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Competitive vs Collaborative Team Building

March 2020

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When searching for team building activities, you may notice that events and activities are often grouped into two types, “competitive” and “collaborative”. Both styles can make for a memorable day out for all involved, whilst also helping employees to grow and develop, but the key question that we’re often asked is which style will best suit my team building objectives?
To help you to make an informed decision, we’ve put together a handy overview of competitive Vs collaborative team building.

What is competitive team building?

As humans, we are innately competitive. From childhood we have a natural desire to succeed. Competitive team-building experiences build on this by involving an activity which requires individuals or small teams to complete a task or solve a problem quicker and more effectively than the opposing side.

What are the benefits of competitive team building?

Competitive activities can be exceptionally fun and are perfectly suited to teams that work within a competitive environment daily.
In addition to getting those competitive juices flowing, a competitive activity also brings with it the following long-term benefits:

  • Competitive activities can quickly highlight the communication styles of those around you – and consequently areas for improvement!
  • The satisfaction of winning as a result of working together towards one shared goal can greatly boost morale not only on the day, but also back in the workplace.
  • Members of your team may react to pressure differently. Some people may be natural-born leaders whilst others may listen for advice and instructions. Acknowledging these differences within a fun environment can lead to a better understanding of one another and enhanced communication.

What is collaborative team building?

Quite the opposite to competitive team building, collaborative experiences involve an activity or event which requires those involved to work together towards one end goal. There are no sides, you need to work as one collective entity to succeed. This could be to solve a problem, navigate an unfamiliar problem or overcome a series of challenges.
Success within these activities relies heavily on effective communication. Unlike competitive activities, there are no winners or losers here. If the group succeeds, everyone is a winner!

What are the benefits of collaborative team building?

Effective collaboration between team members can play a vital role in the success of any business. If a team is working towards one shared end goal, the ability to collaborate, co-operate and communicate effectively is crucial.
Collaborative team building helps workforces to put this into practice, quite literally.
Below are just some of the key benefits of taking part in a collaborative event:

  • Employees have the chance to demonstrate and draw upon a range of hard and soft skills – skills may be underutilised within the workplace
  • The activity can give employees the chance to appreciate the skill sets of other members of the team
  • Employees can also explore new roles and delegate
  • A newfound trust and patience can arise
  • Communication can be enhanced as each member actively listens to the ideas and concerns of others

So, which is better, competitive or collaborative team building?

If you’re looking for some light-hearted fun, any type of event would be ideal.
If you’re looking for team building activities to tackle an under-performing team, or you looking to develop personal development, you will need to think carefully about whether competitiveness or collaboration will help you to achieve your desired outcome. A little friendly competition can go a long way to encouraging people to co-operate and think critically. Collaboration, on the other hand, can be a great option for bringing departments closer together, bridging gaps and strengthening working relationships.

Indoor and Outdoor Team Building by KDM

At KDM Events, we develop team building activities focused on developing skills that make successful teams. From competitive activities such as dragonboat racing and our ever-popular Hungry Games, to collaborative activities such as our GPS treasure hunts and our hugely popular Crystal Maze event, we guarantee to have something to suit every need.
For more information about our team building days out or to discuss your requirements in more detail, please give us a call today! A member of our team will be more than happy to help and can advise you on suitable options in your area.
You can also browse our complete indoor and outdoor team building portfolio online here.

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What Are The Benefits of Team Building?

March 2020

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Often a business’ success depends on how well its employees can co-operate on a day-to-day basis. Team building can play a vital role in not only strengthening and developing workplace relationships, but also ensuring that goals and deadlines are met. If we look through the lens of Bruce Tuckman’s group development theory at team building, there are many benefits…

Breaking the Ice

In the ‘Forming’ stages, team members may be full of positivity, but they may also feel nervous or anxious. At this point, team building activities break the ice and give a group of people the opportunity to get to know each other in a friendly, non-work-related environment.

