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We’ve all heard this over-used cliché before – it takes a village. And there is a reason why – because it does take a village to do anything effectively!

“It” – in the case today (Friday), means the success of HMA Public Relations now and in the future.

So, the HMA team is hitting the road for a special company retreat, which will focus on continuing to build our village including company culture, harnessing creativity, getting organized for the rest of the year, goal-setting and – of course – having some fun together.

Now, there are a lot of books, blogs and business advisors out there spouting off about a zillion tips for team building – or village maintenance.

Among my favorites:

But, enough with the “experts.”

While we here at HMA are off building our village/team, we would love to get some insight from all of you on effective ways you’ve found to do the same. How do you do it?

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Yvette R. says:

    I work with the best people in my workplace. They are professional, hard-working, genuine people, who never forget to inject a sense of humor in a work day. We have potlucks every month with a theme, usually celebrating the birthdays for the month. These lunch events encourage us to “break bread” and get to know each other in a more personal level (but not too personal). For me, it helps me appreciate my co-workers even more…in a professional and personal level. I think these simple events are always appreciated by our team and makes our team more cohesive and effective. Plus, we all gain weight together, so there’s no hating because someone’s skinny. : )

  2. One of my favorite ways to improve a team is to reconsider how and what it communicates. Until people learn how to truly understand one another, much can be lost in the transmission of information we are sure we made perfectly clear. Still more resources can be misdirected because of different interpretations of goals and objectives; different application of values or a variety of fears that inhibits teammates from risking full engagement.

    So basically, (because I know you’re always dying to know what I think) I believe most team building exercises are a bunch of hooey until you all truly understand the dynamics of great communication.

  3. Jane Stimmel says:

    We’ve done friendly competitions like bowling, wii bowling combined with business planning sessions. It is also great to volunteer together especially with people you don’t know very well, you can learn a lot about one another! And people love food so have something with food, always!!

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