The Cool Little Website with the Funny Name

Given that we’re late in the summer, you’re probably finding it harder and harder to get fired up about work this month – and we still have two weeks to go before Labor Day (there’s just something wrong about working in August – I think the Europeans definitely have this one right). Anyway, if you’re not off at a beach somewhere, you could probably use some light internet surfing as a quick, 15 minute vacation – if so, check out businessballs.com.

It’s a crazy name, I know – especially for a legitimate management tools website! But that’s exactly what you’ll find here – businessballs.com is filled with great activities, exercises, games, and other management tools that you can use to create engaging and motivating interactions with your team.

Businessballs.com is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations, run by Alan Chapman, in Leicester, England.  Chapman launched the site in 1999 as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month.  And the origin of the funny name?  Alan named the site after the juggling balls he used in his training and development business.

Subject to certain restrictions, the content and materials on the site are free to read, download, keep, print, copy, cut and paste for your own development or use, provided you retain/include copyright and disclaimer details as shown on the relevant Businessballs page(s). Looking for a cool team-building activity? You’ll find it here.  How about a brainstorming technique or process?  Check.  Popular business models or frameworks?  All the big ones are listed here.  Chapman is constantly adding new content to the site, too.  Businessballs.com is definitely worth adding to your favorites folder.

And who knows, you just might find a fun exercise to do with your team, once they all get back from vacation!