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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-walksor white- water rafting. It's called team building, andit's about bonding with your employees, employees bonding witheach other, and everyone learning how to translate all thisteamwork into the office.

Does it work? Some of the editorial and art staff atEntrepreneur took a team-building workshop to find out. Runby the Center for Strategic Leadership at Irvine Valley College inIrvine, California, the event included maneuvering a wooden A-frameacross a field (to teach teamwork); cramming seven people on threesquares of carpet remnants while moving toward a finish line (toteach closeness, presumably); and grabbing hands to form a humanknot, then untangling ourselves (to teach creativeproblem-solving). Says program facilitator Greg Carlston,"People learn by doing, instead of sitting in a seminar andjust talking about principles."

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