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Good Business Practice for 2018

Opportunities are abound but they are only opportunities if you can commit to them

We all want to get the most out of the year and at the end of 2017 it will be great to look back at the year’s growth and achievements and feel proud about the part we played in making it all happen.

Whatever opportunities we discover along our journey this year, we will all be expecting the same results – namely growth and improvement. To be better and have more – a stronger business, more clients, a bigger paycheck, better personal relationships, better health…
When it comes to everyday business these ‘opportunities’ seldom look like the stuff of dreams – out of the box, ready to go and handed to us on a silver platter. Most opportunities appear barely formed, a glimmer of future potential, and demand our vision, commitment and effort before they ultimately produce results.
Like a mentor needs to teach their pupil well and lead by example, opportunities need an environment of good business practices in which to flourish.

Cast you Goals in stone and your plans in sand

A goal without a plan is just a wish

Since no plan survives contact with reality, we need to be ready to adjust to new information and keep learning. Be prepared to make some mistakes in reaching for a goal. Learn as a team to move on from a mistake and resolve to grow from the experience.

Connect with your team

Nothing happens in a vacuum and no man is an island

A connected, focused and cohesive team is a thing of beauty to see in action. Team Building is an effective tool to forge stronger bonds, trust and improve overall communication and understanding in a team. A strong team will be more likely to realise their goals in a shorter period of time than a weaker team. Instead of using Team Building later in the year as a corrective tool, use Team Building as a tool early in the year to get the team focussed and on track. And then keep the momentum going by planning further Team Building sessions during the year.

Communication is the key

Without communication there is no understanding

One of the most important aspects of good communication is, to be honest. One of the hardest communication skills is the courage to say what you think at the right time and to the right people when it matters most.  Remember listening without formulating your response is the core of effective communication.


Honesty wins the day

If it’s not right don’t do it, if it’s not true don’t say it

We are all accountable for our own actions and it is important to recognise our responsibility in our actions. If you did something wrong or regrettable take ownership of the action and take steps to correct the situation. Things swept under the mat find their way out, usually explosively, and lies get caught out. Honesty can be difficult in the short-term but you will certainly sleep better in the long run.

You need to be the change you want to see” don’t wait for someone else to get the ball rolling, make a personal effort to get the year off to a great start.

Start your year on the right foot

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Getting new team members on-board without breaking momentum

You’ve got a great team and the results are starting to show – better productivity, cohesion and performance. As a result of the success of the team, they have grown and been given more autonomy and responsibilities. But all good things need to come to an end as at some point the only way forward is to expand the team. But introducing new individuals to an existing team dynamic can cause the team to falter rather than soar to new heights.

A new dimension
The existing team will be comfortable with their status quo, introducing a new member can disrupt the natural flow. The team will be wary of the newcomer and tend to stick to what is familiar until they get used to the new order, which can take time and should not be left to chance. To speed up the integration the existing team needs to know in advance who the newcomer is, their skillset and what role they are expected to play in forging a new team.

Task division
Before the new member joins the team begin making it clear which tasks the new individual will be expected to take over or handle. So while the existing team is still currently performing those selected tasks they are aware that the will be a hand over. This will reduce the perceived threat that a new addition has upon joining the team.

Marking the territory
When the new member arrives they will look to carve out a space for themselves that is theirs. Have an induction program ready to show the new team member the ropes. Allocate some space for them so there is no confusion as to where they are supposed to stake out their claim in the work environment.

Reforming the team
The old team is no more and a new team must rise to surpass the old teams past performance. Early success is the key to instilling the right attitudes and work relationships. Focus on rewarding the small achievements for the whole team and not just the newest member. Use Team Building activities as a tool to mold, guide and monitor the forming of the new team. Team Building will highlight possible causes for concern in the team that can be corrected in a controlled environment before they damage the unity of the team.

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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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Team building Venue in Pretoria and the Levels of Leadership

Intundla offers one of the best Team Building Venues in Gauteng. The proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria makes it ideal, but because of where the Game Lodge is situated, there are also no distractions. This is an ideal environment to come and build your Team. We take a look at what makes a great Leader and how to get there.

