Mixing it up with Eventa and Cocktails

It’s a tough life at the Eventonian offices. We’re always going out of the office on jobs. We go out finding new products that we can bring to our clients to improve their corporate event. Why only last night our team trekked out to one of our new cocktail making suppliers to sample a range of delicious, innovative cocktails. It’s hard, difficult work but somebody has to do it I guess.

Here in the heart of Brighton we sampled a variety of alcohol infused delights. Any of which Eventa can bring to your corporate event. The backdrop to our night? A mixology bar which is equal parts a scientist’s lab and a bartender’s dream. Picture the ultimate man cave, countless bottles on the walls, and you have an idea of what we’re dealing with here.

Starting as we mean to go on, things kicked off with a shot of tequila. Generally most people’s impression of tequila is it’s where you end up after a few too many and the taste is generally salt, lemon and instant regret. This was not the case for us.

Our tequila was paired up with sangrita (NOT sangria) a non-alcoholic Mexican drink which is traditionally served alongside tequila. The two flavours tremendously complimented one another. However the real show stealer was the tequila. It was served in a specially designed glass which also held a small amount of dry ice. The dry ice creates the billowing ‘smoke’ effect you can see in the below picture. It improves the flavour and aroma of the spirit. And it looks cool. Really cool. Really, really cool.

Dry ice makes a fantastic statement, and if you’re looking for a ‘wow’ factor at your event, then look no further.

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Tequila, dry ice and sangrita

After this we got a little hands on. We were each provided with our own delicious gin and tonic, but we were then encouraged to create our own ‘infusions’ using a range of ingredients from blueberries to thyme to red pepper flakes to create our own twist on the classic cocktail.

 This made for a fantastically fun and interactive experience, as everyone talks about their drinks (along with plenty of tasting). Sessions like this can be ideal as a team building activity, bonding a small group in a fun and interactive atmosphere.

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A gin and tonic done right

As you can see from the above picture, this time the dry ice was contained within a ‘cage’ (the black device in the glass). Although ingesting a small amount of dry ice is totally harmless, safety is always a priority for our bartenders. And although it detracts from the air of reckless hedonism we like to give off, it is an important thing to keep in mind.

Our next delight was cocktail canapés. If you imagine the kind of ‘Vodka Jelly’ which is a staple at so many 18 year olds house parties – well… you’d be a million miles away from what this is. Essentially condensing the flavour of a cocktail into a delicious bite sized portion, they’re fantastic for receptions and a whole range of corporate events.

 And the wow factor? They explode with neon light when under a black light. If you’re looking for a really jaw dropping addition to your event, bringing these ‘glow-in-the-dark’ canapés and a large black light to your corporate hospitality is a sure-fire way to impress guests.

Canapés

Our cocktail canapés in light, and in neon

From here the cocktail concoctions and wonders started coming thick and fast. There’s everything from Margarita’s that use a salt ‘foam’. To ‘dessert’ cocktails that blend the best of sweet desert dishes and decadent cocktails into one glass of deliciousness.

Margarita

A Margarita with a salt ‘air’

Dessert Cocktail

You can’t decide between a cocktail, or a dessert? Why not both?

As an avowed whisky lover – the thing that really impressed me was the usage of ‘airs’. A wee dram of some rather fine scotch was given a visually dramatic, and aromatically delicious, addition. The aromatic air enrichens the flavour of the scotch as well as looking cool (Have I mentioned how cool all of these drinks were yet?). It provided a perfect example how important smell is in taste. Not that it’s particularly difficult to excite me when the concept is essentially “You know that delicious whisky stuff? Imagine if we made it ever better!”

Air Whisky

Believe me when I say this was delicious

Now of course we love getting to taste all these cocktails, but we are actually doing important research. I’m going to anticipate your ‘Yeah rights’ and say that its experiences like these that give us the inspiration to make your events incredible. Seeing our new mixologist and this kind of forward thinking approach to bartending gives us endless ways to give a little excitement to your corporate event.

At Eventa we believe in bespoke event experiences. The usage of dry ices and airs is obviously a vast improvement on the hastily mixed vodka and orange juices you may be used to, but the applications don’t end there. Cocktail making is a hugely popular and effective team building activity. Beyond that? How about having a bespoke signature cocktail created for your event?

These are only a few ideas that we can come up with. Why not contact our team at 01273 225 078 to talk to one of our account managers. After getting your brief for a Christmas party, team building activity, or corporate event of any type – we can get to work creating memorable experiences for you and your team.

