Tips For Facilitating Team Building

Team building exercises can foster unity for company employees, students and any other organization with members. If done correctly a team building exercise can develop mutual respect, develop collaborative skills and create trust amongst individuals. Other skills fostered through the completion of team building exercises include increased productivity, enhanced problem solving skills, while also encouraging the individuals to work with one another in a creative fashion. Team building exercises can take place anywhere including at the work place, at a corporate retreat, at a local park or any place where you have an enough room for a group of three or more people to move around. The pros here it UVISOR have compiled a list of our favorite team building exercises. Team building exercises can be divided into a variety of types include communication/ice breakers, problem solving/decision making, planning skills/adaptability and trust building.

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Communication/Ice Breakers

Two Truths and a Lie: You will only need about 15 to 30 minutes to complete this simple team building exercise. This game will allow group members to learn more about each and other.

Step 1: Requires you to have every member write down two truths and a lie about themselves on a small piece of paper. Make sure that no member sees the other’s sheet of paper.

Step 2: Requires you to allow for about 5-15 minutes of conversation. During this time period the members should be instructed to try to convince one another that the lie they wrote down is actually a truth. Be careful to remind everyone not to reveal his or her lie or truths.

Step 3: At the end of the conversation period, get everyone into a circle. From there everyone should repeat his or her three statements.

Step 4: After all group members have presented all three statements, you should have a vote allowing people to guess which statements are true or false. This game can be performed competitively through the awarding of prizes for the most correct guesses.

What’s in your Pocket?: This quick communication ice breaker only takes about 5-10 minutes and also allows participants to get to know each other a little better.

Step 1: Have everyone in the group empty out all of their coins from their pockets, wallets and purses.

Step 2: Put participants in a group or instruct each individual to develop a personal logo using the coins they have in just a few minutes with the paper and pens you give them. The coins should work as design inspiration. The logo should be created in a manner that represents the individual or the group as whole.

Step 3: Bring everyone back together and have a little art show, during which each person/group explains their logo to the entire group of participants.

Problem Solving/Decision Making

Green Light Red Light: This game is the ultimate team building exercise for problem solving. In fact the use of this exercise could generate real world solutions to a variety of professional issues facing participants and will only take between 20 and 40 minutes.

Step 1: Require each person to write down a problem they have been experiencing at work, or any other setting where the team-building event is occurring.

Step 2: Put each sheet of paper into a hat or box, then pass them around allowing each group participant to pick a different problem. Advise them that they are required to provide positive “green light” solutions to the problems, instead of negative “red light” comments about the particular problem on their sheet of paper.

Step 3: Allow participants to break off on their own in order to brainstorm about solutions to the problems contained on the sheet of paper.

Step 4: Have the participants come back together and discuss some of the solutions they have come up with.

Step 4: Once individuals produce green light solutions for the problems they pulled, you should allow for at least five minutes during which the group as a whole can brainstorm about green light solutions for all problems presented.

Planning Skills/Adaptability

The Building Block Game: This game is an awesome way to see how participants work in a group, and will also allow you to see which group members exhibit leadership skills. It should take around 25-45 minutes to complete.

Step 1: Gather a few sets of children’s building blocks. Use one set to develop a complicated small structure. Place the structure in a location where everyone can see it.

Step 2: Divide everyone up into groups of threes or fours and give them one set of building blocks.

Step 3: Give each group between 15-20 minutes to create a structure that mimics the example you created.

Step 4: Get all of the participants back to together and allow everyone to showcase their wares. Take an entire group vote of which structure most looks like the example provided.

Trust Building

The Scavenger Hunt:This team building exercise is great because it allows you to utilize whatever you have at your office, and/or group location. Having people together with a common goal is a great way to develop trust, and will also illustrate which participants possess leadership skills.

Step 1: You have to create a list of at least 15 items that are located throughout the space where the team building exercise will occur.

Step 2 Hand out the list to individual participants. Or you can divide a big group of participants into subgroups.

Step 3: Create a feasible time period within which participants can try to find as many items on the list as possible during the proscribed time period.

Step 4: At the end of the scavenger hunt you should get all of the participants back together so they can have a mini show and tell and discussion about all of the items the found from the scavenger hunt list.The Office Scavenger

Remember this list of team building exercises can be used for students, private organizations, coworkers, and any other groups of people. Now get out there and foster some team building through the use of this exercises compiled by the pros here at UVISOR.

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