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Time to Reboot with DiSC

Whether you work virtually, on-site, or a mix of both, change is coming and you’ll have to adjust. Maybe it’s time to reboot with DiSC.

In his novel, The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho said this: “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.” Perhaps never in our lives have we experienced this truth with such intensity and passion as we do now. 

For example, be it ever so chaotic, there’s no place like the office. The hustle and bustle of human contact can be overwhelming and distracting.  And yet many of us welcome the opportunity to see colleagues face to face again instead via Zoom.  Many of us long for that creative spark  that’s so easily kindled by direct contact. Even so, all of this emotional and sensory overload may  take some getting used to again.

Old office, new rules, hybrid routine?

Readjusting the family budget; dry cleaning bills; planning, purchasing, and planning meals; re-configuring daycare for home-schooled kids, or getting the kids up and off to school again. And bracing for that infamous commute.

The old office routine may feel a bit clunky and unfamiliar. And on top of that there will be new rules and regulations at work. What will social distancing look like around the water cooler or in the restroom? And what other safety protocols will there be to adjust to? What about the unvaccinated? Will your vaccination resist the Delta variant? Working from home may have been frustrating at times, but at least it felt safe! 

Mirror, mirror on the wall—who’s that?

Tall, dark, slinky, and gorgeous. Your social media avatar may not have changed much since the pandemic started, but you probably have. Maybe not at your core, but some of your behaviors may have changed in response to the surreal life COVID-19 has inflicted upon us all.

Millions of workers have suffered from stress, depression, and other mental disorders because of the onslaught of changes, crises, and scares wrought by the pandemic. Their normal coping skills have been no match for the virus and their nerves have been frayed to the breaking point.

Back to the future?

Even if the virus vanishes tomorrow, we’ve all experienced—even suffered—changes in how we see ourselves and the world that have shaken us to the core. Looking back and longing for who we used to be—that’s a bittersweet trip we simply can’t afford to take right now. Focusing on the future and how to find our best selves again—that’s the priority today. And DiSC can help.

Time to reboot with DiSC?

DiSC is a safe vehicle on the road to self-discovery because its ultimate destination is acceptance of yourself and others.

Back in the 1920s  Harvard psychology student, William Moulton Marston had a  simple but profound goal—developing a way to  understand human emotions and behaviors. His research ultimately led to the development of this simple but profound tool.

DiSC stands for Dominant, Influential, Supportive or Steadfast, and Conscientious. These four personality types are common to us all, and just knowing this can  level the emotional playing field.

Navigating through the “mind-field” of personality quirks and character flaws can be intimidating, but it can also be therapeutic when DiSC becomes the navigational gauge. That’s because it’s non-judgmental. There are no right or wrong answers, which means there’s no right or wrong way for you to be. The goal is not to “fix” you but to help you recognize and accept who you really are now. DiSC can help you to discover and understand  why you think, act, and feel the way you do today—living with the pandemic.

And for all the ways that COVID-19 has altered your perception of the world and of yourself, DiSC can provide a lens of 20/20 clarity. Time to reboot with DiSC? Absolutely.




Breaking the Ice with Holiday Team Building

COVID-19. Child care. School expenses. Commuting. Vaccinations. The new COVID variant. The great return to the office has frozen a lot of workers with fear. And it’s not just fear of the unknown. It’s rebuilding old relationships with coworkers under such new and stressful circumstances. Breaking the ice with holiday team building may make the transition smoother.

Breaking the ice

This phrase conjures up the image of special ships crashing and crushing their way through megatons of arctic ice. But it was actually William Shakespeare who first used the expression regarding social encounters. In his 1590 play “The Taming of the Shrew,” he  applied the expression to Kate, the shrew who was considered bossy, brassy, and cold. To “break the ice” meant contriving a way to bend her will and control her actions.

Icebreaking in the workplace

Here, too, there’s a level of manipulation and control involved, but the ultimate agenda is team building instead of domination. 

Eteambuilding.org challenges us to first understand the concept of ice in the workplace: “Before we get into the importance of icebreakers, we first need to address the notion of ice. What are we referring to when we say ‘the ice needs to be broken’? A basic understanding of this concept is crucial to properly use an icebreaker tool to your advantage.” 

Today this concept at work refers to removing barriers, creating harmony, and developing a sense of community and cohesion. But what barriers, discord, or lack of community are they referring to?

Differences can cause distance

There are many ethnic and cultural barriers that inspire fear of the unknown. A lack of common values and customs can create discord. And people often form communal bonds only with people who are most like them. 

Ideally, icebreakers can turn strangers into acquaintances and maybe even friends. Interaction creates dialogue, informs communication, and identifies areas of commonality.  Holiday team building can dissolve fears and build bridges to familiarity. These  icebreakers can melt the ice in the mind, the heart, and the environment.

Icebreakers get the cold shoulder

Ironically, most people dread icebreakers.  Past experiences can sour  current expectations so much that  staffers are resistant and bored before they arrive. Many employees march in feeling awkward and uncomfortable—ready for it to be over.

Fortunately, savvy team leaders can break the stigma of icebreakers. The right activity for the right reason can get everybody fired up. And the right activity is always heartwarming!

 Breaking the ice with holiday team building

On the one hand, having to break the ice among familiar coworkers should be unnecessary, since everybody knows everyone. On the other hand, the pandemic has changed many of us—for better or worse. We’re not the same people we were before COVID-19—not  professionally, emotionally, or psychologically. We need to accept that and accept each other as we are now—without judgment or stigmatization. 

Holiday team building activities are perfect bridge-builders because they can strengthen and restore old relationships and make them even better. A Christmas in July event would be an ideal opportunity to spread some cheer among teammates and help some cash-strapped families. 

Example: give a prospective pet parent a starter kit that might be a bit out of their price range. Pet parenting can be expensive. Food and water bowls. Leashes, collars, and car seats. Beds and bedding. Toys and treats. 

A basket full of these items might be just the push a pet lover needs to take the plunge without breaking the bank. And while you’re at it, you’ll discover other pet lovers on your team who are as kitty crazed as you are. And that one shared interest can open the door to relationship building.

Compassion for COVID-19 sufferers

And while most of us are enjoying the  July fun and sun, lots of your neighbors are COVID patients languishing in local hospitals.  So Christmas seems a long, long way off.

You and your colleagues can cheer them up safely and generously right now. Lotions, lip balms, magazines, puzzle books, snacks, and other treats can help them pass the time more easily.

Instead of dwelling on how sick they feel, their thoughts will turn to you, your kindness, and their wonderful gifts. And you and your team can share fond memories of those you’ve lost to this dread disease and perhaps honor their memory through your donations.

Holiday team building in July can break down emotional barriers among your colleagues which were built during remote work assignments. And your community will benefit from your charity and support at the same time.

 


When Charitable Team Building is a Lifeline

Like a lightning flash,  COVID struck the world with titanic force, destroying homes, families, and businesses. “Normal” as we knew it ended, and  many of us in corporate America are still fighting to survive. Not surprisingly though,  many entrepreneurs realize that the best lifesavers involve saving others. That’s when charitable team building is a lifeline—when you reach out to help the needy, you also save yourself.

A huge impact on the smallest victims

More than half a million Americans have died of COVID-19—a number that has our heads and hearts reeling with grief and horror. But the devastating affect on our children is almost impossible to measure.

The Wall Street Journal reported, “The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis has hit children on multiple fronts. Many have experienced social isolation during lockdowns, family stress, a breakdown of routine, and anxiety about the virus. School closures, remote teaching, and learning interruptions have set back many at school. Some parents have had job and income losses, creating financial instability—and exacerbating parental stress. Thousands of children have lost a parent or grandparent to the disease….the more major traumas and stressful situations a child experiences, the deeper the impact will be.”

