you think you’re team would benefit from one of our sensational corporate events – such as Deadline – why not give us a call and see how we can sharpen you up in a hugely enjoyable way

Avoid Team Building Nightmares

Friday, February 19th, 2010

With all the talk about effective team building techniques it’s remarkable how often we see people get the wrong end of the stick entirely. In 2008, for example, the boss of a company in Utah water boarded a member of his sales team as part of a team building exercise. His aim in this instance: to inspire them to strive for every sale. Did it work?

No. Once he’d recovered his breath the traumatised worker stumbled back to his desk. “My team just tried to kill me,” was his verdict. He later launched a law suit against the company for torture. It just goes to show, if you don’t think things through they can quickly go very wrong indeed.

On a less extreme level, managers spend thousands of pounds every year on team building events. Unless you know precisely what it is you want to achieve that’s just money down the drain.

Developing team work is a delicate task. You need to engender a unity of spirit amongst your workforce, identify a common purpose and help them learn how to work together. Only when employers adequately understand the aims and objectives involved can their precious efforts pay dividends.

If you want to know how to plan a team building event, give us a call. We can discuss your objectives and find the best option for you.

Business can relieve stress with Team Building

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Greeks have been participating in Flour Wars recently, the village of Galaxidi sees thousands of people from the surrounding areas arrive in plastic suits, split into two rival gangs and then throw a lot of flour 1500kg of flour to be precise. The Flour Wars annual event is hosted to relieve tension and stress and with the year that Greece has had they certainly need to vent!

It’s often the case in business that stress and tension will build up but throwing flour may not be seen as productive but you do need to relieve the stress and diffuse the tension. This is where good team building come in.

Hosting a quality, well organised team building event can work wonders for your team. You can often see a marked transformation within the event, bridges are built and bonds are forged. Team building doesn’t just have to happen in the daytime, you can host an evening event or even at the weekend.

If you would like to discuss a team building event for your company, give us a call today and we can discuss your specific objectives and outline your options.

Businesses may not have television presence but can still achieve success

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

When John Prescott appeared on the hit BBC programme Gavin and Stacey, he was able to engage with a whole new generation and said that appearing as Nessa’s old flame had done more for his profile than 40 years of political campaigning according to BBC reporters.

Now it’s not likely that you are going to get the opportunity to appear on Gavin and Stacey, you may not even advertise on the television, radio or the press but there are relevant ways of engaging with your clients and retaining and winning business.

Corporate entertainment is an ideal way of engaging with your clients face to face. Spending time with them out of their office environment, getting to know them and what makes them tick and becoming a real person to them rather than a business associate.

We have many different corporate entertainment events for you to choose from when you are entertaining your clients, all of which have proved hugely successful. So if you are looking to raise your profile in your industry, why not give us a call at Accolade Corporate Events and we can start helping you today.

Businesses need more than luck – they need strong teams

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The newspapers have been full with the news that one British couple from the West Country won themselves £56 million. Congratulations! Lucky them, one lucky ticket and a selection of lucky numbers has seen them catapult into the nations ‘seriously rich’ category!

We all like a feel good story like this, it makes us believe that someday we too could be lucky, maybe we wouldn’t win £56 million but maybe, just maybe it could be a million or so…? As we all know in business the last thing we can rely on is luck. Sometimes luck will give us a chance meeting with a client or call them up at the right time on the right day and a deal is secured but our business infrastructure is based on solid facts and solid teams.

It is sometimes surprising that some companies invest in systems, spend money improving products but leave their team totally to luck. Communication, motivation and co-operation is left to chance. This is a big mistake as your team is as important an investment as many of your other business priorities, teams don’t just happen, they take working at and it’s normally only when things start to go wrong that people realise that they should have invested in their team.

We appreciate how important team building is at Accolade Corporate Events, we’ve devised a whole range of team building events and we love creating new and exciting concepts to meet our clients objectives. Give our team a call today and let’s start building your team.

That Special Feeling: Corporate Entertainment

Monday, February 15th, 2010

If you run a medium or large business, you’ll no doubt have a number of employees at all levels. Their jobs will have varying degrees of responsibility and correspondingly varying levels of payment. When you entertain businesses with whom you are associated, you often also entertain a similar range of employees. That’s where that special feeling comes in.

One major aspect of corporate entertainment is that of making people feel special. Corporate entertainment can often give people the opportunity to experience something that they do not do frequently – or perhaps cannot afford on a regular basis; it can be something that adds excitement to their routine.

At Accolade Corporate Events we strongly believe in creating a situation where that ‘special feeling’ is allowed to blossom. We work hard to ensure that everyone who comes along to one of our corporate events goes away with a smile on their face. In short, we try to make business as enjoyable as possible for all. So why not give us a call and see how we can put a grin on the faces of your business associates.