It also gives new teams their first taste of working with each other, as they negotiate roles and test out lines of communication. In a team building activity, the stakes are much lower, and people feel more able to put themselves out there without fear of making a mistake.

Re-Energising

Teams who are in the ‘Storming’ stage of group development may be experiencing a turbulent time. In this phase, members of the team are increasingly starting to push established boundaries, or conflict and frustrations are starting to appear. It is worth nothing that storming is normal, but it’s how it is handled that determines success.

Teams in the ‘storming’ phase can use team building to reconnect with one another, understand the ways in which they communicate and generate synergy. Certainly, in this situation team building exercises can help ‘reset’ a team to a certain extent and re-energise them, eventually leading to ‘norming’ and ‘performing’.

Reflection

Finally, team building activities can be hugely valuable in the final stages of group development too. They help to keep teams fresh, agile and creative providing feedback on how well they are performing together and giving the opportunity for feedback outside of the work environment.

What skills can team building improve?

As well as helping with group development, team building can also work to improve skills both in individual participants and the team. These include:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Resilience
  • Confidence

In some cases, team building activities can work to bring people out of their shell and reveal hidden talents or skills. In these situations, it may be that what is discovered can be applied within the team moving forwards for more effective collaboration and cohesion.

Why is team building important?

As we’ve covered earlier within this article, team building is essential to reaching the successful phases of group development: norming and performing.

In order to get the very best out of your team, they must be clear of the intended goal, understand their role and its importance (as well as the roles of others) and communicate effectively. Team building gives them the opportunity to try out different techniques and work on the communication skills needed in order to do so.

This, alongside appropriate support and continued professional development within the workplace has a transformative effect on teams as they pave the way to success.

If you would like to find out more about team building, contact us for more information. We are constantly formulating new ideas around team building exercises from Escape Rooms to Treasure Hunts and outdoor pursuits that are ideal for any group of individuals, all of which are designed to help develop a series of important skills as well as promote better team working.

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How to build an effective team?

March 2020

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In a performance-driven world, building effective teams is the key to success. While strong leadership is a powerful force behind any team, creating one that works harmoniously, motivates itself and has the flexibility to accommodate change is where half the battle is won.
So, what is the secret to building effective teams? Well, you might be surprised to hear that it’s simpler than you think. Of course, when working with individuals and their unique personalities it is inevitable that compromise will need to be made. But with the right amount of nurture, personal development and support it’s possible for any group of individuals to fly when they’re working towards a common goal. Here’s how…
According to Bruce Wayne Tuckman’s stages of group development, there are four phases of group development: forming, storming, norming and performing. According to him, all these phases are vital (and inevitable) for a team to grow, handle challenges, overcome problems, find solutions, work together well, and deliver results.
With this in mind, building effective teams is not always plain sailing. In fact, it’s completely normal for conflict to arise, particularly around power and status, before the group moves on to working successfully and smashing targets.

Clearly Defined Roles & Goals

Before any team can start working towards success, they need clearly defined goals. This may be straightforward, depending on the situation. Or it may be more complex. What is important is that goals are defined with specific targets and timeframes before anything else. When goals are clearly defined, your team will be clear about what they are working towards, allowing them to formulate a plan (under strong leadership) of how to get there.
Once a goal has been defined, roles must be assigned. Each person should know what their role is within a team, their individual goals, and understand the route they must take to get there. Depending on the specified goal, this may be laid out very clearly from the beginning, or it may be thrashed out by the team in the brainstorming session.
However, what is vital is that prior to even getting into the nitty-gritty of the task or project is that everyone is clear about what it is they must do, why they are doing it, and how to get there.

Open Communication

Whether your team is made up of two people or 20 people, communication is key to performance. In very broad terms, that means encouraging members of the group to share their ideas, voice their concerns and propose new ways of working without fear.
Further to this, it is important to figure out ways in which your team will make decisions or solve problems. There’s no doubt that throughout the course of a project or task that issues will arise, particularly in the storming group stages. But it is how the team communicate and deal with these issues that will determine their success, so having robust plans in place for when this happens is vital.

