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Easy to Set Up Fun Games that You Can Use for Team Building

Easy to Set Up Fun Games that You Can Use for Team Building

Games and fun activities are tried and tested ways of getting your team members to know each other better. They can also be used as an icebreaker before a team building event, conference or meeting.

The following are fun games that are easy to set up and can be used for team building or as an icebreaker.

Team Building Games

  • Burst my Bubble
  • Guess the Celebrity
  • Lucky Sevens
  • Peg Tag
  • Clap Clap

Burst my Bubble Team Building Game

Burst my Bubble Team Building Game

The Burst My Bubble game works best in smaller teams of 8-15 members. This activity is very similar to other tag games, with the exception that, instead of touching the person with your  hand, you have to jump around and pop their balloons. This activity is fairly easy to set up and the only equipment needed is balloons and some string. Burst My Bubble is a fast pace and high energy game that is loads of fun.

Before the start of the game cut a length of string, between 40 to 60cm long, for each team member participating. Gather the team together and hand out a balloon and a peace of string to each team member. Each participant must inflate their balloon, tie off the ends, and attach one end of the string to the balloon. The other end of the string must be securely tied around an ankle of the team member. Some space must be left between the ankle and the balloon to ensure that the participants don’t stomp on each other’s ankles by accident.

When your team is ready, you can shout “Go” and everyone should be trying to stomp on and pop everybody else’s balloon. At the same time they must prevent others from stomping on their own balloon. When a team member’s balloon is popped, they are eliminated and must step aside from the game. You can place a time limit on the game or play until the last person with their balloon still intact remains standing. The winner is the last person remaining who has their balloon still intact.

As a variation to the Burst My Bubble game, you can have the participants attach two balloons, one on each ankle. This will give each team member two changes to survive, as they are then only eliminated when both their balloons are popped. You can also have all the participants stand in a circle and holding hands. If both the balloons of a participant have been popped, they are eliminated and must leave the circle. The rest of the remaining participants will reform the circle and continue with the game.

The following are some examples of debriefing questions you can ask the team after the game:

  • Did you have any kind of strategy to avoid being tagged or in tagging somebody else?
  • Were you eliminated quickly?
  • During the game, were you aware of any collaborations going on with other members of the team? Why do you think this happened?
  • How do you think the behaviour of all the team members during the game reflects on the team as a whole.

Guess the Celebrity Team Building Game

Guess the Celebrity Team Building Game

Guess the Celebrity is an audience-style game which encourages team members to use their creative and collaborative skills. This fun and playful activity is simple to play. It is suitable for larger teams and will encourage your team to use their critical-thinking skills.

Required props for the Guess the Celebrity team building game:

  • Index cards or labels
  • List of famous and/or celebrity names
  • Marker
  • Sticky tape or hats

In preparation for the game, collect some blank labels or index cards and write some celebrity names on each of them. Add some lesser-known names to make the game more challenging. To start the game, get the team to sit together facing 4 chairs. Ask 4 volunteers to sit in the chairs facing the rest of the team. They will represent the first four celebrities or famous people. Take four cards with the celebrity names on them, and stick them on each of the volunteer’s foreheads without them seeing what is written on the cards. Make sure that everybody else on the team can see the cards clearly.

The objective of the Celebrity game is for each volunteer to uncover the identity of the person written on the card attached to their forehead. They must ask the audience a number of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions to which they are only allowed to reply ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The first ‘celebrity’ will ask a question which the audience will answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and then next celebrity will get their turn to ask a question. This will continue until one of the ‘celebrities’ can correctly guess who they are. You can then have the team member that guessed correctly swap places with someone in the audience and continue the game. Alternatively, you can wait until all 4 ‘celebrities’ guessed correctly before swapping them with 4 new players. You may want to limit the number of questions to 10 or less to ensure that the game does not carry on for too long.

