Team Building: Prevention Partners IT Team Bust a Move

“This here’s a jam for all the fellas…

You run over there without a second to lose
And what comes next hey bust a move.” –  Young MC


Lizzy, our team building facilitator, didn’t mention the interpersonal science behind  dancing in my boss’ backyard. However, I will take a stab at it.  Here are the conclusions I reached after this activity:

– We needed lots of verbal and physical directions on how to start with a dance groove (’cause we’re IT)

– Lots of team encouragement to figure out what dance each of us could physically do without hurting ourselves (’cause we’re IT)

– The Sales and Marketing team would be so much better at this (’cause they were the ones actually dancing during the 7th grade dances)

– Lessons Learned: No one other than Justin Timberland and Young MC can really Bust a Move

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Designing the IT Team’s Coat of Arms

According to Wikipedia, a Coat of Arms is defined as the following:

A unique heraldic design on an escutcheon (i.e. shield), surcoat, or tabard. A coat of arms was used by medieval knights to cover, protect, and identify the wearer.  (Other than an SAT / ACT exam will one find the words heraldic, escutcheon, surcoat, or tabard in the use; let alone in the same sentence.)

The Prevention Partners’ IT team is a very small team with very diverse job descriptions.  So how do you team build with people who do completely divergent (’cause no ever used this word until that teenager book came along) tasks?  Have them design a team coat of arms.  List the strengths and weaknesses of the team and then draw it out on a shield.  This was great fun.  Why?

– Maybe it was the chance to sit on someone’s back porch and talk and draw for 30 minutes during a lovely summer day instead of being at work? (No brainer there)

– Maybe it was the large basket of colored markers (my personal fav)?

– Lessons Learned: You can get your team to do anything if they are still on a Bust a Move dance high (or high on magic marker fumes)?


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Moon Ball: another physical activity to inspire teamwork and help us understand how we work as a group.

According to Wikipedia, a beach ball is an inflatable  ball for beach and water games. Their large size and light weight take little effort to propel; they travel very slowly and generally must be caught with two hands, and are usually used for recreation and relaxation.

  • Important to know our roles (like who is going to start throwing the ball)
  • Helpful to have one person clearly calling the shots (e.g. “Don’t hit the Lotus parked in the street”)
  • Let’s iterate the last 5 words of the definition: used for recreation and relaxation. 
  • We approach solutions differently:
    • Beach balls are bounced around crowds at music concerts and baseball games but frequently confiscated and popped by security. (Who among us is the the tosser? Who ignores the ball all together? Who is the popper?!)
  • Lessons Learned: Do whatever it takes to not hit the Lotus!


Weekly Wellness Tally


–          1 bike rides –

–          1 – 1/4 hour elliptical machine madness

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

–          2 – ½ hour walks

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

–          1– ½ hour runs (indoors)

–          0 – ½ hour runs (outdoors)

–          1- 30 minutes of that cardo, fat burning video

–          2– ½ hour set of leg trashing

Fruit Intake:

–          Averaging 5 or 6 / day

–          Apples, raisins, figs

Veggie Intake:

–          Roasted brussel sprouts are the veggie of the week


–          .5 Chocolate:

0 – There was a huge mental wrangle while standing in line at  Joe Van Gogh coffee shop:  caramel steamer or hot chocolate.  I debated calories, creaminess, richness in taste, and caffeine levels.  Each with it’s own savory joy.  8 oz. Caramel steamer, please!

.5 – 1 cup of high-octane tea (British P&G tips steeped for 3 minutes then add 1 teaspoon of raw sugar…and…POW!  I am rockin’ and rollin’ on this rainy afternoon.  Researched various 360 peer review samples, stubbed out a procedure for manager/ peer reviews, and outlined a new blog post for my personal blog.  “Let’s get it started in here…And the bass keeps runnin’ runnin’ and runnin’, runnin.”  – Black-Eyed Peas. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.   “Transmit hits, with no delusion.
The feeling’s irresistible and that’s how we movin’.”

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

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