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Ways to celebrate a company milestone!

Office BBQ Party

In our opinion, any occasion is a cause for celebration! And here at Go Ape, we’ve certainly had a lot of occasions to celebrate recently, what with many of our courses reaching the big 1-0! Oh, and let’€™s not forget that it was Go Ape’€™s 15th birthday a couple of months ago, too.

Our celebrations have included hours of monkeying around in the treetops, topped with excessive amounts of banana cake,€“ which is OK, because we burned off those cals combatting obstacles in the canopy!

Do you have a company milestone coming up? It could be a big birthday, or perhaps you’€™re a few weeks away from reaching a sales target. Maybe you’€™re a smaller company and (after plenty of hard graft) you’€™ve just started turning a profit. Whatever your milestone, you should round-up your tribe and celebrate! Here are eight suggestions for what you can do:

1. Follow in our ape-shaped footsteps by booking a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape! Take it from us, “ there’€™s nothing quite like celebrating in the canopy!
2. Break open the bubbly in the office this Friday afternoon (don’€™t forget non-alcoholic alternatives for those who drove in or don’€™t drink).
3. Say it with food by putting on a lunchtime feast for your tribe. In this weather, we find that BBQs and picnics go down a treat!
4. If your tribe have helped you to achieve a financial target, share the love with a surprise bonus in their pay packets.
5. Purchase a bunch of tickets for a local, upcoming show or concert you know your tribe will love.
6. Let your tribe have an extra day’s holiday this year, on you.
7. Learn a new skill en-masse with your tribe by booking a class. Ask your tribe what they’d like to do, Master pottery? Learn the samba? Make (and eat) some chocolate?
8. Buy some new equipment for the office for your tribe to enjoy. We have a table tennis here at Banana HQ and it’€™s provided us with endless hours of fun albeit sweaty fun.

When you reach your milestone€“ whether it’€™s a company anniversary or target it’€™s really important to get your tribe together and thank them personally. After all, without them, you wouldn’t have reached that milestone, and together they will help you to reach many more milestones in the future!

Does role play help team training and development?

Employees in a line
Role play is a love-it-or-hate-it workplace technique. For the wannabe thespians among your tribe, it provides a fantastic opportunity for them to practice their dramatic prowess, giving it their all as they assume the role of a character in a fictitious setting that mimics real-life.

But for those who didn’t dig drama lessons at school – and may be a little shy in the office – role play can be nothing short of a living hell.

Understanding the benefits

If you know there are certain members of your tribe who fear role play, make sure you explain the benefits and help them understand why you’re getting them to do it (i.e., you’re not doing it to make them look or feel silly!).

One main advantages or role play is that is allows your tribe to learn through doing, aka, experiential learning. Read a book and they might not absorb the info, listen to a presentation and they could drift off (we’ve all done it!). But, if place them right at the heart of the action and they’re more likely to pay attention, continue paying attention and learn some valuable lessons.

Role play enables your tribe to sharpen skills related to leadership, listening, problem-solving and more. It provides a safe environment where they can encounter possible scenarios for the first time (whether it’s dealing with a problematic client or a customer requiring first aid) so they can get it right – and do it well – when and if it happens in reality.

Role play also offers a chance for self-reflection. By acting out a certain scenario, your tribe (and you, as their leader) will able to identify their strengths and perhaps more importantly, their weaknesses, so they can be addressed before they find themselves in the situation for real.

Using role play

Coax the coyest members from their shells by organising some pre-role play ice-breakers – some fun activities that’ll raise your tribe’s spirits! Then…

Identify the situation. Explain the issue and encourage an open discussion about it before the role play begins. This will allow your tribe to start planning their approach.

Set the scene. Set up a scenario, adding as many elements (where, when who, what, why) as you can so that it feels real. Make sure everyone’s clear about what you want to accomplish by the end of the session.

Assign roles. It’s casting time! Who plays the employee? Who plays the disgruntled customer? Tell your tribe to use their imaginations and really get into the minds of the person they’re playing – their feelings, goals and motivations.

Do it! Lights, camera, action! Act out the scene, testing out different approaches if necessary. If you can, build up the tension; the disgruntled customers shouldn’t jump in guns blazing straight away, as that’s unlikely to happen in real life.

Talk about it. As soon as the session is finished, chat about it. Talk about both individual and group strengths and weaknesses. Then, go around the room asking each person what they’ve learnt – this will give you a good idea of whether your role play workshop was a resounding success!

 

If you’re looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.

How to inspire better teamwork!

Team Development Knot Tie Activity
Your tribe may work superbly on their own, but you’ve noticed that performance and productivity slip a little when they work together. So how can you improve those teamwork-related skills? How can you build a greater tribe?

