Team Building Exercises
Desert Survival Exercise | 1.5 – hours
Participants assume a given scenario whereas they are a group of survivors from an airplane crash in the desert. Their mission is to survive; and to improve their odds for survival by salvaging a set of objects from the plane before they are destroyed or lost, they are asked to prioritize which items to save first (prioritize) according to the objects value in helping the group survive. Their individual and then subsequent prioritization list is compared to the experts list.
This exercise clearly demonstrates that the team’s effort outperforms each individual’s attempt to survive (except if there is a “Ringer” (like an ex-Special Forces member) in the group). There are often ancillary lessons learned as well, such as how leaders and/or authority figures may need to subdue their egos and ability to dominate the situation for the betterment of the group effort. Although the scenario is fictional, the interpersonal interactions are typically very real and the team participants learn some useful insights about each other and about the value of information sharing and effective teamwork.
Sea Survival Exercise – 1.5-hours
This is a variant on the “Desert Survival Exercise,” which allows you to repeat the exercise when you’ve added new members to your team or to reinforce the learning after an extended period of time. Changing given circumstances and environment prevents returning participants from skewing the results due to their knowledge of the previous scenario.
Team Adventure Training – 4-hours
Team Adventure Training is a series of structured Team Building exercises that combine physical tasks with mental challenges. It is designed to exercise and test your staff’s ability to effectively:
- Problem Solve
- Manage their Time
- Apply Leadership
- Work together as a Team
- Implement and adjust their plan
- Compete effectively
Your team will learn how to apply fundamental management principles for success and have fun doing it!
Sharing & Supporting Goals – A Teambuilding Activity – 2 to 4.25-hours per # participants
To enhance the team-building process through self-disclosure, feedback, and interpersonal commitment.
- To offer the team members an opportunity to give and receive feedback about work-related, personal-growth goals.
- To develop the team members’ commitment to support one another’s growth goals.
Surviving the Stages of Team Development – 1.5-hours
Effective teamwork is essential in today’s world, but as you’ll know from the teams you have led or belonged to, you can’t expect a new team to perform exceptionally from the very outset.
Team formation takes time, and usually follows some easily recognizable stages, as the team journeys from being a group of strangers to becoming a united team with a common goal.
Whether your team is a temporary working group or a newly-formed, permanent team, by understanding these stages you will be able to help it quickly become productive.
Bridge Building Team Competition – 1.5 to 2-hours
This is a practical exercise that engages teams in a series of business skills, all in one project – Physically Building a Bridge according to Client Specifications. Competing teams must plan, design, budget, purchase materials, present a Project Proposal, construct the model, manage their time in each phase of operation, make a Sales presentation, as well as communicate and work effectively as a team.
This is a fun exercise that clearly demonstrates the many challenges and opportunities experienced in work projects. Participants realize the important dynamics of effective planning, communication, time mastery, competition and teamwork, as well as valuable lessons learned through the experience.
Project Collaboration with Distributed Teams – 1-hour
This training module & practical exercise addresses the problem of getting people who are distributed and burdened with high work-loads to collaborate and make good on their commitments when time, distance and culture all work against that outcome. Face-to-face contact, even in very small doses, has been proven to mitigate the impact created by these barriers.
In this module you will find a number of practical suggestions that help create the virtuous cycle of positive relationship even when you can’t get on a plane, meet in a conference room or spend time in-person.
Employee Engagement & Empowerment – 1 to 2 – hours
Looking for real management advice about people? Your goal is to create a work environment in which people are empowered, productive, contributing, and happy. Don’t hobble them by limiting their tools or information. Trust them to do the right thing. Get out of their way and watch them catch fire.
These empowerment exercises address important principles for managing people in a way that reinforces employee engagement, accomplishment, and contribution. These management actions enable both the people who work with you and the people who report to you to soar.
DIAD Consulting, Inc. offers insightful lectures and team-building exercises that illustrate the real value of people engagement and empowerment, as well as help your team put the key principles of empowerment into effective practice.