Blog – Beyond Team Building Activities



8 November 2014 Team-Player-Productions-12-hours-Facebook-360x220

Team Player Productions is here to make your company shine. That’s right — we’d like to make all of your clients think that your business is the best of them all — because, of course, you truly are.

As a world-class event production and management company, we specialize in creating events that attendees will remember for decades. Not only that though, but we can take an existing event and help you make it everything you were dreaming of with our experience.

Each year, we manage four national events that draw broad and varied audiences. Not only does that give us the know-how to create events for you, but also the ability to present your products with the experiential marketing attention they deserve — and plenty of new potential customers.

To ensure your brand is presented appropriately, our Creative Strategies group will build a campaign around one of our events to specifically target your products or services. We’ll give your company the name recognition they have been waiting for and get their sales off to a roaring start.

The four primary events we produce are the Park City Food & Wine Classic, Taste of Fort Collins, Oyster The Race, and the Steamboat Wine Festival.

If you’re ready to start marketing your company or your clients at a TPP business event, contact us to get started today.



27 September 2014 passion-360x220

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” Remember when the answers to that question flowed out in rapid fire succession? By the time we reach adulthood, it’s often met with a blank stare. Many of us start out in professions we love but the passion dissipates like air from a week-old party balloon.

Answering these simple questions can help you regain your passion for work, or perhaps they will create the space for you to explore the next phase in your career.

What are you good at? Sometimes, the problem is we’re in the right industry but not the right job description. Evaluate what you’re good at and see if your job accentuates those things. If not, meet with a manager or supervisor and work together to resolve the disconnect.
What do you love to do? When you have a day off and don’t have to do chores, what occupies your time? Brainstorm ways you may be able to incorporate one or more of these activities into your workday, or evaluate potential job changes that would include these activities.

Annual urban adventures might be just what your office needs to re-inflate the proverbial balloons and bring passion back to the workplace.



30 July 2014 tpp-corp-adv2-360x220

The words Passion and Workplace are not often used in the same sentence. Work is traditionally something people have to do in order to fund what they want to do in their free time. However, in the modern era, employers are realizing the value of inspiring passion in the workplace.

When your team is passionate about work they:

– Inspire others around them because passion begets passion.
– Are happier to go to work each day, which translates to less sick time off.
– Are more loyal to their employers.
– Are more willing to create a team-oriented atmosphere.

If you are lucky, you will enjoy a career that aligns with your passions. Perhaps you’re a secret home brewing aficionado who will find a job at an awesome brewery. Maybe your passion for gardening will translate into a successful blog, website, and a roadside flower or vegetable stand.

If that isn’t the case, then look to find passion elsewhere. Can you find passion for your company because they do good work? Can you be passionate about your co-workers because they’re awesome people? These types of passions can also translate to truly loving what you do. Like we do here at TPP Headquarters.



27 June 2014TEAM-360x220

Have you recently hired a new employee? Has a promotion shifted the social dynamics in the office? Events like this can change the chemistry around the workplace, and a few team-building activities may be just what you need to get your team working more cohesively again.

Here are examples of corporate team building activities you can do in the workplace to strengthen those bonds.

Life Highlights Game. Have your team sit together and brainstorm some the highlights of their lives. Have them choose 30-seconds of that memory reel. What 30-seconds of their life would they live again if they only had 30-seconds left? This activity helps to shift your employees’ attention on the positive and allows them to get to know one another better as they share their memories.

Picture Pieces Game. Divide your team into groups and cut a detailed cartoon into pieces so each team member only has one piece. Pass out pens, markers, and a sheet of paper to each member so they can recreate their piece on a larger scale. When they’re done drawing, the team has to take their pieces and recreate the original cartoon.

Looking for some off-campus corporate team building adventure? Give us a holler, we’re happy to help!




25 June 2014teamwork1-360x220

Team building isn’t something that automatically occurs. It requires a combination of factors: employee attitudes, management styles, and the willingness of the company to support and foster a team-oriented culture. Here are teamwork tips for establishing stronger teams in your office:

Communicate. Do all of your team members understand their role on the team? Does everyone feel safe communicating with each other as well as those with those in supervisor positions? Are team members getting feedback regarding their process and work? Communication is a key part of building a stronger team.

Collaborate. Teamwork requires collaboration. Each member needs to understand how his/her work fits into the larger picture and then work with other team members to achieve clear goals. This may require setting ground rules as well as policies and procedures to facilitate the collaborative process.

Culture Creation. As mentioned above, a team-oriented culture is required for team building to be successful and become a part of the everyday work experience. Make sure your organization is on board from the top down so hiring, rewards and recognition, planning, etc., all take place in respect to the team.




5 May 2014shutterstock_181611464-470x220

How would you rate your office environment? Is it:

A) One of positive camaraderie and teamwork? All for one, and one for all!

B) Or, is the atmosphere more like the set on the TV show Survivor? May the best person win – over my dead body.

If you answered A, congratulations! If you answered B, you may want to read Global Post’s article, “The Benefits of Teamwork in the Workplace.” Here are just a few of the benefits your company will gain when you foster and support positive team effort.

Job satisfaction. Guess it’s no surprise that employees who work well with colleagues have more positive feelings about going to work. Encouraging teamwork will pay off in fewer sick days, a more happy office environment, and company loyalty.

Resource pooling. When employees work together, they pool strengths and resources. Plus, they also get to learn from one another, which results in a higher self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment.

Creativity. All those brainy neurons firing together will inspire creativity and your company will benefit from strategies and ideas that wouldn’t have come about otherwise.



2 April 2014Team-Building-470x220

A positive work environment isn’t born out of thin air. It takes hard work and commitment to foster teamwork in the office. Looking for ways to get your team in sync? These five strategies can help with teamwork.

Be a good leader. Whether you’re a manager, or have seniority as a result of company loyalty, you are setting the tone for the rest of the employees in the workplace. Gandhi is often quoted for saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” We add, “Be the type of leader you want to be led by.”
Practice clear communication. Convoluted communication is a recipe for disaster. Team members must feel safe in sharing their ideas, points of view, and feelings. Every idea might not be THEE idea you roll with, but there are no bad ideas. Make sure to foster communicating in the work environment through verbal reward.
Define responsibilities. The more clearly you define each team member’s role and responsibilities, the more effectively they can meet expectations. However, the team should be encouraged to help one another when needed.
Conflict resolution. Any tension or conflict should be resolved as quickly as possible to prevent communication breakdowns and a division of team members. And no, hugging it out is not the only answer! Make sure to put in place clear and concise ways for employees to resolve issues so they know their voice is heard.
Remain positive. As the team leader, your positive and motivated energy will help to inspire the others. So don’t forget to drink that positivity juice in the morning!