Prevention Partners IT Team: Prepping for Team Building

team building


An entire day of team building usually means breaking into teams and building the biggest, baddest straw tower or verbally describing a car or house to show how bad we are at communicating with each other.  Yes, we know we are lousy communicators that is why we work in IT in the first place.

IT Communication Rules

Rule #1: Send an email

Rule #2: If they haven’t replied in a reasonable amount of time, the range is a few hours to a few days, then you can IM them.

Side Note: Rules 1 and 2 are interchangeable. Email or IM first, it doesn’t really matter, we just don’t want to talk to you face to face or on the phone.

Rule #3: If #2 didn’t work, see Rule #1.  Repeat as necessary

Rule #4: Only upon threats from your manager, do you pick up the phone or walk over and speak face to face.

So when the IT Team retreat was scheduled at Prevention Partners, I was grumpy at best.  Then an email and a package arrived at my desk a few days before the retreat with homework.  What!  My grumpiness slipped into “Are you kidding me?”

Here was the homework:

1.  Using the color coded index cards, write one compliment for each member of the team.  ( My thoughts move up to curious; in my 25+ years in corporate IT, I have never done this.)

2. Using another set of color coded index cards, write out 3 or 4 tasks you can do to meet the department’s goals.  ( Umm..I have done this on my Professional Development Plan each year, but no one ever really pays attention to it.  Let’s see where this goes?)

3. Create a gladiator name which best represents you as a person.  (I now moved up to “Well this might be fun!”)

4. Please come in comfy or exercise clothing.  (Heck yeah!)

So that night, I went home to determine my gladiator name.  Pontus Arrillous.  Yes!  Wait no!  I am not a buff, sword welding, man slave trying to avenge the death of loved ones. Let’s try the “What is your Gladiator name” websites.  Ah…No, this is not working at all.

Who am I at work…(After drinking much GSK corporate Kool-aide)  I am fluid and flexible.  I can help shape the river or go with the flow depending on what is needed.  And I wear a lot of dresses.  My son did some googling.  Stopped and looked at me and then did some more searching…

Domina Fluminis: Lady of the River

Ladies and Gentlemen:  We have a winner.


Note to all: Do NOT google Lady of the Lake images while at work…

Now to write a compliment for each of my co-workers.  Umm…yes…no erase that; you can do better…How about?  Umm…

Note to Self:  You need to build this skill set and fast.

OK.  I am ready for some IT team building Prevention Partners’ style.  Bring it on!

…to be continued…

Weekly Wellness Tally


–          0 bike rides –

–          0 – 1 hour walks

–          4 – jumping jacks or leg kicks while heating up lunch in microwave

–          1 – ½ hour walks at work

–          2 – walks to run errands at plaza across the street

–          5 – ½ hour runs (indoors)

–          2 – ½ hour runs (outdoors)

–          0 – 30 minutes of that cardo, fat burning video

–          2– ½ hour set of leg trashing

Fruit Intake:

–          Averaging 5 or 6 / day

–          Apples, bananas, figs, and the cutest little tangerines you have ever seen.

Veggie Intake:

–          French green beans and sugar snap peas with hummus.  Delicious.

–          Asparagus & pickles (not at the same time; that’s gross)


–          3 Chocolate:  OK so it wasn’t my fault, exactly.  We decided to do a taste test between Keebler elfin’ magic cookies, Oreo golden chocolate cookies and Pepperidge Farms dark chocolate Milanos.

Elfin Magic cookies: Nice buttery cookies with creamy milk chocolate filling.

Oreos: The cookie is very vanilla tasting, but the chocolate cream is greasy.

Milanos: The shortbread cookie is nice but over powered by the dark chocolate filling.

Elfin Magic Cookie are  the winner!!!

See you next week,
Pulse 2014 volunteer at Prevention Partners, Chapel Hill, NC, USA


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