How To Build An Indestructible Team

No matter how big or small your business is, you most likely want to make the best of it.

No matter how big or small your business is, you most likely want to make the best of it. If you want to make it grow as much as possible, then there are two categories of people you will simply not be able to live without: your employees and your customers. Keeping them happy and united is the key to success, regardless of the field of your activity. We will present a set of tips on how to build an indestructible team any business owner would dream of: One that loves working for you, one that puts in as much effort as they can, and one that knows that there is no first person singular in a group of people working together.

Team Building: Doing It Right Will Save The Day

Most companies organize team building activities on a regular basis. And they know why: creating good relationships between the employees helps to make work much better for them; thus, they will be more effective in working together for the sake of everyone’s happiness.

Team building exercises are of four types: communication exercises, trust exercises, planning exercises, and problem solving exercises. Keep these in mind whenever you want to organize team building activities and try to group them according to their type. Here you have two examples of activities for the first two categories mentioned above:

  • The circle of friends. Have everyone sit in a circle. Every person has a chair of their own, except one, who stands in the middle of the circle. This person starts by saying something he/she likes or dislikes. Those who agree with him/her stand up and try to grab another person’s chair. One will be left out. And then the game starts all over.
  • The Lie. Have everyone write one true story and one lie on a piece of paper. Every person will have to tell the true story as if it were a lie and the lie as if it were truth. The others will have to guess which story is true and which one is a lie.
  • The knot. Split everyone in small groups (5-8 people). Have them close their eyes and put their hands forward. While they have their eyes closed, unify each hand with another hand until it all looks like a knot. Tell them to open their eyes and remake the circle without letting go of their hands.
  • The Pharaoh. This one will require a lot of trust between the partners of the game, so try doing it only when the team has already been shaped. Again, group people in small circles of 5-8 and have one person sit in the middle with their hands crossed over their chest (just like a Pharaoh) and their eyes closed. Remember, for this exercise, the circle has to be very tight, so tell everyone to stand as near as possible to their left and right partners. Once the person in the middle has closed their eyes, tell one of the circle members to push him/her gently. The circle will always have to catch softly the person in the middle, as he/she is bouncing from one part of the group to the other.

Making Your Employees Feel Important

Show your workers how much they mean to you and how important they are to the entire business. Sometimes, a raise or a bonus is not an option, especially when on a very tight budget. Still, there are many ways to make them feel good about their work.

  • Training. Those who are passionate about their career will always appreciate some extra learning, especially when it is provided by the company and when they can get certificates for it.
  • Happy Friday. Once in awhile, organize hangouts: drinks, pizza, karaoke. This is also a great and fun way to break the ice between older employees and newer ones and to build a hardworking, loyal team.
  • Small gifts. Be careful with these, and only use this reward system if you know your employees very well. Candy, wine, plush bears- anything can work, really, but only if you know for a fact that they will love that gift.
  • Plaques and trophies. If you have an “employee of the month” section, then this is the perfect way of showing them that they are really important. This manner of rewarding is relatively inexpensive, but it will pay off when you see the pride and excitement on your worker’s face. “Hey, I got a plaque with my name and picture on it” will be on his/her lips for the rest of the month.

Whichever of these activities and ways of expressing your gratitude you might choose, always keep in mind that it is your staff that makes things move for your business. They are worth all your attention and all your devotion, the same as you are worth theirs. Treasure them and show them how great they are doing. Eventually, it will lead to the production of high quality products and services and your business will prosper like never before.

Appreciation Awards do Matter

Everyone likes to be thanked for a job well done, and the employees of today are no exception.

Everyone likes to be thanked for a job well done, and the employees of today are no exception. In today’s global economic environment, businesses are facing even more fierce competition than ever before from other companies in the local area as well as those across the world. Keeping those employees who are the best at what they do is a win-win Star Employeesituation for both the employee and the business. Appreciation awards and trophies can help!

As Josh Bersin writes in this Forbes article, the most recent research points to facts like the companies who take the time to thank their employees on a regular basis outperform their competitors time and again. Yet many companies still cling to the outdated method of rewarding employees on a consistent basis only for their long service, instead of concrete accomplishments that help the business meet, or exceed, its goals.

Of course, staying with one company, through all its ups and downs and growing pains still deserves acknowledgement as well. Perhaps a combination of recognition for key milestones for length with the company and acknowledgement for a job well done is in order. After all, smart businesses want to keep their great talent to help them reach their future goals as well as to prevent the competition from enjoying their expertise. Use appreciation trophies and awards to recognize those employees.

Gone are the days when tenure meant a lot to employees besides those in academic circles. Instead, employees need to recognize their top employees using other methods. These include acknowledging them with appreciation trophies and awards for the specific things they do to help further the company’s mission, not just a general “Good job” award. Read about four more ideas in this Forbes article.

