Team-building and Team Bonding – What’s the Difference?

Smart Tribes Book, By Christine Comaford
Smart Tribes Book, By Christine Comaford

What’s the purpose of your next team-oriented event? How do you want your team members to come together? We came across this book, SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together, that helps event meeting professionals to answer such questions. According to New York Times best-selling author, Christine Comaford, she helps to explain the significance between team-building and team bonding attributes.

Comaford says “We use a team-building event in order to further the ability to work together.” She adds that “gaining new skills, fostering trust, shifting behaviors and designing a shared future are characteristics of a team-building event. We are investing in building and enhancing the performance of the team.”

While Comaford explains “team bonding is an opportunity to build deeper relationships, play and let off steam. Here we are investing in the team’s understanding of and connection to one another via a shared experience.”

With CEI, the company offers a wide range of teambuilding events that foster the importance of working together, building trust and developing continuous confidence. From scavenger hunts to socially-responsible events to workshops and retreats, CEI can work with you in choosing the right fit for your organizational needs. The CEI team is here to help. Contact them today to get started!

Source: http://www.smartmeetings.com/event-planning-magazine/2014/02/team-building-building-and-bonding

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Cosy up and unwind

living room view
Client Living Room, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Hi everyone … as promised, I’m back with my client project’s Living Room unveil. As I had mentioned before, my clients bought a home that was outdated and in need of some tender loving care. Below is what it looked like while it was listed on the market.

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This is what it looks like now!  A modern living room look and feel!

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My clients wanted an inviting living room where they could relax, indulge and entertain with their twin little girls. All the while looking through their big bay window to welcome in the natural light. We chose the couch, rustic chairs and nesting tables, and coffee table together, while my client really, really wanted the two different eclectic table lamps. (She didn’t want a matching set.)

modern accents for living room
To play on the yellow/teal/gray colour scheme from their dining room chandelier, I brought in pretty accent pillows from Target (we’re going to miss them!) and Urban Barn while adding geometric vases from Bowring and Winners. The stylish, patterned grey curtains (from Urban Barn too) also complement the black and white pillows and silver elements in the room. My clients are big travelers so I wanted to bring in memories from their trips.  So I asked them to pick three favorite scenery shots from three different trips which I then enlarged into black and white photo prints and framed for them.

kitchen view
When they are cooking and entertaining, this is the gorgeous view they see from their open concept kitchen counter space.

accent mirror

And as they walk through their front door, look over to the right side, they are welcomed by a large accent mirror.  Instead of wall art, I wanted to encompass an unique piece that would be a “wow” statement as family, friends and guests entered their home.  And at the same time, help to open up their main floor some more.

In our next post, we’ll unveil their warm yet functional entryway …