The first thing we learn about Leadership is that it is not a noun but a verb. There are 5 different levels of leadership that we go through to become great leaders, and it is up to you depending on how hard you work at it.

Leadership levels

1. Positional level

The first level of leadership is the positional level, where you’ve been given a position of leadership, like most entry level management positions. The upside of this level is that it is here that you can start defining your leadership style, learn more about yourself and start shaping into the leader that you can become. The downside of this level is that your followers will give you the least of their energy, effort, time and enthusiasm. They do this because they HAVE to follow you. An example of this would be that your employees show up late, and without much gusto. The good news is that you don’t have to stay at this level and can move on from this level as fast as you can.

2. Permission level

Here the key is the relationship and people start following you because they want to. You have already made a connection with people and they genuinely like you.

John Maxwell – “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Isn’t it odd how you sometimes find people in leadership positions and they are really not nice people, and people really don’t like them? If you’ve had to follow someone that you didn’t like, would you say that you’ve given this leader the best of you?

This doesn’t mean that everyone must like you. Never trade your values and beliefs so that everyone likes you. There still is a difference between being liked and being followed.

Why are Relationships so important in leadership? Because leadership is influence.

There are 3 things that you can do to build better relationships with people:

Listen to people – and a true listener listens with the goal of understanding.

Observe people – know where people are and what people are doing.

Continue Learning – never think you know everything and always be open to learn from others, even the people who are following you.

Do all of this with an Attitude of servant hood, in other words be willing and ready to help and serve others. If you want to grow as a leader and also as a team, you have to cultivate an attitude of happily serving others.

3. Production level

The key here is that leaders at this level are effective by example and are able to get people to follow their example. Because people do what people see. This is where you start getting credibility because you are modelling to people what you are telling them to do. You will now also start attracting other people that are like you, because people don’t attract people that they want to attract, but they attract people who are what they are. This is where your following will start to gain momentum. And as you’ve seen in the video momentum is what you want.

4. People development level

When you realise how important other people are and especially the people that follow you, something magical will happen. Learning to recognise other people’s strengths is a great asset for any leader.

Have you ever heard any successful person say that they don’t know what they are good at?

Successful people discover what they are good at, successful leaders discover what other people are good at. Find out what people are good at and then help them to develop that more. Be open to working with people and always be prepared to listen to their ideas. Take their hands and equip them.

You can Equip people in 5 steps:

1. I do it, and you watch.

2. I do it with you and you can see and ask questions.

3. You do it and I’m with you, helping and guiding.

4. You do it on your own, because you now know how.

Then there is one last, but very important step
5. You do it with someone else.

And this is how the momentum gets even bigger.

5. Pinnacle level

This is the ultimate level and we all want to be here. The keyword here is RESPECT. People follow you because of what you’ve done, who you are and they really respect you for what you stand for. For some people it might take a lifetime before they get here.

Just a final thought. Unity is Important. Make sure you create and maintain unity in your Team. Talk about issues as and when they come up. And do fun things with your team that will strengthen your unity, like TEAMBUILDING at INTUNDLA.
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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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Mission Impossible … a world class activity!!                                 

Armed with only a minimum of lightweight equipment and an age-old Eskimo principle, the Team embarks on a seemingly impossible challenge…AND WINS!!

Their objective is to move the team and a vehicle across a stretch of open water in just two hours…without anyone getting wet! Do-able…?  Amazingly…YES!!

 This is a World class activity that stimulates and enhances various team dynamics and convince teams that The Impossible Is Indeed Possible!”    


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

 

The following important Team issues are addressed:

~ Planning

~ Communication

~ Listening skills

~ Lateral thinking

~ Teamwork

~ Team support

~ Tolerance

~ Big Hairy Audacious Goals

~ Leadership roles

~ One is too small to achieve greatness

~ Sharing ideas

~ Problem-solving

~ Respect other opinions

~ Mutual trust

~ Team fun

~ Team effort

~ Time management

~ Risk management

~ Everyone has a role to play

~ Ordinary teams can do the extraordinary
 

Mission-Impossible-Team-Building


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Benefits:  

This highly exciting and unbelievably impressive exercise contains all the elements that will recommit, recharge and regroup your team.  It is more than just fun and games, it is a long-term investment and a memory for life !