Car Show Trophies and Awards

A lot goes into planning a car show. The organizer wants to make it a worthwhile experience for both the people who bring their cars to participate, as well as those people who come as spectators.

A lot goes into planning a car show.  The organizer wants to make it a worthwhile experience for both the people who bring their cars to participate, as well as those people who come as spectators. In fact, without the car enthusiasts, there would be no car show to begin with. Fortunately, the type of people who have cars that are out of the ordinary are the type that like to show them off. Collecting car show trophies and awards, as well as plaques is one way they get gratification from their collections.

Source: http://www.ehow.com/way_5406414_car-show-planning.html

Major Sports Awards and Trophies

In the world of sports, outstanding performances by teams and individual players are often rewarded with recognition, fame, awards, and trophies.

In the world of sports, some of the sports awards and trophies are more recognized than the teams and individual players who win them. Below are the biggest sports awards and trophies in professional hockey, basketball, soccer, football, baseball, golf, and other sports:

Stanley Cup

The winning team in each NHL season is presented with the Stanley Cup, a 35.25” tall and 34.5 pound trophy which was donated by Lord Stanley back in 1892. To this day, it remains the oldest major trophy that professional teams and athletes compete for in all of North America. The winning team’s players’ names are engraved on the trophy.

FIFA World Cup Trophy

The winning team in the World Cup (soccer) is presented with the FIFA World Cup Trophy. The Cup is given every four years and the trophy has been a tradition in sports that first started back in 1974, replacing the Jules Rimet Trophy (an award permanently given to Brazil after being the first ever country to win three times in the said competition back in 1970).

Vince Lombardi Trophy

The winning football team in the Super Bowl is presented with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This award was originally called the World Championship Game Trophy. It was renamed after Vince Lombardi, the iconic coach of the Green Bay Packers, when he died in 1970. The said coach won the first two Super Bowl titles for the Packers in 1967 and 1968.

Larry O’Brien Trophy

The winners of THE NBA playoffs are presented with the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The trophy, which stands at about two feet tall and weighs almost 16 pounds, was originally called the NBA Championship Trophy in 1978 but renamed later in 1984 after Larry O’Brien, a former NBA Commissioner. Tiffany & Co. creates a new trophy each year for the NBA.

Commissioner’s Trophy

The emerging champions of the MLB’s World Series are awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy. The first ever award was given back in 1967 (St. Louis Cardinals – Boston Red Sox championship games). There are 30 flags on the trophy, representative of every one of the league’s teams. The trophy is made from sterling silver, and is the only one of all four major sports league trophies in America that is not named after a person.

Other Major Trophies

  • Claret Jug – Awarded to the British Open (golf) winner
  • William Webb Ellis Trophy – Awarded to the Rugby Union World Cup winner
  • Heisman Trophy – Awarded to college football’s best player (annually)
  • James Naismith Trophy – Awarded to the college basketball’s best player

Wearable Trophies

Not all awards in sports are in the form of trophies. Some come in the likes of medals, certificates, and even jackets. Despite the form they come in, these are huge honors for different athletes in the world of sports.

  • Olympic Medals – Awarded to the winner of the Olympic games, once every four years. These medals became world-wide awards for world-wide competitions since 1896.
  • The Green Jacket – Winners of the PGA Masters tournament are awarded a green jacket since 1937. The previous year’s champion traditionally presents the next champion with this prestiged award.

There are different awards and trophies for all kinds of sports. Here, we highlighted those given to outstanding athletes in the NBA, NHL, MLB, Super Bowl, and the soccer FIFA World Cup, among other major awards in the Olympics, golf and collegiate level. College athletes who are recognized early on often make it to the big leagues later in their career. These are representations of the hard work and success achieved by athletes and teams, often a good source of motivation and encouragement during each season of playing.

Awards for Motivation

There are different ways to motivate workers and employees. Some are able to motivate themselves, while some need a form of external encouragement.

star.performerThere are different ways to motivate workers and employees. Some are able to motivate themselves, while some need a form of external encouragement. Working for a company that you believe in, or doing a job that you really love are the two best situations that a working adult can ever have. However, even the most dedicated and passionate individuals need some sort of motivation in time, especially if they’ve been doing the same kind of work for a long time. Here’s where appreciation trophies and awards come in handy.

Depending on the company administration, awards for motivation can be given on a monthly, quarterly, biannually, or yearly basis. Titles like “Employee of the Month” or “Highest Sales” are some of the titles and acknowledgments that we are familiar with. The awards can come in many other forms, too. This is the company or the employer’s way to let the workers know that hard work, loyalty, and dedication to the job still matters no matter how long they’ve been there. Incentives may also come with these accomplishments, through material gifts, monetary bonuses, or even promotions.

