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  • Q + A with Lain Henlsey – Part II

    We have a few meetings weekly, and so far none are really productive, resulting in a huge emotional response from several folks. How can we change the emotional memory so that these meetings become productive? Research has shown that physiology is critical to our state of mind and that the complexity of the human condition […]

  • Q + A with Lain Hensley

    How does Odyssey incorporate meaningful activities prior to the build in particular? I struggle with people just wanting to build a bike for hours and then are underwhelmed by donation numbers. Do not let them know anything about the building element going into the event. The philanthropic impact should be a surprise and the cherry […]

  • Sign on the Side of the Road

    Updates from your favorite Leadership, CSR, Teambuilding company that offers Life Cycles (Build-a-Bike), Helping Hands (Build-a-Hand), Playhouse Challenge and so much more. I travel quite a bit as a lead facilitator for Odyssey Teams, Inc. On my route to SFO (San Francisco International Airport), I drive by a church in the City by the Bay […]

  • Philanthropic Charitable Team Building

    In more than fifteen years around the globe, we have not met a group yet where the individuals were not able to articulate the values and behaviors that create great teams, great leaders and great organizations. The last time I checked, it listed a staggering 224,196 books on the subject of leadership. It seems […]

  • Teambuilding

    When organizations seek teambuilding, they often default to the cursory short-term ‘fun activity’ at the expense of more deliberate, long-term satisfaction. No doubt, short-term fun is better than dismal long-term satisfaction arising out of doing nothing, but many organizations too often seek to do some form of teambuilding, not realizing that they can have short-term […]

  • The Barn Raising


    When I was around 8 years old, my father purchased 644 acres of California land from my great uncle. It was located an hour drive from our house, and we made the trip every weekend. The land has since become a lifelong passion for my father—and rightly so, for it truly is an incredible piece […]

  • 3 Tactics to Get Naysayers to Engage in Team Building

    When notifying employees of the next team building event, the typical response is, “What? Do they really think I have time for this?” Cynics come out from everywhere when the email is sent that the next team-building event is mandatory. The most difficult task in producing a successful team building event or seminar is getting […]

  • Facing My Worst Fear


    It is said that more people are afraid of public speaking than dying, probably because you only die once. But public speaking is something you must face any time you are in public. More accurately it’s not the “public” that drives you nuts, it’s the private time you spend with your little voice — those […]

  • Flying through clouds.

    Cirrus SR 20 landing Oakland at night

    When I learned to fly an airplane there were two licenses I knew I had to acquire, VFR and IFR. VFR means you are free to fly the skies except through certain airspaces and sky conditions. The most significant limitation, put simply, is to NEVER fly through a cloud, hence Visual Flight Rules (VFR). If […]

  • Life is an Odyssey.

    Lain Railroad

    Today I delivered our Life Cycles program to a really great client. The CEO of their business, Barry, is perhaps the best leader I’ve seen in years. This makes them a great client because it’s so easy to bring his concepts to life because they are not complicated. Barry’s approach is to develop his leaders […]