When individuals with similar interests, attitudes, and tastes come together to work towards a common objective, a team is formed! If there is no common goal there is no team. Team members strive hard to live up to the expectations of each other and successfully accomplish the assigned task.
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A team cannot do well or achieve more than the individual unless and until each and every member is focused and understands his or her responsibilities.
Every individual must feel motivated to perform at his or her best. For best performance, whenever possible, avoid imposing tasks on team members; instead, allow the individuals to take initiative on their own. Optimally, team members come forward and accept challenges with resilience and spirit. This is where team building comes in.
Fun team building exercises that nurture team spirit and breed excellence include:
Helium Stick – Deceptively simple teamwork activity. Form two lines facing each other. Lay a long, thin rod on group’s index fingers. Goal: Lower to ground. Reality: It goes up!
Mine Field – Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place. In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield.
Pipeline/Gutter Ball – Each participant gets one gutter or half pipe tubing. The object is to move a marble or assorted size balls using lengths of guttering from point A to point B without dropping them.
Warp Speed – A team building exercise based on the icebreaker “Group Juggle”. Groups are challenged to juggle as fast as possible. Invite group to “tender” a time they can deliver.
Survival Scenarios – “Your plane crashed…your group needs to choose the 12 most useful items to survive…”
Great Egg Drop – Small groups design an egg package to save an egg from breaking when dropped. Plus a 30 second jingle to sell their package. Followed by the Great Egg Drop-Off.
Create Your Own Group Activity – Involves small groups in designing and presenting a new group activity. A challenging exercise which requires all the elements of teamwork – communication, goal-setting, planning, cooperation, creativity, task orientation, etc.