Not everybody receives these awards all the time, so these can also boost the individual’s self-esteem and renew their drive for the work that they do. Appreciation trophies and awards are merely concrete proof that the company values its best employees, it is the sentiment behind it – the real “appreciation” – that counts the most.

Finally, check out this blog post on unique award ideas published in the General Motivation Blog. You can give a simple personalized gift set such as framed artwork, or bronze statues with themes matching specific occasions such as car show trophies or animal trophies. QuickTrophy has all sorts of awards and trophies you can think of!

Displaying Trophies and Awards

Trophies and awards are proof of your brilliance and can help you make a great first impression on potential clients, add to your reputation

Trophies and awards are proof of your brilliance and can help you make a great first impression on potential clients, add to your reputation, draw admiration or envy from anyone who looks at them. With all these benefits you can get out of your accumulated medals and awards, it’s unwise to have them lying forgotten under a pile of old junk or thrown higgledy-piggledy on some obscure shelf. Here’s some tips on displaying trophies and awards for the best effect.

Instead, follow these great tips by Megan Allen to let your trophies reflect your shining achievements.

Decide which room you want the trophies and medals displayed in. Choose a prominent shelf for yachievement awardour trophies and a wall for your medals, preferably one overlooking the entrance to the room. Position the trophies in a way that the tallest ones are at the back and shorter ones in front.

Place your medals in a shadow box. Shadow boxes are framed boxes that are deep enough to hold items and are great for displaying medals and even trophies.

Adding lights over the shelves and shadow boxes will spotlight your awards and add to the interest. You can use small battery operated lights – the stick-on type. For enhancing the display, you can also add framed photographs of yourself receiving the awards.

What’s an Oscar Worth?

Did you watch the 85th Oscar award ceremony? It was a great event indeed with all the glitz and glamour.

Did you watch the 85th Oscar award ceremony? It was a great event indeed with all the glitz and glamour. What’s an Oscar worth? Each of the roughly 13-inch tall and 8 pound, 24-karat gold-plated statues is worth around $900 according to the current gold prices – If you could buy one.

If you ever won an Oscar statue, would you sell it off?  I wouldn’t, not just Oscar but any other of the award medals I ever win either. It just doesn’t seem right.  Awards aren’t worth just money, there’s a lot more to them: happy memories of heartwarming victories which no amount of bucks can ever pay for. But lots of Oscar winners have sold of their awards over the years. I wonder what drove them to? The priciest one ever sold was in 1999 to Michael Jackson. He paid more than $1.5 million for the 1939 Best Picture award given to the producers of “Gone with the Wind!”

Turns out that even if you did win an Oscar, you couldn’t sell it. Ever since 1950 the Oscar winners have had to sign a contract with the Academy which states that they will sell back their award to the Academy itself, if ever they wanted to get rid of it. This rule doesn’t apply to the trophies awarded until the 22nd Oscar ceremony.

Mike Krumboltz writes more about some of the Oscar statues that have been sold so far.  Steven Spielberg, who has won 3 Oscars himself,  spent a little over a million to purchase a Best Actor and a Best Actress trophy, and then ended up donating the statues back to the Academy.

Different Types of Sports Awards

There are many kinds of awards and trophies that athletes – even kids – can be given by being good at sports.

There are many kinds of awards and trophies that athletes – even kids – can be given by being good at sports. In all levels – from the most professional leagues to the amateur and junior players – there are many ways to recognize excellence in performance and contribution. Here are some of the awards and trophies in the sports world:

Most Valuable Player

This is probably the most prestigious and sought after award in sports. The MVP award is given to players who show a good balance of team leadership, scoring and statistical prowess, and being a good character in general to uphold the whole league’s persona. This means that more often than not, being MVP isn’t just about scoring the most points – that is just one facet of the story.

Rookie of the Year

This award is given in different leagues, such as the NBA and the MLB. It is an annual title given to the top athlete of the said league after having played their first season. This award has been considered as a good “omen” in sports. For instance, the basketball icon, Michael Jordan, was rookie of the year and then went on to win multiple MVP awards – and the rest is history. This isn’t a sure fire hit, though, especially in the MLB. Major League Baseball rookie of the year awardees are known to either be mediocre players or be out of the sport altogether.

Coach of the Year

We all know that the awards and trophies that a sports team is given relies not just on the athleticism of its players. A big part of the win depends on the coaching staff who strategize and advise the players behind the scenes. Every league should give an annual coach of the year award to managers and/or head coaches. The award is based on performance that exceeds expectation, the creation of success from young and/or rookie players, or perhaps being able to overcome a great deal of stress and adversity.

Kids’ Sports Trophies and Awards

Children are often encouraged to play sports to learn many lessons – courage, confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, as well as the physical athleticism that comes with the games. As with any big league, minor and kids’ leagues also bestow awards and trophies to deserving players.