How the Rugby World Cup has Inspired Eventa’s Team Building

 

 The Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is in full flow. Over its 44 days, some 4 billion people will be watching nearly 4,000 minutes of Rugby action. And already lots has happened to talk about – while it’s been business as usual for champions New Zealand, Japan became part of one of the sport’s biggest ever upsets when they defeated South Africa. Despite playing against a South Africa team full of experience and World Cup winners, Japan prevailed with a game plan that relied on hard-work and team-coordination.

Japan Rugby Team

Japan celebrating at the Amex after their historic victory over South Africa in Brighton

Seeing the camaraderie of the Japanese team, and the 19 other teams in the World Cup has proved to be a source of inspiration for team building companies. A far cry from the usual whining and complaining that we see whenever the Premiership teams like Manchester United and Chelsea play, the Rugby World Cup has shown teams overcoming adversity by working together.

One of the ways that the RWC has been brought to the world of team building is providing a twist on the GPS treasure hunt. Called Scrum Challenge, and coinciding with the Rugby World Cup it’s a competitive and energising activity that has something for everyone – even if you don’t know your rucks from your mauls.

Scrum Challenge

We decided to put Scrum Challenge to the test, after all, we don’t just provide team building experiences, we go on them too. We do it to get to know our products better… and possibly because any excuse to indulge our fun seeking and recklessly competitive side is appreciated, and the fact it finished in a local watering hole is just the cherry on the cake.

Scrum Challenge: Team Building

Regardless of why we embarked on our Scrum Challenge, it provided to be an evening of absolute fun. The Eventa Group is a company with many departments who may not see each other on a day-to-day basis. So an event that has everyone from across the company working together means you may be playing alongside team members you usually don’t get to interact with. But in such a fun environment, the ice is instantly broken.

A GPS treasure hunt such as Scrum Challenge sees your team equipped with a state of the art Wi-Fi-Enabled tablet. The location that you’re in is transformed into a map full of ‘hotspots’, and whenever your team reaches one of these hotspots you activate a challenge. Challenges include trivia questions about the World Cup Nations as well as photo challenges.

You might picture things as a leisurely stroll around your city or town (in our case beautiful Brighton), but rest assured, this quickly degrades into a mad rush from hot spot to hot spot where you resemble a headless chicken more than anything else.

Tablet Map

What your GPS Scrum Challenge Map looks like, populated with Rugby and Flag icons

Our Experience

Our Scrum Challenge started off at Eventa HQ. We were separated into teams and each team was provided with a Tablet, after arguing about who would – and more importantly, wouldn’t – be responsible for the valuable piece of state of the art technology we took our team selfies and gave ourselves Rugby themed team names. Particular highlights included the Yummy Scrummies and the Mother Ruckers (that thoughtful, deeply meaningful name was courtesy of yours truly).

Eventonians

Just a few of the beautiful people of the Eventa Group

After some kind words of encouragement (meaning; insults) to the other teams we set off in different directions to complete as many challenges as we could in the time limit before meeting back at a pub to review our team building event and its success.

As we all set off in a different direction, each team encountered different challenges along the way…

Challenge: Recreate Lady and the Tramp

Challenge: Recreate ‘that scene’ from Lady and the Tramp

Some of these showed our creativity…

… While others did not…

OrigamiChallenge: Make origami and take a picture, not as you may have assumed ‘Challenge: Take picture of random crumpled pieces of paper’

One of the most fun things about our Scrum Challenge team building activity was using the interactive GPS tablet. It’s easy and intuitive to use. Your tablet doesn’t just show your position and the location of hotspots, it also shows a live leader board (so you can see how well/badly you’re doing) and the position of other teams which adds a fun level of competition.

The GPS location ability of the tablets is incorporated into your challenges too. For example, using the app to locate the other teams:

HandshakeChallenge: Find a member of a different team and shake their hand

As the Scrum Challenge went on, competitive levels began to surge, even with the challenges getting more and more ridiculous. Many of them including interacting with unlucky members of the public.

Some of these challenges didn’t go fantastically…

Challenge: Greet a member of the public like an old friend or alternatively, Challenge: Make an unfortunate member of the public feel uncomfortable for several awkward seconds

… But others were resounding successes …

Challenge: Grab as many people as you can to make the biggest scrum

The above Video Challenge was one of the ‘Golden Ball’ challenges. Throughout our team building activity we were set a variety of similar challenges. Our Event Manager would send these tasks through to our tablets at random intervals. The punishment for not completing these challenges in the time limit? A in-keeping-with-the-theme ‘sin bin’ punishment.

