Apr 26, 2019

Build Team Culture On-Site this Summer Ten Team Building Ideas you Can Do at or Near Your Office:

by Cindy Crean     

10 team building ideas to

  1. Fitness Fridays with an in-office yoga class.
  2. Hike at a local park.
  3. Start a run club before work, after work or during your lunch break.
  4. Take your meetings to go and go for a walk.
  5. Shake up your annual summer picnics with Tailgating Olympics, Office Olympics or a Summer Camp Relay.
  6. Center yourself with a little morning meditation inside or outside the office.
  7. Build your own BBQ for your next lunchtime potluck.
  8. Get your team outside and explore a new place with a True North Remarkable Race
  9. Change up your Thursday work happy hour with a True North Bar Wars or Signature Sangria making competition.
  10. Feeling nostalgic, have a good, old-fashioned Kickball game.

Nov 15, 2018

Bring Your Team Together This Holiday Season

by Cindy Crean     

ugly sweater - bring your team together this holiday season

Yes…the holiday season is upon us! Whether you decide to have your party in November, December or January it’s so important to bring your team together and celebrate all their hard work throughout the year! What better way to do this than with one of our many team building activities?!

Some of our most popular programs this time of year are:

Holiday Bar Wars – Stir things up as your teams compete against other teams to create winning holiday-themed cocktails.

Toy Bins For Charities – One of our most popular programs! This program encourages networking while building toy bins and filling them up with a variety of toys to be donated to local charities, just in time for the holidays.

Red Wagon Build & Toy Donation– Teams work together to build kids wagons and then fill them up with a wide variety of toys, sporting goods, crafts, books and more.

CanSculptures– Help fill local food pantries with this creative giving back event. Teams build themed sculptures out of canned goods that will get donated to a local food bank. The is an ongoing need at local food banks… before and after the holidays.

Holiday Bistro Battle– Teams compete to create a signature cocktail and cold appetizer to accompany it. After the creation of their cocktail and dish, each team will present their creation, but only one team will be awarded the winner!

Networking Lounge- Bring the fun to your office or meeting space when you transform the room into a giant lounge, full of games such as Wii tennis or bowling, ping pong, corn hole, giant Jenga and so much more!

Holiday Lip Sync Battle-  Teams compete head to head to see who is the best performer.

Ugly Sweater Cookie Decorating Contest– See who can create the ugliest sweater cookie out there.


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Jun 20, 2018

The Beauty of Working with Cardboard

by Cindy Crean     

We love when groups want to work with cardboard.  It really is about “Thinking About the Box.”   The beauty of working with cardboard is it is great for experimenting, innovating, problem-solving, prototyping, collaborating, creating, inspiring, and so much more.  Check out our programs that include cardboard:  Row Your Boat Regatta , The Giant Book Project, and Shore to Shore Bridge Build.  We have many more creative cardboard programs that aren’t on our website – please call us if you would like to know more.  Let’s get your team building something incredible, out of cardboard!

shore to shore - cardboard

May 16, 2018

The Significance of Stress At Work And Some Ways to Circumvent It

by Cindy Crean     

Proof That Positive Work Cultures are More Productive 

This succinct article by Harvard Business Review provides some very telling information about the impact of stress on work life. One of the most striking among the facts revealed is a study done by The American Psychological Association estimates that more than $500 billion is siphoned off from the U.S. economy because of workplace stress, and 550 million workdays are lost each year due to stress on the job. The article recommends the following strategies to avoid stress: foster social connections, go out of your way to help, show empathy and encourage others to talk to you. True North Team Building offers plenty of programs to combat stress and to reinforce your company’s values. Further, any of our Play team events do a great job of loosening the stress-causing psychological grip of technology over your employees.


stress at work

May 15, 2018

The Chalk Art by Peter Han & The Surprisingly Valuable Work Ethic Behind It

by Cindy Crean     

Peter Han Chalk Art

SnowGlobe Studios’ short film, “Pardon My Dust: The Chalk Art of Peter Han” speaks volumes on the creative potential behind two things: not being afraid to let go and taking the ‘biggest strokes’ first. Han teaches students to practice drawing on the impermanent medium of the chalkboard to avoid attachment/excessive self-praise. He also says that it can be limiting to fixate on the details initially; you should instead get the biggest concepts down first and work backwards from there. These ideas are easily applicable to the workplace and are endlessly fruitful for self-improvement. True North Team Building offers many programs that help instill these values.