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Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: Don’t Spill the Water

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Purpose

This is an exercise similar to the popular team building exercise on handling toxic waste. The major difference here is that participants need to handle a glass of water and don’t spill it while carrying it from one location to another.

The exercise is ideal for teamwork, leadership and resource management. The competitive atmosphere leads to rapid decision making, activity coordination, and novel ways to compromise and get the task done.

 

Objective

Carry a glass of water from one location to another without spilling any water or touching the glass, using only the materials provided.

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Skills Converged > Communication Skills Exercise: Build an Identical Sculpture

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"This exercise helps delegates to practice communication skills. In particular it focuses on observation skills, how to describe something in simple yet meaningful ways and how to provide feedback. It is an ideal exercise for team building as it helps to improve inter-team communication.

 

Objective

Build an identical sculpture based on the observations made in short intervals by different members of your team."


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Skills Converged > Art Exercise: Cooperative Sculpture

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This exercise helps delegates work together to create a sculpture out of clay. It is ideal for classes on ceramics hand building with clay but it can also be used for a fun team building activity.

This is also a very useful exercise for creativity as it is relatively fast paced. Delegates have little time to get carried away with too much detail on any specific work and so are forced to express their creativity in a focused and meaningful way.

In this exercise, delegates contribute to each other’s design sequentially and everyone participates in the creation of all sculptures.

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Skills Converged > Teambuilding Exercise: Handle Toxic Waste

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In this team building exercise, the group must work together to handle toxic waste symbolised by an object. Many areas can be explored in this exercise including leadership, problem solving, teamwork, communication skills and attention to detail. You can easily adjust the difficulty level of this exercise by varying the type of equipment used or changing a number of parameters as described in the Variations section below.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Icebreaker Activities and Team Building Games

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Icebreaker Activities and Team Building Games | Serious Play | Scoop.it

 Icebreakers.ws is an online catalog of dozens of fun icebreaker and team builder activities. The activities are categorized by group size and activity type. To find an activity appropriate for your group just select your group's size then use the activity type key to find "get-to-know-you games," "team building games," or "active (break a sweat) games."

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The Cooperative Instinct

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A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete.

So here’s the game. I give you some money—let’s say $10—and tell you the following: you’re playing with three other people that you don’t know and may never meet, and each of you have been given the same amount to start with. You are all invited to contribute any amount of your money to a common pool. Once everyone has contributed, the game doubles the amount in the pool, then gives each player an equal portion of that doubled amount. What do you do? How much do you put in?

 

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Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas #2

Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas #2 | Serious Play | Scoop.it

 

 Creation Through Communication

 

The aim of this activity is for each team member to create a piece of origami by being given only verbal instructions by their team leader. It is beneficial for groups who are having communication issues, as it encourages everyone to assess how they listen to instructions, how they interpret them and how they implement them. It’s also a great way of looking at the art of giving instructions, and is a fantastic DIY team build because the only equipment it requires is paper.

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Team-Building Games Using Legos

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Few factors in the workplace have more impact on productivity than the ability of co-workers to perform as a team. However, not every business has the resources or time to dedicate to professional grade training programs to enhance those skills.
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About New Games - New Games: Cooperative Play for All | New Games

About New Games - New Games: Cooperative Play for All | New Games | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Since the early 1970s, proponents of the New Games movement have been using interactive cooperative games to bring diverse groups of people together. The games sometimes include competition, but where participants play together rather than against one another. And there’s also much, much more to New Games…

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The Creative Counselor: Cooperative Games

The Creative Counselor: Cooperative Games | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Chairs, Office Tennis, Rubberband Game, Making Rain, Moon Tennis, Pom Pom Poppers, Ha Ha Game, Gotcha, Human Knot, Fact or Fib.

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Building Teamwork: 10 Quick and Easy Team... Pt 2 | Huddle's Blog

Building Teamwork: 10 Quick and Easy Team... Pt 2 | Huddle's Blog | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In Part 1 of this series on building teamwork through team building exercises, we focused on communication skills and problem solving. Part 2 of this series will focus on 10 more team building exercises, and each will focus on planning skills and building trust amongst a team of peers.

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Team Building Activities for Teens

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Games are a great way to help groups of teens learn skills for working together. Skills can be learning and practiced in a fun, non-threatening way.
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Skills Converged > Teamwork Exercise: Sort the Numbered Plates

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In this team building exercise, delegates learn to work together to complete a seemingly simple task. However, teams can always get better results if they plan ahead, assign leaders, coordinate their activities and generally think of ways to optimise their workflow. You can teach about many teamwork skills in the context of this exercise.

