Team Building Activities Austin Newsletter

Stay up to date on what is new with Team Building Activities Austin by reading the latest edition of the Lone Star Peak Performance monthly newsletter!

July Newsletter

Summer is here! The LSPP team hopes that you have had a chance to get outside and enjoy the the beauty of mother nature with friends and family! We have been fortunate enough to host many diverse groups this summer. We love providing the space to gather around the campfire and make memories!

We are also extremely excited about the work that Lone Star Peak Performance has done with corporate teams over the past few weeks, and we are even more excited about the great events we have planned for the coming months!

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Spotlight on StrengthsFinder

Instead of pouring time and energy into marginally improving weaknesses, we can focus on Strengths and exponentially increase performance, communication, and camaraderie.   

StrengthsFinder is the Gallup Organization’s online tool that helps individuals and teams to understand their unique talents and how to be more effective working together. The tool is grounded in decades of solid research based on two fundamental assumptions: each person’s talents are enduring and unique and each person’s greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strength.

Gallup research provides quantitative support to the results our clients are experiencing:

• People who focus on their Strengths are three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

• People who focus on using their Strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs.

• People who use their strengths everyday have 7.8% greater productivity.

• Teams who receive strengths feedback have 8.9% greater profitability.

During StrengthsFinder session, a certified Gallup Strengths Coach will work hand-in-hand with your team to leverage the assessment through highly interactive, discussion-based group workshops that focus on building trust and enhancing communication.  The sessions allow your team to have a common language to discuss and appreciate each team member’s unique contributions. The knowledge gained will also translate into concrete steps to help achieve personal and organizational objectives.

Here a few examples of the different StrengthsFinder sessions offered:

• Five Clues to Talent- Understanding and utilizing your areas of natural talent

• The Best of Us- Learning how to leverage with specific Strengths

• Strengths Grid- Understanding areas of team excellence and opportunities for enrichment

• Powerful Partnerships-Learning to unleash complimentary and complementary Strengths

Contact us today more detailed information (including availability and pricing) on scheduling a StrengthsFinder Session for your group!

Leadership Insight: The Importance of Creativity (Part 2)

Last month, we began discussing the importance of cultivating creativity in the workplace and amongst your leaders. This month, we want to explore what creative leaders do in the workplace.

Creative Leaders: 

•    Tap ideas from all ranks

Google’s founders tracked the progress of ideas that they had backed versus ideas that had been executed in the ranks without support from above, and discovered a higher success rate in the latter category. Creative leaders allow their team the freedom to shape the organization’s future.

•    Encourage and enable collaboration

Though past breakthroughs sometimes have come from a single genius, the reality today is that most innovations draw on many contributions. Consider the examples of Mozilla or Wikipedia. The leaders of these companies rely on the collective wisdom, and creativity, of the larger group to spur their organizations to greatness.

•    Open the organization to diverse perspectives

Innovation is more likely when people of different disciplines, backgrounds, and areas of expertise share their thinking to solve a central problem. Creative leaders shy away from the “one size fits all approach” and build a diverse team with many differing strengths and skills.

•    Provide intellectual challenge

Those who are motivated by intellectual challenge tend to be more productive. Creative leaders recognize this and provide the stimulation, and support, necessary for team members to solve complex problems.

•    Allow people to pursue their passions

Creative leaders must be aware of individual team members’ interests and skills. This knowledge enables management to unleash the natural talent of their staff by allowing them to focus on their respective areas of excellence and interest.

•    Be an appreciative audience.

The fact that creative workers are intrinsically motivated does not mean that managers’ behavior makes no difference. A creative leader can do much to challenge and inspire creative work in progress by making themselves available and serving as a sounding board for their team.

•    Embrace the certainty of failure.

Arguably, the managerial reactions that speak loudest to creative workers are reactions to failure. Managers must decrease fear of failure; the goal should be to experiment constantly, fail early and often, and learn as much as possible in the process.

“Visionary people face the same problems everyone else faces; but rather than get paralyzed by their problems, visionaries immediately commit themselves to finding a solution.”
Bill Hybels

 


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5322 Highway 261
Buchanan Dam, TX 78609