Sin Bin

With the clock ticking, it became a race back to the finish line for a well-earned celebratory drink. All the images and videos found in this blog (and many more that weren’t fit to post) made up a fantastic finale presentation. Each team laughed and cringed in equal parts as we watched ourselves and saw how we’d all done across our challenges. A winning team was announced, medals handed out and good times had by all.

The Result

By bringing everyone together for this shared experience it not only acted as a finale to our team building event, but created and strengthened bonds. I mentioned earlier in this blog that Eventa is a company with diverse departments who don’t usually see one another, but the Scrum Challenge gives everyone something to talk about and bond over, even with colleagues we may not usually be interacting with day-to-day.

In all of the team building activities that Eventa run, we ensure that we both provide fun and deliver business objectives. An event which is just fun is unlikely to be hugely effective long term, but equally an objective focused team building activity is likely to bore your team.

Sticky

Whether you’re a dedicated rugby head or you were shocked to find out the Haka isn’t a sound that people with the flu make, it’s an event for all abilities. The Rugby World Cup provides a source of inspiration for Team Building Activities, and events like Scrum Challenge can forge your company in a world beating team.

To bring the Scrum Challenge, or any of our other beneficial team building products to your team it all starts with speaking to one of our expert account managers today!

 

 

Eventa meets Celeb Chefs Tom Kerridge and Marcus Wareing at #VE15 in London

Our corporate account managers pride themselves on knowing exactly which venue space will suit each client brief perfectly. In order to keep up with all the exciting new venues and quirky event spaces us Eventonians follow the latest trade press, and attend as many industry events as our busy schedules allow.

One of the most important trade events of the year is Square Meal’s Venue and Events Show. Held at Old Billingsgate in the heart of London, it’s an incredible venue with a real ‘wow’ factor. Where better to showcase some of THE best restaurants, hotels and event suppliers than one of London’s best venue spaces?

Old Billingsgate

September is our busiest month for booking Christmas parties, our team split in two to sample both days of the event. While one team held down the fort back at Eventa HQ, the other half came to the show to meet with business partners and new suppliers, as well as getting to enjoy someone else putting on the event for change! On day one, we sent down some of the real foodies of the team in the shape of Megan, our Corporate Event Organiser, Kate, our Head of Corporate Events and Dearen, our newest Corporate Account Manager.

We enjoyed some fantastic weather in London. The first day of Autumn making the iconic Old Billingsgate Market look truly spectacular in Autumnal sun. We have a busy day of seminars and taster masterclasses, but Event shows allow us a lovely opportunity to get out the office and bond during a time of year we’re busy perfecting corporate parties for our clients. It’s great to see so many new venues all under one roof and we spend our time in seminars learning about these fantastic spaces, as well as spending time maintaining quality suppliers and business contacts.

Being event organisers, we love to get involved. So the wide range of hands-on activities are fantastic, giving us the chance to test out a whole range of suppliers. We join the Cactus Kitchen canapé workshop – the work of the renowned chef Michel Roux Jr. As well as all being foodies, we’re a competitive team as well – so we make sure that we win our challenge!
Canapé

Feeling very satisfied with ourselves and our expertise, convinced that we could become chefs if we desired we bump into Marcus Wareing. One of the very best known celeb chefs of the moment. His pedigree as a Two Michelin Star winner, as well as a judge on Masterchef: The Professionals puts us in our place, though we do remember to ask for a cheeky snapshot and have a quick chat.

Marcus

As we’re off to one of our last venue meetings we bump into Tom Kerridge. You’ll perhaps recognise him from a whole range of TV shows including Food and Drink, or perhaps his country pub, the Hand and Flowers – which enjoys a deserved reputation as one of the world’s best gastropubs (with Two Michelin Stars), and a waiting list over a year long. We were so delighted to meet him that he was happy to stop off on his even-busier-than-ours-schedule to say hello and get a snap with the Eventa team.

Tom Kerridge

 

Day One of the Event and Venue show was a hugely successful one for all involved. And Day Two looks be just as fun. We’re getting sent images from the rest of our team who are there today.. and it looks like they’re having some fun in the Super Booth!

Photo Booth

The Eventa team are always on the lookout for new ideas, new venues and new suppliers so we can provide our clients with the very best events. We provide a whole range of services from venue finding to theming, from booking team building activities to throwing some of the best Christmas bashes around.

