Rich Johnson

Team building is a process of getting the right people to work on a project. It is not just about hiring the best people for the job. It is about creating an environment where people can succeed. It requires a new set of skills: leadership, empathy and emotional intelligence. These skills are crucial for any manager or team leader to be successful in today’s workplace.

Joining us in this episode is Rich Johnson. He is a leadership development consultant and CEO of KaizenMindset. He helps busy bosses develop planning, accountability, leadership, and management skills. Rich explores how companies could build teams who can get work done without supervision. Fun team building activities are an important part of the company culture. The ultimate goal of team building is to create a cohesive and well-functioning team. This team will lead to better performance and results.

Let’s dive in and take a closer look at fun team building activities. How can every team member work for efficient work systems?

Here are three reasons why you should listen to this episode:

  1. Learn how to initiate a new team member into your company
  2. Discover how to enhance connection skills among employees through team bonding
  3. Gain insights and strategies to help a team member develop leadership skills


  • Know more about Rich Johnson
  • Check out KaizenMindset
  • Connect with Rich on Instagram

Episode Highlights

[03:09] How Rich Started in Leadership and Team Building Exercise

  • Rich’s father was a manager in a parcel delivery firm when he was growing up. His mother worked in a retail chain after going to an accounting school.
  • He was a shy kid and got bullied in school. But he overcame it and matured over it.
  • After a while, he decided to join the military. He went outside his hometown, and saw the world for himself.
  • The military drafted him in their basic training. Because of the environment he was in, he came out of his shell more and more.
  • There, he realized he wanted to be a part of a team and be a team player. 
  • He added that if you’re not a team player, you won’t survive. Being part of a successful team is a huge deal. You know someone covers you, even by just one team leader.

[13:12] Challenges in Team Building

  • Rich says the military basic training is a gradual process. There is a science behind it if you look at it in the cognitive way. 
  • Physical training in distributed teams is difficult. Why? It aims to extend your physical capacity to its limit. It is helpful because it trains your discipline, grit, and motivation.
  • One of the challenges he experienced during the military training was relating to seniors.
  • Because of the age gap between him and his fellow trainees, he had a difficult time linking with them.
  • Another challenge he faced is the misconception he and the public have about the rigid hierarchy in the military. This hierarchy could hamper team building activity and leadership. That is one thing he wants to correct and put a light into to promote public awareness.

[26:00] How To Create An Effective Business Hierarchy

  • The business hierarchy that Rich designs is skills-based. Team building activities may begin here.
  • Some businesses want to expand their roles.
  • Rich steps in to help them with that. He first asks the important questions. What is your strategy? What is the vision you want to realize? What does it look like? What is the team leader you want to have? How do you want to build that team leader? It’s a fun activity!
  • During the process of creating an effective business hierarchy, he makes sure that strategies are performed right.
  • A simple flowchart can be effective in managing work. After all, teams create team cohesion and team bond, even with remote team members. By doing this, you could establish group values and exchange ideas with other teams. You could even do it with just one team member who is passionate about team building events.
  • In creating an effective business hierarchy, systems and processes should be at the forefront.

[43:05] How To Build Functional Teams and Leaders

  • Building functional and remote teams and team leaders begins with a good planning process. So is fostering a good employee engagement. You could do this by conducting a regular team building event, team bonding, team dynamics, and team spirit.
  • Other team members should practice excellent communication skills, problem-solving skills, and creative thinking. They need to ask the right and urgent questions to their employers to know whether they have done their work right.
  • Functional teams are open to feedback and would love to grab every chance they could at improving their virtual team building events and indoor team building activities such as scavenger hunt, office trivia, and other fun games.
  • Functional leaders listen to their entire team, whether it’s a marketing team, opposing team, remote team, or virtual team.

Two Powerful Quotes

“Be objective as much as possible. Get someone to give you a second opinion. Look at things from another perspective. Then boil down what you want to do in simple terms.”

“As a team player and good leader, you must keep all the people that started the business with you. Keep them all. Give them the right skill sets. Give them confidence.”

About Rich

Rich Johnson, CEO and founder of KaizenMindset, a company that provides coaching services to help people achieve their goals by focusing on strengths and erasing weaknesses. In his latest projects, Rich provides business owners with insights on how to build teams. He brings precision, teamwork, team cross-training, planning & organization skills most companies only wish they had in-house.

Follow Rich on Instagram or email him at [email protected].

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