Corporate Wellness at Intundla Conference and Team Building Venue

Because a healthier, happier person lives with more abundance, more energy and creativity, we are now adding a healthier side to the conferencing and team building at Intundla. We have teamed up with two South African Companies, Nurish and FitFirst, and they are bringing healthy back. And of course you know that at Intundla we want only the best for your body, mind, and soul, which we achieve through superior quality natural produce, great service, fabulous entertainment, magnificent outdoors, peaceful surroundings, and a comfortable bed, all so that you can perform to your optimum.

Nurish is a juicing company that strives to transform lives through conscious nutritional choices. Adding a fresh juice cleanse to your conferencing program can help to improve the digestion of your team and recharge them with renewed energy. This can be added to your normal meal plan or they can cleanse or detox completely instead of meals. Most people will absorb far more nutrients from juice than from eating whole foods and the nutrients enter your bloodstream more rapidly and are absorbed better for use throughout your body. This rapid absorption is what makes raw juice such a powerful cleanser.

FitFirst - where fitness meets fun, and results flow as a by-product. We’ve found that you look and feel your best when you love what you’re doing, not when you’re obsessing over calories. Our sessions are about quality, not quantity, and take a total of 30 minutes. Did you know that 1800 mississippis is all you need for an adrenaline pumping, fat blasting workout that will leave you wanting more.

Get your blood flowing and endorphins rolling, with some pumping workout tunes. These sessions are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions that incorporate a perfect combination of cardio and body weight exercises for a full body workout. These short, intense workouts are proven to be very effective for memory retention, creativity, problem solving and mindfulness, all which you can tackle again more effectively after your workout session.

And because how you perform matters to us at Intundla, we also cater for Banting or gluten and wheat free diets.

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Intundla Team Building Venue Mission Impossible

The Benefits of Team Building

Team building has become a real buzzword over the last several years and some may be wondering if it is worth all the hype. The most important reason why you would still want to embark on a team building event is because taking employees out of the office helps groups break down political and personal barriers, it eliminate distractions, and of course it is a lot of fun.

The benefits of team-building programs are so significant that many companies have incorporated teambuilding strategies into their yearly training curriculum.

Below are Three very Important Reasons why you should Encourage Team Building in your Company:

Initiates Better Creativity

Everyday life and especially being in an office five days a week can easily become mundane and this is a sure thing to stifle creativity. Just being in a different environment is enough to already open up the creative juices, and even more so with the right team building activities to inspire creativity. One of our favourite team building activities here at Intundla, that drives creativity and also working as a team is the Mission Impossible where teams have to get a vehicle across the dam at Intundla. This environment often gives permission for employees to be more creative and to use their imagination to accomplish the tasks set before them and their newly learned creative problem-solving skills are transferred back to the workplace once the activities are complete.

Opens up Communications Channels

Certain team building exercises are designed to develop skills and techniques that foster better communication. When these skills are practiced during the team building activities the team members discover how each of the members communicate, as well as various other teams within the company. Effective communication is something learned, and needs constant attention to function at an optimum level. Team building and especially in an outdoor environment, creates the ideal platform to build and develop your team’s communication skills.

Creates Strong Commitment

One of the things that happen during a team building event is that everyone pulls in the same direction. When a team or group actually experiences this feeling through team building activities, it gives them an understanding of what can be accomplished with greater collaboration for a common goal. The bonding that takes place during these team building events and their achievements, creates a sense of belonging and reinforces the individuals’ and the team’s commitment.

 

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5 Tips for Working in Groups

There has recently been a lot more focus on Psychometrics when analysing whether someone is a good candidate for a job opening. One of the things these psychoanalysts look at is how well the participant can work in a group or a team. For most of us, if you want to be successful, you will have to learn how to be a team player. Below are 5 tips on how to master this team sport.

Psychometrics is the field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement. One part of the field is concerned with the objective measurement of skills and knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits, and educational achievement. – Wikipedia

  1. Be active and work hard

One of the first rules, if you want to be a team player, is to proactively participate in the team work, and to give it all you have, plus some! Half-hearted attempts will quickly show that you are not that interested, and you won’t get the rest of the team’s commitment this way.

