We’ve all heard the old saying “the only thing constant in life is change”. And we know to be resilient, both personally and professionally, we have to adapt, innovate and face change head on. Change affects us all and we each deal with change differently. It’s only natural for people to fear the unknown and become stressed in a time of change, however it’s important that you try & keep an open mind & see change as an opportunity for growth.
Here is some practical advice on adapting to change in the
workplace according to Bob Miglani, bestselling author of “Embrace the Chaos”:
1. Accept the new normal.
Most people tend to idealise the past, however, holding on
to the memory of how things once were is counterproductive when in a state of change.
As our favourite song from the movie Frozen goes, “let it go!”. Miglani
states, “Let it all go. Let go of the old promises, the way we used to work,
the people we used to work with, and the kind of workplace we originally signed
up for. Let it go because it doesn’t exist anymore”.
2. Maintain a positive inner dialogue.
“Think more about the possibility than the impossibility”.
It’s easy to feel negative towards a new procedure, particularly when we didn’t
have an issue with the way things were already being done. Accepting a new
point of view is not something that happens overnight, but maintaining the
ability to view any potential change with a positive attitude is
certainly integral to one’s capacity to adjust to new situations.
3. Rework your goals and set out to achieve them.
By setting a clear goal for ourselves, we can bring about a
wonderful new mind shift that helps to direct our energy that is often wasted
in so much workplace change.
4. Take charge of your own actions.
As in all aspects of life, there will always be factors
within our careers which are not within our control. So, in a time of change we
should focus on the tasks we can do.
5. Avoid isolating yourself.
During times of change you should reach out to your support
network. Not only will this help you remain plugged in to your evolving work
environment, but it will also expose you to other perspectives, opinions, and
even advice. Often, circumstances aren’t quite as dismal (or as unmanageable)
as we envision them to be.
Everyone will face change at some point in their career
whether it be a shift in technology, employment of a new staff member or a
merger of teams. Any change, whether it’s positive or negative, can be
stressful because it involves the unknown, and we tend to fear the unknown.
Finding ways to not just ‘deal’ or ‘cope’ with change but EMBRACE this new
challenge is the key to success!
Our top team building activities for embracing change include:
A collaborative construction challenge! Teams must work against the clock to build a bridge whilst overcoming a shortage of resources and communication barriers. The real test sees ‘drivers’ assessing the bridge with remote controlled cars, will they succeed in creating the Bridge to Unity?
Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?
In Project Pipeline, teams or ‘countries’ delegates must work together to build a Pipeline that stretches from one side of their country to the other, only using the materials provided. The catch – in order to do so they must barter and trade with neighbouring countries to obtain the materials needed. The aim is to build a complete Pipeline to transport a resource (a metal ball bearing) down the line. Countries will then be asked to join their Pipelines together for transportation of the resource across all countries.
Hosting a team building activity debrief provides an invaluable platform for the members of your team to acknowledge what they’ve learned about themselves, about others and their interactions with one another. Perhaps even more importantly, a debrief allows teams to identify the lessons that can be implemented to improve the way in which they work, whether that is in their communication, leadership or collaboration with others.
A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review showed that
teams who host even an unstructured debrief have a 22% higher chance of
succeeding than a team that didn’t do one. So, we can see that even a quick,
informal debrief can have such a greatly positive impact on the way we do work.
So why is it that most of our clients do not request a team building activity
First, consider the ‘WHY’
There are many reasons for wanting to organise a team
building event. Some of the more popular reasons include: just have fun, getting
to know each other & as a reward. For these outcomes, a team building
activity debrief may feel out of place. There’s no particular need to debrief
after an Amazing Race on what everyone learned as the lessons of collaboration,
problem solving & communication are already embedded within the activity itself.
Going over everyone’s experiences within the activity with a fine-toothed comb may
feel like overkill for your delegates – especially when the overall goal was
simply to have some fun & network.
On the other hand, if you have clear, defined outcomes for
the team building activity such as building trust, coping with change, working
as one team, leadership, effective communication etc. a debrief is vital in
ensuring the team building activity is both meaningful & lasting.
An experienced facilitator will lead your team through more than just a play-by-play of what happened in the activity. Safe & productive discussions can be harnessed through well devised questions that connect your delegates experiences to your outcomes & goals for the activity. Generally, a debrief can be split into 3 main areas: what, so what and now what.
1: What? = Objective facts, the truth You can begin with this style of questioning for any team building activity.
Describe your experience, what happened? Who did what? (roles & responsibilities) What did you see/feel?
