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Month: March 2016

Employees on your team might think they are on top of their game but can often forget they may have skills that need improvement. No one is perfect and everyone has abilities they can work on. This quick employee bonding activity will put your team on the track to success!

Throw Game

Time: 15-20 minutes

Purpose:

• For the group to be looking to itself (rather than their manager) for ways to improve.
• To eliminate the thought of being so good improvement isn’t needed.

Participants: 5-10 people

Materials

1. Arrange the group in a large circle with everyone standing.
2. Give the ball to anyone.
3. Ask him or her to throw the ball to anyone in the circle.
4. The catcher now throws the ball to someone else in the circle.
5. This continues as each participant always throws the ball to someone who has not had it yet.
6. The last one throws the ball back to the participant who had it first. The group has established their pattern.
7. Have them repeat the same pattern throwing the ball to the same person, in the same order as they did before. Time them.
8. If anyone drops the ball, it goes back to the first participant to start again. Time keeps ticking.
9. Announce the time, and ask them how much faster they think they can get.
10. Repeat the pattern, and time them again.
11. Give them 3 minutes to create a strategy to vastly improve their time.
12. Repeat the pattern and time them once more.

SUMMARY

• How did you feel the first time I timed you? On subsequent timings? (Nervous, energized, competitive, pressured, etc.)
• What strategies did you employ to improve your speed? How successful were they?
• What assumptions or limits did you impose on yourselves? (We had to catch with our hands [not laps, if sitting], etc.)
• How did you feel when participant X dropped the ball? (Frustrated, angry, depressed, hopeless, empathetic, etc.)
• What was the key to your success?
• What implication does this have for us back on our jobs?

The ability to adapt in a changing environment is a crucial trait for high performance teams and employees.

This activity below is a guessing game in which participants will switch teams frequently.

Guess and Switch

Time: 10-20 minutes

Purpose: Participants get comfortable with constantly changing teams and allegiances; also they will see how ineffective yes/no questions are.

Participants: 5-15 people

Materials required: None

  1. Divide the group in half. The teams gather in opposite corners of the room.
  2. One participant from each team leaves the room. Together, their task is to quickly pick any object in the world.
  3. They return to the team opposite the one they left.
  4. Each team then asks the participant questions to determine what the object is. They may ask only questions that can be answered with “yes” or “no.”
  5. When a team guesses the object, they clap their hands to win the round.
  6. Both participants, who originally left the room, now join the winning team.
  7. Each team selects a new participant to leave the room for another round.
  8. Play continues until one team captures all members or until a predetermined time limit is reached.

Summary:

  • How did you feel when your team started dwindling? (Nervous, threatened, more competitive, frustrated, etc.)
  • How did you feel as your team started to grow? (Excited and energized, superior, confident, glad to be part of a winning team, etc.)
  • How did you feel when you had to join a different team? (Reluctant, not welcome, excited to be on the winning team, etc.)
  • Did you find a pattern of questioning emerge that proved successful for the team?
  • What kinds of questions could we have asked to guess the object quicker? (How is this object used? What is the object’s size and shape? And other open-ended questions.)
  • What implications does this activity have for us back on the job?
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