TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES THAT ACTUALLY WORK

Lots of companies do teambuilding activities.  We’re different because we are experienced consultants and facilitators WHO KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS…AND do teambuilding activities.  And we don’t do them just so your team simply “has a good time.”  Our activities are specifically designed to:

 

 

 

 

• Catalyze relationship and trust-building interaction between your team members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Simulate what actually happens in their work environment: sometimes rules change, communication stalls, and issues come up that must be solved before they can move on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Cause shifts in leaderful thinking from “I” to “WE”

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Show leaders and teams how they tend get tied up in competition rather than thinking together to solve issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Stimulate individuals to identify what behaviors they exhibit that don’t work when problems or issues come up, and how to think differently about their future actions

 

 

 

 

Below are the most popular of our teambuilding activities, but we can certainly create and customize a specific activity that makes the most sense for your team given your desired outcomes for the activity.

 

  • SANDCASTLE BUILDING CHALLENGE:

 

This activity is done at the beach.  Each team is given a bucket of different sandcastle building supplies (the only similar tool is a pail; everything else is different). The teams are given a simple set of rules, then are given time to design, build and decorate their sandcastles.  Teams are judged on appearance, structure and height.  The teams have one goal, which is “the team with the most points wins.”

 

The Thinking:  The teams often “create” their own silos and become enmeshed in the competition of winning as a team, when, as leaders, their mindset SHOULD be thinking about how they can win as a WHOLE TEAM.

 

The Ultimate Goal:  Is for each of the teams to choose to band together their individual team supplies to build one GIANT sandcastle, where the WHOLE TEAM wins.

 

 

  • ANGRY BIRDS CATAPULT CHALLENGE:

 

Each team is given a bucket of supplies and plush Angry Birds (from the popular video game) and they’re given time to design, build and decorate catapults that are ultimately used to fling Angry Birds at a series of pigs set within different pyramid structures.  Teams score points based on the number of structures they’re able to knock over.  They get additional points for distance, style and appearance.  The teams have one goal, which is “the team with the most points wins.”  There is a very set of simple rules and each team has the same supplies.

 

The Thinking:  The teams often “create” their own silos and become enmeshed in the competition of winning as a team, when, as leaders, their mindset SHOULD be thinking about how they can win as a WHOLE TEAM.

 

The Ultimate Goal:  Is for each of the teams to choose to band together as ONE and use all of their supplies to build one GIANT catapult…as a whole team.  Then the WHOLE TEAM wins!

 

 

  • JAWS BEACH RACE:

 

Teams are timed as they race, run, jump or hop through a simplified obstacle course.  Each person on the team must complete the obstacle course…with an inflatable shark between their legs.  Oh, and here’s the kicker:  they can’t touch the shark if it falls, and they must transfer it to other team members without touching it!  Just as in work, the rules/business/issues can change on a dime; and the rules CHANGE halfway through the course.  The obstacle course is a simple one:  hula hoops, ropes, badminton racquets, bucket of water with ping pong balls, etc.
The Thinking:  This is a hysterical way to get people being silly and relaxed together and to get to know one another in a personal level. We switch the rules half way through and leaders need to be able to be “learning agile” and shift, adjust, and alter their strategy when change happens…and it will, just as in real work life!   Part way through the race we stop and blindfold a few people on each team, symbolizing how in business you can’t always communicate with each other face to face.  Participants have to determine how they thoughtfully communicate…and LISTEN to how they’re being communicated TO, when we can’t see the other people.
The Ultimate Goal:  Is to have fun, build trust and relationship, and to have each person realize that if they worked together as ONE TEAM and created a SYSTEM they could quickly move through the obstacle course TOGETHER and beat their best times as individual teams.

 

  • CASTAWAY ESCAPE:
Teams design and build a castaway raft from supplies and “beach debris” to escape the island they’ve been deserted on.  Each team has some similar supplies and some different supplies.  There are also other “supplies” scattered about the beach teams could utilize should they choose.  The teams are given time to strategize, design, and build their rafts (which must be able to hold rubber ducks representing each team member).  The actual Castaway Race is done in the water (pool or ocean) to see which raft is able to get the furthest within the allotted time.  We choose unbiased judges and points are given for distance, style, ability to hang onto your ducks, and appearance. This activity can be done on the beach, or near the hotel’s pool.

 

The Thinking:  We often make assumptions about rules and we follow them without thinking outside of what we know.  The idea here is to also get people working together on different skills:  appearance/design, movement design, and support structure.

 

The Ultimate Goal:  Having leaders collaborate together through the design, build and execution phases that allow them to see how they might experience the same type of collaboration on work issues.  To have team members realize that when they work together, the whole team wins.
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