Nurture Innovation and Creativity

In many cases, the most successful solutions to bumps in the road or hiccups during a project are discovered when you allow a team to be innovative and creative. Therefore, making space for this and facilitating collaborative working where team members can bounce ideas off one another can be more productive than you expect.
Of course, boundaries and ground rules are also important to ensure a team stays on track and on task. But allowing a little flex, nurturing and rewarding innovation when it arises is key to a strong and effective team.

Check-In Regularly

Giving team members the freedom to do their assigned job shows that you have faith in their ability. But you do need to check-in every now and again. This can be on an individual or group level, at set intervals throughout the project.
Doing this helps you to monitor the progress of the team as a whole and check-in on individual team members to ensure they’re working effectively. While having an open and communicative team should help to bring any challenges or problems to light, making time for one-on-one check in’s gives greater control and can shine a light on processes that should be changed or tweaked.
Ideally, when forming a team, you should assign roles based on strengths. But as a project or a team develops, you may notice that certain individuals would be better suited doing something else or taking on further tasks. Checking in with everyone will help keep a team on the rails and ensure they continue to work together effectively.

Recognise and Reward Achievement

Keeping morale high within a team helps to keep everyone motivated and driving forwards. And one of the easiest ways to do this is to recognise and reward achievement. This can be done by using incentives at key intervals throughout a project, or when certain milestones have been reached.
For some businesses, reward and recognition come in the form of monetary bonuses, but there are other ways of doing this too. For example, rewarding employees at an award ceremony recognising their achievement can be a fantastic way to motivate and inspire. Further to this, events such as away days or trips out can be hugely motivating.
Whatever form it takes, recognising the strengths and achievements of team members is important to push them on to continue reaching and exceeding their goals.

Use Team Building Activities

There is always room for improvement, even in high performing teams and team building presents the opportunity for groups of individuals to grow together, learn how to work more effectively and communicate with one another.
Team building can take many forms, from small activities and icebreakers to more structured activities or outdoor pursuits. By regularly engaging your team in these types of activities they will progress in their effectiveness as a team by improving communication, problem-solving skills, having fun and getting to know each other better.
For more information and advice on team building activities, conferences and other events, contact us today. We specialise in planning, organising and hosting fantastic events across the UK to help you build more effective successful teams.

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What is Team Building?

February 2020

What is team building?

No man is an island. In fact, working well in a team is a fundamental skill that is important for all aspects of life. Look back to the dawn of time and you will see that humans have always worked together towards a common goal. It is what has made us so successful, and something that we continue to do today both at work and in our day-to-day lives.

For that reason, team building activities are an important way of bringing together groups of people who are required to work in collaboration to achieve something. This can be applied in schools, sports teams, within the workplace, and beyond.

Team building Explained

Team building is a broad term for any sort of activity or exercise that is undertaken with the aim of building trust, developing key skills and defining roles within a group of people.

In the workplace, team building usually takes the form of structured activities, where teams are given a task to complete or a goal to work towards. Within this, teams are required to assign and clarify roles and devise an approach that utilises communication, trust and problem solving in order to be successful.
In many cases, team building can be used to shine a light on how well a team works together and highlight areas for change. Not all teams naturally gel and work collaboratively, and team building presents an opportunity to identify this and work towards change.

Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development

Team building became more popular following a series of academic studies on teamwork. The first of these was by American Psychological Researcher, Bruce Tuckman. In 1965, he published his theory called ‘Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development’, which explored the stages a group moves through as they develop. These are known as:

  1. Forming
  2. Storming
  3. Norming
  4. Performing

This theory of group development aims to understand how teams grow and work together. Of course, at the beginning most teams are essentially a group of strangers who have been put together for one reason or another. But what we hope to achieve is a united group working towards (and achieving) common goals.

The four stages (which would eventually become five in 1977 with the addition of ‘adjourning’), track a team as they move towards ‘success.’ From the forming stage, where roles and responsibilities aren’t clear and the team aren’t familiar with one another to performing, where clearly defined roles, effective communication, synergy, trust and mutual understanding result in achievement.

