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7 Ways To Spring Your Team Into Spring

7 Ways to Spring Your Team into Spring

Spring is springing. The vortex is melting, and now you sense spring fever coming on…for you and your team. Embrace this season of new growth and possibilities. Making Spring a workplace celebration will help offset the “wish I was outside” blues.

Spring Into Spring

  1. Establish Spring Growth Goals – Challenge your team to a growth spurt before summer. Help each person identify concrete way they will grow in the next 90 days: a special project, a new skill, mentoring someone or finding a mentor. Model the way. Pick your own goal and talk about your challenges and progress.
  2. Hold A Spring Training – Pick an exciting team stretch goal for the team and rally the troops. Hold a “spring training” to get everyone “in shape” to win against this challenge.
  3. Make Work A Game – Challenge another team to a friendly competition that will help both teams stay more focused and have a little fun. Engage in a little trash talk.
  4. Plant Some Seeds – Hold a “seed planting” campaign. Have your team identify other areas of the business (or prospects/customers) where they could plant some “seeds” (e.g. ideas, new relationships, collaborative work) for future growth. Have each person share their seedling idea in a team meeting.
  5. Do Some Spring Cleaning – Have the team pick something specific they can do to improve their work environment: Clean-up their emails, throw away unnecessary files, bring in some flowers, create a motivational display. Even remote teams can engage in a Spring cleaning competition and share their pics.
  6. Give In (a little) – Plan a team picnic lunch outside. Create an after work walking group. Have everyone pick one day they will leave an hour or two early and plan something fun for themselves. Find ways to share what they’ll be doing with their Spring Fever early start. Plan an outside teambuilder, like bird watching over lunch.
  7. Volunteer – Pick a volunteer project you can do as a team. They’ll have a break, grow as a team, and do something for the greater good.
Your Turn: How are you celebrating Spring in your work and for your team?
Filed Under:   Energy & Engagement, Results & Execution
 
 
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt is a leadership speaker, consultant, and MBA professor. She's a former Verizon Wireless executive with two decades of diverse cross-functional experience in sales, customer service and HR. Karin was named as a top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America. She is author of, "Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss." Karin knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders.
 

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Eric Dingler   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

Every spring we rearrange the office…in fact, that’s our plan for today and tomorrow. It’s when we bring in new equipment, purge files, move desks, repaint walls if necessary, etc. It’s one of the those thing’s we stumbled into. But we all enjoy it.

letsgrowleaders   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

Eric, Oh sounds like a lot of fun. A feeling of fresh start. Nice.

bill holston   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

Great ideas, just in time for my staff meeting tomorrow. I love the idea of a picnic.

bill

letsgrowleaders   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

Bill, Awesome. It’s finally starting to get warm here.

Steve Borek   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

Send everyone to a warmer climate. That’s why I’m going south in a few weeks.

It’s 17 degrees here in the Cuse. Colder because of the loss to 500-1 Dayton in the tourney.

Karin Hurt   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

Steve, Yikes… sorry, didn’t mean to rub it in. If it makes you feel any better, we’re getting snow again today here too.

Matt McWilliams   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

#5 is the key for me. I actually do it every quarter.

Here’s what I do:

1. Do a Task Snowball Day – I list all of my projects and tasks and I do the simplest, shortest first and try to knock out 30+. It’s not about what’s most important. It’s about knocking out 75% of the items.

2. Declare email bankruptcy – I delete every email more than 3 days old.

3. I deep clean my office.

4. I move my office furniture and artwork. Amazingly this only takes 10 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.

It feels good!

Karin Hurt   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

Matt,
Love the idea of a task snowball day. I can surely use that!

Jon Mertz   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

Karin,

Some great reminders. Having grown up on a farm, springtime was also a time for preparation. Planting time was around the corner so it was ensuring all equipment, plans, and other elements were ready to do the work. It is good to use seasons to trigger some workplace changes and moments to refresh.

Thanks!

Jon

Karin Hurt   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

Jon,
Terrific…. the preparation before the planting…. getting the soil ready. Great analogy.

Terri Klass   |   24 March 2014   |   Reply

Spring is a perfect time of year to energize the senses.

Each spring I often take a look at all the sweaters and coats I have been wearing and decide what to take off or toss. When we carry heavy coats or baggage we weighs ourselves down. So maybe it is time to peel off the unwanted “stuff” that is keeping us down and go outside to feel and sense what the future should look like.

Love your new picture too, Karin!

Karin Hurt   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

Terri, Nice. I left my winter coat on the train last week. I thought, “oh I don’t need to replace it yet, Spring is here….” We’re getting more snow this am. Ugh.

LaRae Quy   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

Wow! Love that new photo…and hair :-)

Spring is a time of renewal. It recharges our hearts as well as our mind…love your suggestions on how to bring that energy into the work environment.

Karin Hurt   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

LaRae, Thanks so much. A new look for Spring adventures.

Alli Polin   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

In the past my teams have engaged in “friendly” competition that turned work into a game. Talk about creating positive energy! Your suggestions are on target whether your team is stepping into Spring (Northern Hemisphere) or the Fall (Southern Hemisphere). People are antsy all over and your ideas bring connection, focus and engagement. Bring it on!

I’m with LaRae and Terri too – love your new picture!

Karin Hurt   |   25 March 2014   |   Reply

Alli, Thanks so much. I love those friendly competitions. When I read your post about the 90 degree whether I did have to laugh. It’s been a rough Winter here.