  1. Listen actively and be open

Pay attention to what others have to say and show genuine interest. Engage in the conversation, and instead of telling others what to do, offer questions or suggestions. Team players don’t bully others to go along with what they want, the get collaboration through the sharing of ideas.

  1. Be inclusive and take turns

Give every member of the team a chance to speak, and include everyone when making any decisions. Be cooperative and take turns to lead and to follow. Avoid being too critical and refrain from making any personal remarks.

  1. Be timely and stay focused

Being on time shows respect to the rest of the group. It also shows your commitment to the team and their goals. Don’t wander off topic, be mindful of what the team is aiming to achieve at all times. Stay focused and be accountable for any tasks and deadlines assigned to you.

  1. Identify strengths and assign roles

Get to know your team members from the start. Identify the members’ individual strengths and weaknesses, and assign tasks and roles that will complement their strong suits. Some people are good at research, while others excel at giving presentations. Us this to the team’s advantage and be quick to hand out praise.

Intundla Team Building Venue offers the ideal location for meeting with your group and guaranteeing that you get the best out of your TEAM.

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Mindfulness could be your answer to be more fecund at Work

According to Psychology Today – “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

But what does all this mean to you and how can this help you to be more productive? Recent studies show that it is a good way to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, all things that can keep us from functioning at our optimum.

We live busy lives. From the moment you wake up in the morning your focus is divided between a multitude of things vying for your attention. You grab your smartphone next to your bed and it only gets worse, emails, social sites, etc. While brushing your teeth you tend to the kids and the dog! Missing out on the beautiful sunrise, or the way the dog waggled its tail at your kid’s funny antics.

Once at the office your day is a one big blur of activities, paperwork, phone calls and people. Driving home after work is no better with high volumes of traffic, noise, billboards, shouting and hooting. Till you finally get home wanting to collapse on the couch like a stack of cards, but this is a privilege of few.

It is no wonder then that we feel stressed, overworked and anxious. What mindfulness teaches us is to be present in the moment, to be aware of our surroundings, our thoughts and feelings, without judgement.

At the office this would mean being fully present while chatting to a colleague, being aware of your emotions and thoughts, even if they are negative without judging them. Then gently steering your thoughts into a more positive direction.

So how do we achieve mindfulness?

Mostly a sense of mindfulness can be practised using some form of meditation and perhaps a mantra or word that you focus on. As with anything else the more you practise the better you get so don’t give up on yourself. Once you’ve mastered meditation you should practise mindfulness in a more informal way throughout your day, focusing your attention on your moment-to-moment sensations during everyday activities.

This is how to apply mindfulness in an informal manner:

  • Start by focussing your attention to the different sensations in your body.
  • Take a deep breath through your nose.
  • Breathe out through your mouth.
  • Think of a word that sums up how you’re feeling at the moment.
  • If it is a negative thought gently move the word to the side.
  • If the word is positive dwell on it for a moment.
  • Notice the sensations in your body.
  • See what’s in front of you.
  • Proceed with your work fully engaged while still noticing sight, touch and sound and savouring every sense.

Bring your Team to Intundla for a Conference and/or Team building session, we’re situated in prime Game Reserve surroundings only 30 minutes from Pretoria, the perfect venue to practise Mindfulness.

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How to Boost your Creativity

We all know that kids are pretty creative. You just have to look at any five year old playing to be utterly amazed at their creativity. Have you ever wondered then, how and when we lose our creative geniuses, or do we lose them, maybe they just hibernate a bit? As a Conference Venue we always aim to give our clients an experience that they will remember and sometimes you need extra creativity to make that happen. Which apparently we do because they keep coming back! Here is what we’ve learned about creativity.

We’ve learned that the biggest enemy of creativity is fear, we probably all know this on some deeper level. And of course we’re not born with fear it is something that creeps up on us and we become more afraid about more things over time, and by the time we’ve reached adulthood, well we’re pretty scared! So what are we most afraid of? Possible the biggest fear all adults face is losing face! This fear starts from a relatively young age already when we start competing for things like attention, praise and recognition. And escalates in our teenage years when we’d rather disappear into a crowd than stand out and get any attention!