Naturally, we’d always recommend swinging through the trees at Go Ape. It’s the perfect way to build greater bonds among your tribe, which leads to greater teamwork. Tackling an array of tree-mendous obstacles helps to fine-tune skills such as leadership, communication and problem-solving, essential ingredients in the teamwork recipe. And at the same time, our Tree Top Adventures will give people’s confidence an almighty boost.

So, as well as swinging through the trees in a Tarzan fashion, just how else might you inspire better teamwork? Here are some ideas:

Turn to TED

TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on subjects such as business, education, tech and science. Teamwork is a hot topic, so why not round-up the tribe one afternoon and play them a vid (popcorn optional)? Try Tom Wujec’s ‘Build a tower, build a team’ and Simon Sinek’s ‘How great leaders inspire action’ for starters.

Be motivated by a mountaineer

Motivational speaker and world-class mountaineer, Andy Cave, visits companies delivering messages that inspire people to get the very best from themselves and from one another. A man after our own hearts, he uses adventure to back up his points, focusing on key topics like leadership, teamwork and communication. You can book Andy to pop by your office or speak after an event.

Check out a conference

A team will only be great if they are led by a great leader. So, you need to focus on improving your own skills before improving your tribe’s. One way to do this is to attend one of the many leadership conferences that take place throughout the year, across the UK. One to check out is the University of Salford’s Leadership Conference; its agenda features workshops and keynotes on team building and the role leaders play in improving teamwork.

Bury your head in books

There are plenty of books out there that tackle the topic of team building. Read a couple of them and suggest that your tribe do, too. You could even host an office book club, where you read the same book on team building and chat it through over some food one lunchtime. When it comes to picking the books, we suggest:

Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High-Performance Teamwork by John J Murphy

If I could Tell You Just One Thing: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice by Richard Reed

Building Team Power: How to Unleash the Collaborative Genius of Teams for Increased Engagement, Productivity and Results by Thomas A. Kayser

Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork by Kevin Pritchard & John Eliot

By taking one (or several) of the steps we’ve mentioned above, you’ll be able to improve team skills and build a world-class tribe!

Or book your Tribe onto a Team Development Day here!

De-stress on treetop nets with your tribe!

Nets KIngdom Blog
No one likes to feel stressed, but for many people it’s an unavoidable reality of their busy working lives. Saying that, a smidgen of stress isn’t always a bad thing; according to experts, it can actually motivate you to meet your goals for the day.

But then there’s also bad stress, when you constantly feel under pressure and pushed to the very max. And this type of stress is counter-intuitive, as it can make you feel less driven and less enthusiastic about your work. It can even make you unwell, if it carries on for a long time.

So, as tribe leader, you need to help your tribe to achieve that perfect balance in their roles. No doubt they want to be challenged (as this will help them to develop and flourish), but there’s a line between tasks and responsibilities that are challenging, and those that are downright impossible!

Time to unwind!

You know what will help your tribe to secure that golden balance? If you treat them to regular away days, where they can switch off from work and leave their worries behind in a pile on their desk! So, how does de-stressing in a netted playground suspended 30 feet up in the air sound!?

Yep, you read that right! Go Ape is pleased and proud to unveil a brand new, one-of-a-kind adventure soon to be launched in Black Park! Nets Kingdom is a mammoth connected structure of bounce nets (one filled with giant balls), bridges slides and climbing towers and is fun for all ages!

The Kingdom is encased within 3,000 square metres of hammock-like netting, so it’s safe as tree houses. Speaking of which, there are some of them in Net Kingdom, too!

Nets Kingdom is the perfect spot to kick back with your tribe. To unwind, to switch off, to reconnect with nature. And most importantly, to have some fun!

For the ultimate Go Ape day out, why not swing through the trees before hanging out in them? An award-winning Tree Top Adventure course is the perfect team building and team bonding activity. You’ll take on tunnels, bridges, swings, stirrups and zips. Oh, you’ll also have to clamber up and across nets, so you’ll get in some practice before venturing to the Kingdom!

Between your adventures, you could always back with your tribe in our exclusive Forest Shelter and enjoy some tasty grub, prepared by us. Choose from a simple picnic, or a more hearty forest BBQ (which your tribe may appreciate more after swinging through the trees and working up an appetite).

Black Park is the only Go Ape with Nets Kingdom for the moment, but we’re sure that the activity will be launched in other courses in the future. So don’t feel too disappointed if you aren’t near, anyway, there’s bound to be a local course where you and your tribe can swing through the trees or whizz through the forest floor via a bunch of all-terrain, self-balancing Segways!

De-stress your Tribe by booking a team day out to Nets Kingdom …

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