2: So what? = Effects & subjective interpretation After discussing ‘what happened’ you can move on to interpreting the effect certain actions had.
Why were you successful (or not)? What did you discover about yourself? How were differences in opinion handled? Which behaviours/actions had the most effect on the team?
3: Now What? = Transfer of agreed learning & shared understanding Following the ‘so what’ discussion you will move into discussing what can be learned from this experience & how it can be applied to future interactions.
How does this relate to something that occurs in our workplace? What would we do differently next time? What good practice can we take with us? Where do we need to pay increased focus/attention?
If you’re interested in incorporating a team building activity debrief talk to us! We can link your set outcomes to the best activity and tailor the debrief questions to suit. We will help you find the lessons that will help your team be more productive & successful in the future.
Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?
There has been a murder! Teams must piece together the clues to determine what really happened, and then re-enact their own version of events to the remaining crowd. Who will be the winning team of investigators?
Terms and Conditions
This offer applies for new bookings held in July, August & September 2019. Final price determined by location, number of participants and venue requirements of the event – we service Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions of NSW. *Subject to availability
End of financial year. Four words that can strike fear into the heart of any employee at any level. EOFY can be a stressful time; targets need to be met, deadlines made and the pressure of it all can leave your employees feeling undervalued, unmotivated and burnt out. That is why, during such a time when companies ask the most from their employees, it is equally as important for companies to put in as much effort into how they will recognise all of this hard work.
The majority of companies we talk to during EOFY time regarding team building are usually wanting to both reward & reinvigorate their team with a meaningful activity that will leave everyone feeling valued, inspired & engaged.
At Pinnacle, we have a range of activities designed to meet these exact outcomes, and have listed them below to help assist with your EOFY team building plans:
Want to show how strong your team can be when people simply work together? It may sound simple, however as you may know, it is very common for different teams within a company to become stuck working in silos & only focusing on their own goals.
Our top team building activities for getting your team
working together towards a common goal include:
Teams will manage time, resources and personnel to build their countries pipeline. The challenge is then to negotiate with the other ‘countries’ to connect their pipelines to create one continuous pipeline. Teams will need to work against the clock and conflicting objectives to achieve the whole group goal.
An exciting collaborative construction project with teams working in unison to design and construct an impressive bridge. Each team builds the bridge to their customer expectations while overcoming limited resources, communication barriers and strict timelines. The final sees each team’s individual bridge being installed as part of the extended company bridge and tested with a remote controlled car.
A corporate drumming session will transform, motivate and inspire your delegates both as individuals and as a collective group. The Human Rhythms team will take them on an unforgettable musical journey, where laughter and elation is achieved in a high-energy interactive performance.
Corporate Social Responsibility & Purpose
Social responsibility is highly important to employees and
one way to make your company more socially responsible whilst adding a touch of
team building at the same time is to host one of our CSR team events. As we
mentioned in our previous blog post “Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR) Events”, CSR activities can help forge a
stronger bond between employee and corporation; they can boost morale and can
help both employees and employers feel more connected with the world around
them. CSR activities help employees to feel proud of the company they work for
and increases job satisfaction and productivity. Happy employees = better
This powerful and life changing experience is the perfect combination of teamwork and corporate responsibility. Teams of delegates construct a brand new bicycle under the assumption they will ultimately be involved in a bike race. Just as teams are about to race – the surprise is unveiled and children from an under privileged charity group enter the room to receive their new bike! The atmosphere changes as delegates come to realise that it is all about the “bigger picture”.
The SolarBuddy Corporate Program provides solar lights to schools, children and families living in remote areas of the world experiencing energy poverty. We give companies, like yours, the opportunity to illuminate children’s lives. Your team will be educated about the importance of renewable energy and the ever-growing negative effect of energy poverty. Your team will then become a part of the solution as you build solar lights that will be sent to children living without access to power. They will know that their light will illuminate the life of a child in a remote area of the world and they will know that they have made a difference.
The Race to Make a Difference is a fast paced, action packed CSR event that culminates in the team giving back to a charity organisation. The goal for the participants is to be the team that raises the most $ for charity.
Sydney Harbour is ranked the best harbour in the world and is the perfect backdrop for this unique team building event. The Water Taxi Treasure Hunt is a 3 hour adventure that explores the best sights of this world famous location. Teams will be competing against each other to race to the final location and uncover their team’s treasure.
The Cocktail Master Class will give your team the chance to get behind the bar and mix up a storm in an exciting and interactive environment! This fantastic event is hosted by our team of professional bottle spinners who will start the evening with a bells and whistles demonstration of cocktail making followed by a master class in the art of mixing drinks.