For larger teams, you can increase the number of chairs up to eight chairs. You may also want to get hold of some caps or hats so that you do not have to stick cards directly to the participant’s forehead. If one of the participants gets a lesser known celebrity and is struggling, it is fine to add some clues to help them out.

The following are some debriefing questions you can ask your team after the Guess the Celebrity team building game:

  • What was it like to know that others knew something you did not?
  • As an audience member, what was it like to know something that others did not?
  • Thinking of situations in your life, was there a time when you were left in the dark about something? Was there something significant you learned from the situation?

Lucky Sevens Team Building Game

Lucky Sevens Team Building Game

Lucky Sevens is a fun and easy counting game that requires no props and will help improve your teams listening skills. It is a very effective team building ice-breaker game. Although this game will seriously test your math skills, it also involves a lot of fun and laughter.

Have all the team members come together and form a circle. Explain to everyone that they must start counting from 1 to 100. Each person must say a number, to the next and so on. Moving to the left of each member in the circle. Every time they come to the number seven, or multiples of seven, they have to say the word ‘Lucky’ instead of the number. If a mistake is made the entire team must start counting from the beginning again. The team member to the left of the one that made the mistake must restart the game. You can play this game for about 10 minutes or you can try and see how far the team gets without making a mistake.

As a variation to the game, instead of saying the word ‘lucky’, have the team member clap their hands instead. You can also have the team change direction every time the word ‘lucky’ is said. O increase the difficulty level of the game, you can add another number, for example number 3. You can then also add another word for the additional number. To make it more of competitive exercise, you can have the team member that makes a mistake eliminated when they make a mistake, and last one standing is declared the winner.

Peg Tag Team Building Game

Peg Tag Team Building Game

Another version of the ever popular ‘Tag’ style team building games, Peg Tag involves lots of fun and energetic running and swerving. The only prop needed for this activity is a big bag of clothes-pegs.

You will need enough clothes-pegs so that each member of the team will have four to eight pegs each. Hand out the pegs to each member of the team and instruct them to pin the clothes-pegs anywhere they like on their clothing. They must pinned somewhere that is accessible, preferably on the upper body, like the arms, the back or front of the clothes.

When you say ‘Go’, the participants must first remove the clothes-pegs from themselves and then attempt to fasten them onto another team member’s clothes. This has to happen one clothe peg at a time, all the other clothes-pegs need to stay fastened onto their own clothing and can only be removed once they have placed the first peg onto somebody else’s clothes. Make sure that everyone in the team must understand that the intention must be to fasten the peg to someone’s clothing, and not onto somebody’s body. Bring to everyone’s attention that when used incorrectly and attached in the wrong place, the peg can cause harm and hurt someone. If a peg falls to the ground, the peg belongs to the one attempting to fasten it to another member’s clothes.

The team members will soon discover that you can’t only concentrate on placing pegs on other participants, as other team members are cunningly looking to fasten pegs to your clothing when they  least expect it. You can continue the game as long as you like. When the game is stopped, have each team member count the number of clothes-pegs still remaining on their clothes. The winner is the member with the least number of pegs attached to their clothes.

You can also divide the group into teams, and let them count the number of pegs each team has accumulated when the game is over. The winning team, is the team with the most pegs. The game can also be played in reverse, with the aim being for each person to see how many pegs they are able to take from other team members and fasten them on their own clothing.

Clap Clap Team Building Game

Clap Clap Team Building Game

In this team game the challenge is to follow a sequence of different clapping movements. The movements increase in difficulty as a the game progresses. This activity is similar to the clapping games that school children used to play during their break times. The activity requires a high degree of coordination, but the objective of the game is not only about doing it correctly. You will find that this activity has many other benefits such as fun, enjoyment, cooperation and friendly competition.

To start the game, get your team to form into pairs. Ask the whole team to gather around so you can teach them all the moves.  Arrange the moves into smaller section, starting with the first move then adding more. The moves involve clapping once, then twice and then three times, and then clapping down again, 3-2-1. Then you start all over again.

