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Adventureworks Does Corporate Team Building

Corporate Team Building

Adventureworks creates fun, meaningful, effective team building experiences for all.
We’re experts at providing one product: an experience that meets your needs.
Adventure is our work!
Since 1987 we have been creating adventures that connect and inspire teams. Our custom programs typically range from 2-6 hours in length and may be delivered indoors, at a designated site, or at one of our challenge ropes course sites.

Our program designers will help you custom-design a program that is optimal for meeting your group’s specific needs. Here are some of the tools we use:
Music City Challenge (Urban Scavenger Hunt)
Treat your company to a team building event that is more than just great fun, it’s a scavenger hunt, where the one object that’s always found is renewed energy for your business! Facilitated by skilled teambuilding professionals, participants in this program follow clues that lead to interesting Nashville hotspots… and discover a few Music City secrets! Our scavenger hunts come in various levels of difficulty and can range from three to six hours. $45 per person

A challenge ropes course is tool with many uses. It can provide a new experience for individuals and groups that want to both have fun and challenge themselves. Located at our Kingston Springs Adventure Campus, our challenge ropes course can be used as part of a team development program, focusing on issues of leadership, teamwork, communication, thinking outside the box, diversity, risk, finding solutions, commitment, and more. $100 per person

“Portable” Ropes Course If coming to our ropes course isn’t an option, we will come to you, with a variety of on-the-ground initiatives that are just as fun, challenging and effective as our high ropes course in generating energy, improving communication, enhancing team solidarity, and achieving other common goals for teams. These initiatives can take place indoors or outdoors.
The Great Rescue Adventure
Your team has just survived the emergency landing of a plane in a remote area. What now?! Equipped with only a map, survival guide, and use of “native materials,” the team is challenged to make use of the resources available to find their way to safety. This scenario yields endless lessons in cooperation, communication, and other vital team skills through a fun and adventuresome activity.
Large Group Initiatives/Icebreakers
Synergizer and energizer sessions infuse energy and excitement into group or team meetings or events. Event kick-offs bring people together, strengthen relationships and break down barriers. Adventureworks works with large groups and small groups.
DiSC Personality Inventory & Workshop
The DiSC Personality Inventory is a great tool that will enable team members to gain awareness about individual personality styles and how these styles influence individual behaviors and shape team interactions. Team members will gain appreciation for their own and other team members’ strengths. They will learn strategies to work effectively with people they may have struggled to communicate with in the past.

Facilitated Discussions
Adventureworks facilitates vision-building and strategic planning sessions using interactive tools and activities that draw out the energy and creativity of your entire team. Optimize performance and productivity by generating enthusiasm and commitment from the whole team through active participation in setting and achieving group goals.

Leadership Training
Dynamic, interactive training where leaders learn about themselves as they learn to lead more effectively. Leadership sessions create opportunities to examine leadership and followership styles, give and receive productive feedback (360 feedback), acquire new leadership tools and strategies, and practice leading a team towards specific objectives.

Setting Goals/Strategic Planning Sessions
Strategy is the roadmap that will get you from where you are to where you want to be. Be sure that you are asking the questions that will provide the information needed to generate the best strategy. Learn techniques and processes that will help you not only develop more effective strategy, but also communicate it more effectively to the people who will be involved in execution.
Facilitator Training
Comprehensive Facilitated Retreat
A multiple-day retreat is an investment that enables a team to dig deep and devote more than a single-session to cultivate a stronger team, set and work towards concrete goals, and position the team
while at the same time strengthening and uniting the team to better work together length of retreat
Pure Team Bonding FUN: Zip Line!
Some organizations are just looking for a fun, recreational adventure to experience as a group. If this is what you’re after, consider a zip line tour at one of our four locations:
Nashville West (Kingston Springs, TN) Located in a bend of the beautiful Harpeth River 30 minutes west of Nashville, this Adventure Park includes a 9-line canopy tree top zip line tour and an Aerial Challenge (High Ropes) Course, which includes a series of obstacles like swinging bridges, cargo nets, stump crossings, cables and more—all located in the tree top canopy.
Zipline Forest at Fontanel (Nashville, TN) Soar through the green hills of Fontanel at this 8-line zip line adventure.
Join us as we strive to do good, work smart, live well, and laugh often through all of our adventures!

Team Building Since 1987
We’re experts at providing one product: an experience that meets your needs.

Choosing a team building adventure starts with the question, “Where do you want to go and what do you want to achieve? Having a vision gives a focus to the program and influences the selection of tools we use to custom design a program to meet your group’s specific needs.

