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Why Philanthropy: Training That Gives Back

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The ART Of Facilitation Helping Hands Build Strong Teams The ART Of Facilitation Helping hands Many hands.. Helping Leaders Discover the Best in Themselves Lend a Hand

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Small Businesses Giving Back in Big Ways 10 Ways to Build Corporate Philanthropy At Your Company Helping Hands Leadership Training Gets Flipped Maunal Labor: You can give someone a hand. However, some Assembly is Required


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Companies thrive only if they create value. What does “value” mean? How do organizations transform “value” from a lofty word to a concept that sticks? The key is to fully engage the employees. Employees must feel like the most valuable component of the business; they are the foundation, after all. To accomplish that, there is the age old tradition of team building. It motivates, instills confidence, and sends an emotional rush through those who attend. Does it last? Do the ropes courses and motivational speakers offering the “warm and fuzzy” effect have a positive enough impact on employees to enhance the company? While that answer is hard to know for certain, philanthropic training, a growing trend in corporate workshops, impacts attendees far beyond the one day away from the office. Philanthropic training is a rising trend because it makes participants feel good about everything. They’re reminded they can give back, show their employer is invested in a cause, and that their contributions go further than the room they’re in for the afternoon. Having a philanthropic component to training touches people at a visceral and emotional level, providing an enriching experience that instills a deep learning. Giving back ends up giving just as much to the catalyst as it does to the receiver. Odyssey Teams saw the potential of philanthropic team building and training right away. It’s safe to say that once someone feels proud and good about their work and the place they work, production continues to improve. Philanthropic training results in a team creating something that changes lives and improves the world. It reminds people that they are accountable and proactive. They then make decisions and take action with a stronger leadership perspective. In our programs people see and experience what the latent potential of 30 pieces of metal and plastic can turn out to be: a life changing tool, put together with care and thoughtfulness. Connecting through doing good shifts moods from a momentary “we have to get this done” to “we want to get this done.” It provides a positive common experience that emphasizes


collaboration as the desired result of training. And creating “good” together increases morale as a whole. Pride is the essence of productivity. When you feel good about something and are honored to be connected to or a part of it, you’re going to tap into your creative side, put forth that extra effort, and the connections felt create loyalty that pulls the package together. You see that the things you do, the things you create, have long term effects that make a difference. If you give your team the value of knowing what they do carries on, has the impact of compassion and benefits well being, the team will continue to offer value to your company far beyond one day of team building. We love feeling good about what we do. If what we do together as a team has a measurable, real-world impact, we will likely invest more heavily in the outcome. It’s just plain human emotions.


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Helping hands build strong teams Written by Val Prevish Nov 06

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CLARKSVILLE — Fourteen management-level employees at Blue & Co. thought they’d be spending two days at Camp Joy engaged in team-building, like thousands of area professionals before them. They were in for a surprise: A chance to build artificial hands for impoverished amputees half a world away, and to experience, at least in a small way, what life with just one hand must be like. The exercise for the managers at the Carmel, Ind.-based accounting and advisory firm proved the value of how corporate philanthropy can build strong teams. Recent studies show that companies engaging with workers in charitable pursuits can reap significant benefits – including happier, more productive employees. Millennial workers, those 21 to 35 years old, are especially drawn to companies that are committed to volunteer efforts, according to a survey last year by Deloitte. The Blue & Co. exercise was conducted at Camp Joy, a 320-acre training grounds 40 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati, where 6,000 local professionals attend team-building sessions each year. At Blue’s camp, each manager was required during the hand-building exercise to wear a rubber drink “koozie” over one hand to simulate how it feels to face daily tasks so disabled. “This is difficult. It really makes it more of a challenge,” said senior manager Carolyn Chaplin from the Indianapolis office. She was helping her team members ease tiny screws and bolts into the small mechanical hand they were building while using only one good hand of her own. “It’s a lot harder than I thought,” said Nick Kleinhelter, a manager in the firm’s Louisville office. “I admit I was a little scared when I found out they were entrusting these prosthetic hands to a bunch of accountants. If it’s going to help a kid somewhere, though, I’m all for it.” Jan Green, learning and development officer at Blue & Co., said she was aiming for these reactions when she added this component to the two-day session that’s part of a larger 18-month program focusing on leadership development. The 14 participants were from various Blue & Co. offices among nine in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. “The philanthropic piece was missing in our training course,” Green said. “I was really excited about bringing this opportunity to our employees.” People crave opportunities to help others, and the workplace offers a natural team atmosphere to harness that desire, said Todd Demorest, a facilitator with California-based Odyssey Teams, the training company hired by Blue & Co. for the leadership session and hand-building project. “People want to do good,” Demorest said. “They just need a place to do it. This offers an opportunity to do it under the business umbrella. “So many companies have national or even global reach, so projects like the hand-building give them a chance to Page 1 of 2

