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When It’s Not A Good Fit, What’s Next?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

When It’s Not A Good Fit, What’s Next?

I used to work for “The Man.” It was one of those jobs where I would take the long way to work, circle around the parking lot, double up on coffee, make excuses as to why I had to leave, and basically wallow in misery for most of the week.  40.00001 hours was too much for me. The job I had been hired to do was not what I ended up doing.  It changed, morphed, and doubled down into something that was not a good fit for my skill set.  My boss didn’t have a clue how to manage people, and when he saw that I was capable and a good...

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Corporate Rodeo

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off


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Creating Great Programs, Scratching Our Noodles

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sometimes, the best ideas are born from happy mistakes.  In life, in jazz, or in team building program creation, that one off-note may push you in a whole new direction. For example, our Food Truck Challenge was conceived after I answered a wrong number.  My friend Karen was on the other line, but she had confused me with another Ryan, who happened to run a little food truck operation. “Hey Ryan, it’s Karen.  How are you?” “Awesome, Karen.  What’s up? “Can you confirm those trucks for next Thursday by...

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Carving Your Niche

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love my job.  There…I said it!  I actually look forward to waking up every morning and learning, helping others, and going through the creative process of creating experiential programs for clients.  But it certainly hasn’t always been that way. My resume looks like a Gypsy in a blender.  Suit sales, restaurants, paralegal, music performance and promotion, high school teacher, Director of sales and marketing, event planner, team builder…my Linkedin Profile is an ongoing joke.  Needless to say, not all of those stops along...

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My Band, My Team, My Story

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I grew up addicted to team sports…Watching them, playing them, and obsessing over statistics and standings.  I learned to read by scouring the sports section of the LA Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (RIP…the print version, anyway.) My neighborhood was populated by about 15 kids that were within 3 years of each other.  And DAMN if there weren’t some great athletes in the mix.  One of them was a 2-time Washington State Player of the Year in basketball, another (who was only there a short time) ended up in the NBA,...

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Choosing a Great Team Building Venue

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a member of the San Francisco Bay events community, I am privileged to work at some of the finest hospitality venues in the world. Our diverse landscape includes world-class hotels, resorts, wineries, parks, and event centers that are virtually unmatched in terms of their amenities and physical beauty.  With the confluence of so much high-level corporate business happening within 15 minutes of our office in San Jose, the competition for your all-hands meeting or 5 day retreat is fierce. When you add in our team building services (and we...

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NCAA Final Four = Team Building Success!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a lifelong athlete and somewhat obsessive sports fan, I am always fascinated with the NCAA tournament.  This year, like most, has been an amazing collection of twists and turns and Cinderella stories. I went to the University of Arizona for a couple years, so that really is the team I follow the most.  Unfortunately, they lost in overtime to Wisconsin in one of the best college basketball games I have ever seen.  For those who aren’t so into it, the Final Four teams play next weekend in Texas to determine the national championship. ...

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Your Legacy at Work

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On March 21, my oldest surviving relative, Albert Schwartz, passed away. He was 94. Albert leaves behind a legacy that is unique and inspiring. As a Jew during World War II, he helped liberate concentration camps while having to hide his religious heritage for fear of being captured and immediately executed.  He also led the fight in 1962 to make El Paso, TX the first desegregated city in a former confederate state.  Needless to say, he was a brave and brash man who took risks. But there was another side to Albert.  He owned 4 department...

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Dad…what do you DO?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My kids are curious about everything.  Always have been, probably always will be.  Intellectual curiosity is certainly something I was taught to value, so I have generally tried to instill the same thing in my children.  So, when I started TeamBuilding ROI with a couple friends in 2011, they asked me: “What do you DO for a living?” The short answer was (and is) that I help people work together and find common ground, away from the office.  But do I really?  I mean, that sounds really high-minded and important, but it doesn’t...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Newswire | 0 comments

6/10/13 – NEW PROGRAMS FOR YOUR TEAM We are out of the lab and back with some new goodies for your crew!  Yes, Team Olympics, Ice Sculpting, 60 Seconds to Success, and more…you have so many choices when it comes to team building, and we feel that we give you the broadest range of cool programs anywhere. One idea that you may want to consider is a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt – perfect for groups over 250.  We hire actors and place them strategically (and discretely) around your party, then we write the script, stage the...

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