Intundla Game Lodge near Pretoria, and less than an hour from OR Tambo/Johannesburg, has been the first Conference and Team Building Venue to share this very unique activity with companies and is still the preferred lodge to do so. 

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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

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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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We have it all at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

If you’ve ever wondered what makes Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa so popular, the answer is because we have it all. We have the great advantage of location – close enough to get here easily but far enough to instill that out-of-the-city feeling. We have 7 Conference Rooms, the best outdoor Team Building facilities and great Accommodation.

We have also just started implementing the first phase of upgrading our rooms. The new beds are arriving in this week and we will have brand new linen as well as duvets for each bed. We are very excited about this new development and think our clients will be too! Our next phase will be the headboards in the rooms and will start early next month.

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5 Things we can learn from 5 Great People

Intundla Conference and Team building Venue is ideally situated only 30 minutes from Pretoria and less than an hour from OR Tambo International. The lodge is surrounded by prime game reserve and the grounds are perfect for Team building activities that require lots of outdoor space and fresh air.

It is on these grounds that many potential leaders have been found by participating in some of our team building activities. But what makes a leader great? There are no silver bullets, no magic. Leaders expect to win. They have the will and discipline to get the job done and achieve the necessary results. Leaders know how to leverage people’s strengths and they let people figure out themselves how to get where they need to be. Great leaders not only have high expectations of themselves but also for those around them.

Related article: Why is Team Building important?

Below are 5 things we can learn from Great Leaders.

 

1. Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Be persistent in your strive for Success

Before anyone becomes a great leader they will fail many times. No success story starts and ends with triumph. Aim high and you will inspire those around you. Create a vision for your team so that they can see success. Never give up.

2. Albert Einstein

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

Have a Servant Attitude

To be a great leader you have to serve others. If you are too focussed on yourself and your own success you won’t have too many followers. By directing your attention to the people around you and how you can help them become more prosperous you will without a doubt become more successful yourself.

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3. Leonardo Da Vinci

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”

Become the master of Yourself

Every great leader knows their own strengths and weaknesses. Owning who you are is the first step in becoming the best you can be. Take responsibility for your actions and be accountable to yourself and others.

4. Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”

Find a Mentor and Become one

There is no greater source to learn from than someone that has already learned the lesson. Great leaders know that they have never arrived and that they can always learn more and become better. Take what you have learned in life and from business and pass it on. Become a mentor and show someone else the road you’ve already travelled, the mistakes you’ve made, the successes you’ve achieved.

Related article: The Success of the Team – The Lion Pride Dynamics

5. Steve Jobs

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

Be Excellent and demand Excellence

As a great leader it all starts with you. The better you are the better your followers will aspire to be. Are you doing work that your friends and family will be proud of? By expecting more of the people around you, you automatically lift them up. Be your best and expect the best from others.

Related article: How to get the most from your Employees

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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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How to get the most from your Employees

At Intundla Conference Venue near Pretoria, Gauteng we are often complimented on our staff, and how everyone working here are happy and helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. But that is not always the case in a business and sometimes the people who work at a company can be the company’s downfall. This does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with the people who work there, but often with how they are treated and how they feel about their jobs and their potential for growth within the company.

So how do you get the most from the people who are supposed to be your greatest asset – the face of your company – the people who represent what you stand for as a company – your employees?

Make sure you have clear objectives and goals for your employees

No one can achieve goals that are fuzzy and objectives that are not clearly stipulated. People thrive on achievement, and by reaching for clear goals it becomes a lot more attainable. The next thing you have to remember is that the employee must agree to the goals you set for them. Employers and Team Leaders often make the mistake of having expectations that are unrealistic – the commitment of your employee is not directly related to how much they sacrifice for your company but rather to their commitment to reaching the goals and objectives that they’ve agreed upon. Besides the company objectives, your employees also need to have their own personal goals. Even if you have nothing to gain by their personal goals, they are just as important to you, because they create a more wholesome person.