Whatever your corporate event need, we’d love to hear from you so contact our events team and we’ll see if our expertise can help you.

The Best Networking Events In Brighton

It isn’t always easy to find ways to network with other like-minded individuals within your industry, however this is becoming far more easier over time, with sites now purely dedicated to event management. If you are interested in meeting other business focused individuals in Brighton then have a read through our list.

Brighton SEO

Despite whether you are working in digital marketing or simply looking to meet other local businesses, BrightonSEO is one of the greatest free-to-attend events in the UK. It occurs once every six months and attracts over 2,000 people, situated in the Brighton Dome. Hosted by Kelvin Newman, their are three main rooms, so you can pick the subject which interests you the most.

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Chamber Breakfast In Carluccio’s

Once a month the Brighton chamber of commerce hold a morning meeting, attracting a vast range of businesses, as they all meet to discuss potential opportunities and key occurrences in the local area. They always have a speaker each time to discuss a set topic, so why not contact beforehand to find out what the talk will be on. Plus, you have the added benefit of the great tasting food at Carluccios.

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Juice FM Breakfast Club

Juice 107.2, our local radio station, is the host to a brilliant monthly meetup for local businesses. Occurring on the 3rd Friday of the month, this one does cost £10, however this also comes with a full English breakfast. You can always be assured of a strong presence considering their ability to share details of the event via their radio station.

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Brighton Business Curry Club

This one is right up my street, as you can network while enjoying a pint and a curry, two of my favourite things in the world. Now in its new(ish) location, at Bali Brasserie, the Brighton Business Curry Club meeting takes place on the second Tuesday of every month.

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The Farm

Not everyone can take the time out through the day to attend a morning event, or a full day networking event, so evening meetups are a great alternative. If you fall into this bracket, the Brighton Farm New Media Freelancers meetup is ideal. This is also run every week, rather than once a month, and is mainly tailored to people working in technology or with an interest in the field. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly, taking place in Hampton pub on Upper North Street.

networking at the farm

Friends Of The Albion

This event is a little bit different, it is a great opportunity for people to meet representatives of other businesses in their local area, but it is also a great way to meet other fans of Brighton football club. This meeting occurs on the first Thursday of the month in the morning, between 8:30am and 10:00am.

How To Find Events

If you’re interested in finding other networking events in Sussex, it is worth checking out Wired Sussex and Event Brite. Wired Sussex has a very easy-to-read calendar layout, allowing you to jump to the exact date you’re free. The prices are also detailed straight away, meaning you can pick based on your budget.

The Best Gantt Chart Software

Whether you’re planning an event, creating a strategy for a project or creating a site audit and plan, a Gantt chart is one of the most useful project management tools you can apply.

The next stage from a to-do list, a Gantt chart allows us to clearly see what tasks we have to complete and the exact timing of each task, so you can visually see the order of events. Having one in place can remove the confusion about which task takes priority and which needs completion by a set date.

There are a number of ways which you can setup a Gantt chart, while there is also a large amount of software, both free and paid, which you can test out. Before going any further, I will detail exactly how I build a Gantt chart, created in Microsoft Excel.

Excel – How To Make A Gantt Chart

The first task you need to do is to list all the jobs that have to be completed within the project. You want to make sure this is 100% complete before taking a step forward, as sometimes it can be a bit messy when adjusting a Gantt chart.
Once you have your complete list, sort them in excel into the order they should be taken, from start to end. If a task will take longer than the job below, don’t worry, just focus on the order which they should be started.

You then need to include separate columns on the start date, duration and deadline for completion. Fill in these details for each task, just like below:

Step 1

The next step is to transform your table into a bar chart. Along the top screen on Excel, click on ‘insert’ and then click on the bar chart icon, like the image below:

Step 2

You need to select the middle flat one (2D). You should then see a blank chart open up. You should then right click on the empty chart and then click on ‘select data’.

step 3

When ‘select data source’ loads up, you need to input the data. On the left hand side you have ‘legend entries’, you need to click on ‘add’ which will take you to the edit series box.

step 4

Under ‘series name’, you need to click and then click on the table header titled ‘start date’. This should add a bit of formula to the ‘edit series’ box.

step 5

Under ‘series value’, you should have ={1}, you actually need to click on the button to the right. This will open up a separate box. You then need to click on the first start date and then drag down with your mouse till you reach the final start date and then let go. This will select all the dates.

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You then need to click on the button on the right of the ‘edit series’. Your chart should then update, so you can see all of the different bars. As you return to the earlier view, click ok.

