The Weekend Warrior: How American Workers Cram a Week’s Worth of Exercise into Two Days

The average American adult employed full time works 47 hours per week, according to a Gallup poll, and four in 10 workers put in over 50 hours each week. As you can imagine, this does not leave a lot of time for exercise, leaving many workers to try and cram seven days of physical activity […]

Leaders Are Not Born; They Are Made on the Challenge Course

There is a common saying that goes “Leaders are born, not made.” You’re probably heard it before, but we are hear to tell you that this just simply isn’t the case. There is no special genetic code that makes a great leader. It takes time. It takes commitment. And most importantly, it takes practice. The […]

The Physical and Physiological Effects of Stress on American Workers

A certain amount of stress and anxiety in the workplace is normal – it’s unavoidable. However, persistent and/or excessive stress and anxiety can interfere with everyday functioning, as well as employee health. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s (ADAA) 2006 Stress & Anxiety Disorders Survey, 72 percent of people with daily stress admit […]

Simple Tips to Motivate Your Employees

According to the Business Dictionary, motivation can be defined as “Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal.” That much is pretty straight forward. What is difficult for employers is figuring […]

How Exercise Benefits Children Physically and Mentally

Is your child getting enough exercise? The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends children receive at least one hour of physical activity every day: Toddlers:  30 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes of free play Preschoolers: 60 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes of free play School-Age: One hour broken […]

The Many Benefits of Indoor Team Building

We know that team building works (when facilitated by qualified professionals). That much is certain. Team building has a “positive moderate effect across all team outcomes,” write researchers Deborah Diazgranados, Cameron Klein, Eduardo Salas, Huy Le, C. Burke, Rebecca Lyons, and Gerald Goodwin. The uncertainty lies in those aspects which cannot be controlled, like the […]

The Seven Characteristics of Good Teams

There is no perfect team. But there is a recipe for success – many similar characteristics shared by effective teams, independent of industry or function. Throughout this blog series, we have taken a closer look at each of these characteristics, and explored why each is important. Now, we have compiled these seven characteristics in one […]

What Makes a Good Team? Part Seven: Expectations

There is no perfect team. But there is a recipe for success – many similar characteristics shared by effective teams, independent of industry or function. Throughout this blog series, we will take a closer look at each of these characteristics, explore why each is important, and provide you with ways to instill and improve each […]

Tips to Follow Through with Your New Year’s Resolution

‘Tis the season for…planning your New Year’s resolution. According to Forbes magazine, more than 40 percent of Americans make such resolutions, ranging from saving money to quitting smoking to the No. 1 resolution year after year, losing weight. However, just eight percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals, according to the University of […]

What Makes a Good Team? Part Six: Conflict

There is no perfect team. But there is a recipe for success – many similar characteristics shared by effective teams, independent of industry or function. Throughout this blog series, we will take a closer look at each of these characteristics, explore why each is important, and provide you with ways to instill and improve each […]