Teambuilders are exercises designed for groups to work through together, for the purpose of building cohesiveness, raising issues in the group, and posing challenges to the team. They generally take longer than icebreakers and energizers, because of the planning, thought, and execution of the task. Facilitators should choose teambuilders that are challenging, but not necessarily impossible, for a group to perform, although there is value in processing a ”failed” teambuilder. Pick and choose from the following:
Blind partner tag: participants in pairs, with one partner of each pair blindfolded. One pair is ”it”, but only blind partner may tag someone (who also must be blind). Sighted partners may only guide by talking (no holding onto arm/elbow, etc.). When someone tagged, that pair becomes new ”it”. After a while, switch so everyone experiences being both blind and sighted.
Three Blind Mice: works best with group no larger than twelve, Fortsätt läsa
Energizers are used to get a group moving, give a break from long periods of sitting down, and excite a group about the next portion of a program. Use them in small doses to rejuvenate a group after lunch or first thing in the morning. Pick and choose from the following:
Animal Circle: group in circle, one person in middle. Middle person points to anyone, who must ”make” animal with people on both sides (total of 3 people). If middle person counts to five before animal is ”made”, then center person of animal comes into middle of circle to replace middle person. Animal example: alligator, with middle person making jaws of two arms, and 2 side people make tail by holding hips of middle person.
What are you doing?: group in circle. First person starts by miming action Fortsätt läsa
Icebreakers are team building exercises designed to get a group to warm up, to get to know one another, to learn about each other, and to make people comfortable with the group, whether they are newcomers or established members. Pick and choose from the following:
Do you know your neighbor?: in circle, with one person in middle. All people in circle have a designated spot (mark with shoe or piece of tape). Middle person asks anyone in circle if he/she knows neighbors (persons on either side). Person in circle introduces neighbors to middle persons and then says, ”But I don’t know anyone.wearing blue jeans.” Anyone wearing blue jeans must leave spot in circle and find new spot, while middle person tries to grab a spot for self. One person will be left over and takes over middle spot. Can use any attributes ”.I don’t know anyone.wearing contacts, who doesn’t play tennis, from the Midwest, etc.”
Nametag swap: participants share three facts about self with someone else, Fortsätt läsa
Today we present you Problem Solving Activities, that are often used in team building process.
ALL ABOARD: The object of the game is to get all of the people in the group onto the board. (Can either use a poster board or a wood board, etc.) Everyone must have at least one foot on the board. HINT: Try not to give solutions, but tell them to listen to other’s ideas. You may enlarge or decrease the size of the board, depending on degree of challenge you would like.
SCISSORS: Split the group into small groups of any number you would like and have each group sit in a circle. The first person starts by turning to the person to his/her right and saying, “I am passing these scissors to you….” (And they fill in either “crossed” or “open.” The phrase they choose to end with depends on whether their legs are crossed or open. Fortsätt läsa
”What are your perceptions of ”teambuilding” activities?What kind of teambuilding activities have you been subject to at the work place? Which ones were successful, or not-so-successful, and why?” – these questions were asked to people, who ever had participated in team building activities. Here are their answers:
Senior IT Analyst
”I’ll second Amy and Stephen’s comments and add a little story about a team building exercise I participated in a few years back.
The manager of the group would regularly do little team building exercises every few months as part of some large group meetings we would hold for strategic planning. She seemed to be Fortsätt läsa
Teams, teams, teams – they’re all around us these days. It doesn’t matter whether you love them or loathe them, you’ll have to learn to live, not only with them, but within them. You career will depend on it. Here are a few strategies for building a highly-effective team.
Manage by adultery
It’s a term coined by Chaparrel Steel to describe its management philosophy of treating workers like adults instead of children. People are hired, not to do mindless jobs, but to put their brains to work. Management’s job is to give the team or work group a mission; see that they get the necessary resources, provide feedback and encouragement; and then turn them loose to be creative problem solvers. Fortsätt läsa
The Director had organised a great conference – the venue was first class, the service excellent and the content of the workshops and presentations very motivational. The only potential ”fly in the ointment” was the team building afternoon which was scheduled to take place outdoors as evidenced by the memo outlining the fact that waterproof jackets, trousers and boots should be brought along to the conference.
The ”rumour-mill” was working overtime. ”We’re going abseiling.” claimed one sales representative. ”No, I have heard it is an orienteering challenge.” claimed another. Fortsätt läsa
Business success often depends on forming teams to improve innovation, project completion and much more. Here are a few ideas to consider for building truly effective teams.
”A decade or so ago, the common view was that true teams rarely had more than 20 members,” says the Harvard Business Review (HBR).
Of course, today many complex tasks involve teams of 100 or more. According to HBR research, however, the tendency to collaborate decreases naturally as the size of a team increases beyond 20 members. When companies invest significant funds to collaboration capacity, under the right conditions, larger teams may cooperate effectively. Fortsätt läsa
From the moment he putted with Bob Hope on the Mike Douglas Show at age two, Tiger Woods appeared destined for fame. After an unprecedented junior and amateur career, his entry into the professional ranks in 1996 received tremendous publicity – and one of the largest sponsorship contracts in history. At age 28, having claimed 40 PGA Tour titles and with eight majors in his trophy case including the Tiger Slam, he has exceeded the loftiest expectations. Even more impressive, he is one of the most recognizable faces on the planet and is bringing thousands of new fans and players to the game.
Those of us who have regular jobs often feel pressure to perform. Imagine for a moment what it would be like to work with 50,000 people standing nearby and a worldwide television audience watching your every move, and you will briefly experience what it feels like to be Tiger. Fortsätt läsa