Key learnings for participants: It is important to be aware of assumptions, and recognize one is making them, though sometimes it will be necessary to make assumptions (due to urgency of decisions, lacking complete information) Dynamic tension between speed of decisions and cost of gathering complete information (it is not practical to have all facts before making decisions; assumptions are […]
This event is designed to get the group interacting, having fun and is traditionally an icebreaker.
Although a great icebreaker, there are great insights that are possible in the areas of:
Any of these can be touched upon during discussion and connected back to work.
To complete the tasks the team will need to use teamwork, cooperation and creativity.
This event is also great way to get people touching each other without feeling threatened.
Each group member to change the board they are standing on, so that they are not standing on a board with any original board members.
This activity will highlight the need for leadership, communication and interdependence.
All group members are to stand on the platform long enough to count to 10. Begin with the largest version of the platform and move to the smallest.
This is a group activity that involves increasing trust through proximity, dealing with dwindling / limiting resources and problem solving.
Like many activities, this has typical communication and leadership challenges. Best of all, it is actually fun too and can get the group laughing with each other.
For the entire group to travel from one side of the web to the other.
Teamwork and communication is essential for overall success. Once you begin to go through the web, you ‘lose all perspective’ and must be coached and helped to get through.
The objective of this exercise is to get the entire group from one side of the ‘fence’ to the other.
Ask the participants to imagine that this is an electric fence with a force field from the top of the fence to the ground and stretches on forever in either direction.
For the entire group to travel through the web to the other side, without touching the web. Each participant must travel through a different opening in the web.
This requires the entire team to manage their differences (size, disposition, strength, intelligence, etc.), it requires commitment, it’s very physical without being strenuous, and it’s fun.
The BoardWalking Kit is awesome fun. The four activities included cover teamwork, leadership, trust, problem solving – all the great elements to create a high-performing team.
Construct an exact replica of the diagram. Achieve ‘Legendary’ performance in the time allowed or as fast as possible with multiple opportunities.
Walk the Plank is a fantastic kit that has 7 different activities that can be run with the materials. The activities cover every aspect of creating a team you could want – leadership, communication, trust, teamwork, problem solving and more!
As a group, pick the one rope that connects all others.
This is a very simplistic exercise designed help groups practice consensus building and decision-making. It will encourage group members to participate and is a great precursor to more complex problem solving exercises or workshop (60-Minute Version).
Challenge a team’s belief that something is impossible.
It is also a great way to explore people’s willingness to ask for help or give help if it will benefit the whole team.
Paradigm shift may result. It is a great leverage point to come back to if other paradigm shifts need to happen with the group.
Participants move steel balls from Point A to Point B using only the tubes provided. Each ball must go through each person’s tube and they may not touch the ball with their bodies.
The purpose of this exercise is to physically demonstrate the metaphor that every member of a team or group is an important “link in the chain”.
This event is also a good way to examine individual team member’s sense of value and accountability to their team.
This is a complex activity that has many different purposes and reveals many behavior patterns.
It develops support (emotional, content and physical) within the group.
It helps clarify communication and decision making skills.
It helps groups to examine how and why leadership shifts during planning and completion of task
It shows how balancing planning activities with execution helps groups solve problems.
The exercise is a very good metaphor for a ‘goal’.
Create a perfect square from a rope while the entire group is blindfolded.
The focus is on leadership skills and the degree of group participation and the exercise will always reveal interesting dynamics and insights that allow participants to learn from one another.
This activity clearly demonstrates interdependence among team members while highlighting how difficult, but important, reaching consensus can be.
Lower a pole the the floor using gravity and maintaining contact with the pole.
The power that each person has to influence success is made perfectly clear in this activity.
Participants must overcome frustration and resist the temptation to blame each other in order to accomplish the task. They learn that in the face of challenge it is often easier to sacrifice integrity and end up behaving opposite of their intention. This exercise reveals this tendency in a profound manner and helps participants choose healthier ways of reacting.
The application of the Learning Maze is in every area of our lives. The learning each group comes up with is always different.
The basic purpose of the maze comes down to identifying how the team is treating its ‘mistakes’ (beeps) and the people who are discovering them. Stepping into the unknown is necessary for any team to grow and move ahead, with the only question being how are they doing in the process?
This event will shed some light one the teams’ process.
As a group, decide if there IS or IS NOT a knot in a pile of rope.
Most of our jobs involve a heavy amount of decision making. Many of us make decisions that affect one person to thousands of people everyday. As most of us make decisions we tend to decide based on our own personal perceptions.
Combine all of the portable activities into a single portable kit. This kit has everything and will help your group experience all facets of being a team – leadership, teamwork, communication, conflict, trust, collaboration, problem solving, decision making and more!
Participants must accomplish a task as quickly as possible. They have many opportunities to improve.
Warning: this event can lead to major paradigm shift. Once a team discovers the self-imposed rules they will begin to see solutions.
Don’t Touch Me will challenge the team to think outside the box and challenge the actual and implied rules.
Don’t Touch Me also helps the participants see what is truly possible if you challenge your self.
Downloads for the Communication Team Building Kit
The group must touch all necessary letters in a course area as fast as possible.
Alphabet Soup is a great activity for overall team building. However, there are some specific areas that naturally come out: