Blog

We know that time is precious so we will keep this short and sweet, regular and also interesting! Every season we’ll have a theme that will explore team building through this lens. We have contributions from our associates, reflections from Mark, white papers and articles written by our associates that may help you and your teams navigate these disrupting times we are living in. We give our clients value not just in the events we do, but in events of life after! There will be articles, interviews, downloads and meditations that you can enjoy.

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WINTER 2022

It’s winter down here in South Africa. While some of our clients enter into their summer months, temperatures in our motherland have dropped dramatically and the rains have caused significant damage, together with the tragic loss of life for so many. As we watch the news headlines, we remain inspired to be a team who support their clients with these realities in the forefront of our minds. Why? Because individuals and teams are going through a lot of trauma right now – whether it be digital trauma watching the news or unintegrated trauma that results in self sabotage leading to lifestyle disease. We advocate that individuals also find ways to empower themselves and this is anything is the intention of our Winter 2022 content.

Many go into hibernation in the winter months and for many this is a real truth. This winter we will explore toxic work environments with clinical psychologist Flooris Van Der Walt and mental fitness with Insights partner and professional Coach Michelle Ashen. Sign up to receive our newsletter, latest news and updates, or visit us regularly to see what new content we have uploaded for you to enjoy and reflect upon. The time to build community is now, the spirit of ubuntu is what we need to remember because we believe that we really are stronger together.

I am because you are.

Toxic Work Environments.

Recent headlines, both internationally and locally are reporting grave concerns around toxic workplaces and burnout. A recent South Africa media outlet recently reported almost half of South African workers blame toxic workplaces and burnout as the reasons for leaving their employers, seeking healthier work environments. When staff say they work in toxic work environments, what does it reveal and how do you change it? We explore how they negatively impact team performance with professional coach Michelle Ashen and clinical psychologist, Flooris Van Der Walt.

Knowing Self Is Knowing Your Potential

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”, wrote Victor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning. Now more than ever we are being challenged to look in the mirror and be honest with our personality that has created our personal reality. There is great power is knowing yourself. In this eBook, we share insights on understanding self-awareness and your own potential. Click here to download.

The Breath Meditation

From our associates and thinking partners to Mark commenting on how he feels when he watches the news or reads the headlines. Feeling fearful, panic, ungrounded or even paralysed when faced with life's ongoing challenges can be challenging. In this meditation you will reminded of the value of breathing. Your breath is the one friend that never leaves you and that you can comfortably sit with in silence. The purpose of this meditation is to use the simplicity of your breath to create profound steadiness in the mind and body.

What We Have Here for You

“Whether I am out in the field building my network or building new teams, rest assured that there is something here for everyone when it comes to team building news and insights.” Mark Dio, Founder of Mark Dio & Associates

Self Development Support

Our partnership with Insights partner, Africans United and a leading clinical psychologist, we are able to give you perspective on the support you need, making it both a serious and fun process to develop high performing teams.

Mindfulness & Mental Fitness

We facilitate MBSR, the 8-week Jon Kabat Zinn mindfulness based stress reduction program for anyone interested. Online and on site options available as well as mental fitness programs in partnership with Africans United.

Community Building

If you would like to host interesting people for a networking event, we'll put together the perfect team building experience so it's not so awkward!

Team Building

Tell us what's wrong and we'll tell you what's right. We'll work with you to understand the problem and find solutions that will support your intention. Hire Mark!

MC & Voice Over Artist

Mark Dio is a seasoned voice over artist and MC who is comfortable and experienced with a corporate audience. Let him facilitate more than just your team build! Book him!

Become A contributor

We are always looking for ways to add value to our clients. Are you looking for a channel to market your skills that contribute towards team building? Contact us!

Do you want to be an associate & content contributor?

Are you passionate about building teams and being a value creator? We have local and international clients who are committed to building high performing teams. We are always reading, researching, experimenting and in discussion with our clients about how best to support high performing teams. If you have a voice and would like to contribute and engage with our community, book an appointment with Mark Dio today!

Frequently Asked Questions

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For over 15 years, Mark Dio & Associates has been headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, we work across the country and around the world. We facilitate client engagement both virtually and face to face.

