Team Building Activities: Five Ideas

Posted by: Nigel Girling Post Date: 22nd December 2014

When working as a team, it is essential that members can trust, understand and communicate effectively with each other. A great way to strengthen the ties within your team is to use activities that help to develop a sense of community among your staff.

Let’s take a look at five effective team building activities.

1. This is my life

This activity allows those involved to learn each other’s backgrounds and previous experiences in a fun and interactive way.

Team Building Activities: Five Ideas

To do this, provide you staff with the Jack, Queen, King and Ace from a card deck, and ask them to draw one of these cards at random.

Each of these cards will relate to a particular life stage (childhood, teen, adult, now), and depending on the card drawn, the person must tell a life story from that period of their life.

2. Every cloud…

This game challenges players to transform their negative views into more positive ones, whilst learning about their colleagues’ pasts.

To play, one person must tell a story about a bad period in their life (whether this be personal or work-related), which is now over. Another member of the team must then re-tell the story, but this time from a positive angle, focusing on the good things that came from the experience.

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3. Ways to skin a cat

This activity is ideal for new teams, stimulating collaboration and conversation, and breaking the ice. For it to work, there needs to be more than six team members.

Start by dividing the team into smaller groups, and give one group a napkin. A representative of the group will stand and demonstrate a possible use for the napkin.

The person demonstrating can’t speak, only sitting down and passing the napkin to the next group when the other members of their own group have guessed their use for the napkin.

Each group can have multiple turns, and must present an original use, making the game increasingly challenging as it goes on.

Doing this develops team members’ ability to come up with innovative ideas in a short space of time and with few resources, with an emphasis on clear communication.

4. Minefield

This activity develops communication skills, and builds trust between team members.

Objects are scattered around a small area. In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield.

5. Survival scenarios

This activity gets your team sharing ideas, and requires them to reach a resolution together.

Separate the team into smaller groups and provide them with the following scenario: “Your plane has crashed, and your group needs to choose the 12 most useful items to survive.” The group must then discuss and decide between them their 12 items, and present their ideas to the other teams, explaining how they reached their final decisions.

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