Corporate Teams Grow Outside the Office

Corporate team building exercises can involve activities as diverse as NASCAR racing and mountain climbing.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Extreme jobs could call for extreme team building. Those are activities that build trust and stimulate communication in the office with a twist.

Ron Roberts runs Action Centered Training. That's a company that specializes in building teams at corporations using beach balls, hula-hoops, and moving dollies.

Mr. RON ROBERTS (President, Action Centered Training): To create little exercises that help people simulate workplace issues around communication, teamwork, leaderships, strategic planning, process improvement, and systems thinking.

MONTAGNE: And if that's not extreme enough, there's paint balling, NASCAR racing, and even repelling down a mountain face. Then there's his special, what you might call foul way of dealing with anger on the job.

Mr. ROBERTS: Nothing is more valuable than the Anger Management Chicken. Now, you'll hear some music, and then I'm going to grab it around its neck because it's anger management chicken. And you'll hear what happens when you squeeze the chicken.

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MONTAGNE: Ron Roberts runs Action Centered Training. That's today's last work in business.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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