An incredibly simple and powerful activity that highlights creativity, innovation and how a team can achieve FAR more than any one person. One of our favorite activities and we put one of the solutions on the mousepad – the solution was in front of them the entire time!
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The purpose of this exercise is to 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. In many cases, groups will NEVER ask for help because the ‘rules’ did not say you could. Nor will someone who has figured it out offer to help. It was not in the ‘rules’.
The purpose of this exercise is to physically demonstrate the metaphor that every member of a team is an important ‘link in the chain’.
While the exercise is technically simple, there is the need for quality of performance and efficiency. Many of the group’s norms and unwritten ‘rules’ will put barriers in the way and will decrease performance.
If inter-departmental communication and processes are your group’s bugbear, then opt for Group Juggling and you will soon witness all round improvements back at the work place. Group Juggling is an icebreaker that is 100% fun and heightens communication within teams. Group synergy is at the core of this game and it provides the foundation for participants to learn to work together and to act as a team.
Overcoming frustration and resisting the temptation to blame each other will be key to moving the bar in the direction you choose. People can find themselves sacrificing their integrity and doing the opposite of their intention.
This activity is amazing for communication, leadership, teamwork, the PERFECT example of a team going through Tuckman’s model of a team – Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing. They go through each stage EVERY time.