This is, of course, a whistle stops tour of Tuckman’s theory, but even at a glance we can see where team building slots into this theory and how it can lead to higher performance and achievement of goals.

From Tuckman’s theory, many more have arisen, and many different factors hold sway over the outcome. But the core idea of group development is still used today in understanding how teams grow, work together effectively, and how we can help the process along.

Develop Your Team With KDM

As the UK’s leading event specialists with over 30 years’ experience, we’ve built up a fantastic portfolio of team building activities. From light-hearted fun to focused team and personal development, we have a range of activities and events to meet every need! If you would like to find out more or need support in organising your very own team building day, give us a call today!

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How to improve communication in a team?

February 2020

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One of the biggest and best contributing factors to a successful team is communication. Without it, misunderstandings arise, deadlines are missed and most (if not all) of the group end up demotivated and left with a bad taste in their mouth. And it doesn’t take a genius to surmise that when this happens productivity takes a significant dip, and goals are left unfulfilled.
Once in this vicious cycle, where communication is scarce or even non-existent, failure to intervene and promote more effective communication between colleagues can lead to an irreparable breakdown. Of course, no one wants this to happen. So, to help you improve communication within your team, we’ve put together some handy, actionable tips…

Encourage Feedback & Contributions

When members of a team feel they cannot voice their ideas, concerns, or challenges, progress inevitably grinds to a halt. To avoid this, it’s important to build trust among team members by actively encouraging them to share what they are thinking and feeling regularly. For the team this can be achieved with well-structured team meetings, where an agenda is fleshed out and each member is invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas.
Further to this, as a leader, you should have an ‘open-door’ policy that encourages team members to ask questions or voice concerns at any time. By making yourself accessible, and not punishing those who do, you build trust and remove perceived barriers.
In terms of feedback both given and received, this should be constructive, clear, and detailed with actionable points. No one likes to feel as though they are being personally attacked, and if the feedback is too critical without being constructive it can be deeply demotivating.

Define Goals & Roles

All teams need to know what they are aiming to achieve, why and how they are expected to achieve it before they can work effectively. That means being very clear when it comes to defining expectations, assigning roles and delegating tasks.
Throughout the duration of a project, you should have regular check-ins to ensure everyone is on track. Holding a forum or team meeting to monitor progress periodically serves to make sure everyone is on the same page. Without these kinds of touchpoints, others may start to think that their colleagues aren’t pulling their weight or doing certain tasks in the right way, which can lead to resentment and demotivation.

Boost Morale & Develop Skills

If you find your team isn’t communicating effectively, it may be time to work on developing their team-building, problem-solving and communication skills. This can be done in a variety of ways through team building activities or team bonding events.
Team building activities can take many forms. It can be as simple as getting the team together to enjoy a meal, or more structured. For example, at KDM Events we offer a whole range of team building activities that are specifically designed to help develop certain skills in a group. These include treasure hunts, escape rooms, and outdoor pursuits.
Framing team building against the backdrop of a fun, relaxed, informal activity can work to help others let down their guard and breakdown any barriers that may have resulted from poor communication in the workplace.

Capitalise On Individual Strengths

In a team, everyone brings their own unique perspective and skillset to the table. As a leader, you should capitalise on the strengths of everyone in the group by delegating tasks based on them. Of course, there will probably always be tasks no one particularly loves doing but you should be balanced and fair in your distribution of roles and listen when someone makes a suggestion that may make things easier.
As well as this, each team member should be praised and rewarded when appropriate. Apparent favouritism can make others feel hard done by and lead to a breakdown in communication and motivation. Instead, build a balanced and fair method of recognising and rewarding excellent work and be consistent in your execution of it.

Improving Communication Within A Team

Half of the battle to improve communication within a team is recognising and addressing it. When left to fester, a breakdown in communication will only worsen and cause people to isolate themselves off from the wider team. Not only is this damaging to morale, it halts productivity and prevents teams from fulfilling their potential.
If you would like to organise team building activities for your team that help to build communication skills, problem-solving and working together, we can help. Simply contact us today to speak to one of our Event Managers, who will help you plan your activity from start to finish.

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What Makes a Successful Team?

February 2020

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“What makes a good team?” Businesses of all sizes have asked us that question time and time again so to help you to create a fantastic team dynamic within your work space, we’ve put together a list of the top 8 qualities which make up a successful team.

People in every workplace talk about building the perfect team but few truly understand how to develop an effective team. If each member of the team shares the same common goal and trusts one another, collectively you can achieve fantastic results. What’s more, coming into work can feel like pure joy! Suddenly work no longer feels like “work”, instead you find yourself feeling energised in the morning, ready for the challenges that lie ahead! As Steve Jobs once said, “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”

If employees do not gel well together however, problems can arise such as conflict, poor organisation and missed targets – to name but a few!

8 Qualities That Make for a Successful Team 

So, what can teams do to ensure that they work in harmony, driving the company forward whilst also creating a positive working environment? Below we’ve summarised some of the key qualities and characteristics that a successful team possesses…

  • Communication

Communication is the foundation of any strong team. No matter what the size of the team, it’s hugely important that each member feels comfortable in sharing thoughts, opinions and ideas with other members. What’s more, it’s also important to take the time to actively listen to one another. Without this, wires can become crossed leading to poor results and a negative atmosphere.

  • Trust

Like communication, trusting one another sits at the core of any great team. Without it, it can be difficult to work collaboratively, hindering productivity due to individuals avoiding risks, avoiding change or simply protecting their own personal interests. A lack of trust can also result in an unwillingness to speak openly and to share ideas, leading to a lack of innovation, creativity and expression. In short, if your team members trust one another, they’re more likely to communicate effectively and work together strongly.

As David Brent once said, “Trust people and they’ll be true to you. Treat them greatly, and they will show themselves to be great.”

  • Goals are clear

A well-performing team understands the goals set and is committed to making them happen. Clear direction and agreement on expectations, accountability and outcomes are essential for creating an effective team. Not only does this create a sense of stability within the workplace, it also ensures that everyone understands the task at hand from the very beginning.

  • Contributions are Valued

Building on establishing clear goals and expectations, it’s also hugely important that each member of the team contributes their fair share of the workload, understanding what is expected of them and where they fit in. Through this, employees can gain a sense of belonging within the wider team and can also take pride in their achievements.

  • Conflict is Managed

A little conflict is good occasionally as it shows that each member of the team is truly passionate about the task at hand and the end goal – it also allows room for growth. Managing this conflict in a healthy and constructive way however is hugely important, especially for leaders. The key goal is to manage and deal with any conflict quickly and directly, working with the key individuals involved to come to a positive resolution. It’s also hugely important that leaders differentiate between what is perceived as a challenge and what could be classed as criticisms.

  • Diversity is Celebrated

Perhaps the most exciting thing about working in a team is the opportunity to work with so many unique people. It’s this diversity that can transform a great team into an exceptional team. Every person is different, bringing varied experiences, knowledge and insights to the table. Through diversity, teams can possess a wide set of strengths and skills which can open a world of creative ideas and insights.

  • Good Leadership

A strong leader is a key component within any effective team. But what makes a good leader we hear you ask? A strong leader is trusted by the rest of the team. They’re drive team development, motivation and are open to feedback. Delegation is also crucial, sharing tasks and responsibilities with the wider team to create a sense of belonging, trust and purpose for others.

  • It’s not “all work and no play!”

Introducing a bit of fun and enjoyment into the daily 9-to-5 is hugely important for improving and maintaining a team’s morale. Teams who work well together tend to enjoy one another’s company, often socialising outside of work and within the workspace, this can make for a relaxed, positive environment which is a win for all involved!

