Participants: 6 – 24
Location: Inside and Outside, Inside with lots of room.
DIY Team Center Access: Videos, photos, tips and tricks and more for this activity
Activity Level: Medium
Time Needed: 15 to 20 Minutes plus debrief – 45 to 60 minutes total
Objectives: Communication, Coaching, Teamwork
Materials Included: Rope guidelines with a ring, cones for place A & Place B, several balls
The art of cooperation is something we are taught as children. For some reason, many of us forget that lesson when we enter the front door of work. This exercise is designed to let participants experience how fun cooperation and teamwork can be.
As with many of our exercises, the exercise simply cannot be accomplished without the effort of every person on the team or group. The same is true at work, although we all want to think we can do everything ourselves. Only the single entrepreneur actually does everything themselves. The rest of us depend upon other people to take care of certain tasks, sometimes incredibly important tasks.
However, we often don’t try to work as a team unless we have to. This exercise lets participants experience what can be done as a team and how much fun it can be.
A glimpse into Bull Ring:
Moving a ball from one spot to another using a ring and some rope is the object of Bull Ring. Although initially quite easy, we have provided instructions and materials to help increase the difficulty on a whim.
Typically, we run each group through several times with increasing difficulty and continually changing the rules during each run, simulating the effect of the constant changing business environment and the need to continually adapt to change.
Who should buy this game?
When your goal is to get participants to cultivate a yen for learning and appreciate its importance in the ever changing business arena, then choosing Bull Ring will most certainly transform the mindset of your group.
What may the group learn from Bull Ring?
Frequently, when we feel a task is easily accomplished, we do not take the time to strategize about how it will be accomplished. This makes sense but what doesn’t is that, even when clearly more difficult, we don’t stop and plan. When we should. This is one of the many potential conversations your group may have from this activity. Below are some additional, more specific outcomes:
Communication is a foundation for every a team and so is a big piece of any activity a group or team goes through. However, running this activity can show show exactly how the team communicates, for good and bad. This activity can be extremely frustrating for groups that don’t work well together. This is a GOOD thing! Overcoming adversity, especially when tough, helps give your group the conversation you need to become stronger.
Working as a single unit rarely happens in life. Much like communication, practicing to become better at a team is important. There are many complexities to how a team works together and experiential activities show us what do DO not what we KNOW. We all know how to be a good teammate but actually DOING it is something else. Team activities like this are a great way for teams to practice and become stronger together. As the group moves the balls from one place to another, they get dropped (great metaphor, by the way) because they don’t work together. The group must start over and over and over. It becomes hard to ‘stay positive’. Starting to sound ‘real life’, right? It should because we want to create experiences that people can learn from and become better.
Every action taken by one person affects everyone else. This is the very definition of interdependence. Using an activity like this to demonstrate interdependence on a team can be incredibly useful to create conversation about how this is working, or not, in ‘real life’. While we can easily acknowledge our actions in a game, it is much more challenging to do the same when it comes to life. This activity provides a metaphor for your group to discuss many of those ‘un-discussables’.
DIY Team Center Access
Videos, photos, current tips and up-to-date activity usage is included on the activity page on our DIYTeamCenter.com
website. After purchase, you will be emailed a login and password with a membership for the activities you have purchased. We couldn’t give you any more unless we were there in person to help you run it!
The kit comes in an easy-to-use storage bag and will include the following:
Comprehensive information on purpose of the game, how to set it up, the storyline and the safety measures necessary during the course of the exercise.
Instructions on how to debrief the exercise and questions that you should ask the participants.
Professional materials and props necessary to conduct the exercise.
It includes everything you need to provide a good quality, well thought out and meaningful team building experience for your company.
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