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The Apprentice goes Team Building

October 2010

Whilst Lord Sugar may well be back on our screens searching for his new Apprentice, he’s a little off the pace! KDM’s clients beat him to the punch and have spent the summer looking for their own Apprentice. Our fun-filled team building event contains several key messages and we ensure that the delegates enjoy themselves as well as learning. Not just that we ensure that the client receives a tangible return on their investment.

Leadership, time management, teamwork and communication are all demonstrated in a team building event which is flexible enough to be either team or individual based … and in which no-one gets fired!

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KDM goes ‘Strictly … Dancing’

September 2010

Strictly Come Dancing is back on the BBC, and ‘Strictly … Dancing’ is also back on the road with KDM and appeared this week at Eastbourne in a highly creative corporate event.

Here a group of 60 clients, coached by our professional dancers, will be strutting their stuff in four groups – dancing Disco, Salsa, Jive and Charleston – in a fierce competition to win the coveted ‘Strictly’ medals. Complete with glamorous frocks (girls only!), a dance off before a themed dinner will lead to a nervous meal as guests eagerly await the judges’ scores which will be revealed following dinner where the happy winners will again perform their winning routine.

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Green Shoots of Recovery?

July 2010

It seems ironic that a Government elected to cut public expenditure and hence take money out of the economy seems to have created a sudden surge in demand for corporate events. The private sector has been watching its corporate entertainment and team building wallet very closely for the last eighteen months. Having minimal exposure to the public sector purse gave KDM no cushion as the private sector retrenched, and like everybody in our sector, sales dropped alarmingly and sadly job losses resulted.

Now with cuts in public expenditure en route we would expect the private sector to feel the first cuts as central and local government outsourcing and consultancy work dries up. The result should be to stifle any upturn in demand for discretionary expenditure as the corporate belt remains firmly tightened. Whilst it is early days and a minor recovery this time last year died with the cancellation of the corporate Christmas in 2009 seems not to be the case in 2010 and there is a growing demand for corporate events and away days.

Can it be that corporate Britain sees more economic stability ahead with a Government determined to keep public spending in check and, whilst many economic uncertainties abound, feel that they are in a position to retain profitability as they chart a course through the coming year? Or alternatively have we all got used to economic crises and now accept them as the norm?

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Lib – Tory Team Building Anyone?

May 2010

I was asked to do a short piece for our local radio station the other day on how team building might be effective for the new Government coalition. My instinctive response was that the issues of bringing together two political parties with what would often be two contradicting views on issues would be an unusual challenge – but, as with a lot of things, my instant reactions were wrong.

After all each party is itself a mix of individuals and factions with conflicting views, aims and ambitions – it is just that with the Liberal / Conservative coalition there becomes an even wider mix of aims.

What is the difference between political team building and corporate team building – very little I would say after giving the matter some more thought. In a corporate environment individuals are seeking to achieve their personal aims which often might conflict with or to a lesser extent deviate from the corporate goal – ever heard of office politics? The team leader has to recognise this and establish clear objectives for the team as a whole and then create the environment in which the disparate ambitions of the individuals are harnessed to the good of the team – and this is the area in which team building plays an important part.

Every day the corporate world brings together different teams and competitors to work together in mergers, acquisitions and more pertinently joint projects, ventures and major engineering works. It’s just taken the politicians a while to catch up.

I’m awaiting David Cameron’s call.

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Team Building is a Waste of Time!

April 2010

Whilst we all know that a poor journalist has to make a living somehow however that cannot be accepted as an excuse for poor journalism.  Not so for Kate Devlin the Medical Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

   She wrote a fascinating article on Team Building when, obviously feeling in need of a break, she took time out at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. (more…)

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Team Building with Animals!

March 2010

My client was looking for a fun and interactive team building event to run after dinner on the evening of their event conference for sixty sales staff and managers from regions across the UK. It needed to be memorable and within a strict budget, whilst taking the delegates away from the bar!

We provided a Horses, Hogs and Hounds Race evening with each dining table forming a team. This event was ideal as in teams guests needed to work together to make group decisions on their bets and work hard on the odds to gain the most cash! The team who gained the most fun money was crowned the champions and took away the much coveted champagne prize.

The feedback says it all “Everyone had a brilliant time and it was really good fun – I am really pleased with the event. I had managed to get some ‘horse space hoppers’ so we turned the evening into a ‘Horses, Hogs, Hounds and Humans’ with two space hopper races!  All in all we had an excellent night and Alan and Tony were good fun and really got into the spirit of things.”

Becky
March 2010

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The Day we ‘Saved the Nation!’

March 2010

The message was innovation and profitability as my client was trying to become the most profitable insurance provider on the market. We provided a two day conference event for forty six regional managers to push home the company message and outline the steps needed to achieve this. They required corporate team building with an emphasis on communication and working together to solve business problems and we had just the thing. (more…)

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Team Building for a Brighter Future

November 2009

My client has ten Regional Sales Managers who often work together on the same projects but rarely have the opportunity to get together. With a new Managing Director and a recently appointed Sales Manager, team building and developing communication understanding were key issues. (more…)

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Small Budget? No Problem!

November 2009

My client was organising a two day corporate team building event for their team as a thank-you for the team’s performance! With ten people in the group they wanted to incorporate both indoor and outdoor team building activities that were purely fun, but not too strenuous. (more…)

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Inside Out Party

November 2009

A market leader asked us to create a back to basics team building event with a difference for 200 guests. They wanted teams to pull together on activities to achieve a reward for the whole group later in the evening whilst incorporating the conference and business messages discussed in the morning session. We talked through lots of options, coming together to create an Inside Out Party. (more…)

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