We use group initiatives to have a team share a common experience through a physical activity that takes cooperation and ingenuity to be successful. These help members of a group practice to work together effectively. Once the activity is completed, the de-briefing session is held that cements the experience and allows individuals to see how to use the learnings in their every day operations. These are just a few of the many initiatives we offer:
Helium Stick...A deceptively simple teamwork activity. Form two lines facing each other. Lay a long, thin rod on group's index fingers. Goal: Lower to ground. Reality: It goes up!
Toxic Waste...A popular, engaging small group activity. Equipped with a bungee cord and rope, a group must work out how to transport a bucket of "Toxic Waste" and tip it into the neutralization bucket. Can be used to highlight any almost aspect of teamwork or leadership.
Mine Field...Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place. In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield.
Zoom...A group tries to create a unified story from a set of sequential pictures. The pictures are randomly ordered and handed out. Each person has a picture but cannot show it to others. Requires patience, communication, and trying to understand from another's point of view in order to recreate the story's sequence.
All Aboard!...A classic teambuilding activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to occupy an ever diminishing space.
Survival Scenarios..."Your plane crashed...your group needs to choose the 12 most useful items to survive..."
Balloon Activities...Group activities that can be done with balloons. Promotes gentle, fun physical movement, people getting to know one another, trust and working together.
Great Egg Drop...Small groups design an egg package to save an egg from breaking when dropped. Plus a 30 second jingles to sell their package. Followed by the Great Egg Drop-Off.
Warp Speed...A team building exercise based on the icebreaker "Group Juggle". Groups are challenged to juggle as fast as possible. Invite group to "tender" a time they can deliver.
Multi-Way Tug-of-War...Fun, physically demanding, competitive team activity. Several teams pull against each other, requiring communication and tactics as well as strength to outmaneuver and win.
Amoeba Race...A simple, close physical contact group cooperation activity. The group forms the three parts of an Amoeba: protoplasm, cell wall and nucleus. Then the group travels, splits into two amoebas, and the amoeba have a race.
Group Mandala...Group dynamics exercise. Each person is represented by an object. The objects are "caste" like dice and group members share their feelings and re-arrange the objects.
Create Your Own Group Activity...Involves small groups in designing and presenting a new group activity. A challenging exercise which requires all the elements of teamwork - communication, goal-setting, planning, cooperation, creativity, task orientation, etc.
Team Building Quotes...In small groups, set the challenge of creating the most inspirational team building quote in a set amount of time, e.g., 10 minutes. Each team reads out their quote and teams vote on the best quote.
Areas of Focus
· How well a team copes with challenges
· What it takes to be a high performance team
· What creative solutions a team comes up with and how are they received
· What the strengths and weaknesses of the group may be present
· What each team member learned about him/her self as an individual
· How the learnings of an activity can be transferred to every day situations
· What is working well and what are areas of improvement in :