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Susan M. Heathfield

Try a Rocking One-Word Ice Breaker

By February 22, 2011

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This is a week for celebrating. I was able to leave my office two days in a row, first to present a training session about organizational culture. Then, I attended our annual company birthday party that gives the more common, annual holiday party new meaning. We tried holiday parties and discovered that scheduling a date for all employees was impossible.

So, we decided that our annual event would be the company birthday in February. Here, in snow-challenged Michigan, that was a tough decision, but it has worked to the advantage of most employees. Themed around the game, Clue, the employees dressed in costume - so many feathers and flowers - think Miss Scarlett was the fave. Great food, great venue, great employees. Fantastic activity committee that planned and implemented the event - leaders all. Can life get any better?

My newest ice breaker is a direct result of the culture training session. As you know, I rarely publish anything that I have not tried in the field. So, for the record book, my new one-word ice breaker rocked. Try it.

What's rocking for you this month? Hopefully, something is setting your world alight and making you enthusiastic about working. Perhaps you helped a young employee find a new solution, or coached a long term colleague to a successful contribution. Whatever - I hope that it imbues your month with meaning. Have fun and provide inspiration.

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