  • Certificates – These are given after each game, instead of waiting for the end of the season. This way, players who did good at a particular day of playing receive the recognition that they deserve. Usual points for this award are outstanding defensive and offensive players or leadership awards. This is a great way for schools to make sure that more than just a few kids get their shot at being recognized.
  • Athletic Awards – These awards will highlight the athletic abilities of the players at the end of the season. Base the awards on defensive and offensive plays, as well as an MVP award. Schools can also go specific with these awards. For instance, in basketball, the awards can include best shooter, best dribbler, highest jumper, fastest player, etc. It is also a good idea to give an award for the player who has improved most athletically since the beginning of the season to encourage kids to practice and improve their skills all throughout the year.
  • Attitude Awards – Aside from the athletic side of the sport, it is good to recognize the players who have showcased an outstanding good and healthy attitude during the game. Titles that come to mind include best sportsmanship, best attitude, and best leadership, among others. The team with the most “spirit” also deserves praise. At an early age, these awards can give kids the confidence boost that they need.
  • Comic Titles – For fun, schools and leagues can also hand out “funny awards” that can give both players and parents a good laugh as the season ends. It is important to consider the age of the kids, so that they’ll be able to understand the humor behind the awards. Examples would be the biggest oops, the season’s biggest fall, and a couple of “most likely to…” awards. It is a good idea to gather round the players and coaches themselves to vote for the winners of these awards, since they know each other better than anyone. This would be a lot of fun, especially when they award the Most Likely to Fall Asleep During Practice award! More ideas will surely come out mid-season as the antics show themselves during the games.

RAF Volunteer to Receive Award

Jenny Green of Ketton is set to receive the lifetime achievement award for setting up the RAF and helping widows of military personnel.

Jenny Green of Ketton, a well known RAF volunteer, is set to receive the lifetime achievement award for setting up the RAF and helping widows of military personnel. Jenny is 64 years old and lost her husband in a 1992 tornado crash. No one is more deserving of this award than Green. Alex Moore reports for the Rutland and Stamford Mercury.

Source: http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/ketton-woman-gets-lifetime-achievement-award-for-work-with-raf-widows-association-1-4816387

Trophies and Motivation

How do trophies motivate us? Should we give trophies to our children, or are we only encouraging competition?

How do trophies motivate us? is there a link between trophies and motivation? Should we give trophies to our children, or are we only encouraging competition? The trophy debate has been around almost as long as trophies have themselves. Now awards and trophies are mainly associated with sports. But in the past, they were given to warriors and meant more than just ‘well done’.

Awards and Trophies: A Brief History

The history of trophies and awards can be traced back to ancient Greece, when warriors created their own trophies from captured standards and arms. If there was a naval victory, a ‘trophy’ could be an entire fleet of ships – or the remains of the ships – laid out across the beach. In fact, the word ‘trophy’ comes from the Latin word, ‘trophaeum’, which means ‘monument to victory.’ And the trophies of the past were no more than that – victory monuments. The ancient Romans built their own stone trophies, carving stone and placing their trophies on magnificent stone memorials. After their age passed, however, trophies began to be less about a victory in battle or a historical marker, and more about sports. In the Middle Ages, knights were given chalices or prizes for their victories in one of the many popular sporting events of the time. As the awards became more sophisticated, they also became very popular in sports such as horse racing and, as the years passed by, automobile racing. Now, trophies are used in almost every sport, and help encourage our players and give them something to strive for.

Competition and Motivation

Over the years, a debate has raged on about how trophies affect our sports players. True, they’re motivating, but what about the competition factor? On the one hand, you can’t have sports without competition. On the other hand, is a trophy encouraging an unhealthy amount of competition? Sports should be fun, even if you don’t get an award! While this may not be such a crucial debate in major league sports, it’s definitely a controversial one when it comes to the minor leagues. How much do we want our children to compete? People are worried that awards do more harm than good. Should we encourage or discourage trophies?

It’s hard to strike a balance, but when people go against trophies, they’re missing a crucial part of any sport. What would a game look like if there was no winner and no loser? If neither team or individual ever could win? First, the entire point of the game is gone. Games – from sports to strategy games – are meant to challenge us. When a trophy is introduced, it just raises the stakes, and we challenge ourselves more. Just like real life, there are winners and losers in sports. A trophy both rewards the winners and encourages the losers to try harder and to challenge themselves more.

Why Do We Give Trophies?

Do we give trophies to unite kids and motivate them or to divide kids and make them compete? The answer is both. Especially in team sports, kids work together for a common goal: to win. Believe it or not, it’s easier to make friends with someone you play against on the field than someone you have a passing acquaintance with in school. But a trophy also lets kids compete and then be rewarded if they do a good job. Trophies prepare children for the world that they’ll enter as soon as they grow older. They encourage dedication and commitment. The next time you see a sports team win – or lose – think about trophies and how they’re encouraging our kids.