On May 1st, I'm helping my kids' two schools organize a Green Up day. I've contacted teacher and parents, building crews and students, to come help green up the grounds of the schools. This will be the 4th year that I've organized these events - we do one in the fall as well. We'll pick up trash, rake leaves, prune bushes, fix flower beds and plant flowers in planters outside the school. We're getting Green Up bags from the City of Burlington so that we can be part of the city's efforts to green up our spaces. I would encourage other schools to do this - the students usually love cleaning up their playgrounds and school areas, and they really enjoy planting flowers. We also plant sunflower seeds around fences so that when students come back after the summer they see these tall giants of sunflowers that they helped plant. We coordinate with teachers and students to help water the plants over the summer. Team effort.
Team-Building Challenge #2
Pump up your team with a creative, personal, inspiring message.
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
- Francis of Assisi
Teams are at their very best when they share a collective interest in what they're doing. But sometimes it's lovely to be reminded of the big picture or a tiny point of perspective. Whether it's a coach's pep talk, a pastor's sermon, or a lone voice from the crowd, there's great power in an authentic and personal message.
- Check out the Resources to prime your brain with some ways inspire others.
- Play with some ideas of what you could do to bring your team some extra pep!
- Pick something and do it! Share what you did in the box below!
If you don't want to create it, find something inspiring in the world at large (better than finding it on line) that you can share.
- Care & Tenderness
- Surprise & Delight
- Excitement & Hope
- Laughter & Joy
Creative Ways To Inspire:
- A poem
- A picture
- An interpretive dance filmed in the primeval forest
- Really good cookies
- A mix tape (or playlist for you Younguns out there)