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Fun Time Friday #3

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in article, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Problem Solving, Team Building Games, Team Building Ideas, Team Spirit, Team Work

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.

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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.

A Review Of Leadership And Team Dynamics

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Building Case Studies, Team Building Games, Team Spirit, Team Theory, Team Work

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?”

Fun Time Friday

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in article, Event Planning, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Building Games, Team Building Ideas, Team Spirit, Team Work

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.

Spaghetti & Marshmallow Challenge

Learning From Spaghetti And Marshmallow..Really?

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in article, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Problem Solving, Team Building Games, Team Work

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.

Fun Office Team Building Games

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Building Games

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!

4 Card Negotiation – A Communication Game For Teams

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Team Building Games

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!

Today’s team game is focused on a fun communication exercise that allows participants to network with each other and trade for the better of their team in a limited period of time. Selection of playing cards

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.

3 Problem Solving Activities For Adults, Students Or Children

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Problem Solving, Team Building Games

Problem SolvingProblem solving activities are a great way to install some fun into your meetings and training days and this week we have 3 fun problem solving games that are really easy to set up and run yourself.

These activities will work well for all scenarios and can be used with adults, students or children.

Truth, Lie And Dexterity – A Game For Adults & Students

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Team Building Games, Team Spirit

Joining a new group of adults or students in a workplace or college is a daunting task for anyone and usually an event that most people become very anxious of. Therefore you as a team leader or teacher need to take this into consideration when starting a new course or building your effective team at work when new individuals join the team.who are you?

For people to show their full potential they need to feel relaxed and at ease with the rest of the group so that they can promote themselves and integrate their skills into the group effectively. The last thing you as a team leader needs is a weak team where only the most confident of individuals stand out from the crowd and leave the others behind struggling to make the team efficient.

This week’s post is by no means a solution to weak teams but provides you with a simple game to break the ice and introduce new people into your group or team by using our ‘Truth, lie and dexterity’ game.

6 Tips For Running Team Building Activities

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Team Building Games, Team Building Ideas, Team Theory

Team building activities can be a very rewarditipsng experience and an exercise that needs to be researched and fully understood in order to create a high performing team. In this weeks post we are looking at my recommendations for a successful team building activity by following these 6 simple tips.

Participation

There is no point in running team building activities if only part of your team are involved and participation should be top of your list when it comes to deciding on the right activity for your event. Tryto make sure that the participation level is spread evenly between physical and cerebral challenges so that you are not making the activity unpleasant for the less physically able members of your group. The key here is that there needs to be a balance to ensure everyone in your group is kept active throughout the activity and that a positive not negative outcome is achieved. Try not to think about your own skills and abilities but more so of the individuals on the day and the mix of gender, age and relationship to create the most participation.