Category: Team Building

Team Work – That’s The Difference

Team Work

Sometimes getting team dynamics is not about having a team building guru come in but about remembering the joy of team work.

In the hurley burley of day-to-day tasks, deadlines and pressures, it is easy to forget we are working with other human beings. The pressure to get a job done can sometimes overshadow the team connection. We forget to rely on each other. Instead, seeing any interruptions or distraction as an intrusion into our space.

Of course, there are some things we need to do as individuals. However, the ultimate success of any project or organisation comes down the sum of its parts – the team.

Next time you are cursing being part of a team and the boss is suggesting a team building exercise, remember these six points of the benefits of being in a high functioning and happy team.

The Reasons You Have An Unhappy Team

unhappy team

An unhappy team can have major impacts on many things. A lot of effort goes into creating a high functioning team, right from the get-go. It is vital to ensure there is the right mix of skills, experience and personality make up.

What happens when this team dissolves into unhappiness, filled with backbiting, arguing and become unproductive. It can spell disaster for the project.

There are a few reasons a team becomes an unhappy team. Luckily, there are fixes to get them back on track.

1. You

As the leader of a team, it is your job to guide, support and encourage. Sadly, many leaders are more like managers – bossing the team around, micromanaging and getting the way of progress. If you are just sitting back in your office expecting the team to do all the work and you get the glory, then your team is not going to respect you. A good leader is transparent, engages with the team, walks the walk, supports the team to grow and learn, listens to feedback and takes the time to keep the team up to date.

When To Use African Entertainment

Live bands

African entertainment is so diverse. The audience can watch and enjoy or get involved. We can turn any group of people into a percussion orchestra in minutes… Our main options include:

Here we take a look at some of the times you might want to use African Entertainment to give your event the x-factor.

Which African Entertainment Company?

sydney excursions

Stop! Before Booking ANY Entertainment…

With so much choice online these days, how do you know which African Entertainment company to book?
Let me ask you a simple question… How do you know you are getting 100% Authentic African drummers and dancers at the best price? Can all these companies who claim to offer African entertainment be relied on? In our experience, no they can’t! We’ve heard some horror stories over the years and we don’t want to be tarnished with the same brush!

So, before booking, please consider the questions below.

Spring Clean Your Workplace

Workplace

The doonas have been put away at home. You no longer need to rug up like an Eskimo to get to work in the morning and when you leave, the sun is still shining.

Spring is here and many people are giving their home a once-over. So why not give the office a spring clean. Time to go through the filing cabinets, clear out all the many plastic lids in the staff kitchen and re-energise the team.

Giving the workplace a spring clean is more than just cleaning, it is removing any stagnant energy built up after a winter of colds and flu, the lower energy that comes when it gets cold.

Cleaning up gets rid of clutter … but where to start?

Team Building Doesn’t Have To Be A Drag

Team Building

The announcement comes through the internal messaging system – the date for the next team building activity.

Throughout the organisation, there are collective groans and eye rolls because the team knows it will be like Groundhog Day – the same old same old. The keynote speaker talking about teamwork and sharing a story while most struggle to stay awake and engaged.

Or it is a physical activity that gets the fit in the office excited but the ones who are not so athletic, cringe and hope they will be sick that day.

Or the trust fall activity. Yes, your colleague might catch you on the day but there is a big difference between doing something because you are expected to and being accountable.

If you are going to do team building, make sure it is something that everyone can connect over, that brings people together in the spirit of creating something worthwhile and also lifts the spirits.

Revolutionary Body Percussion for Team Building

Body Percussion Clapping

What is body percussion?

Body Percussion is traced back to the mines of South Africa, where miners communicated with each other using sounds and rhythms. You can make music even without instruments because your body is an instrument! Your body acts like a drum-kit which means you can create amazing rhythms through clap, snap, stomp and slap and more. So, the main movements that we use at African Beat are:

  • Clicking the fingers
  • Clapping the hands
  • Patting or knocking the chest
  • Patting the thighs with open palms
  • Stamping the feet on the floor

Benefits of Drumming for Team Building in the Workplace

Drumming for Team Building

We all understand the importance of team members feeling comfortable working together & trusting each other. Team building is vital to a company’s success & should be incorporated into the schedule to ensure maximum productivity. Of the least known yet effective team bonding activities, African drumming makes the list. This involves a team drumming together in sync in a bid to improve on group dynamics in addition to enhancing togetherness. Few people are aware of how effective drumming for team building can be. We are going to take a look at the benefits of drumming for team building in the workplace.