Team Building ActivitiesTeam Building activities are important to the effective management andgrowth of teams.Purpose: To foster awareness of the team spirit, To reinforce commitment to the teams shared goals and objectives, To increase communication, learn new strengths and gain insights within theteam, To help develop all elements of team work including creativity, communication,trust, problem-solving, time management, etc. To help develop a high performance team by encouraging shared commitmentto common purpose, core values, communication norms, defined roles andresponsibilities and a culture of mutual respect, accountability and responsibility.When properly applied, these activities can develop strong interpersonalrelationships which help to bond the team closer together and help peopleunderstand the importance of working together.
#1 - Shoot at sight! Collaboration is at its essence, contribution. It is what happens when we"step outside of ourselves" and honour the space we share more than where weeach individually come from. Collaboration is what we create when we come together. Strong teammembers value the power and synergy of collaboration. “Shoot at sight! ” is a highly participative and collaborative activity thatchallenges teams to discover just how creative they are. Watch path breaking performance as the team members come together,strategize and put their creative skills together in classic activity that will burn thecarpet on the conference floor. This is team bonding at its best!
#1 - Shoot at sight! (Contd..)How to play:The participants are divided into groups having a minimum of 5 team memberseach. Then they are handed out a paper with the instructions listed below andasked to take pictures of the items listed in it using their mobile phone cameras.The team which submits all pictures first is announced as the winner of this game. Click a picture consisting of 4 different pairs of footwear Click a picture of 3 men wearing the same colour shirt/pant Click a picture of a stick man figure made with objects at hand Click a picture of 7 hands placed one above the other; left hand above right hand and so on Click a picture of 2 people wearing wrong pair of footwear Click a picture of 4 people simulating the Indian emblem Click a picture of 3 men seated in a chair
#1 - Shoot at sight! (Contd..)Objectives: This activity involves team work, coordination, communication anddelegation of work. The teams must allot feats to team members and must findquicker and intelligent ways to accomplish the feat before the other teams. Marketing and convincing skills also come into play because theparticipants will have to convince people to lend them their belongings, to take thenecessary pictures. For example, 3 men wearing the same color shirt/pant can be seated in achair and a picture be taken of them. And feat like „Click a picture of a stick manfigure made with objects at hand‟ will bring out their creative talents and skills toutilize the resources at hand efficiently.
#1 - Shoot at sight! (Contd..)This activity also helps to Improve the way the team members interact, Improve support and trust levels in the workplace, Reduce stress levels in the work place, Develop healthy inter-group relations, Provide a platform for discussion and interaction and Identify the teams‟ strengths and weaknesses
#2 – Each one teach one The key to long term health and success of a team is ensuring to have theright people in the right place for the right job with the right skills. This activity helps team members see themselves as others see them andreveals perception gaps and areas of growth and motivates every team member tounderstand what is required from them for the development of the team. It also allows them to learn things about their co-workers they would neverhave learned otherwise and as a result strengthen the relationships forever!
#2 – Each one teach one (Contd..)How to play: The participants are asked to write their name in a plain white sheet ofpaper and draw a table with 3 columns and write 3 headings – ‘First Impression’,‘Positive traits’, ‘Suggested areas of growth’ in it. Then they are asked to crushthe paper like a ball. Then the participants are asked to form a circle and close their eyes andthrow the paper ball at the centre of the circular formation. Then they are asked toopen their eyes and pick up a random paper and fill in one point each against the 3columns about the person whose name is written on it. Then they crush the paper again and repeat the steps for as many numberof participants there are in this activity. Finally, the papers are returned to theirowners and if they want they can discuss the observations on each individual. There is no need to mention who wrote the thoughts but do make sure thatno one writes any negative thoughts or repeats someone elses ideas.
#2 – Each one teach one (Contd..)Objectives: To make the team members understand and encourage the talents and needsof other team members, thereby enabling more flexibility and responsiveness toeach other. To encourage the team members to discover their personal strengths, positiveattributes and areas of improvement from other‟s perspective. To make the team members learn how to increase their accuracy of perceptionsin order to become a better observer of people and to know what is required for thedevelopment of the team. To increase the interpersonal strength, dynamics and support within a team.
#3 – Go Crazy! This activity helps assess the critical thinking and reasoning skills of teammembers. This activity also provides a platform for discussion of different points ofview of the team members and allows them to learn how to listen to other‟s pointsof view and discuss openly and resolve conflicts of interests.How to Play: The participants are posted with questions giving two similar choices andare asked to choose one among them and explain what do they prefer and why.The questions will be funny but at the same time thought provoking.Objectives: To stimulate independent thinking, To improve critical thinking & reasoning skills, To facilitate an environment to learn to deal with conflictsof interests and managing constructive debates.
#4 – Figure it out This activity challenges teams to discover just how creative they are andallows a group to use its creativity while working together.How to Play: The participants are divided into smaller groups of 3 members each. Thenthey are given a set of random pictures and are asked to come up with a storyusing those pictures within a given time span. At the end of that time, one personfrom the team is asked to tell their story. Since the teams are competing with other teams who have the sameresources, they have to aim to come up with something better than the others. The judging parameters of the final creation would be based on the creativetalent, presentation skills and optimum utilization of the given resources.
#4 – Figure it out (Contd..)Objectives: To serve as an energizer that changes the way the team thinks and achievesresults. To build confidence and encourage team members to express their ideas andopinions. To help teams think about collaboration, innovation, communication and strategy. To provide the participants with the opportunity to experience and observe theemergence of leadership within a group. To encourage brainstorming and team consensus of the story. In order to achieveconsensus, people must understand why other people think a certain way and thencome to a decision that everyone can live with. Many factors affect this: impatience,poor communication skills, fear of voicing an opinion, time stress, lack of respect forother members. This activity provides a platform for them to learn how to overcomethese.
#5 – Build up Creativity and "out of the box" thinking are key for organizationaltransformation and problem solving. This activity tests imagination and challenges members to come up with asolution by using methods they may not normally employ. This activity helps teammembers nurture their creative instincts and encourage them to boldly share whatothers might think as unconventional ideas. Having creative thinkers on the team moves the organization forward inways that cannot be anticipated. Change would never occur if we didnt have bold"out of the box" thinkers! This is an inspiring activity that allows the real talents of the group to shine!
#5 – Build up (Contd..)How to Play: The participants are asked to think out of the boxand come up with a plan for their dream home in 10minutes. At the end of 10 minutes, each participant isasked to explain the plan for their dream home.Objectives: To tap into the creative talent of the team members To allow team members to generate ideas without being influenced by others.
#6 – Thumbs up Thumbs down Questions open communication; statements dont. Outstanding teammembers are inquisitive by nature and are open to hearing other‟s points of view.Team members who appreciate the power of questions demonstrate strongteamwork skills. This activity creates an environment to openly discuss the team‟s workexperience.How to Play: The participants are posted with probing questions that helps to assess theteam and get their feedback on their project experience. They can vote a „Yes‟ by athumbs-up sign and vote a „No‟ by a thumbs-down sign. The response of the teamcan also be openly discussed to get their feedback and suggestions forimprovement.
#6 – Thumbs up Thumbs down (Contd..)Objectives: To assess the team‟s biases regarding workplace diversity. To get voting on their project experience and get to know their feedback openly. To discuss openly, challenges and risks faced, best practices followed, lessons learnt and suggestions for improvement.