We can provide both indoor and outdoor programs. We can come to you, or you can come to us.

Here are some of the tools we use:

Challenge Ropes Course

Get the team outside of its typical work environment and onto our challenge ropes course to make new discoveries about strengths, opportunities for growth, creative potential, untapped resources, and the many benefits of interdependence. Teams may experience both “low ropes” and “high ropes” challenges that put them in their growth zone and enable them to emerge with a stronger sense of team, a sense of success, and greater awareness of individual and team potential so that they can improve their performance back in the “real world.”

Location: Adventureworks Nashville West, Kingston Springs, TN
Program Length: 2-8 hours
Group Size: Up to 150
Cost: $100 per person

The Great Rescue Adventure
Your team has just survived the emergency landing of a plane in a remote area. What now?! Equipped with only a map, survival guide, and use of “native materials,” the team is challenged to make use of the resources available to find their way to safety. This scenario yields endless lessons in cooperation, communication, and other vital team skills through a fun and adventuresome activity.
Location: Adventureworks Nashville West, Kingston Springs, TN
Program Length: 3-8 hours
Group Size: Up to 150
Cost: $100 per person

Music City Challenge (Urban Scavenger Hunt)
Enjoy a uniquely “Nashville” team building experience while your team follows clues and solves riddles that lead to exploration of interesting Nashville hot spots and Music City secrets!

Location: Varied downtown venues
Program Length: 1 ½ to 4 hours
Group Size: up to
Cost: $45 per person*
*There may be an additional charge for use of venue. Program designer can assist with identification of venue.

Portable Challenge Initiatives
The team will engage in a variety of fun and energizing on-the-ground initiatives that yield those invaluable “aha!” moments of realization about team dynamics and team strengths, liabilities and potential. Learn ways to improve communication, rely on teammates, manage conflict productively, think innovatively, be resourceful, stay committed, set goals, enhance team solidarity, and more!

Location: Indoor or outdoor, client selected site
Program Length: 1 ½ to 8 hours
Group Size: up to 500
Cost: $ per person

Meeting Kick-Offs and Conference Enhancers
Having a conference, retreat, or other type of business meeting? We’ll help you kick it off and bring the team together with a burst of positive energy and laughter. We can also facilitate activities to enhance learning and bring shared information to life throughout the day or lift the group out of that post-lunch coma with a meaningful group energizer that builds team.

Location: Indoor or outdoor, client selected site
Program Length: 1 ½ to 8 hours
Group Size: up to 500
Cost: $45 per person*

DiSC Personality Inventory & Workshop
The DiSC Personality Inventory is a great tool that will enable team members to gain awareness about individual personality styles and how these styles influence individual behaviors and shape team interactions. Team members will gain appreciation for their own and other team members’ strengths. They will learn strategies to work effectively with people they may have struggled to communicate with in the past.

Location: Indoor or outdoor, client selected site
Program Length: 1 ½ to 8 hours
Group Size: up to 500
Cost: $45 per person*

Setting Goals/Strategic Planning Sessions
Strategy is the roadmap that will get you from where you are to where you want to be. Be sure that you are asking the questions that will provide the information needed to generate the best strategy. Learn techniques and processes that will help you not only develop more effective strategy, but also communicate it more effectively to the people who will be involved in execution.

Location: Indoor or outdoor, client selected site
Program Length: 1 ½ to 8 hours
Group Size: up to 500
Cost: $45 per person*

Facilitated Discussions
Adventureworks facilitates vision-building and strategic planning sessions using interactive tools and activities that draw out the energy and creativity of your entire team. Optimize performance and productivity by generating enthusiasm and commitment from the whole team through active participation in setting and achieving group goals.

Location: Indoor or outdoor, client selected site
Program Length: 1 ½ to 8 hours
Group Size: up to 500
Cost: $45 per person*

Leadership Training
Dynamic, interactive training where leaders learn about themselves as they learn to lead more effectively. Leadership sessions create opportunities to examine leadership and followership styles, give and receive productive feedback (360 feedback), acquire new leadership tools and strategies, and practice leading a team towards specific objectives.

Location: Indoor or outdoor, client selected site
Program Length: 1 ½ to 8 hours
Group Size: up to 500
Cost: $45 per person*

Corporate Retreats

Pure Team Bonding FUN: Zip Line!
Some organizations are just looking for a fun, recreational adventure to experience as a group. If this is what you’re after, consider a zip line tour at one of our four locations:
Nashville West (Kingston Springs, TN) Located in a bend of the beautiful Harpeth River 30 minutes west of Nashville, this Adventure Park includes a 9-line canopy tree top zip line tour and an Aerial Challenge (High Ropes) Course, which includes a series of obstacles like swinging bridges, cargo nets, stump crossings, cables and more—all located in the tree top canopy.
Zipline Forest at Fontanel (Nashville, TN) Soar through the green hills of Fontanel at this 8-line zip line adventure.