You now need move onto the duration column, using almost the exact same procedure as you have just completed. Right click on the chart, select data, add on legend entries, then click on the empty series name. Then like before, you need to drag down on the column. Once you have pressed ok and exited the series editor, your chart should have orange bars to the left of the existing bars.

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Now, head back onto the ‘select data source’ screen. On the right hand side you have the ‘horizontal category axis labels’, these are currently in a number format, which doesn’t detail the actual task. Press edit, then drag over the list of tasks from your table. Be careful, don’t include the column header.

It is starting to take shape, but we are still some way off. Firstly, you might have noticed that all of your tasks are back to front, with the final task at the top. This is one of those odd things in Excel that we work around. On your chart, you need to right click on your task list and then click on ‘format axis’.

step 8

Once you’ve pressed format axis, a panel should be loaded up. On this panel, you need to look for ‘categories in reverse order’. Tick this box and all the task will swap the order they are in.

I then like to stretch out the length of my chart, so the dates aren’t so squashed, as you can see above. The length is completely down to you and what looks easier to read.

Now, I know a lot of you are looking at the chart and are wondering why we have the blue bar. This is the time to delete this section. Right click on one of the blue bars and then press ‘format data series’.

Click on fill and then select no-fill. You will still have a border, so click on border colour and then select no-line.

It is starting to look good now, right? One issue which you have no doubt noticed is that there is a fair amount of white space at the start, which isn’t needed. To remove this area, head over to the table and then click on the first date under ‘start date’. Right click, then select ‘format cells’, then ‘general’. You will see a number come up, you need to write down this number and then exit out of this screen. Remember, don’t press ok, press cancel as you don’t want it to change the date, you just needed to learn what the number was.

step 9

On the chart, you need to click on the dates along the top and then right and select format axis. You will see a panel come up with a number of options, look for the minimum bound and then input the number you previously saw. This will change the start date on the chart.

Beyond this, you might also want to experiment with the Major Unit, as different amounts of time can work for different project lengths. Normally people recommend setting it to 2, but this makes the dates quite unclear for me, so I prefer 5, however this will be dependent on your data and the formatting used for illustrating dates.

Well, you know have a Gantt Chart! But it could still look a bit nicer, so here are some ways to enhance the beauty and clarity of your chart. Click on the first orange bar, right click and then select format data series. You then need to change series overlap to 100% and gap width to 0%. Obviously, this is based on personal preference, so it is another area you can muck around on, but I like no gaps between, so you can see the smooth transition from one task to another.

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Well there we go, my complete walkthrough on how to build a Gantt chart. However many people prefer it to look a lot more presentable, so rather than going into deeper levels of design, I will highlight some great software you can try out below.

 

Gantt Project

This is a free tool, which you download and has further functionality such as with arrows. You don’t need any licencing for use, making it a great option on a tight budget, while it also works very well for creating hierarchical structure to your tasks. It isn’t always the most straight forward piece of software though, so it has received mixed responses from users.

Website: http://www.ganttproject.biz/

Team Gantt

This software is much more presentable, making it a much better option for people who want to impress clients or top figures. I also found the functionality to be relatively simple to get my head around. You can take a trial for free, however the actual costs if you were to sign up aren’t the cheapest. The most basic option is $29 per month, which will allow up to 10 projects at once.

Website: https://teamgantt.com

Smart Sheet

This option almost mirrors Microsoft Excel, but with more optimised functionality specifically for Gantt charts. You can also attach notes and messages to each task, which I quite like. This one was quite confusing when first giving it a try, so it would require a decent amount of ‘learning time’ just to get your head around it. The fact that it is drag and drop is great for many who seek this style of use, while being able to import and export from google spreadsheets is a great touch.

Website: https://www.smartsheet.com/gantt-chart-software

 

Ganttic

While this tool has many different pricing options, they also allow for free use on up to 10 different resources. I haven’t tried this one yet, but a colleague highly recommended this tool, so if you have any comments on it, please do let me know.

Website: http://www.ganttic.com/

Meet the Team: Matt Marsland

This week we get the pleasure of meeting Matt Marsland, one of our Corporate Account Managers. If you’ve booked an office Christmas party or a summer party you may well have dealt with Matt before. Either way, let’s learn a bit more about the man behind the parties.

How long have you been part of the Eventa family?

I started working for Eventa in June 2012 as part of the shared sales team, which was a great introduction to the company. When the position for Account Manager came up in 2014 I knew I had to apply and I haven’t looked back!