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Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: Touch the Tennis Ball Once

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This is a fantastic exercise in getting a group practice working together, coordinating their activities and learning to work more efficiently. Delegates must review their performance and think of better strategies in problem solving.

As an analogy this exercise can be thought of as a production team tasked to produce a gadget where the efficiency of the team leads to better production rates. The team must think of ways to improve the production rate and workflow. They must think of strategies that can be implemented easily in practice and improved on. The exercise requires teamwork, leadership, communication skills and the ability of each team to get the best from every individual.

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Keypunch / Blind Line Up

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These two activities are wonderful problem solvers. Keypunch deals with effective group process. Blind Line Up will challenge their communication skills.

Type of Initiative: Problem-Solving

 

Props: 25 Numbered Rubber Discs

 

Aim of the Game: To line up in the correct order from the lowest number to the highest number without talking and with their eyes closed. 

 

Playing the Game: Each participant is asked to take a Disc, look at the number and put it in their pocket. Ask them not to share their number with anyone else in the group. Distribute blindfolds to those participants who have trouble keeping their eyes closed. The objective is for the participants to line up in order from lowest number to the highest number with their eyes closed, and without talking. They may not strategize before beginning. Inform them that they must be able to prove to themselves and to you the facilitator that they are in the right order before the activity is over.  Encourage the participants to put their 'bumpers up' to avoid any collisions with other participants. Also let them know that you will be watching the group so that no one wanders off with their eyes closed. Anytime you ask someone to close their eyes you should do a safety talk about boundaries and safe environments.

 

Most of the time groups will start out by milling about trying to tap their number out on someone's shoulder. Eventually someone will figure out clapping their number so that they can be communicating with more than one person at a time. If the group gets pretty close but are not quite there it is good to ask for a show of hands if they think they are right before they open their eyes. You can give them feedback such as, "There is one person that does not think the group is in the right order, how can you prove to the group that you are in the correct order?" Usually this will result in one more round of sequential clapping to prove that they are in the right order.

 

Debriefing topics:

How did you try to communicate your number to the group?What was frustrating about this activity?How did it feel to have your eyes closed?How did other's behaviors in the group affect your performance?How does this experience mirror day to day communication?   
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Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: Iterative Collaboration

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This three-part exercise focuses on collaboration and team building. It highlights the importance of communication and teamwork in groups. The three parts of the activity incrementally add more partnership between individuals helping participants to compare their performance as more collaboration is introduced. You can run this as a teambuilding game. 


Objective                                                                                         Make the tallest Lego tower in groups based on the amount of collaboration specified for each part of the exercise.


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Group Games & Activities - Ice-Breakers, Get To Know You Games, Energisers, Name Games, Trust Exercises & Problem-Solving / Team-Building Initiative Activities - playmeo

Group Games & Activities - Ice-Breakers, Get To Know You Games, Energisers, Name Games, Trust Exercises & Problem-Solving / Team-Building Initiative Activities - playmeo | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Online database of group games & activities. Dozens of ice-breakers, get-to-know-you games, energisers, name games, trust exercises & group problem-solving / teambuilding initiatives. Ideal for teachers, corporate trainers & program leaders.
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Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas – #1

Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas – #1 | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"(...) we’re proud to introduce our new blog series, Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas! Whether it’s your first foray into the world of team building, or you are looking for something to tide you over until your next away day, we’ll be posting a series of small team builds that you can run yourselves, from your office, with minimum planning or fuss."

 

#1 The Scavenger Hunt

A Scavenger Hunt is an easy way to get everybody working together in a fun frenzy of activity. Use it to get over the mid-day slump or before a meeting and your staff will be buzzing with excitement - especially the winning team.

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Team Building Activities With Lego Bricks

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Team building strategies aim to strengthen teams and groups through problem solving, teamwork, communication, sharing and leadership.
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Teampedia

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Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that anyone can edit!
This site is designed for a wide audience including: team leaders, trainers, teachers, managers, camp directors, counselors, and youth groups.

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Very easy Team Building Activities for Adults

These activities are exceptionally quick to do, and pretty easy to set up. 

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Index of All Group Games - Group games, ice breaker games, team building activities, youth group games, icebreakers | Group games, ice breaker games, team building activities, youth group games, ic...

Index of All Group Games - Group games, ice breaker games, team building activities, youth group games, icebreakers | Group games, ice breaker games, team building activities, youth group games, ic... | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A collection of group games, ice breakers, team building activities useful for many settings - youth groups, classrooms, camps, conferences, parties, kids, teens, college groups, adults, churches, etc.
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