Take Your Team to The Next Level

The 8 points listed above are just some of the key factors involved in creating a well-performing team. If you’re looking to take your team to the next level, why not check out our extensive range of team building activities? Voted the “Best Event Provider” for 2017, 2018 and 2019, we are renowned for delivering high quality team building days out at venues across the UK. You can also contact us directly with any questions!

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30th Anniversary – The Big Interview

January 2020

Two company directors pictured in celebration of our 30th year
 

 

Since establishing in 1990, KDM has grown from just 2 employees to now having over 25. We have provided over 17,000 events over the last 30 years totalling well over 500,000 attendees! Pretty impressive when you consider almost 1% of the population have taken part in a KDM event! Today, KDM has built up an impressive client base including venue and agent partnerships. Successfully establishing ourselves as an award-winning and leading supplier to the event industry

In recognition of this momentous occasion, we have both our Director Kevin Davies and Managing Director Brad Davies in this month’s Big Interview hot seat. We took some time to sit down and talk to them both and get their perspective on KDM’s 30th Anniversary and what it means to them. 

 

How did KDM Events come about? What inspired you to create the company?

KEV. I was a bank manager and decided I wanted to do something different and took the opportunity of a re-structuring to leave. Whilst choosing my time to leave I was baby-sitting a branch and stumbled upon a customer who was providing some driving activities. I was intrigued and went along to see what he actually did. The industry was in its infancy and I could see that a more professional approach might be successful. So we went into partnership but went our own separate ways some 18 months later.

 

What was KDM’s first event?

KEV. It was 30 July 1990 – we took an insurance company client to Brocket Hall for a multi-activity day – a lovely sunny day with Clays, Archery, Hovercraft, Quad-bikes and grass carts against the lovely backdrop of the house. And all followed by a tour around Lord Brocket’s Ferrari collection – before it got … erm, ‘stolen’!

 

What does the 30th anniversary mean to you?

KEV. I originally gave the business 5 years before it would fade – and I’m delighted I was wrong. Although we have evolved and spread our reach over the years to keep ahead of the competition. I just feel pride that the amazing team we have here are such a close-knit bunch who are committed to each other and our values and are clearly focused on giving our clients great events. That Brad has taken over the reins allowing me to keep involved and step back is a fantastic bonus. I look forward to watching him and the team grow KDM as an even stronger force in the industry.

BRAD. I still vividly remember being highly embarrassed at primary school, when for reasons that I can’t remember my Dad came into school to give a demonstration of a hovercraft in action on the playing fields! Showing my advancing years, that must have been in the 1st year or two of KDM… so it’s amazing that the business has grown & thrived so much since those early days, and of course, a sense of pride that I’m lucky enough to now work in & carry on the family business.

 

What has driven KDM success?

KEV. Our people and their commitment to being straight forward and doing things properly. Our integrity, customer service, transparency and planning to make sure we get it right every time.

BRAD. Undoubtedly the whole team at KDM has been key to this, not many people get to truly enjoy & have a passion for their job – hence having people with a real passion for events, and a commitment to delivering great experiences to all of our clients has been integral to this. This has, in turn, led to our reputation as always being a highly professional & trustworthy company, which is hard-earned over 30 years with all the peaks & troughs that occur in the economy & the wider world over such a period.  

 

What is next for KDM?

KEV.  …. over to Brad for the answer to that one!

BRAD. Onwards & upwards… we aim to continue to be the supplier of choice to the industry for team building, evening & themed events – but also evolve as a trusted partner of all of our clients’ event needs, from serious conferences to informative roadshows to big Summer & Christmas parties. Speaking of which, we shall, of course, be celebrating our 30th anniversary with a big party this July!

 

During the year we will be making a number of significant announcements as we continue to strive to be a leader of excellence within the industry. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news such as exclusive offers, brand new events to 2020 and much more. 

 

Kayleigh Fyfe 

9th January 2020

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Charity Trolley Dash for Trussell Trust

December 2019

Welcome to the 4th annual KDM Trolley Dash

Last week KDM organised a Charity Trolley Dash, helping to support the Trussell Trust. For anyone that doesn’t know, the Trussell Trust is your local charity food bank organisation. Instead of sending out Cards and Presents we decided to support the work of the Trussell Trust by donating to our local food bank.

