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Who doesn't like to eat? So, as a teambuilding exercise, why not compile everyone's favorite recipes into an office cookbook? It's fun, easy to create (recipes can be e-mailed to one person), and a nice gift for new hires. It can even be themed — for the summer, for example, or for the holidays, as our office chose.

Need a Read?

Don't tell Jay Arthur that you have someone on your staff who just can't be motivated. He won't buy it. The author of Motivate Everyone (LifeStar Publishing, 2001) and a well-known speaker, Arthur has defined five motivation styles — core values in all of us. Six simple questions, he says, can help you discover what makes people tick. Oversimplified as it sounds, his thinking is actually in sync with some of the most progressive organizational behavior philosophies out there — and worth some thought. Order the book through or at

New Sensation

Downtown Shanghai has become a hot spot for travelers from all over the world. Many are checking into the new 318-room St. Regis Shanghai, which overlooks the bustling Pudong commercial center. The St. Regis adds a top-notch international property to the city's inventory. Its many luxury amenities, such as 24-hour, traditional English — style butler service and rain-forest showers, mix well with business amenities such as workstations with furnishing by artist Herman Miller. For meetings and events, 1,000 square feet of meeting space can accommodate groups of up to 880 guests.

Book Mark

Wondering where the meeting industry hangs out? Look no further than This newly designed Web site is a source of information and community, especially through its listserv, known as the mimlist. We were skeptical about the mimlist when it first kicked off, because, after all, who needs more mail? But we've found it to be, by far, the best indicator of trends in the meeting industry — everything from what's happening with surcharges to the latest in PDA technology — and an excellent place to get your questions answered fast. Check it out!