Ideas for Team building
Ideas for Team building in UAE
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Have team members stand in a tight circle. Every team member then reaches their right hand across the circle and holds hands with someone on the other side. Repeat this with the left hand (to a different person) so that everyone is holding hands with two other teammates. Have the team untangle the knot without letting go of either hand. The end result should be a big circle. There are times when the circle is unsolvable and with 100% team consensus two people can let go and reshuffle.
Behind Your Back
Tape a piece of paper to each team member's back. Have everyone on the team walk around the room and write a positive comment on the back of others. Once everyone has had a chance to write their positive comments explain that often compliments and criticisms are given behind the back; and in most cases it's more productive to give them face to face. Randomly pair up each person in the room and have them read each others paper out loud and face to face.
Split your group into teams of four. Each group should receive four pennies, one nickel, two times, a quarter and two boxes. Each team gets a 10-foot long area, placing one box at each end. Give each teammate a role. Two work at the bank as the banker and teller. The other two work as the buyer and the store clerk. The buyer goes to the store clerk to buy something. The product doesn't matter. The store clerk gives him a price from $.01 to $.54. The buyer then goes to the teller. The teller goes to the banker to get the buyer's money. The teller double checks the banker's counts. After receiving his money, the buyer double checks the teller's change counting. The buyer then takes it to the seller who also double checks the amount. Play this game multiple times, but after the first round, players should not double check the change amount until the seller receives the money. This helps build trust.
"Customer Connection" can help your team learn how to work together to accomplish a larger goal. Bring a marble, one PVC pipe for each player, 20 feet of rope and a bucket. The PVC pipe should be cut to different lengths. Lay the rope on the ground in a curved line. Place the bucket at one end. Hand out PVC pipes. Players start at the end away from the bucket. Players must move the marble from the beginning of the rope, along its length and drop it into the bucket as quickly as possible. They construct a PVC pipe chain from the start to the end. Players cannot exchange tubing or connect them in any way. The tubing cannot touch. The marble should go through each tube once. Dropping the marble sends you to the start. Do not touch the marble. The marble cannot stop or move backwards. The game requires careful planning and helps illustrate how everyone serves an important and well defined role in a team.
"Zoom" helps your employees build team work by building a story together. Set up is simple. Print out 20 different pictures. These pictures should vary in what they depict. For example, one picture could be a rooster while another picture could be a man playing baseball or a race car crashing. Make them as diverse as possible. Line your players up. The order should be completely random. Choose a starting player. He starts to tell a story using only his picture as a guideline. After he has spoken long enough, point to the next player in the line. She must connect the story he was telling to her picture, changing little, but expanding on his story. Each player will add to the story. The last player ends the story. Record the story and listen to it. This creates a lot of laughs. Use this recording to point out where the story succeeded and where it fell apart. This emphasizes the importance of teamwork.
What White Lie?
This is a very basic "getting to know you" exercise with a slight competitive twist. Start with everyone in your group writing down two truths about themselves and one lie. Go around the room and have each person read their list of statements. Have the team vote on which statement in the list is the lie. The person who gets the fewest votes for their lie wins. It may sound like a game of deceit, but in the process you've learned a lot about each other. If your team is large, save time by breaking into smaller groups and having the winners represent their group in a winner's challenge.
Create bingo cards with squares that contain information that relates to members of your team. The information can be as generic or specific as you like. General rules of Bingo apply. To fill in a square you must find a team member who fits the description listed and have the team member sign the square. A team member cannot sign more than two squares on any one card. Squares can contain personal information that you know about specific individuals such as: speaks Japanese, has two dogs and one cat. Or more generic information that may apply to many team members like: is the oldest child, has lived in another country.
(Tools: string cut into 20 inch pieces)
This challenge is done in pairs and is a mind-bender. Before the meeting tie large loops into the ends of the strings. Each string should look like a set of handcuffs. Have one team member put his cuffs on and hold his arms out. The second team member has to run his string through the circle created by his teammate's arms and cuffs before he puts on his cuffs. The two are now cuffed together. The challenge is to become uncuffed without removing your wrists from your cuffs or cutting the string. It is challenging but can be done. It will take good communication and strategic thinking.
Game Show Gambit
Test your team's knowledge of your company, industry or their co-workers by hosting mini game shows. Jeopardy, Password or a basic trivia format work well. This will require some creative thinking and planning on your part but will be informative and fun for your co-workers. Consider using small teams versus individual contestants. If you are really creative this can become an ongoing team challenge where points build from meeting to meeting. Prizes can be awarded at the end of the Game Show Challenge so that the teams have something to work for.
Tied Up in Knots
This activity has your teammates trying to get out of a human knot. Begin with your group standing in a circle facing each other. Have everyone reach in with their right hand to shake the hand of someone else in the circle. Keeping their right hands clasped, everyone reaches in with their left hand and shakes the hand of a different member of the circle. Without letting go of either hand, ask the group to "unknot" themselves. They may think you are crazy at first, but after a few seconds they will realize that by stepping over, ducking under and turning around they will be able to unfold the mess they have created. It will take communication and, of course, team work. Ten is an ideal group size for this exercise. If your group is bigger divide into teams (7-16 people per circle) and make it a timed activity.
Talking in Circles
(Long piece of string tied in circle)
This group exercise focuses on good communication. Place everyone in a circle around the string. Have everyone grasp the string with both hands and hold the string waist high. Without letting go, the team will have to form shapes with the string; a square, a triangle, a figure eight, a rectangle, etc. But they will have to do this with their eyes shut! This will require everyone to communicate clearly and listen well. Make the shapes progressively harder and periodically have them stop and open their eyes to see their progress...or lack there of.
(Tool: Long, thin pole)
The theme for this exercise is to relax. A tent pole can be used for this challenge, but really any long thin pole will do. Be sure to call the pole a "Helium Stick" when you introduce the exercise. Place your group in two lines facing each other. Have each person hold the index finger of their right hand chest high. Place the helium stick on top of the outstretched fingers. The challenge is to lower the stick to the ground while keeping everyone's fingers touching the stick. If anyone's finger looses contact with the helium stick you must start again. At first the stick will seem to rise (hence the name Helium Stick). In fact, it is simply the upwards pressure of everyone's fingers causing the stick to go up instead of down. Once everyone relaxes they can easily lower the stick to the ground. This usually takes ten minutes of laughter to complete.
Two Truths and a Lie
Start out by having every team member secretly write down two truths about themselves and one lie on a small piece of paper – Do not reveal to anyone what you wrote down! Once each person has completed this step, allow 10-15 minutes for open conversation – much like a cocktail party – where everyone quizzes each other on their three questions. The idea is to convince others that your lie is actually a truth, while on the other hand, you try to guess other people’s truths/lies by asking them questions. Don’t reveal your truths or lie to anyone – even if the majority of the office already has it figured out! After the conversational period, gather in a circle and one by one repeat each one of your three statements and have the group vote on which one they think is the lie. You can play this game competitively and award points for each lie you guess or for stumping other players on your own lie. This game helps to encourage better communication in the office, as well as it lets you get to know your coworkers better.
Life Highlights Game
This is an excellent icebreaker activity that’s perfect for small and large groups alike. Begin by asking each participant to close their eyes for one minute and consider the best moments of their lives. This can include moments they’ve had alone, they’ve shared with family or friends; these moments can pertain to professional successes, personal revelations, or exciting life adventures. After the participants have had a moment to run through highlights of their lives, inform them that their search for highlights is about to be narrowed. Keeping their eyes closed, ask each participant to take a moment to decide what 30 seconds of their life they would want to relive if they only had thirty seconds left in their life. The first part of the activity enables participants to reflect back on their lives, while the second part (which we’ll discuss in a moment) enables them to get to know their coworkers on a more intimate level. The second portion of the game is the “review” section. The leader of the activity will ask each and every participant what their 30 seconds entailed and why they chose it, which will allow participants to get a feel for each other’s passions, loves, and personalities.
Begin by asking all participants to empty their pockets, purses, and wallets of any coins they may have and place them on the table in front of them. If someone doesn’t have any coins or only has very few, others in the room can share their coins with them. Instruct each person to create their own personal logo using the coins in front of them in just one minute. Other materials they may have on them, such as pens, notebooks, wallets, etc. can also be used in creation of the logo. If there is a particularly large group, people can be broken up into teams of 3-6 people and instructed to create a logo that represents them as a team or the whole room can gather to use the coins to create a logo for the organization/group/department/etc. Each solitary participant can explain their logo to the group or if the room was split into groups, the leader can have each group discuss what led to the team logo and what it says about them. Not only does this activity promote self and mutual awareness, but it also enables participants to get to know each other on a more personal level.
The One Question Ice Breaker Activity
This icebreaker not only gets coworkers talking to each other, but it also gets them working with one another. It’s quite simple: the leader gets to decide the situation the question will pertain to. Example situations include babysitting, leading the company, or being married. After pairing participants into teams, the leader will pose this question: If you could ask just one question to discover a person’s suitability for (insert topic here), what would your question be? Say the leader chose to go with a marriage situation. That means each person in a two-person team would come up with one question that would help them discover whether or not their partner was suitable to be married to them. If the topic was babysitting, each team member would have to come up with just one question whose answer would help them determine whether or not the person was suitable to babysit their child. This icebreaking activity can also get mixed up by issuing one situation for the entire group or allocating a different situation to each team member or pair to work on. Depending on the situation chosen, the activity can be very fun, but it can also demonstrate that crucial questions should be developed properly.
The classification game can be a quick icebreaker or a more complex activity. For the purposes of this example, we will treat this activity as a quick icebreaker. Before splitting the room into teams of four, explain the concept of “pigeon-holing someone,” which means classifying someone as something or stereotyping someone. It should be made clear that this type of classification is subjective and unhelpfully judgmental. Instruct the participants to introduce themselves to those in their team and quickly discuss some of their likes, dislikes, etc. After the introductions, reveal to the teams that it will be their job to discover how they should classify themselves- as a team- into two or three subgroups by using criteria that contains no negative, prejudicial, or discriminatory judgments. Examples of these subgroups can include night owls and morning people, pineapple pizza lovers and sushi lovers, etc. This activity encourages coworkers to get to know each other better and enables them to collectively consider the nature of all individuals within the team.
Picture Pieces Game
This problem solving activity requires that the leader choose a well known picture or cartoon that is full of detail. The picture needs to be cut into as many equal squares as there are participants in the activity. Each participant should be given a piece of the “puzzle” and instructed to create an exact copy of their piece of the puzzle five times bigger than its original size. They are posed with the problem of not knowing why or how their own work affects the larger picture. The leader can pass out pencils, markers, paper, and rulers in order to make the process simpler and run more smoothly. When all the participants have completed their enlargements, ask them to assemble their pieces into a giant copy of the original picture on a table. This problem solving activity will teach participants how to work in a team and it demonstrates divisionalized ‘departmental’ working, which is the understanding that each person working on their own part contributes to an overall group result.
Sneak a Peek Game
This problem solving activity requires little more than a couple of sets of children’s building blocks. The instructor will build a small sculpture with some of the building blocks and hide it from the group. The participants should then be divided into small teams of four. Each team should be given enough building material so that they can duplicate the structure you’ve already created. The instructor should then place their sculpture in an area that is an equal distance from all the groups. One member from each team can come up at the same time to look at the sculpture for ten seconds and try to memorize it before returning to their team. After they return to their teams, they have twenty-five seconds to instruct their teams about how to build an exact replica of the instructor’s sculpture. After one minute of trying to recreate the sculpture, another member from each team can come up for a “sneak a peek” before returning to their team and trying to recreate the sculpture. The game should be continued in this pattern until one of the team’s successfully duplicates the original sculpture. This game will teach participants how to problem solve in a group and communicate effectively.
The Great Egg Drop
This messy, yet classic and engaging problem solving activity requires splitting the room into two large groups with the task of building an egg package that can sustain an eight foot drop. A variety of tools and other materials should be provided to the teams. After the packages have been built, each team must also present a 30-second advert for their package, highlighting why it’s unique and how it works. At the conclusion of the presentations, each group will have to drop their egg using their package to see if it really works. Aside from teaching the groups to work together and communicate, it also brings them together with the common goal of both winning the egg drop and successfully creating an egg package.
Create your Own Team Building Activities
The group leader should present participants with this fake problem: The hour was going to be spent doing a problem solving activity, but as the group leader- you don’t know any and you don’t want to do one that the participants have already heard or tried previously. The goal- or problem- then, is to have each group of participants come up with a new problem solving activity that they’ve invented themselves. Groups should be no larger than four or five people and at the end of the hour, each group must come up and present their new problem solving activity. Aside from being a problem solving activity in and of itself, this activity also promotes creativity, communication, trust, and time management, among other things.
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