5 Practices of High Performance Teams

Five Practices of High Performance Teams

Practice 1    

Create, Clarify, And Communicate Goals    

Companies without direction lose focus, chase rabbit trails, and produce  mediocre (or worse) results. Clear goals that support the company’s bottom  line provide direction and purpose. Teams that clearly understand what they  are trying to achieve will generate momentum and energy, as they focus on  doing whatever it takes to reach their goal.    

Practice 2    

Develop a Culture of Openness:    

Without openness, individuals protect their own interests, cover mistakes,  and withhold information. Productivity slows, morale diminishes, and the  bottom line suffers. Highly effective teams are open with their leaders, and  each other. Mistakes are quickly identified, corrected, and learned from.  Individuals ask for help before a problem gets out of hand and team  members share vital information with those who will benefit from it.  Openness builds trust.        

Practice 3

Engage in Productive Conflict    

Organizations without conflict become stagnant; while teams locked in  conflict lose focus.  Unproductive conflict is masked, buried, or ignored, but  never resolved. Team members hold grudges or covertly sabotage plans they  did not buy into. Meetings become flat and dull and nothing gets decided.  Eventually, tempers flare. High performance teams argue risks and benefits,  air differences, and use productive conflict to make successful decisions.       

Practice 4     

Establish a commitment to the Team    

High Performance teams commit to team effectiveness and achievement.  Silo-ing, departmentalism, and individual ego all negatively impact team  success. Committed teams inspire alignment by hearing from everyone,  supporting each other, and going after ambitious goals. Objectives are clear  and there is little ambiguity about what needs to be done. Teams members  are committed to doing whatever it takes to reach their goals.      

Practice 5    

Embrace Accountability     

True accountability is elusive, but brings with it vast rewards. Blaming,  excuses, and even progress can all shift the focus away from achieving  results. Accountability among team members provides the means to  overcome mediocrity, encourages continual improvement, inspires respect,  and identifies potential problems before they become unmanageable. High  Performance teams discuss differences, have a clear understanding of  company goals and roles, and hold each other accountable to reaching them.

Can Experiential Learning Live Up to the Hype?

Why Experiential Learning Is So Effective

These 12 points are drawn from the Experiential Learning Research of corporate psychologists Dr John Luckner and Reldan Nadler. Sabre Corporate Development 1999 after Luckner and Nadler

Equality

It provides a common and yet novel experience where all participants are equal in their knowledge about the tasks and projects that will confront them. A unique set of projects and situations requires people to draw upon genuine team process skills as opposed to just functional ones.

Developing relationships quickly

Participants are interacting in close proximity whilst working on new and unfamiliar challenges. The communication, collaboration and effort that are required to meet these challenges develops relationships quickly. People may get to know each other better in a single day within this environment than over an entire year of normal working conditions.

Disequilibrium

The unfamiliarity of the challenges and problems places people in a state of disequilibrium or disorder. They can not easily stand behind their normal status, roles and defences. Prior experience isn’t as relevant in this environment. This can allow emphasis to be placed upon both task and process related themes as the group has to organise itself around the challenge.

Projective technique

In organising the instability or disequilibrium, the group projects their problem-solving skills, project management ability, and leadership style onto the experience. The experience provides a unique opportunity to catch participants doing what they typically do, inspite of knowing otherwise. The learning arising from this is profound and revealing. The window or mirror into their process provides unlimited information or data to shape their team based learning.

Decreased time cycle

The space between the project or challenge and the outcomes are compressed, so the consequences of organisational decisions can be easily examined and improved. Typically in an organisation , there is more of a time lag and more variables to consider, so any review or learning risks being diluted or delayed.

Meta Learning

In the experiential ‘learning laboratory”, as the projections and simulations shed light on the teams process, the group is asked to step back and evaluate their performance. The review is about themselves, their leadership, problem solving skills, teamwork, communication and managing change. The intensity with which these issues can arise, and then be discussed in this environment, is superior to that which normally occurs within the organisation. Sabre Corporate Development 1999 after Luckner and Nadler

Chaos and Crisis in a Safe Environment

Teams are able to experience chaos, disorder, crisis and changing requirements for success in a safe environment where the consequences for failure are limited. The team can develop strategies and best practices for managing these issues both in this environment and back at work.