What is your favourite part of working for Eventa?

I would say the team! The Eventa team are all amazing and work so well together. I also get the opportunity to work on some really interesting events, meet some great people, and do the job I love! No two days are ever the same.

What is your background and experience in the events sector?

I studied events management at Leeds University which I thoroughly enjoyed! After leaving university I worked for a production company which specialised in Arabian themed events.

How did you get into the events industry?

I volunteered at a local festival when I left school and loved every minute of it, the events industry is so varied and exciting that there and then I knew this was the career path for me.

And what would you suggest to those out there who are looking to get into the events industry?

Experience is essential! If you’re serious about getting into events then I would suggest volunteering at every possible opportunity. Get in contact with your local charities and festival organisers, the experience you gain will be invaluable!

Don’t worry the easy questions are coming now; what is your favourite drink?

Oooh I’d say a gin and tonic, slim line if I’m watching the waistline!

What about your favourite canapé?

I went to an event recently where they served deep fried macaroni and cheese, they were divine!

What are your 3 top tips to ensure a successful event?

1. Listen to your client and their needs. Work with you client to get an understanding of exactly what they want to achieve from the day.
2. Plan, plan, plan! There is bound to be something that doesn’t go exactly to plan but keep calm and you’ll find a solution!
3. Work with trusted suppliers! Sounds simple but working with suppliers you can trust can make such a big difference and take away unnecessary stress!

Finally, what are the best and worst secret Santa gift(s) you’ve received?

Best gift, that would have to be a desktop basketball game!

The worst would have to an expired Pizza Express voucher (that wasn’t since I’ve been with Eventa!)

So now we know! Avoid gifting Matt expired vouchers and get him anything that can be played at his desk!

John Adair’s Leadership Theory

With over a million people taking the the Action Centred Leadership Programme, John Adair is certainly one of the most powerful figures and theorists on leadership. Born in 1934, he became a professor at Surrey University, focusing purely on leadership qualities and how to lead a team.

He was actually the first professor to ever focus on this subject, having already held previous roles in leadership quality advice to such groups as the Royal Military.

There are a number of theories which you can take away from Adair in order to improve team work, one of which is the Three Circles Model.

This was a significant confrontation to the widely accepted model of leadership, which was the Great Man Theory, a 19th century ideology. The Great Man Theory focused on the idea that all successful leaders had similar traits, whether it be their charisma, their incredible wit or their political clout. This outdated search for heroes was first confronted by Herbert Spencer in 1860, however Adair has provided some of the most interesting arguments to the theory to date.

The three circles model didn’t focus on their personal traits, but actually on the task at hand. The three main responsibilities a leader would face would be covered by three overlapping circles.

team work working

The Three Circles

The first circle is the task which they have to complete. The second is the team which are assigned to complete the task. The final circle is each individual within the team.

Connection

The reason these three overlap is because they all intertwine and are reliant on each other. Each individual needs the task in order to have a goal and something to challenge them. The task requires an entire team, rather than just one person. The team can also only succeed at the task if each individual is fully capable in the area they are focusing on.

group leadership

8 Functions Of Leadership

From the three circle model, Adair highlighted 8 functions any leader should take responsibility for, in order to see optimal results, which are:

  1. Clearly defining the task – setting out the objectives and exactly what has to be completed, so their can be no confusion surrounding the topic.
  2. Extensive planning – this doesn’t just revolve around planning for the task, this also involves working out a contingency plan if the task isn’t completed, as well as alternative strategies to achieving the same goal.
  3. Briefing the team – we’ve all heard of the importance of synergy to corporate success, well this is where it comes in. The team need to be briefed in the pertinent manner, as well as building the right environment for each individual to excel in their role.
  4. Controlling the outcome – this focuses on efficiency, as you want to achieve the goal with a minimal cost of resources, whether that be financial, man hours or any other resource which might be used.
  5. Evaluation – Once a task is complete, it is imperative that the finished task is evaluated and judged based on a number of metrics, to highlight how it could be improved for further projects. It is important to learn from our mistakes, or from what we have succeeded at, so fully analysing performance post-completion is critical.
  6. Motivation – Keeping the team members inspired is critical in order to see them working to their maximum potential. Motivation can be caused through both internal and external benefits, of which Adair believed they should be split 50/50.
  7. Organisation – With any task, if the group begin to fall behind, it becomes a constant battle to play catch-up. This situation is regularly down to poor time management and delegation. A good leader needs to know exactly who is doing what task, what deadline each team member has for each task and their development process.
  8. Setting An Example – this is more important than people think and is often overlooked. People naturally mirror what their manager does and in the manner they do it, so it is important to set an example, whether that be turning up to work early or offering a presentation on how to complete a task properly.

