Where are you coming from? Communication within the Team.

After almost 15 years of working with teams I am still so fascinated with communication within teams and the impact that it has. For me personally, some of the key factors that contribute to the effectiveness of communication within a team are intent, ego and self-awareness.

parentadultchildWhere are you coming from? Do you really want peace in this situation or are you just after an argument? This is so often the case and potentially, some people are parked in this place permanently. This can be due to generational legacy, conditioning and state of mind. The ability to recognise and then shift your intent is a very powerful tool. If you want war that’s what you will be faced with. Shift your intent to peace and harmony and that’s what you will encounter. Be careful what you project.

The shape, tone and make up of our communication can also have many origins and therefore many varying effects. Ego is a factor for all of us. Within teams the ability to keep your ego in check and being aware of it can be a key factor in communicating within the team. Transactional Analysis is a great theory to read up on. Please click here with thanks to Business Balls. This theory of Eric Berne may help to explain the type, tone and impact of communication within your team. How do you communicate with others and what impact do you have upon them?

Self-awareness – oh I wish it could be purchased at a hardware store. That statement in itself is self-righteous. We all believe we are right and potentially also aware. Self-Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, your strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. It allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. But you can’t get it at the shops. For me, the most amazing teams are able to be very truthful and open with their communication to each other around impact. People are made aware of the impact they are having upon others in a helpful and supportive manner. If this doesn’t take place in a trusting environment there will be defensiveness and frustration. All of this meaning there is truth in it for the person involved.

So keep on track and persevere with the practice of being a good communicator and a good team player.

6 Team Building Activities To Celebrate The 2016 Rio Olympics

181377331aa2df703d6f4f78ea803bf5The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are now upon us! Officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and more commonly known as Rio 2016, the Olympics sees thousands of athletes from around the globe participate and compete in a variety of sporting competitions. These competitions range from swimming and athletics to equestrian dressage and synchronised swimming. The Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words: Citius – Altius – Fortius. These words mean Faster – Higher – Stronger. If your office is abuzz with Olympic fever, why not get involved in some friendly competition with one of our Olympic themed events! In a ceremony at the conclusion of the activity the winning team will be presented with Olympic style gold medal medallions.

Mini Olympics

Volleyball, Elimination Footy, Archery… are you a master sportsman finding it hard to choose your specialised Olympic event? Then the Mini Olympics is for you!

The Mini Olympics is a fun activity that provokes competitiveness and plenty of laughter, yet doesn’t intimidate participants who may be lacking in sporting or physical prowess.

The event involves teams rotating around various sports such as Volleyball, Frisbee, Catapult Firing, T-Ball, Team Tennis, Dodge Ball, Kick Tennis, Sand Scrabble and many more. The options are endless and only dependent on the venue and the size of the group.

We can run our Mini Olympics in a large grassed area or on the beach.

Olympic themed Amazing Race

Teams will be issued with a list of cryptic clues to various locations across the local area. Awaiting the groups at each location are Olympic themed team based activities known as “roadblocks” where teams earn points towards their overall score. Teams will also be collecting scavenger items and taking team photos along the way to earn precious bonus points. All teams converge at the finale location at the same time for a final all-in team challenge before prizes are awarded to the victors!


Our team of Archery Sharp Shooters won us our first Olympic medal at this year’s games. Why not get your team on target with this ancient form of medieval weaponry! In this engaging activity a structured lesson involving technique and safety are outlined and enforced. The delegates are then divided into teams that compete aiming to outscore their opponents. All delegates will have plenty of firing time and be kept entertained as teams are involved in various competitions and games that all involve shooting arrows at the target. The event can finish with a sharpest individual shooter if you like.

Australia's Mack Horton bites his gold medal on the podium of the Men's 400m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Be like Australian shooter Catherine Skinner and win a gold medal for your team!

This dynamic and interactive activity uses authentic 12 gauge shotguns that have been converted to fire laser beams. Clays with Omni-directional tape are fired from the launcher – when the shooter scores a hit the beam is reflected back to the gun and registers a hit on the electronic scoreboard.

Wine Olympics

Now this is our kind of Olympic event!

Rather than running, jumping and swimming your way to victory, teams will tackle a very different series of events. Grape stomping, wine spitting, cork popping, waiter relay and an array of winery related activities will guarantee a good time.


Olympic Themed Trivia Night

Know your Olympic history? This isn’t your average pub trivia. Pinnacle is ingenious at tailoring this interactive trivia challenge to any group. It will prove to be unlike any other trivia night you have ever attended. The games we play throughout the night are hysterical and we can guarantee that your delegates will be laughing from start to finish.

Between each round of questions the tables volunteer delegates to participate in crazy challenge activities (which makes the evening very interactive). Music trivia, movie, and TV sound tracks are on the menu as well as IQ/Brainteasers.

Contact us today to chat about your team building requirements!

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