I would imagine that competition is hotting up a bit amongst your teams. If you had a look at our half time review you might have made a few changes to the teams, and started to think about the dynamics going on within them.
You need to be looking at how the teams and individuals are interacting with each other. Try and make a note of who will try anything, who is first to congratulate, who jumps up and celebrates their or another teams success.
These personal traits bleed into working lives. But sometimes these are disguised or shielded.
One of the purposes of “team building days” is to allow these traits to surface.
Hopefully by now you will have had a chance to try out some of the past 2 weeks Fun Time Friday games and enjoyed competing within your office.
Games will have been won and lost. Some of the team players will be being identified as real competitors and others not so.
This is an important time in your teams development. You may have noticed that in episode one I made no mention of assigning a team captain. This was very deliberate. They should of by now allowed a team captain/leader come to the fore.
This captain may have earned their position through repeated high performance or through social standing already in the company, or they could have just assumed the position.
The team captain will also have placed a second behind her. A “right hand man”. This position is usually much more disputed than the captain. Other high performers will be thinking “why isn’t that me?” while players who have lost their games might me thinking “Who does she think she is?”
Following on from last weeks Fun time Friday blog here are this weeks suggested games.
Remember you don’t have to go with these, they are just a suggestion.
First up we have,
Face The Cookie
A great game to anyone who likes biscuits, and who doesn’t like biscuits?
Team building is often seen as something you need to get outsiders in to help you with. But why? It’s your team, you already know each other, you have a good idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are.
This blog will be the first of a series that will show you how to run a 30 minute Friday afternoon team build.
The events will be competitive, light-hearted, fun to play and watch.
For the last 10 years the Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge has been a staple ad-hoc exercise for companies to use on their staff in the name of team building.
There are several variants of the exercise but generally the team is tasked with building a self supporting tower with a marshmallow on top.
Feedback is usually based on the success or failure of the team and how high they managed to get the tower. But I’ve been asked many times “What does this have to do with me and what I do in my work”.
The answer is found in WHAT they do in the task and not HOW they did it.
Team building is back on the must do list for companies in 2016. When the recession hit in 2009 businesses had to tighten their belts and make cutbacks.
Events of all kinds were the first on this list of non essentials. Many companies had to make redundancies, it wasn’t seen to be politically correct to make someone redundant and then a month later take the remaining teams on an away-day.
However redundancies result in changes in team dynamics. New teams take time to settle in, there are often clashes in personnel, problems with roles and responsibilities. The earlier these can be addressed with a properly constructed team building package the quicker everyone can settle into their jobs and get down to business.
Fun, where possible should always play a main part in your team events when you are looking to improve team moral or just simply break the ice and the key is to make it short sharp and simple!
There are loads of great ideas on our blog that cover ice breakers and games to use for your events but sometimes it is not that easy to get across the main importance of the activity which is the audiences response.
So this week we are providing you with a fantastic video link to a You Tube video we found that has 39 brilliant games to play in your office or meeting room that only take a minute!
All these fun office games last for 60 seconds and have maximum fun factor whilst also being competitive and upbeat, perfect for breaking the ice at the office!
Ice breakers are a great way to engage a group before some serious business activity and the Human Machine is a perfect exercise to emphasise the importance of teams working as a well oiled machine.
This must have been mentioned a hundred times before on our blog and it’s common sense really as we all know. If some parts of your machine are not working as they should it will soon all come to a grinding halt and a good service is required!
The art of negotiation is a great skill and we all need to have a little of this to progress in business and clinch that deal!
As in business negotiating with a client or customer to seal the deal is something that we all strive to do and nothing is better than the buzz of another order and an increased bank balance. If you have a sales team that you want to wake up before a meeting and subliminally introduce negotiation into the day or simply provide a fun communication game ‘4 Card Negotiation’ is a great activity.
Yesterday I posted ‘Puzzling Picasso’s‘ the first of this week’s trilogy of problem solving activities and today’s activity is called ‘Mind Block’.
Once again this problem solving activity is very simple to set up and run and all you will need are some Lego or children’s building blocks, it’s as simple as that. Now as yesterday’s problem solving activity was all about attention to detail and working as a whole group to complete the puzzle today’s problem solving activity relies more on passage of information, memory and team work.