Critics

Some argue that given this model was built in the 1970’s, it is outdated and doesn’t resemble the way a leader should act in modern times. The main argument circles around the fact that it is a very basic model, with no real complexities. On the other hand, the advocates of the Three Circle Model often state that it is the simplicity of the model which makes it so ideal.

We also have a number of other pages on Team Building Theories which we would recommend reading.

Teamwork Theories

We all have our own strengths, personal traits and particular abilities, while working together we can combine our strong points and cover up the holes created by the individual weaknesses. In theory, teamwork is the ultimate solution for solving a task, however it isn’t always as easy as we would like.
Having multiple leaders can cause a battle for power, while a group without decision makers can make the task difficult to lift off the ground. A number of brilliant minds have spent their lives learning from workplaces to built a teamwork theory, which results in happy team members and the objective being completed efficiently and effectively.
These theories are largely based around following particular procedures and protocols.

dancing team exercise

Belbin introduced the ‘team roles’ theory, which was based around the concept that you needed to understand each individuals particular strengths and weaknesses, in order to assign them the most pertinent role.

Contrasting to Belbin’s view, Tajfel shared the Social Identity Theory, which was focused on the grouping environment rather than the individual. He found that when people were placed in groups, they would often show favouritism to people within their group, as they felt a sense of social identity.

catching person

All of these theories are fully supported and are backed by thorough research and evidence. Reading and learning from this research can help you to improve the collaborative work of your team and can help everyone to work towards the overall goal.
Each week we will be bringing out a new Team Building Theory:

1 – John Adair’s Leadership Theory

2 – Belbin’s Team Role Theory

Take a look at our Team Building page if you’re interested in arranging an activity for your workplace. We run programmes all over the country, both inside and outside, so we can work with you to set-up the best possible event.

Brighton Heroes Run 2015

Looking out the window, you would have assumed you were in Disneyland. But no, it was that time of year again, the time that only people in Brighton get excited about, the big Heroes Run.

I threw on my leather jacket, trimmed the hair off my chin and stuck on the blades, as I exited the house as Wolverine. Admittedly the jacket was humorously oversized, as I resembled a hamster in a tent rather than a beast in leather. However none of this put me off as I galloped (literally) down the road towards the seafront for the big opening.

The event started with the 500 metre dash for the kids, which my colleague Lynsey took part in, alongside her son. Upon realizing I hadn’t prepared at all for this race, I looked enviously at the 500 metre length as it felt more fitting to my fitness levels.

Lynsey Heroes Run Brighton

Lynsey was donning a bat girl costume, while her son was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. They both flew straight off the mark and left the others for dust (or that’s how I remember it anyway).

After the 500 metre dash, everyone else began warming up for the 5k/10k run. This led to some very humorous sites, with super hero attired adults stretching in all unnatural ways. I chose the unwise option of skipping the warming up and stretching in order to have a little nap on the grass (a warm up chosen by model athletes such as Usain Bolt and Chris Hoy).

Following the warmups, everyone floated towards the line, while laughing hysterically at each other’s clothing, ready for the sound of the gunfire. Then we heard it, BANG, and off we went on this torturous run. OK, maybe torturous is a bit extreme for a 5 kilometre run, but at 10am everything looks exhausting!

Tearing forward like a cork leaving a bottle of champagne, I tore into first gear, before the stitch kicked in and I slowed to a comfortable third gear. Running alongside me the entire team was someone in an inflatable SuperHero6 costume, someone keeping a very fast pace. I used him as my pace-setter and moved very quickly up the course, eventually finishing around tenth (for the 5k runners, no idea how anyone went for 10k).

Bourlet Wolverine

The winner of the best fancy dress costume for the kids was a little boy dressed immaculately as Tintin, while the adult was a bearded man as Poison Ivy. So many people deserved to win this, as so many people put in unbelievable amounts of effort, with some really creative costumes.

It really does have to be stated how well the event went ahead. This is my third year attending and I can’t express how impressed I am, with an ever increasing audience each year, they handled everything perfectly.

All of the money for the event was raised to support Pass It On Africa, a charity which is dedicated to helping build schools in the poorest areas of Africa. Even if you missed the event, you can still donate money to the charity here.

