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Go, Team!

Prior to team-building, we didn't really have a word we could put after "Go . . ."

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It's all the rage these days, and it may involve fire-walks or white- water rafting. It's called team building, and it's about bonding with your employees, employees bonding with each other, and everyone learning how to translate all this teamwork into the office.

Does it work? Some of the editorial and art staff at Entrepreneur took a team-building workshop to find out. Run by the Center for Strategic Leadership at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, the event included maneuvering a wooden A-frame across a field (to teach teamwork); cramming seven people on three squares of carpet remnants while moving toward a finish line (to teach closeness, presumably); and grabbing hands to form a human knot, then untangling ourselves (to teach creative problem-solving). Says program facilitator Greg Carlston, "People learn by doing, instead of sitting in a seminar and just talking about principles."

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