 

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Why the Trussell Trust?

We have so many food lovers in our office and we are often inundated with treats with lots of leftovers! On reflection we all admit that we often take for granted how lucky we all are, this is what triggered the idea to help support our local food bank. What better way to do this than organise a KDM trolley dash.

The all-important rules!

To say we are a competitive bunch is an understatement!  The rules are crucially important to keep everyone in order and keep things fair. Heading over the road to our local supermarket, we split into teams, fill our trollies with the pre-approved lists and then it’s the race against the clock to see who can get closest to their budget spend in the quickest time!

And the results are in….

We all made our way back to the office, as we all eagerly await the results with a mince pie. Kathy our Director announced the winning team, which was Sarah, Jacci and me! ( I promise it wasn’t a fix 😁) The all-important bottles of fizz were handed out and we all reflected on the importance of supporting local charities.

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Jamaica (Photo-bombing), Jacci, Sarah and me.

KDM’s Charity Events

We offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor team building events, event management services evening events and much more. We also created our Charity event, known as the ‘’Charity Bargain Hunt’’.  Clients can give something back to their chosen charity whilst still keeping the focus on working towards a team focused team event.

KDM Charity Bargain Hunt

Our Charity Bargain Hunt works by setting a series of ‘hotspots’ on your tablet based around the local area. We try and relate the questions to the area, making the event as interesting and informative as possible. With the focus of the event on charity, we will have arranged in advance with a local hospice for example, what items would make a real difference to their work. We write the event accordingly with hotspots set to send the teams to various shops once they have answered questions correctly.

To sum up, we all had great fun organising and taking part in the annual trolley dash. Why not focus your next team event on your company’s chosen charity. Contact your dedicated event manager today to find out more

Heres to next year!!

 

Jess Gallimore

16th December 2019


Meet the Team – Agents and Venue

November 2019

We’re your dedicated agents and venues team…….get to know us more!

 

SARAH FITZGERALD   |   Account Director 

t: 01782 647017 e: sarah.fitzgerald@kdmevents.com

After joining KDM in 2003 as a shy and quiet Sales Co-ordinator Sarah quickly found her [sometimes very loud] voice managing our Venue and Agent partnerships. She is now an Account Director developing new and existing client relationships and being the first port of the call for any venue query that arises. What Sarah doesn’t know about venues…. we don’t think there is anything actually! Sarah dreams of owning her very own stately home with a Bollinger cellar (and one for Budweiser too!)

What things make your day better?

Random fancy dress moments……and a can of Red Bull!

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?

Looe in Cornwall, my spiritual home ….. sand, sea and lots of pubs!

 

 

CHARLOTTE BOARD   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647009 e: charlotte.board@kdmevents.com

 

Charlotte joined KDM in 2014 with a Diploma in International Event & Wedding Planning and spent most her time travelling between London and New York City. Charlotte joined KDM as an Account Executive before being promoted to Account Manager and then into her current role of Agent & Venue Development. She is a huge fan of Unicorns, Country Music and is a keen songwriter – one of her songs made it to number 3 on the iTunes country music charts! In her spare time she can be found gigging, songwriting and planning holidays to the USA whilst dreaming of making her millions to buy her very own New York Manhattan townhouse!!! Hopefully, we are all invited …

What are you most afraid of?

Penguins and Prison! Maybe I have a problem with the letter P?! I have never broken the law and never will because being confined to a cell terrifies me. I think I like my freedom too much! Penguins are just a phobia that I have had since I was a child. They are extremely strange animals.  

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Stubborn, dedicated, dreamer!

