The Superchicken Model

A rethink of what drives us to do our best work.

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where value is placed on star employees who outperform others. Yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams.

Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results.


Build A Tower, Build A Team

The Marshmallow Challenge is a fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity. In our experience of leading experiential management challenges, certain groups of corporate employees typically do better than others! These secrets can be found in Tom Wujec’s TED talk

Interested in running this as a team build? Instructions can be found at:

How to Speak and Get HEARD!

The seven deadly sins of speaking by Julian Treasure.

Do you spread viral misery or are you a blame thrower? If Julian is right we all should HAIL if we want to be heard.

Our voices can be powerful when we become conscious!

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, discusses the power of body language, how it changes our social interactions and gives the audience a two-minute life hack that will change how they see themselves.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Amy shows how “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident, can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. She also explains when, and when not, to use a smiley face in an email.

Can you make work life balance work?

Nigel Marsh is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” In this short talk he turns his attention to work-life balance. He says it is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

If you are a Corporate warrior then this is one for you.