Kinaesthetic Imprint

Experiential learning is an anchor for cognitive material. Participants have a kinaesthetic imprint or whole body learning of cognitive principles because the learning is graphic as it involves physical, mental and behavioural dimensions.

Common language / company mythology

The experience provides a common language, experience and story, which can be related to the work environment. The experience can provide a short cut in communicating a shared vision very quickly. The experience is stored in a way that is able to permit participants to see themselves and their colleagues in a new light. The experience (and stories attached thereto) can serve as a catalyst for continuing the theme in the organisation.

Encourage Risk Taking

The experience allows participants to take new risks, try on new roles and make mistakes with no danger or cost. Risks are naturally perceived rather than actual. Each person taking a risk pushes others to take on something outside of their comfort zone. There are always individuals who shine in this environment – whose leadership ability hasn’t been noticed at work.

Diversity of Strengths

The team challenges and activities are designed to include a variety of elements that will challenge a range of team role skills. In other words input from all team members will be required to produce outcomes from projects specifically designed not to suit just one team role style or behaviour. One person cannot possibly succeed alone and so the interdependence of the team is highlighted along with the importance of diversity within the team.

Fun

This environment provides a highly enjoyable way to learn about and develop team and management process skills. Fun is a powerful aspect of effective learning with participants becoming more open to the experience and creative whilst participating in it. Sabre events and programmes will always place great importance on having fun. For this we don’t apologise.

What Teams Do During The Off Season

How to Spend Your Spring Break In Nashville

Welcome to Music City!

Whether you live in Nashville and are sticking close to home for spring break, or a or coming for a visit, Nashville is full of family friendly activities for families of all ages.

Some of our favorites include:

The Frist Center:

Visit Nashville’s Art Museum and see art from Nashville’s own expanding art scene as well as a continual flow of world-class exhibits. After touring the current exhibitions, be sure to stop at our favorite part of the museum “Martin Art Quest” and make some art of your own. There are over 30 stations that allow you to try your hand at printmaking, watercolor painting, and much, more. It’s easy to spend a couple of hours creating art and leave with projects you’ll be proud of. Martin ArtQuest is included in the price of admission. Adults $12, under 18 are free.

Adventureworks Zip Line Adventure Parks

Adventureworks has two locations in the Nashville area. The Nashville West Park is located in Kingston Springs about 30 minutes outside the city. To get there you’ll drive through beautiful country side along the Harpeth River. The zip line tour includes 9 zip lines (you do one of them twice) and lasts about 1.5 hours. It is appropriate for adventurers of most ages (they recommend 6 and older but will allow younger kids who want to do it.) This location also o!ers a tree top Aerial Adventure course full of obstacles like swaying bridges, cargo nets, hanging grape vines, swinging steps, etc. There is a discount if you book both the zip line tour and the aerial adventure course. The adventure course is can be done by kids 8 and older if they are accompanied by an adult. Kids must be 12 or older to go through the course alone. Adult Zipline $59, under 18 $49, Aerial Adventure course $45 (all ages), Combo $88 (all ages).

Adventureworks Zip Forest at Fontanel is on the north side of Nashville closer to downtown. It includes 8 zip lines and a bit of hiking. It lasts about 2 hours. It is on the Fontanel Property which also includes extensive hiking trails (for people and dogs) The Café Fontanella restaurant, Natchez Hills Winery, Pritchard’s Distillery, and Barbara Mandrell’s former mansion which can be booked and toured separately. The cost for Zipline tour is $59 adults, $49 under 18. Mansion tour is Adults $24, Youth (6-15) $16

The Nashville Zoo

The Nashville zoo has grown to become a world-class zoo with kangaroos, Bengal tigers, red pandas, and so much more. One of our favorite exhibits is the Lorikeet Landing where birds can land on your arm (or head) and eat out of your hand. Be sure to take a break from seeing the animals and spend some time climb over and thru the best jungle gym in the city! Adults and Teen $16, Children (2-12) $16

The Adventure Science Center

Everyone will enjoy discovering the fun of science in a well maintained indoor learning laboratory. With 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Adventure Science Center features nearly 175 hands-on exhibits focused on biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy and earth science. The Sudekum Planetarium features a 63-foot dome and is home to the GOTO Chiron optical star projector, which produces a staggering 6.5 million stars. The Chiron’s breathtakingly realistic night sky works in tandem with a Digistar 5 full dome projection system. This hybrid system is unparalleled throughout the United States. Combined with our SkyLase laser system, our suite of projection technologies is ready to sweep you away with the wonders of the night sky, cutting edge science, and stunning journeys across our planet, galaxy and beyond. Come explore space with and add some adventure to your day.