Teams go head-to-head in a series of fun games, sports and challenges – a great activity to get delegates outside in a friendly competitive environment! Teams rotate through activity sites challenging their opponents at each task.
An evening of interactive and competitive Casino challenges such as blackjack, roulette, craps, race of the aces and horse racing. Guests compete individually or as teams with our special casino chips to make the most money and claim the winning title.
With over 900m2 of flexible and modern conference and meeting space, Swissôtel Sydney offers the perfect location for your next event.
Amongst its eight meeting rooms and boardrooms is the Blaxland Ballroom, a heritage-listed pillarless ballroom which can cater for up to 450 people, the spacious Maple Room and four well-appointed meeting rooms. A dedicated Swiss Meeting Specialist will also assist with all aspects of your event to ensure that it is a success. Whether for an international conference or an exclusive meeting, the conference facilities and services are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Conference Capacity: 450
Number of Accommodation Rooms: 369
Current Specials: Break the winter chill this season with the Vitality Meeting package. For a limited time, enjoy our Vitality meeting package for $95pp (usually $115pp). Don’t miss out, book your next meeting now!
Testimonials: “The event was a huge success and our guests had a wonderful time. There were lots of compliments about the food & beverage and the meeting facilities. The Swissotel staff were excellent, very polite, responsive and ever so helpful in making the whole day go so smoothly.”
“All the staff were absolutely fantastic, supportive and patient. No one could do enough for us. The banquet manager was absolutely fantastic and the dinner went perfectly and the food delicious. Thank you for your help and I look forward to working with you all again in the near future.”
If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.
What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator: Each job being focused on positive interaction with the clients, often resulting in a lot of laughs, but also working along side some great people.
How long I have been working for Pinnacle: Approximately 3 years, mainly in the South Coast and Southern Highlands.
My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate: Everyone loves a good Amazing Race surely, the lengths some teams will go to win never ceases to amaze.
Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator: The first time I ran catapults. The demonstration was simple, I didn’t need a practice. When the first group came around I attempted to re-enact what I’d witnessed. Loading the ball, drawing back, only to hit the ground about 30 cm in front of me. Luckily I explained this is what not to do.
My favourite hobbies are: Surfing, skiing and cycling (any type) and only ordered by weather conditions
Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation: Curtis Harding, very easy listening.
What was the last book you read?: Let my people go surfing – Yvon Chouinard
Favourite holiday?: Gosh to pick just one is unfair. Japan is a wonderful country but I would really love to get to Chile.
Have you ever had a nickname?: The standards, Jono, Jonnie, Jon.
I am frightened by _____ : Reckless driving
Favourite movie of all time: This is terribly difficult. The Lobster is certainly one that comes to mind however.
First concert I went to: The Waifs
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?: I would love to live a year in Portland currently.
What makes you angry: People ignoring the importance and unwritten law of the courtesy wave.
What makes you laugh the most: Kook slams / jerry of the day. If you don’t know what these are get searching on Instagram.
What song would you sing at karaoke night?: Natalie Imbruglia – Torn, obviously.
The SolarBuddy Corporate Program provides solar
lights to schools, children and families living in remote areas of the world. We give companies,
like yours, the opportunity to illuminate children’s lives. The lights take
about 30 mins to put together and instructions are supplied with your resources
kit. Your team will be educated about the importance of renewable energy and
the ever-growing negative effect of energy poverty.
The program allows your team to engage and really
make a difference. They will be able to write personal messages to the
children and families who will receive their light. They will know
that their light will illuminate the life of a child in a remote area of the
world and they will know that they have made a difference.
How It Works
The lights come unassembled in a box containing 50 lights. The delegates will receive instructions on how to assemble their light and then write a letter to the recipient of their light…. i.e. their solar buddy. We will have a facilitator on hand to introduce the event and assist with any issues as well as host a Q&A about SolarBuddy post event. After we have delivered the SolarBuddy lights made by your company we will send a report with images of the children receiving the lights and the personal letter’s your team have written and information about the area the lights were delivered to.
Nelson Bay Golf Club has an impressive 27 hole golf course on 175 acres of challenging tree lined fairways; is an idyllic setting and home to kangaroos, wallabies, native birds and the occasional goanna. Located 5 minutes walk from the CBD of Nelson Bay and stunning waterways of Port Stephens. This highly ranked and award winning venue boasts a brand new function centre with state of the art facilities, members club, Blue Water Grill restaurant, fully stocked pro shop and more.
Nelson Bay Golf Club caters for any
type of business event from small boardroom meetings to annual conferences of
120 people. Our professional events team will assign a nominated contact to
assist you every step of the way leading up to your time here and during
2 function/seminar rooms and boardroom
Flexible conference room configurations
Natural light and fully air conditioned facility with easy access to outdoor terraces and dining options
Professional conference support team
FREE Broadband and wifi internet access
Installed, state of the art AV equipment and PA system
A variety of break out spaces with natural bush settings or formal rooms
Private landscaped courtyard with dedicated bar
Impressive food and service tailored to your requirements Blue Water Grill our in house caterers can do anything from small intimate a la carte dinners to group and themed menus – buffet, cocktail, table banquets or 3 course meals
Private dining rooms available on request
On-site team building options
Corporate golf opportunities and play times
Golf clinics and lessons
COMBINED 21 x 11m
TOMAREE 13 x 11m
YACAABA 8 x 11m
BOARDROOM 5.5 x 4m
Accommodation: Located right next door and in walking distance with The Landmark Resort and Mantra Aqua
The Landmark 10 x Studio suites 72 x One bedroom apartments 22 x Two bedroom apartments 15 x Two bedroom executive apartments
Mantra Aqua 110 self-contained apartments in a mix of two bedrooms, two bedroom superior, three bedroom and three bedroom penthouse
Testimonial: “On behalf of the Reef Life Survey Foundation, I would like to thank Natalie, Mandy and the team at Nelson Bay Golf Club whole-heartedly for hosting our 10-year birthday celebrations for our volunteers. The support and professionalism shown throughout the entire process was outstanding. The facilities were of the highest level, the food was great and every detail accounted for. I cannot speak more highly of the Nelson Bay Golf Club after our great experience.”
If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.
How long I have been working for Pinnacle: I think about 5 years now!
My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate: If I can’t be the fugitive, then Sand Castles all the way!
Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator: Decided to sit down to lunch at a nice outdoor cafe as my Fugitive position. I thought I was very cool until I realised I’d left my wallet in the Pinnacle van and had to call Mitch and be rescued because I couldn’t pay my bill. Not so cool.
My favourite hobbies are: Playing guitar and photography
Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation: Matt Dorrien
What was the last book you read?: A biography on Van Morrison
Favourite holiday?: My Yearly winter escape to Tilba with my friends
Have you ever had a nickname?: Kizza
I am frightened by _____ : Aggression
Favourite movie of all time: Too hard!
First concert I went to: I think it was Big Day Out 2005?
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?: I’m still looking for my perfect place
What makes you angry: Corruption
What makes you laugh the most: The Simpsons
What song would you sing at karaoke night?: Hound Dog
When it comes to work, ‘the office’ doesn’t always seem like the most creative of spaces where inspiration & new ideas are both nurtured & encouraged. This can be due to a number of reasons including:
Stress & Workload: Who has time to come up with new ways of completing tasks when the task list itself is overwhelming? Most people would rather stick with the way it’s always been done than dedicate additional time & energy to coming up with a new method.
Taking Risks: Fear of the unknown and (even more so) fear of failure is a powerful thing. If an employee doesn’t feel totally secure within their job, they will be unlikely to trial new ideas.
Lack of Motivation: If an employee doesn’t feel as if their strengths and talents are being utilised or if there’s little opportunity for career advancement, they are far less likely to put in the time & effort into being creative. Creativity is fuelled by passion, and employees who are disengaged or feel undervalued will be too bored & unmotivated to put the time into being creative.
Why is it so important to
harness creativity in the workplace?
Thinking outside the box and
collaborating to come up with new ideas generates excitement, passion &
creativity amongst employees. Benefits of harnessing creativity in the
Better teamwork and team bonding
Increased workplace engagement and interaction
Improved ability to attract and retain quality employees
Increased staff morale, fun and happiness
Increased workplace problem solving and productivity
Generally, research has shown that the more someone engages in creative thinking, the better they become. Developing a creative culture takes time and it begins with management, being more open-minded and less judgemental to the suggestions of their team. If you’re keen to motivate your team to be more creative, we have put together a list of our top activities for generating creativity:
Teams of delegates compete in a team building challenge that replicates the famous TV show Shark Tank / The Dragons Den. The challenge will see teams creating a product or service they will pitch to a judge (Shark / Dragon). The aim of the teams is to convince the judge that their business is a sound investment and for the judge to contribute financially to their start up business.
Stage 1 – 15 minute briefing
Briefing to all teams. Teams issued with a container of pads, pens, craft supplies, novelty accessories and alike to provide teams with motivation and inspiration for their product / service. Judges introduced in the briefing with a motivational exert on each judge.
2 – 60 minute business idea creation and planning session
can base themselves at their table or head outdoors if they like. Teams will
design a product (prototypes allowed with craft supplies) or service business
idea. They will prepare the following:
Gross Profit margin (expected)
Investment of $X will buy the Shark X% share of the business
Future plans for growth and distribution
Remarkable Consumer Experience
3 – 45 minutes of Presentations and Judging
Each team is provided 5 minutes to “pitch” their idea to the judge & the group. The judge is allowed 2-5 minutes Q&A with each team & then nominates the amount they will invest in each idea from their $1,000,000 overall budget.
the sommelier within! Pinnacle can provide you with your very own Hunter Valley
Winemaker who is willing to divulge the secret ingredients and methods required
to get the perfect wine from “Grape to Glass”. This unique and hands on
activity will have you smelling, swirling and spitting as teams learn to create
their very own winning blend. However, the taste alone won’t make you a
winner…how often have you bought a bottle of wine based on the sexy label?
Teams will also compete to create the greatest label that best reflects their
Design and flavour are of paramount importance if you want to be the days “Grape to Glass” winning team… But of course, the competition wouldn’t be complete without the perfect sales pitch to your thirsty audience. A bottle of the winning blend complete with winning label design will be distributed to every member of the group to drink as they wish.
The Cocktail Master Class will give your team the chance to get behind the bar and mix up a storm in an exciting and interactive environment! This fantastic event is hosted by our team of professional bottle spinners who will start the evening with a bells and whistles demonstration of cocktail making followed by a master class in the art of mixing drinks. Your group will make four delicious cocktails throughout the duration of the class, with the first three cocktails being preselected from our list of 13 cocktails. Think of all the classics; Cosmopolitan, Martini, Mojito and many more!
For the fourth and final cocktail the competition begins! Your delegates will get shaking and stirring to design their very own unique cocktail. All ingredients and equipment will be readily available to get the creative juices mixing & flowing! Teams will be judged by our Cocktail Master on taste, the enticing name of their cocktail and a sales pitch which they must present in front of the group.
your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team
building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a
room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it
ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the
secrets to ESCAPE!
teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work
together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under
extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit
code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.
This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.
arriving delegates will be separated into their tribes. Each tribe will be
issued with a blank team flag and their first task is to decide upon a team
name and paint their Team’s flag. Then the competition begins!
The tribes will compete against each other at a series of “Survivor Style” team challenges. Each challenge requires the tribe to outwit, outplay and hopefully outlast their rival teams. Points are awarded for the winning tribe at each challenge. The tribe with the highest score at the conclusion of the event will be hailed the winners. Challenges focus more on lateral thinking /problem solving / teamwork than strength. Unlike the TV Show Tribes will not vote members out of their team! Instead, at the end of the activity we will hold Tribal Council. Here, teams will get the opportunity to take points from each other! All is fair in love and war.
is one of the world’s most powerful forms of communication. Art lets people
communicate in a way that words never can. Many people feel they don’t have a
creative bone in their body – yet up to the age of 9 or 10 we all loved to
with a professional artist, teams discover the tricks of the trade as they
smash through negative barriers and mindsets and discover their creative
potential. How? By turning ideas and thoughts into a masterpiece that they
never thought possible!
Teams dispel negative thoughts that hinder creative thinking
Team members learn how to draw out ideas and develop ‘big picture’ thinking
Every team member paints
Team members are involved in every step of the art building process – brainstorming, drawing and abstracting ideas, designing the image and painting the masterpiece!
The Team Masterpiece facilitator is a professional artist who works in both the creative and corporate world
Art team building is completely mess free for the venue and the participants
Art team building works with all levels of perceived artistic ability
is your chance to be just like the investigative gurus that make up the CSI
teams on the popular TV show. A hilarious evening activity designed to coincide
with your evening meal.
the commencement of the evening the delegates are informed that there has been
a vicious crime committed. Alicia, the guest speaker, has been murdered! They
must investigate the crime scene and the forensic information that surrounds
the murder victim, such as a gun, a knife, drugs, a hair dryer plus more
Groups are allocated time alone to gather their story and prepare to re-enact their own version of events to the remaining crowd of fellow investigators. The re-enactment must use the props, characters and also any key words that appear at the scene. However, the rest is left up to the interpretation of each team. You will be amazed at how many clever (usually extremely comical) versions of the murder will unfold before your eyes. Teams are awarded points in reference to their interpretation of the story, the effort that they put into their re-enactment and audience response.