Our partnerships with our associates gives us a local and international footprint. 

If you need recommendations on a venue, we can help there as well. Team building venues? Hotels and restaurants? Excursions? Retreats and breakaways? We partner with organisations who are registered with the PCO Alliance who work both locally and internationally to support our clients. We love our world, so don’t be surprised if we favour venues in Africa!

Mark Dio has over fifteen years of team building experience. He leads the team and is the key facilitator for the team building journeys we creates for our clients. Mark also partners with highly trained experts where additional capacity or complimentary skills are needed to facilitate sustainable team development. From confidentiality to sensitivity, Mark’s main aim is to provide his clients with value for money. Additional facilitators are consulted and presented to our clients upon request and as part of the co-creating process to deliver high performing teams that can sustain their energy to consistently deliver results that improve business outcomes.

We approach our client requests, challenges and visions with a “Can Do” attitude. We frequently engage and problem solve as effectively as we implement the solutions needed to meet the client’s needs. We take extra time to understand the client’s measure of success to ensure high levels of satisfaction. It’s why our business has been so successful over the years and why our clients call us back, asking for more. We know if you win, we all win.  We support our clients in making sure they make an informed decision, the choice is not ours – but the responsibility to give thoughtful guidance is. We consider ourselves to be value creators and the guides how we work, our attention to the detail and the service we deliver. 

In an ideal world we would like to say x amount of time, but we are working and living in very unpredictable times. The more lead time we have, the better equipped we are to empower our clients so that they don’t make poor investment decisions to build high performing teams. We need time to ask questions, challenge one’s cognitive bias as well as consult with our associates and thinking partners to give us their contributions and insights. We have been known to deliver solutions within a 72hour period, but those clients have been lucky because we were available. The risk you run when you engage with us at the last minute is that we may not be available. Having said that though – our Can Do attitude and ability to expertly problem solve, we have seldom let a client down because we could not deliver within their time frames. Contact us today today and make a booking. We’ll try our best to make a plan and bring your vision to life!

Well that depends on how much you want to spend, how challenged your team is and the longevity you are wanting to achieve after the event or intervention by Mark and his team has been concluded. We have a rate card team for procurement teams, please email mark@markdio.co.za for further assistance. There are lots of variables to consider like how many people, for how long, where and what materials you will need.

We believe in value for money as well as offer our clients retainer services for those who want ongoing team building support.

We also offer free resources  for our clients and website visitors. Click here to view our blog and latest news.

Programs can typically last between 1.5 hours or up to as many days as building a team and energising them will take. Learning and Development programs can last 4-8 hours, and include periodic followups so these program can last as long as the team needs support from Mark Dio & Associates.

 

Yes! We have a creative team on standby to make sure the experience you have is customised to your brand, your business and the vision you have for you team to experience our services. We would love to co-create and make your even look as magical as we plan for your team to feel!

Many of our team building programs include a competitive element, they are friendly and motivating but are also at the discretion of you as a client. Winners are typically determined by accumulated points throughout the event, lucky draws or teams vote for one another when we work in a big group.

Sometimes our clients ask them to organise the competition prizes within their budget, but more often than not we don’t furnish prizes, aside from bragging rights.

Some clients do choose to sweeten the pot by giving out modest prizes to winning teams. We suggest you keep the cash value of these prizes low (R250+). Company branded items  or gift certificates for Takealot, Exclusive Books, Amazon, Woolworths or any local business work well.

Another popular approach is to make a donation to a local charity in the name of your winning team which many of our clients often do and in consideration of the times we are living in.

Some of our programs are designed with a specific charitable partnership in mind e.g. building a dog kennel and donating that to the SPCA. We will also work with charities of your choice and are just as comfortable make some recommendations of our own as well.

Toxic work environments, burn out and  challenging economic times have increased both stress and the demands we are living in. Now more than ever building teams and supporting them is critical to achieving ongoing and sustainable success. We support leaders are who are trauma informed and know that building teams and creating environments where they thrive is the best way to achieve organisational goals. Ask us about our experience and interventions to support your team today.