So if fear is an enemy of creativity how do we combat fear? Well a surprising insight is that creativity is also an enemy of fear! Taking any steps of action in a creative manner boosts self-esteem that in turn decreases fear.

So let’s look at fear a bit closer.

F – False

E – Evidence

A – Appearing

R – Real


Things (kids do) that we can do to increase our Creativity

Become curious again

If you look at any child they have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and how things work. The more you engage your mind in exploring new and interesting things, the more your creative juices will start flowing.

Take risks

Kids are less concerned with what others will think and more focused on the outcome – having fun! Along the way they learn a lot.

Keep trying

Have you ever looked at a small child mastering a skill like standing or walking? They just go at it over and over and over without ever giving up. They’re not afraid of failing even though they keep falling!

Daydream

Don’t be afraid to dream again, and to dream BIG!

If you think your Team could do with some creativity boosting then come to our Conference and Team building Venue near Pretoria, only 30 minutes away and situated in a prime Game Reserve. This is the perfect venue to come and inspire your creative genius!

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Team Building Fun at Intundla Conference Venue

Intundla Conference Venue is unique in that it is only 30 minutes from Pretoria, ideally situated in a bush setting, with plenty of Team building activities to keep everyone engaged. Here we feature some of our most popular Team building activities hosted in the last month.

Potjie Competition – Momentum

Don’t be fooled by their exterior these people from Momentum are all top chefs and did a marvellous job! The only hitch was that everyone kept running from Ghostface! Team building provides a chance for the team to participate together in an experience where everyone starts with an equal level of knowledge about the given task, like making a potjie. This activity is brilliant for breaking down barriers between individuals and creates increased team awareness.

Related article: Team Building at Intundla less than an hour from OR Tambo

 

Watersports – Auditor General South Africa

This was enormous fun and everyone participated. Great activity to increase morale and productivity. In a busy office environment, it can be difficult for employees to find time to develop new skills. Through participation in Team building activities members of the group all get a chance to learn new skills and thrive.

Related article: How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference

 

Raft Building – UNISA

The dam at Intundla lends itself to such superb water and raft building activities. The raft building is designed to motivate people to perform at their best individually and as team players. Team members discover that diversity is actually their greatest asset. This is very good for building trust, cooperation and open up effective communication.

 

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Team Building at Intundla near Pretoria with Kubunye

Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa is no ordinary venue. This Conference and Team Building Venue near Pretoria is a place where your Team can get Revitalised, Refreshed, Re-engaged and Re-focused. Team Building Company Kubunye recently engaged one of our visiting Companies, BOTASH, in some of their Team building activities. Among the activities was one of our clients’ favourites – The Potjie Competition. This activity just never seems to get old, and old and young can have so much fun but also learn about their Team Dynamics.

But before we look at the Winning Potjie recipe let’s look at The difference between engaged and disengaged employees (information courtesy Kubunye)

Disengaged employees:
1. are always complaining and nothing is ever good enough for them
2. employees never take responsibility for their actions and are always looking for an excuse
3. lack enthusiasm for new projects
4. always saying it’s not my job and never go above and beyond
5. know everything and are too good to participate in creative thinking
6. prefer working alone
7. are easily distracted
8. do not invest in themselves and stagnate personally and in the company
9. are bystanders
10. Do not effectively contribute to team objectives

Related article: Why is Team Building Important?

Engaged employees:
1. Find the fun in all things and are grateful for the resources given to them
2. Take responsibility for their roles
3. Are enthusiastic
4. Never pass the monkey but assume responsibility to get things done
5. Love learning and are always looking for opportunities to improve
6. Love working in a team
7. Are focused on their roles and responsibilities
8. Heavily invest in themselves and grow personally and in the company
9. Are active members
10. Celebrate their contribution to the teams objectives
If you believe that you deserve a team of engaged employees, then we can and will assist you with our Team Ignite programs. CONNECT your team to awesome spirit, great relationships and fantastic performance

Related article: Team building Venue near Pretoria – Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