If you do decide to join me for 2016, you can sign up to the Heroes Run here. Just make sure you pick your team, heroes or villains?

Event Review: L’atelier des Chefs Mobile Kitchen

Last month some of the Eventa team were fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of the L’atelier des Chef Mobile Kitchen, where an evening of foodie fun was waiting to be had.

The event was held at OXO 2 at the OXO Tower, so some delightful views of the Thames were on show for the team as soon as they arrived, before a glass of bubbles got things underway with a champagne reception and a chance for those present to mingle and network with their fellow foodie attendees. With almost 200 people in the venue spanning agencies, media outlets, and other venue employees, there was a buzz surrounding the evening that would simmer throughout.

Those that were perhaps a little wary about cooking in full view of others would have been put at ease straight away, that lovely London evening weather was in full force, and with a wide array of dishes being prepared nobody was going to feel left out. Sushi was a bit hit with Eventa, as everyone attempted to create their very own, with mixed results!

Joe getting his hands dirty

The foods on offer ranged from sliders (which went down exceptionally well with the team), cerviche, chicken tortillas, pork wontons, lemon meringue pie, and chocolate truffles to name a few. Overall, 12 foods stands provided the food and fun, especially with the Eventa team, who were made to feel welcome and thoroughly enjoyed their attempts at making various foods.

Finally, there were also two cocktail bars at the event, with mixologists on hand to educate those around them on how to create some classic cocktails, whilst also knocking up some nice twists on the tried and tested classics. Feedback from Eventa suggests that the cocktail which they unanimously agreed to be the best one they tried was the spiced apple martini. Sounds amazing and I want one right now.

All in all, L’atelier des Chef Mobile Kitchen’s launch event was a success! A grand evening in the capital that was made even better by some great food and the opportunity to network and chat with some interesting people from within the industry. Most importantly, the team learned something, and that was that a mobile kitchen is an excellent idea for a party.

I’m hoping they try and force the issue on the entire company for our next Christmas Party!

Sound like fun? Book your corporate event with Eventa, call us on 01273 225 078 for more information.

Meet the Eventa Team – Sian Nannan

This month on the Eventa blog we get to meet Product Executive, Sian Nannan!

Sian works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we offer one of the widest selections of office Christmas parties, summer parties, and team building events you’ll find. Let’s find out more…

How long have you been part of the Eventa family?

I joined the Eventa team in June 2012 as their product and package executive, managing all of the venues featured on the website. Since then I have become a team leader to the shared sales and administration team.

What is your favourite part of working for Eventa?

The best part about with for Eventa, is working with our amazing team. We work well together, combining each other’s skills and experience. I would say that it is a rarity to choose to spend your free time with people you have spent the last 8 hours with, but we do!

What is your background and experience in the events sector?

I have been working in the events industry for the last 5 years. While studying Events management at Greenwich University I worked for a marketing and promotions company for club nights in the west end. This was great experience for me, as I managed all of the celebrity public appearances, administration and PR.

How did you get into the events industry?

I always said to myself that if I had to do a job for the next 50 years, it would have to be a job I enjoyed and found exciting. I decided to study events management at Greenwich University, where I gained a lot of experience and knowledge of the events industry and knew it was the career for me. I decided that I wanted to work in my home town of Brighton, as I didn’t fancy the commute to London every day! Luckily the job for Eventa came up as I completed my last exam and I have been here ever since!

And what would you suggest to those out there who are looking to get into the events industry?

Get as much experience as possible. There are so many elements to running an event and I think unless you try them all, you don’t know which one best suits you. University allowed me to try different roles and take on different projects. While carrying out a project to propose an exhibition proposal to Lush Cosmetics, I realised that account management was what I wanted to do. My current role at Eventa sees me manage all 500+ of the venues that we work with and advertise on our website, and I love it!

Don’t worry the easy questions are coming now; what is your favourite drink?

An Amaretto Sour! It tastes like sour Haribo!

What about your favourite canapé?

We attended the London Summer Event Show a few weeks back, where I had a mini lobster slider! It was delicious!

What are your 3 top tips to ensure a successful event?

Plan, plan and plan some more. My uni Lecturer once told me ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail!’ If you cover all basis of an event during the planning stages and have contingencies in place in case anything goes wrong, you should have yourself a successful event!

Finally, what are the best and worst secret Santa gift(s) you’ve received?

The best secret Santa I got was a wedding diary, the year I got engaged! I haven’t had any really bad ones, but someone in the office once got a bag of McDonalds Ketchups! No joke!