 

 

KAYLEIGH FYFE   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647004 e: kayleigh.fyfe@kdmevents.com

 

Kayleigh came to KDM with lots of solid experience working in fundraisers, festivals and most recently building an impressive sales record in private hire venues. Now with a degree in Event Management under her belt, Kayleigh is using her keen skills to work with our Agent and Venue partners in looking after their client event requirements. Being able to confidently advise, quote and organise the best solutions, Kayleigh is proving to be a strong member of our helpful sales team. Outside of KDM life, Kayleigh spends her precious spare time (not that she has that much!) with her partner and young children, Isaac and Ezrah, whilst ‘attempting’ to complete her MSc in Digital Marketing.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

I use to be a performer and spent much of my time Stilt Walking or Angle Grinding.

What Skill would you like to learn?

I would love to learn another language. I think either Spanish or Mandarin

 

CLAIRE TARALA   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647010 e: claire.tarala@kdmevents.com

Having an HND in Travel & Tourism Management and working as a travel agent specialising in Santa’s Lapland and wildlife holidays (aww), Claire then made the switch to corporate events in 2007. After gaining bags of experience in venue finding, key account management and organising large conferences she joined KDM as an Account Manager looking after client, agent and venue sales.  She enjoys nothing more than having fun with her husband and son, going walking, cycling and camping. Apparently one day soon she would also like to learn how to play the drums…so along with our other KDM musicians, singers and songwriters, we foresee a possible KDM band on the horizon!

If you could be in any other occupation other than the one you are in now, what would it be?

Palaeontologist – it would be cool to discover a new dinosaur! I would call it the Clairesaurous.

What things make your day better?

Caffeine, sunshine and cuddles from my husband and son

 

 

JAMAICA RIDGE   |   Account Executive 

t: 01782 647006 e: jamiaca.ridge@kdmevents.com

KDM were really pleased to welcome Jamaica in her first full-time Events Industry role after graduating from Manchester University with a BA Hons degree in Events Management. And because she managed to jam in hospitality experience by working as a Holiday Rep in Bulgaria and in UK 4* Hotels during her studies it was an easy step into the role of Venues Co-ordinator here at KDM. Supporting our Direct sales team, she makes sure that our clients get the best options in venue sourcing with pricing, proposals and site visits. Making her popular with all our other food and drink appreciating staff, Jamaica also likes lots of food and drinks with friends at the weekend. Which apparently keeps her really busy!

If you could be invisible for one day what would you do?

Thinking about it … I would probably follow my dog! I would love to see what he gets up to when I’m not around. 

What do you feel most proud of?

The only person in my immediate family to get a degree – and work in the related industry.

 

 

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Team Building Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

October 2019

To inspire your team to celebrate collaboration, we have gathered some of our favourite Team Building quotes. The success of many organisations rests on the ability to build effective teams. Here at KDM, we assist companies and their employees to learn how to function effectively as a team and refocus on their objectives. Having a full understanding of how to create a team which works is our speciality. 

Here are 10 Team Building quotes from well-known, athletes, business leaders, authors and politicians to drive and motivate your team members to build on internal relationships.  Add them to your team’s daily mantra today!

 

Team Building Quotes

The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.  – Margaret Carty 

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford 

 

Illustration of wheel speeding away. Details team building quote from Henry Ford
 

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. – Andrew Carnegie

The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first. – Lyania Vanzant 

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs 

When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back. – Micheal Schumacher

Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

 

Illustration of ants building bridge.  Details team building quote from Helen Keller

 

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. – Micheal Jordan 

Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement. Commit yourself to advance your knowledge. skills, and expertise… Be a lifelong student. – Pam Alabaster

It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improve most effectively have prevailed. – Charles Darwin 

 

Our top 10 would not be complete without a quote from our Managing Director, Brad Davies

Escaping the office, experiencing a unique activity and laughing with colleagues has a value that cannot be under-estimated. Whether it be increased morale, greater understanding, stronger relationships or reduced employee turnover.. an enjoyable team activity beats continual death by PowerPoint any day of the week! – Brad Davies

 

Illustration of skulls and cross bones on a desktop screen. Details team building quote from KDM Managing Director Brad Davies
 

Why not download our PDF and share your team members. KDM INSPIRATIONAL TEAM BUILDING QUOTES

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