Now for the WINNING Potjie Recipe (and yes you may try this at home)

potjie

Traditional Lamb and Potato Potjie

Ingredients:
1.5kg lamb shanks
onion, chopped
Tbsp olive oil
Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Lemon juice
Tbsp Garam Masala
Couple of tomatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 Cup Beef stock
500g baby potatoes, in jackets
10 baby marrows, sliced
10 patty pans, halved
500g mushrooms, halved
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Season the shanks lightly with salt and pepper and brown a few at a time in a heated pot until browned all over.
Add onion and spices and sauté until the onion is soft.
Add the vinegar and stir through.
Add the tomatoes and mix through.
Lower the heat, add stock and simmer until the shanks are done.
Add the baby potatoes after about 2 hours.
Simmer until the potatoes are almost soft and add the rest of the vegetables and heat until they’re just done but still al denté.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and another sprinkle of balsamic vinegar if you like.
Serve with brown rice.

Related article: Team Building at Intundla less than an hour from OR Tambo

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Team building Venue near Pretoria – Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

Intundla is the perfect Team building venue. Conveniently located just outside Pretoria and less than an hour’s drive from O.R.Tambo. We have a wide range of Team building activities to choose from and the grounds are ideal for outdoor activities that require plenty of space like Treasure Hunts, Survivor and Adventure Games.

Next to the lodge is a stunning lake that is perfect for water based Team Building Activities such as Raft Building and Canoe Races and of course there is no better place to relax than by the pool after all the action.

Intundla Conference Venue also has 9 meeting rooms that can be arranged to suit your conference size and requirements. Our Conference Co-ordinating Team is dedicated to helping you get the maximum value from your Conference and Team building experience at Intundla.

Some of the companies that were recently seen at Intundla ~ EOH, FNB, Syngenta, Lifeline, Tarsus, Rawlplug South Africa, Mars South Africa, Delfran Pharmaceuticals, MFC a division from Nedbank.

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Intundla Conference & Teambuilding Venue – Pretoria, Gauteng

Intundla Conference Venue is the perfect location for your next Conference. The Game Lodge is located in prime Game Reserve surroundings and just outside Pretoria in Gauteng. Close enough for travelling but just far enough away so you can focus on business without any distractions. Intundla has 9 meeting rooms and can accommodate up to 220 people Cinema style.

Ideal for Teambuilding like Treasure Hunts, Potjiekos Competitions, Survivor, Adventure Games and all outdoor Team Building Exercises that require plenty of space and fresh air. Next to the lodge is a stunning lake that is perfect for water based Team Building Activities such as Raft Building and Canoe Races.

Our Team is dedicated to helping you get the maximum value from your Conferencing and Teambuilding experience at Intundla.

Below are pictures of some of our Conference and Teambuilding groups we’ve had this year.

Intundla Conference Groups

 

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It’s not you it’s your Bad Habits and Blind Spots that are holding you back

In a working environment too many bad habits and blind spots can seriously hinder your success. You don’t need a whole list of these as it only takes a few left unchecked and allowed to accumulate to really annoy your colleagues. To succeed you need to recognise your faults and practice corrective behaviour. With focus and dedication the corrective behaviour will become second nature and ultimately replace the instinctive bad habit or blind spot.

There is a difference between a bad habit and blind spot. A bad habit is a conscious decision to handle a given situation in a certain way.  The application of this course of action is predictable, consistent and driven by a predetermined attitude that has a negative component. A blind spot is an automatic reaction to a given situation that is also predictable and consistent. The main difference is that the bad habit is recognised and acknowledged whereas the blind spot remains hidden.

We are aware of other people’s responses to situations and from our 3rd party perspective the error of their actions are blatantly obvious, but the person appears to be oblivious of the negative results.  Likewise your peers will observe your similar faulty behaviour and wonder how you don’t see that what you are doing is creating problems and potentially fatal to your career.

Blind spots are like the invisible cracks in your armour that weaken the structural integrity.

Avoidance behaviour  – Avoiding tackling the important tasks by finding distractions that waste your time. These distractions can be inventive, elaborate and even seem essential to work performance. The reality is that all jobs have their drawbacks and require tough or unpleasant actions. While it is natural to want to avoid uncomfortable situations the problem will generally escalate through neglecting to take action.

