Jan
25
2015

VUCA Focused Strategic Leadership: What is it and what does it mean for your organization?

vuca volatility uncertainty complexity ambiguity aai 201x300 VUCA Focused Strategic Leadership: What is it and what does it mean for your organization?An acronym for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity, VUCA is a military concept that was adopted by the business community as a way to describe the inherently difficult issues of the modern world. These four words form the lens through which a strategic leader views the rapidly evolving business landscape, and they are also the basis for creating an adaptable and proactive organization with regard to the inevitability of change.

A Little Background on VUCA

The concept of VUCA emerged out of the US Army War College in the mid-to-late 1990s, a time during which the US found itself in relative peace, but with a large standing army distributed across the globe. Without the Cold War focus of Russia to drive strategy and decision making, the army was forced to prepare it’s vast resources for the unknown. Read more »

Jan
16
2015

Bay Area Team Building… On an Aircraft Carrier

bay area team building aircraft carrier 300x200 Bay Area Team Building... On an Aircraft CarrierIt’s hard to imagine a more impressive backdrop for a team building event than an aircraft carrier — and that’s exactly what we had for our Pursuit team building event this past week. We took an enthusiastic group of ninety plus participants through a variety of fun and fast-paced activities inside the hangar bay of the storied USS Hornet, a decommissioned WWII era aircraft carrier moored in Alameda, CA. Read more »

Dec
31
2014

How to Give Feedback Effectively

how to give feedback 300x225 How to Give Feedback EffectivelyGiving feedback is rarely something that we look forward to, but rather something we often avoid or mildly dread. Unfortunately, the word itself has become loaded with baggage. When we hear the word feedback, most of us think of it as a lightly-veiled, corporate euphemism for criticism.

Despite the negative connotations, it’s undeniable that feedback is a valuable tool for improving employee and management team performance. And part of the reason that we dread it so much is that we’re doing it wrong. Here are some helpful tips that will assure that you provide feedback effectively. Read more »

Dec
12
2014

Employee Retention Strategies That Work: Keeping Your Workers Happy, Engaged, & Motivated

employee retention strategies 300x225 Employee Retention Strategies That Work: Keeping Your Workers Happy, Engaged, & MotivatedGlassdoor just released their Top 50 Winners for Best Places to Work 2015, and they did so right on the heels of the US economy’s best hiring month in three years. We’re finally out of the hiring slump and the wheels of commerce are turning again.

Along with this hiring increase has come a bolstered sense of confidence among the labor force, and those people who have been hunkered down at a job they don’t particularly like are now starting to explore their options elsewhere. Is your company a place where your employees want to stay? Read more »

Sep
26
2014

Adventure Associates Inc. Featured in U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News & World Report recently interviewed us regarding tips for effective corporate team building.  They asked great questions and demonstrated a genuine interest in learning from our expertise in designing and facilitating team building activities for corporate groups all over the country.

See the full the article, here: “Corporate Team-Building Activities: The Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly