Episode 34: Team Building with Tyler Hayden



Tyler Hayden is a team designer; he tells us about his journey from recreation professional to corporate speaker, explains why he calls himself a “team designer”, what components are involved in the formalizing of team building and where the inspiration for one his top Patchwork resources came from.

“We don’t put astronauts on the moon, but we help create the astronauts…” 

What everyone’s reading.
Tyler – The Little Book of Higgy by Meik Wiking
Curt – Contagious  by Jonah Berger
Patti – Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

Tyler explains how he designs activities based on the type of learners in his groups, gives tips on how to make your first 5 minutes of a session set the tone for the entire workshop, and talks about how to deal with dysfunctional teams.

Tyler puts Curt on a pedestal and talks about hiring the right people, he also tells us his go-to team building activity – one of them being Teambuilding 20 and the other one is mindfield.
He explains why it’s important to diversify your toolkit, how he keeps the energy flowing during a workshop, and why he talks to potential users about aggregate time.

Lightening Round

What book would you recommend for other camp and or recreation professionals?
The Best Team Wins – Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton

What’s a word that has meaning for you professionally?

What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
Fail forward, fail lots.

What’s your favourite quote?
“We’re all like yeast in a vat, mindlessly multiplying while we greedily devour and suffocate in our finite waste.”  _ – Barry Commoner

How to reach Tyler


At 41:31 Patti’s secret identity of an evil robot is revealed…

Additional books referenced: (Did we miss one? Let us know in the comment section!)
Good to Great – Jim Collins
All In – Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton
The Carrot Principle – Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton
Tylers Books

Things we’re grateful for

Tyler – His two beautiful daughters, community, people who make a difference
Patti – Spring
Curt – Amusement parks

Random Questions

What are some small things that make your day better?
Curt – Smile-y people!
Tyler – Random fun things
Patti – The MOST Cape Breton answer ever

If you could choose one animal to choose into right now, what animal would you choose?
Patti – A cat, Prof. McGonagall specifically
Tyler – Great white shark
Curt – Has the most adorable answer.

Throw-up reference tally – llll (There were totally more, they were edited out)

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro

Patti: The Camp Nerd

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