I’m always stunned by the “teambuilding” exercises corporations use to energize and motivate management. Some are outstanding…others better suited for the academic scrap pile.
One of the best I’ve seen is the FDNY’s – the opportunity for a management team to spend a day learning how to manage a real crisis – a raging fire in a high rise building. It brings teams together…makes them focus on “real life” issues…and enables teams to get out from the classroom and into the real world.
JetBlue CEO Dave Barger talked about it this morning on CNBC (and thanks to my friends at Edelman for organizing the appearance). You can see the clip here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100987859
And if you’d like to learn more about the program (and yes, send your teams), you can view this: http://www.fdnyfoundation.org/initiatives/training-support/ and please feel free to contact me if you’d like to participate.
Great people; great program.