Believe it or not, Ace of Cakes and Hell's Kitchen have a lot in common. Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Jeffrey "Duff" Goldman are both entrepreneurs with a their work and a clear vision of the kind of environment they want to create. They both have a passion for excellence and place an emphasis on creativity and innovation. The corporate cultures they create are very different and there are important lessons to be learned by any executive seeking to foster a vibrant team based culture.
The Greater Toronto and areas accessible to it (e.g. the Muskokas, Niagara-on-the-Lake) offer many possibilities for team building. Your options will vary depending on the time of year and, of course, your budget. The key is to combine facilitated business exercises and cases with activities to invigorate your team and boost team spirit. Here are just a few of many options.