General admission is $11 for ages 2 yrs to 12 yrs, $15 for ages 13 yrs and older, and kids under 2 are free.

8 Fundamentals of a Strong Team

Adventureworks was founded more than thirty years ago by professional counselors with a passion for building strong teams. Since 1987, we’ve been building programs that bring the idea of teamwork to life. We’ve learned a lot about teams and how they work, and why they often don’t work. Our process aims to help teams “work smart.” That includes cultivating healthy professional relationships within teams. An investment in team building activities will improve communication, empower and encourage employees, and put you on the path to continual improvement.

1. Establish a clear goal. State it often

There are many components to having a strong team. It could be argued that they all hinge on having a clear, shared goal. A shared goal draws people together. Accomplishing that goal generates excitement. Goals provide direction and allow team members to adapt to changing circumstances as they all move toward a common goal.

2. Debate ideas, not positions, to arrive at the best conclusion.

Conflict is a part of life, personal and professional. Healthy teams have healthy conflict. Team members share ideas and openly debate diverse thoughts and solutions. Individuals back up ideas with information and invite others to share their voice. Sharing information, advocating for ideas and listening to other perspectives, leads to well thought-out, informed decisions.

3. Seek solutions.

Obstacles will get in the way of success. When they arise, put energy towards what you want to happen as opposed to focusing on the details of “the problem.” This offers a more streamlined approach to finding solutions.

4. Observe, interpret, and improve.

Most companies strive for high quality and continual improvement, but only a few consistently achieve it. A culture of improvement develops when quality becomes everyone’s concern. Improvement comes through a combination of good observation from different perspectives, and willingness to make changes and try new ideas.

5. Empower everyone involved to make decisions.

When the goal is clear, and everyone is moving in the same general direction, everyone should be empowered (within expressed limits) to make decisions that will move the group towards the goal.

6. Take reasonable risks.

Success often requires taking a few risks. The challenge is to learn to weigh the potential costs against the potential benefits. Ask yourself: what are the consequences of failure? Are the potential rewards worth the risk?

7. Get the right person in the right job.

A person in the wrong position has a limited ability to succeed no matter how hard they try, while a competent, passionate individual has the potential to far exceed expectations.

8. Foster connection.

Lack of connection to the company and coworkers can result in a culture of fear where employees just go through the motions of work. Science shows that connectivity benefits everyone. Productivity, creativity, innovation and commitment, all rise in a connected culture.

What Not To Do on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is the day of looooove and we like to celebrate it. With chocolates and flowers and teddy bears, oh my! However, no Valentine’s day is complete without the inevitable awkward dates and breakup stories.

We took to the streets and asked a handful of women about their worst Valentine’s day ever and the answers did not disappoint. Guys, if you’re listening, don’t do any of these things!

“My favorite Valentine’s day had to have been when I opened a bottle of cellulite cream from my boyfriend—with a box of chocolates.”
-Rebecca
“I had agreed to go on a date with a friend of a friend one year. I was excited, he was good looking and we were going to a restaurant that I knew had a really delicious menu, I was all about it!  We arrived and he sat me down and excused himself. After waiting fifteen minutes, I ordered my meal. It was scrumptious, just as expected—cooked to perfection. I finished my meal and decided I should probably go look for him (better late than never.) I found him in the corner, reading a book. I never saw him again.”
-Raegan
” I once took an 8-hour road trip to visit my boyfriend of 3 years. He met me at the door and immediately broke up with me. I went to leave and realized I had locked my keys inside the trunk of my car. I had to sleep on his dorm room couch. Worst Valentine’s Day, ever.”
-Brittany  
“When I was young a boy gave me a dead bird on Valentine’s Day. I don’t think he was asking me to be his Valentine, but I accepted. I also helped bury the body.
-Weslea
“Last year I was taken to the National Museum of Health and Medicine. I won’t go into too much detail but I will say, the “megacolon” display was the most exciting and least nauseating part of the night.”
-Lucy

If you want this Valentine’s Day to turn out better than it did for these ladies, trade in the crowded restaurant for an adventure in the woods. Check out Adventureworks Sweetheart Zip. A romantic walk in the woods, a thrilling ride on the zip lines, and a warm fire to snuggle up next to.

So pack a dinner for two, saddle up your favorite conveyance, and have yourselves one hell of a date this February 14! The Sweetheart Adventure is a sure way to add tingle to this Valentine’s Day. . . . And, yeah, we’re a little biased. But you’ll see. . .

Happy Valentine’s Day, Y’all!