And to compound the problem,  kids are suffering from domestic violence triggered by newly unemployed parents who are frightened and angry. They were also victims of house fires caused by families who cooked more while on lockdown. They’re witnessing more physical assaults, gun violence, and road rage from furious, frustrated adults because of the pandemic. And for these youngsters, the emotional fallout is horrendous.

Eye-witnesses to pain and sorrow

First responders are heroes in ways you’d never imagine. These champions are law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics,  and emergency medical technicians. And every day they rush to the aid of terrified domestic violence victims. They run into blazing houses to rescue families and douse the flames. They confront dangerously impaired drivers, deranged pedestrians, and gun-wielding predators. 

And they do all of this while children are watching—young eye-witnesses to pain and sorrow. They see things no child should have to face. See things they can never unsee.

Stuffing with healing

Mercifully, when many of these First Responders roll out, they’re prepared to help a lot of these little ones. How? With a stash of our Rescue Buddies awaiting  new owners.

Rescue Buddies are toys created during one of Magnovo’s  most popular charitable team building workshops. They’re bears, birds, lions, porpoises, tortoises, and mooses stuffed with love and healing. Each one is assembled by workshop participants who engage in friendly competitions to quickly produce the cutest, cuddliest toys. And in the end, everybody wins! 

Kindness is a cure-all

After months of pandemic pressure and Zoom fatigue, returning to the office may be stressful as well. Rescue Buddy workshops are textbook examples of when charitable team building is a lifeline. Each session can ease the transition back into the workplace and help rebuild professional bridges and personal relationships. 

And believe it or not, stuffed animal therapy is a thing! According to the experts at bearegards.com, “… a stuffed animal is not just a toy but a way beyond it. Children start their first relationship playing with stuffed animals or their favorite teddy bear. Yes, that’s scientifically proven. Children will give them a good name & also assign them new characteristics. With this strong bonding with the toy, they learn new things like how to care, how to socialize, how to share and how to empathize with another person.”

And remember: in the end,  everybody wins! These cuddly blessings heal the hearts of corporate teammates, First Responders, and the children who hug them. And right now, everyone needs help to heal and move forward.


Christmas in July Holiday Team Building

Daily life has become a constant whirlwind of change.  Glorious and glamorous. Exciting. Exhilarating. Dramatic. Devastating. We could all use a breather, right? So, how about Christmas in July holiday team building?

Decking the halls for extra dough?

Money is the great motivator for a lot of things. During the summer, Memorial Day and Independence Day sales rake in lots of cash from patriotic American consumers every year. So no doubt a modern-day gimmick like Christmas in July sounds like the ultimate marketer’s ploy, right? Wrong! Turns out it’s not a modern day idea nor is it a marketing scheme.

The idea was the brainchild of a girl’s camp owner in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. There was no snow because this was a summer camp, but that didn’t stop Fannie Holt. As one of the founders and directors, contriving whimsical and fun activities was a part of Holt’s job—and typical of her wonderful personality. 

So on July 24th and 25th in 1933 the denizens of the Keystone Camp in Brevard celebrated the first American Christmas in July! Campers decked the halls, cabins, campgrounds, and everything else with traditional decorations. Everyone drank cocoa, sang carols, and some of the staff dressed up as Santa or his elves. And thanks to Holt, they even had faked snow made of swaths of fluffy cotton.

Falalalala a shopping spree is born

In 1940 the movie “Christmas in July” popularized the idea and by the 1950s it went viral, as we’d say today. While it remains an unofficial holiday, shopkeepers, large and small, embrace the idea with gusto. And because the pandemic shooed people away from their favorite malls, Christmas in July campaigns online are now a boon for millions of retailers.

Christmas in July at work

Of course, even if you’re not a retailer, this idea can still pay off for you. How? Through charitable team building. Now that your troops are back in the office, they may need help adjusting to it. Holiday team building is a great way to break the ice and renew old relationships.