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http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20121106/BIZ/311060097/Helping-hands-build-strong-teams?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews% touch people through a volunteer effort in countries thousands of miles away,” he said. “This also brings an emotional component to the learning, making it more memorable.” A video presented to the group noted that roughly 2,000 people, many of them children, lose hands or worse each month when caught in land mines in third-world countries. The new prosthetic limbs help them write, work and carry on lives in ways they never dreamed possible. The Blue & Co. employees are part of a larger effort to deliver at least 10,000 prosthetic hands to victims around the world who could not otherwise afford to have them. “A lot of people say this is the best team-building exercise that they’ve ever been a part of,” Demorest said. “Here’s something where people can learn, grow and connect and also do something for people beyond their own borders.”

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In our world, A. R. T. translates to being Aware of your Reflexive Tendencies. What that means is that you, as a leader, must be acutely attuned to every aspect of your professional being. This is important when you are at the office of course; it becomes critical whenever you take the helm as facilitator. You know that the employees attending the meeting are not necessarily there by way of their own free will. Sure, several of them truly want to be present, but many more would rather be somewhere else. If you are a guest facilitator speaking at another company, the employees don’t know you, so you already have a tough crowd. It’s similar to the substitute teacher syndrome: the students will test you. Your attitude must be the best in the room, your smile the brightest, your control of your reflexive tendencies—how you listen, how you stand, the pace with which you speak—the strongest. Cultivating your A.R.T. positions you to more effectively guide others to honing theirs. It may not be a line item agenda, but that’s your job as facilitator. The way you lead your meeting needs to take into account the various mix of people in the room and engage them all. After 21 years in this business, from good experiences and less-thanpleasant ones, I’ve learned a few things that have helped me develop my A.R.T. of facilitation. Perhaps the following eight insights can help boost yours. 1. At any given moment, there are four types of people in the room. The population in the room is a microcosm of society at-large. People learn and retain information in different ways and you need to be sensitive to all of them, a task not as daunting as it sounds. Vary the content, pace and activities of your presentation to keep everyone present. Here’s a glimpse into the four types of people and a tip for what they need:

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Structure: These people need to know the day’s schedule and feel comfortable when you stick to it. Energy: Activity, activity, activity! Consider break-out sessions or games. Compassion: What can you do to make these professionals feel good? Include a task with a philanthropic bend. Knowledge: More information, please. These patient students love the lecture. 2. Motion creates emotion. Keep your team moving through activities, engaged and interacting with one another. Whether you introduce a silly game or a serious task, make the content relevant to the overarching theme of the day. Help your attendees invest in the outcome of the task by defining a clear objective. 3. Make the setting lively. Music, anyone? I cannot overstate the importance of this one little element. Music is imperative. It sets the mood and lifts the spirits. Have background music playing as people enter the room before you get started, during breaks, and any other time you need to shift the energy. That said, pay attention to the volume and style. You want to choose music which appeals to a diverse audience, so you might want to leave your gangster rap or heavy metal at home.

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barriers. If you must have them, place them creatively and strategically along the edges of the room. As for the chairs, angle them ever-so-slightly. Limiting the number of sharp edges and straight lines in chair and table arrangement creates a sense of community in the room, helping foster a teambuilding experience rather than a solo journey. 5. Love your slideshow. If you are not absolutely passionate about each and every slide in your presentation, yank it out. Get rid of the fluff and fodder and give your “students” real substance that will help them develop as humans and professionals. If the situation allows it, why not get really avant-garde and not use a PowerPoint at all? Consider it. 6. Carefully construct your language. When addressing your audience, ask questions that focus people toward solutions and away from problems. For example, rather than asking “Why are sales down?” pose the question, “What are five things we can do to drive sales up?” This simple language shift dynamically fires neurons in the brain, yielding creative solutions. 7. Limit the time you give for each task. Here’s a funny anecdote. The other day, I gave my crew four minutes to do a task for which I normally give two minutes. Half the room walked out during the activity to tend to their personal needs. I learned a harsh lesson in meeting pacing: I gave the group too much time. They thought they had plenty of seconds to waste, so they took the liberty of taking a break. Learn from my mistake. Clock the tasks yourself and stick to just-enough-time. 8. Trust yourself. It’s common to feel unsettled before facilitating a meeting, whether for your own well-seasoned team or a new bunch of strangers. Rely on your expertise. You have earned your position as a leader. Your mind will feed you limiting beliefs, but as an A.R.T.ist, you have cultivated your personal power. Go forward, poised, confident and ready to have fun!

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