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TEAM BUILDING IN THE CAFETERIA

SOME COMPANIES go to extraordinary lengths to build bonds among workers. At disk-drive maker Seagate Technology, for example, former CEO Bill Watkins used to take groups of 200 employees on a 40-kilometre adventure race through the middle of New Zealand. Fortune’s Jeffrey O’Brien described Seagate’s “Eco week” as a pep rally that existed not as a reward but as an attempt at extreme team building. Watkins, O’Brien wrote, “thinks Eco week…helps build a more collaborative, team-oriented company.”

Most efforts at team building are considerably more mundane. Many corporations plan outings that include such things as ropes

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