Back-to-school supplies are always welcomed by financially stretched parents. Missions: Kids Care is a charitable team building workshop during which you  accumulate “prizes” throughout friendly competitions to donate to local kids. Notebooks, pens, highlighters, calculators—these items add up and some families can’t afford them.

Picture the excitement of a housebound disabled neighbor getting a brand new wheelchair! Wheelcharity is a workshop during which you and your colleagues actually assemble a wheelchair for a social service organization to deliver to a disabled child or veteran.

And speaking of assembly: Rescue Buddies are stuffed animals you’ll actually assemble, stuff, and then hand off to first responders. They give the toys to children at the scenes of accidents, domestic violence incidents, and other tragedies. Imagine the happy tears of a child receiving a comforting stuffed animal after a traumatic experience. There are so many opportunities to give of your heart, energy, and resources—all while making someone’s quality of life better.

Charity begins at home

The spirit of generosity and the sense of community are good medicine for the soul. And after months of isolation, stress, and uncertainty, making and donating gifts for people who really need support will be amazingly therapeutic.

Your team will begin to gel and bond in ways they’d never have imagined. All because they took their eyes off of themselves and poured their hearts into the lives of needy neighbors.


Wheelchairs: Chariots of Freedom!

The COVID leash slackened just in time for summer. And like caged birds, many of us have joyously flown the coop—headed for parks, beaches, eateries—anywhere outside in the fresh air! All, that is, except the disabled who have no way to get around. For thousands of  disabled Americans “lockdown” has an entirely different, and seemingly permanent meaning. Yet all many of these good folks need are wheelchairs: chariots of freedom!

 

The ripple effect of COVID

The pandemic created an unprecedented mental health epidemic in America. First came the misery of suffering from COVID-19 and  the fear of contracting the disease. Then came the domino effect of  business failures, rampant unemployment, foreclosures, and evictions. And for those who still had jobs and homes came the new normal of homeschooling and remote work assignments.

The emotional fallout from the subsequent lockdown: alienation, isolation, loneliness, and stress. Now imagine living on lockdown all the time. Long before anyone ever heard of COVID, millions of disabled people were stuck at home feeling isolated and lonely. And all because they couldn’t get around on their own.

American wheelchair users

Physio-pedia.com reports that in the U.S. “… there are an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users, with estimated 1.825 million of those users aged 65 and older, and the number increasing every year with an expected 2 Million new wheelchair users every year….and many children and adults need additional postural support in their wheelchair. Wheelchair users include children, adults and the elderly; both men and women who have a wide range of mobility impairments, lifestyles, life roles and backgrounds; living and working in different environments including rural, semi-urban and urban areas.”

And for kids with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, or other disabilities, their wheelchairs must change or grow as they do.

The world on wheels

A wheelchair may not seem like such a big deal—until you need one. That’s when you realize what a wonderful difference it can make to your quality of life. So what, you may ask, can having a wheelchair do? Well, the answer is not what the wheelchair can do so much as what it enables the owner to do: 

Wheelchairs really are chariots of freedom to do all kinds of things. There’s swimming, for instance, or the other pool party, aka billiards. And if you strike out at the billiard table, there’s always bowling. Boating, fishing, basketball, and dancing—wheelchairs enable the disabled to savor the pleasures of life like the rest of us!  

That’s because they are like the rest of us! And a lot of venues around the world take this to heart! Here’s a short list of the places that welcome wheelchair users with open-arms:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art [aka The Met] in New York
  • The Louvre in Paris
  • Disneyland
  • Disney World
  • Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio TX-which was designed specifically for the disabled 
  • The Smithsonian Institution in our nation’s capital
  • Legoland—every single one on the planet!