Team exclusion – A tendency to exclude others from your decision making processes and task handling can make you feel like you are in control and dynamic. For others in your team however, you will appear weak, untrusting and isolated. The lack of interaction and peer to peer communication in your team will undermine their enthusiasm, performance and support.

Venting or bottling – External stressors such as family issues, debt, legal problems and internal work related conflicts can create unnatural reactions in a pressured situation. In the case of venting the unrelated stress issues will cause an acute reaction that the present situation did not require. Bottling will create avoidance behaviour until the pressure cannot be contained and then the response will be an extreme over reaction.

Inward focussed – Some leadership styles and personality types are insensitive to the effect that their behaviour has on others. Persistent insensitivity will drain trust, cause people to feel unappreciated and reduce the team potential and contributions.

Bad habits are like the unsightly spot on your nose that constantly draws your attention.

Bad habits are not necessarily caused by an attitude problem they can also be a result of poor role models, tuition or leadership.  The key to discerning the cause of the bad habit is the body language and willingness to relearn the faulty behaviour.

Bad work habits are tardiness, inefficiency, surliness, time wasting, negativity, calling in sick when you are not, poor response to customers or superiors, bad communication skills, resistance to change, foot in mouth syndrome, lack of proper attention, etc.

No one likes to have their bad habits pointed out to them but to survive and improve we need to adapt. In the case of blind spots recognising that we actually have them is the first step of a long process of correction.

Team Building exercises are excellent way to help individuals discover their blind spots and bad habits. With the support of the team and a facilitator to introduce corrective actions the bad habits and blind spots can be overcome.

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How to Nurture your Leads and Increase Sales Conversion

Define your Market
The better you can define your target market, the more qualified your leads will be. Knowing your potential customer and where they come from will also help you in understanding them, what they need and how to convince them to become a customer.

Start with a demographic profile that includes the following: Location, Gender, Income, Education, Family status, Occupation, Ethnic background, Personality, Attitude, Values, Interests, Lifestyles and Behaviour. Don’t limit yourself by thinking who you would like to sell to, rather think instead – Who would like to buy my product? A good starting point is also to research your competitors and to look at who they are selling to.

Build your Lead and Customer Database
This is the lifeblood of your business and one of your most valuable assets. Just having a contact name and email address is not enough, but keep it simple. If it is an existing customer you need to know what they’ve bought from you before and when, and when you’ve last interacted with them. It is far easier to sell to an existing customer than to a new one.

New leads should be nurtured in the same way. Make sure you record all the relevant information about them, as well as categorizing your leads and noting where they are in the lead generation pipeline – this will help with your marketing strategy and sending targeted messages, e.g. information about other products they might be interested in, special offers, etc.


Don’t just Sell
So you have set yourself apart from the competition and become an industry leader. But once the leads start coming through your door it is very important that you ask qualifying questions to determine where your new lead is in their buying process. With so much information at their fingertips, buyers have become more and more educated and you can lose a lead fast by frustrating them with overselling instead of empowering them with the information that they still need.
Align Sales and Marketing
Another important point is to make sure that your online presence is aligned with your sales initiative. We live in a world of information technology and sharing this information is vital in the lead to sales conversion process. Sharing important information like the history of each lead’s activity on your website, e.g. interaction with marketing campaigns, downloads, social media, etc.

Ensure that the sales and marketing departments are working together in the planning as well as measuring of campaigns, analysing opportunities together, evaluating past campaigns and setting strategies and objectives together. Getting your sales and marketing teams aligned and on the same page will increase your lead to sales conversion dramatically.
Response Time and Follow up
Speed is the single most critical component to lead conversion. The buyer is often led by a sense of loyalty towards the company that responded to them first. The quality of your response is as important in that initial contact with the prospect. Also, don’t discard old leads and schedule timely follow up calls. Fast and thorough follow-up are the first steps in conversion optimization.

Now that you’ve figured out how to turn your leads into sales, you want to make sure you have your whole team on board. Come to Intundla Game Lodge, close to Gauteng for your next Conference or Team Build event.

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