Related article: How to set and reach your Goals in 2014

Have open Communication

“The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.” ~ Sir Richard Branson

It is vital for the health of your company to have good communication between employer and employees as well as between team members. Employees will feel more valued if they know that they can come to you about any problem, and also if you don’t just come to them when there is a problem! Be transparent in your communication but moreover be authentic. People relate better to others when they seem real, open and straightforward as opposed to when you have a feeling about someone that you just can’t get a grip on them. Good communication will also aid accountability, you’re more likely to commit to a goal when you’re accountable to someone. Healthy communication also builds trust and makes it easier to discuss things when problems do arise. Another way to get more commitment from your employees is to be empathetic. Get to know them. Show you care.

And of course it won’t do any harm to throw in a couple of luxuries or perquisites. Every job should come with some perks. The equation is simple, a happy employee = happy customer.

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How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference

You’ve booked the Conference Venue for your next conference in Gauteng and you have your agenda. But how do you inspire your team to greater heights during this conference? Richard Branson states that getting your employees to participate in company events is one way to get them inspired. Make sure your conference is at a venue where they can feel like they’re getting away from it all. Our Conference Venue offers just that and you won’t have to travel far. The Conference Venue is located in prime game reserve surroundings in Gauteng. Close enough to Pretoria’s main business hub, but far enough away to instil that “out of office” feeling where you can focus on business without any distractions.

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

Here are 5 more ways of building trust and inspiring people

1. Recognition through Opportunity
Mostly when we think of recognition we think about praise and awards, the awards could be in the form of incentives or more inherent like company benefits. But the most meaningful form of recognition is in the form of offering employees opportunity. This is the one thing that truly shows them that you value them and trust them. Use your next conference as an opportunity to do this. Involve everyone in the planning and strategizing. Also involve people in deciding what Teambuilding activities they would like to do. Give someone the opportunity to speak at the conference, this will empower them and make you an inspirational leader.

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2. Get good at Communication
Most employees at some point feel that they are not listened to or that they are not aware of things that are happening in the company, information they need in order to excel at their jobs. If you can get good at communicating to your team not only will they feel more valued, this will also ensure they have more confidence in you as a leader. Start by communicating everything about your upcoming conference to your team. Get their input for the agenda, find out what is important to them and what is not. The more you can get your team involved in brainstorming the path to success, the more you will be able to get them connected both at the head and the heart.

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3. Don’t assume anything
The biggest mistake you can make is assuming things. Assuming everyone understands what you want, assuming you have everyone on board for your vision. Talk to people, listen to what people say. There is only one way of really knowing and that is by asking. Take time to really understand the people that are helping you achieve your goals. Don’t think that your enthusiasm and energy for a project will automatically become theirs. Use your next conference to pro-actively communicate your vision to your team.

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4. Be authentic
Your team will value you as a leader more if you are authentic.  Being you will also attract the right kind of people. People will know who they’re dealing with and will find it easier to communicate to you about obstacles as well as innovative ideas that they might have. Ultimately, it is a relationship based on trust that inspires employees to perform. And it is only in an environment of trust that your company can thrive.

5. Keep your team engaged
One sure way of achieving this is to challenge your team. Instead of tackling all the difficult tasks yourself, and taking everything on, give your team the challenges and you will see them thrive. There is nothing like a challenge to make someone want to come to work every day. If you’re still wary of giving your team a big challenge in the workplace, then start at your next conference. At Intundla we have a selection of fantastic challenges in our Teambuilding activities like Raft Building and Team Racing. Challenges that will bring out the best in your team and that will inspire them to be better and that will inspire you as leader to trust them with more.

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Team building Activities you can do to get the most from your Conference

No company can really get away without having at least a few Conferences a year. We need Meetings to discuss new developments, plan and strategize to achieve better results, to review past company results and to look at trends, introducing new members to a team, just to name a few. But it is getting the most from our Conference or Meeting that is important. Getting our Teams to work and collaborate effectively. A healthy Team is highly motivated, and share values that help the team, the individuals, and the organisation as a whole.

Related article: Why is Team Building Important? 