Enabling the disabled

How would you like to help a few of your housebound neighbors get out and see the world?  Magnovo’s WheelCharity Team Building Workshop is the perfect vehicle for you—pun intended. That’s because afterwards, your team will be on a roll—personally and professionally!

To start, Magnovo will help you identify the disabled veteran, child,  social service organization, or other recipient in your community who needs a wheelchair. Then  you’ll spend the day building it yourself. That’s right! Every nut and bolt will be assembled by your team.

And with the completion of every section, you’ll find yourselves growing closer as colleagues and friends. Each step along the way will require communications and collaborative skills that will help you understand each other better. That’s how strong teams are built. 

Wheelchairs: chariots of freedom for the disabled and extraordinary team building vehicles for your company.


Charitable Events Can Rebuild Teams

COVID-19 made running a business harder than ever. Daily life became scattershot and chaotic. Without a game plan, transitioning back into the office could be equally stressful. Fortunately, creative charitable events can rebuild your teams, restore your confidence, and reaffirm your corporate culture.

Mounting miseries

Remote work assignments helped millions of businesses—large and small—stay afloat. Unfortunately this was a monumental shift that many found difficult to adjust to. It transferred a lot of work-a-day stress into people’s homes where home-schooled kids competed with parents for space and enough quiet to function. Plus, as thousands of businesses failed, millions were left unemployed and at risk of losing their homes as well. 

Joblessness, food scarcity, foreclosures, evictions, and the looming threat of homelessness increased daily. All this, along with the fear of contracting COVID, turned many homes into powder kegs. Sadly, this  triggered an emotional implosion of epic proportions across the country.

According to Psychiatryadvisor.com,“The COVID-19 pandemic led to an exacerbation of pre-existing hardships and disparities in many vulnerable populations, including individuals affected by intimate partner violence….In the first weeks after school closures and stay-at-home orders were implemented in March 2020, for example, municipal law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Oregon, and Texas reported significant increases … in arrests or calls related to domestic violence compared with the previous periods.”

And a study conducted by the University of California revealed that “… increased social isolation during COVID-19 has created an environment where victims and aggressors, or potential aggressors in a relationship, cannot easily separate themselves from each other.”

In addition to many fiery domestic fights, some of the homes themselves burned up. And the reason is painfully simple: during the lockdown, people cooked more, so there were more accidental kitchen fires.

Restlessness and reckless behavior

At the beginning of the pandemic the number of auto accidents decreased because there were fewer cars on American roadways. However many people grew increasingly restless and unstable, and they vented their frustrations behind the wheel. 

For example, according to www.forbes.com,  a study by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “… found that drivers who were seriously injured or were victims of fatal crashes had taken risks such as speeding, or not using seatbelts or had been driving while impaired. More drivers took alcohol, cannabinoids, and opioids during the second quarter 2020, than they apparently had done prior to the pandemic.”

Team building can help

Your team may be sick and  tired of witnessing all of this madness. But you don’t have to feel helpless. You can make an immeasurably big difference in the lives of the littlest victims. Here’s how!

Every day, first responders in your community face frightened, confused children at the scenes of  car crashes, house fires, and incidents of domestic violence. Those who are spared physical injury suffer major emotional trauma and they need something to help them cope. That’s where you come in. During one of our Rescue Buddies Charity Workshops, your team can create toys to help these kids heal.

Team building can heal

Rescue Buddies are bunnies, bears, birds, and other stuffed animals you’ll actually assemble during our workshop. The assembly process is a team effort that will upgrade everyone’s collaborative and communication skills. And your colleagues will get to know each other in a whole new way.

Then your adorable batch of cuddle-bugs will be doled out to firefighters, EMS personnel, and police officers to stash in their vehicles for safekeeping. Why? To make sure they’re ready to give a distraught child a new loveable buddy to help rescue them from their recent trauma. 

Rescue Buddies do triple duty: they comfort children and make first responders feel like super heroes. And best of all, they bond corporate team mates like nothing else ever will!

 


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