Here are 3 Team Building Exercises you can do during your next Conference to build a better rapport between your team members and increase the cohesiveness and productivity. These exercises are designed to be short and easy to do so that they can be done before, during or after your Conference or Meeting.

Hula Hoop Competition
The competition starts with 3 to 5 contestants competing against each other in the first round and then have a “hoop off” where the winners compete for the champion spot. This may sound silly but promotes spontaneity, laughter and fun, which is a good recipe for building great team spirit and stimulate creative thinking.

Paper Tearing Game
Participants each get a sheet of A4 paper and have to close their eyes during the exercise. As the instructor you have to participate along and pause after each instruction to give everyone a chance to complete the action. Here are the basic directions – Fold your sheet of paper in half, tear off the upper right-hand corner, fold it in half again and tear off the upper left hand corner of the sheet, fold it in half again and tear off the lower right-hand corner of the sheet. Now everyone can open their eyes and observe the differences. This exercise is a great way to challenge basic assumptions, encourage participation and create awareness of the importance of two-way communication.

Boardroom Balderdash
This is a great game to introduce new people to a team and to learn more about others on your team. This game also builds trust as people learn fun things about others. Every team member writes down 2 facts and one lie about themselves on a piece of paper. Go around the room and have each person read what they wrote, both truths and lie. The whole team then votes on which statement in the list is the lie. The person who gets the fewest votes for their lie wins.

Here are more Team building activities that we offer at Intundla Game Lodge

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Team Players – see yourself from the perspective of an expert.

As a facilitator of team building activities at Teamiac, I’m often faced with looking at the team as collective before kicking off an event. This is usually when I scan the room and look for the character types that I will encounter. Here’s a humorous overview from my perspective on the diverse types that make up a team.

What character / team player are you?

The Tjop – The okie that always knows best, the “been there, sweated all over that T-shirt kind.” We all know his sort the “don’t hate the player, hate the game type.” He is usually the juice bunny with too much testosterone pulsing through his veins, always quick to chirp with sharp sarcastic wit that’s laced with sexual innuendo.

The Smoker  – Smokers usually have an attitude of “Ja, ja I’m happy to do it as long as I can smoke or know when my next smoke break will be.” They tend to be very jovial and social until you push the smoke break out.

The Dopper – She is the one party chick that every company has.  The die-hard cheerleader type, who will match you Jagermeister for Jagermeister. The chick that is always “just fine” to drive home (said in the customary drunken slur with one intently focussed eye open).

The Cynic – (my personal favourite to put into place) The cynic of the team, will sit with arms crossed and look all aloof and disinterested. They love to roll their eyes in distain while yawing and appearing bored…. Oscar Wilde once said … “a true cynic knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing”. Just saying…

The Whinger – once again every team has this player… the one that no one can please, even if it’s a 5 star venue, they like to grumble because they have become professional moaners… I don’t like the venue very much, the water was over boiled, it’s too hot, the toilet roll was only 1ply, blah, blah, blah.

The Introvert – “Omigosh, please, please don’t pick me, just put it out there….. ummmm… I am a white spot on a white wall, I don’t want to present, I hate public humiliation, I want to be anywhere but here. If I keep my head down and my mouth shut I might just go unnoticed.” Phew! Smile and wave … grin and bear it … that wasn’t so bad after all.

The High Fiver – Whoop, Whoop type. This player usually has a positive “can do” attitude, the almost “charismatic” type of devotion needed to spur on team spirit and camaraderie. These characters usually jump at tasks and are very hands on with willing eagerness. We love this type!

So, now for the tough question: Which player are you? Honestly now…How does your personality bring value to your team? Check out www.teamiac.co.za for some excellent team building events.

Written by Hazy Bee

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The Success of the Team – The Lion Pride Dynamics

 Mahala View Lions

 


“The success of the team is because of the individual and the success of the individual is because of the team.”
Ian Thomas – author of The Power of The Pride

Lions are still the kings of the Animal Kingdom and when it comes to business teams there is a lot we can learn from them:

1. Lions use their Unique Strengths to become the best Pride

  • Because the success of the team is so dependent on the strength of the individuals it is important for each team member to know their own strengths.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others; in a team we all have different strengths.
  • Concentrate on your strengths not your weaknesses. Working towards increasing your strengths will bring more fulfilment and bring teams closer to becoming the best they can be.
  • Find people who inspire you and align with them. We can learn a lot from others, even people we feel competitive towards, whether it is a mentor, employee or co-worker.
  • Increase the team’s strengths by partnering with the right people. This gives the team varieties of perspectives, talents and skills to get the job done.
  • Sometimes we need the pain of failure to revise and reassess; use failure as motivation. If you are taking risks and failing, keep failing forward.

2. Lions keep Adapting to their Environment

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” Jim Rohn

  • Teams need to stay flexible and aware of changes in their environment, with the ability to keep changing with that.
  • As a team you must embrace the uncertainty that any change brings; let fear prod you to take action toward your most important goals.
  • Create prototypes with your team that will move you along the way of change.
  • Find fingerprints in others’ successes. Then adapt this and apply this to your own team.
  • Dare most when times are darkest. It is often through adverse situations and taking risks when you feel most vulnerable that the greatest success is achieved.

3. Lions have certain Elements in their Pride that makes them the best

  • Team goals must be clearly specified and agreed upon by all members.
  • The commitment of all the members is vital for the team to function optimally. Personal agendas will weaken the team.
  • Rewards need to be shared by all members of the team. If rewards aren’t shared there is no incentive to be committed to the team goals.
  • Roles of the team members need to be defined clearly. This creates better responsibility and avoids unnecessary frustration.
  • Trust plays a pivotal role in the success of any team. Lack of trust will shift the team members focus away from the team goals to protecting individual positions. Good communication ensures the best teamwork, and without it little teamwork will happen.

Intundla Game Lodge can offer you Extreme Lion Experiences at a neighbouring farm Mahala View. They use the Behaviour of Lions and the Pride Dynamics to bring a new perspective into human behaviour and to promote values like Trust, Respect, Order, Competition etc.
They also use the Lion Theme in Team Building for groups from all walks of life, from Private to Corporate environments.

You can book your Lion Experience at Mahala View through Intundla Game Lodge.

 

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The 5 Biggest Conferencing Trends for 2013

The global financial crisis has initiated changes in the conferencing industry. Despite the financial pinch and the increase in the use of video conferencing as a tool, there is still no substitute for meeting face to face in a neutral environment.
This trend has ensured that conferences are still on the increase but the outcome of these meetings have more importance as measuring the ROI becomes the focal point.

Looking at business conferencing there are 5 trends for South African companies that will enable them to harness their resources during hard times and ensure business success through smarter events.

1) Cost of Conferencing

The considerations in securing a venue are the costs of using a local city venue against a more remote option but with accommodation included, or a happy medium that is close enough but still out of town. Traditionally the country venues are cheaper but with travel restrictions being implemented by companies the geographic range considered has been significantly reduced. 

2) Collaberation and Communication

With smaller budgets on the table for a conference package there has been a greater need for planners and suppliers to collaborate to ensure the company requirements closely matches the delivery of the tailored requirements.

3) Linking of Activities

To get the most from a conference more is being planned in a shorter space of time. A sandwich technique can be an effective tool for getting results by starting with a team build, having the conference and ending with a spa treatment or fun activity.
Kicking a conference off with a team building exercise is a good way to chip off the rough edges and get participants settled in each others company and accelerate networking.
Once the participants have been loosened up the goal of the conference is more likely to be accepted and adopted.
The spa treatment allows the take away points of the meeting to be cemented while relaxing and feeling spoiled. The fun activity is used to de-compress the participants and further interpersonal relationships. 

4) Video Conferencing

Having a fast Internet connection in SA has moved from being a luxury to an absolute necessity for a long time now. Technology has advanced and the use of video conferencing, which was clumsy and awkward, is now very much a viable tool. The global accessibility of experts through this medium has led to the increasing inclusion of third party management specialists in a video conferencing discussion. 

5) Greening

Along with PCO’s adopting a green policy and venues actively greening their product offerings, the financial cost cutting has furthered the cause of corporate Greening in that travel carbon emissions are reduced and lighter meals are being requested for delegates.

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