Perform only one section of the routine at a time, and then get all the other pairs to try it out. Explain and perform the movements a number of times, and allow the pairs to practice on their own. As soon as all the team members are completing the sections correctly, they can try the complete routine all at once.

Let the team try the basic moves out with no time penalties and once you are confident that most of the group have mastered the moves, you can begin the challenge. You can let all the pairs commence the activity simultaneously or they can perform individually. The performances can also be timed if you want.

The following are some examples of questions you can ask the team after the completion of the game:

  • What was the most challenging part of the game?
  • Was it difficult to master all the moves successfully with your partner?
  • Do you think there is something you can learn from this game, as an individual, and as a team?

More Team Building Activities

The games we discussed are easy to set up and facilitate. For more complex  team building activities where everyone can participate, we advise that you use an experienced team building facilitator. Our team building events can also focus on a specific outcome such as leadership, communication, creative thinking, cooperation, resilience etc.

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13 Fun Ideas for Team Building in Johannesburg

Fun Team Building Ideas in Johannesburg
Murder Mystery Team Building Event

Your team in Johannesburg seems a bit sluggish and it is time for a boost in team morale. Team building activities are a fun way to motivate your team and strengthen bonds between team members.

With so many team building options available it can be a daunting task to decide on one activity. In order to make your decision easier we have put together a summary of some of our more popular team building events in Johannesburg.

The following are some ideas for team building in and around the greater Johannesburg area.

  1. Tribal Survivor Challenges
  2. Potjiekos Cooking Competitions
  3. Amazing Race Events
  4. Escape Room Activities
  5. Drumming Events
  6. Movie Making Activities
  7. Minute to Win It Games
  8. Box Cart Building and Racing
  9. Laughter Games
  10. Hitting the Target Activity
  11. Charity Team Building Events
  12. Art Workshop
  13. Murder Mystery Events

 

Team Building Activities

 

1. Tribal Survivor Team Building Challenges in Johannesburg

Inspired by the iconic Survivor reality game show franchise, the Tribal Survivor Challenge is a fun, exciting and interactive team building event suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  Your group will be divided into tribes and each tribe will have to come up with a name and flag for their tribe. One of the most entertaining parts of this challenge comes next with each tribe having to create an choreograph a war cry which will be performed in front of the other tribes.

In the next part of the Tribal Survivor Challenge, the tribes compete against each other in various team building exercises with a variety of outcomes such as enhancing communication, encouraging teamwork and cooperation. Points are awarded for each of the activities and the tribe with the highest points at the end of Tribal Survivor Challenge is declared the winning tribe.

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Team designing their flag during their Tribal Survivor Challenge team building event.

2. Potjiekos Cooking Competitions in Johannesburg

A Potjiekos Cooking Competition is an effective way for teams to get to know each other better while working together on a common goal. Your group will be divided into teams that will compete with each other for the first choice of ingredients. Teams are allowed to barter with each other for any ingredients that they may still need.

When all the ingredients are ready, the teams can start with cooking their potjie. While waiting for the potjies to finish cooking, teams compete against each other in some more team building exercises. When the potjies are ready they are presented for judging, and after the meal the winners and runners up are announced.

The Potjiekos Cooking Competition is a great activity for building camaraderie and team spirit.

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Team from Woolworths during their Potjiekos Cooking Competition.

3. Amazing Race Team Building Events in Johannesburg

Inspired by the popular Amazing Race reality show, the Amazing Race team building event is an exciting and fast moving activity designed to get teams working together to complete various tasks.

Teams are provided with clues to help them find all the “check-in” points. Some of these “check-in” points have activities that the teams will have to complete before moving to the next point, while others will just require the team to prove that they were at the point. These “check-in” points are hidden throughout the venue and teams need to find them in the correct sequence. The first team to complete all the activities and tasks is declared the winning team of the Amazing Race team building event.

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Team from Vukani Gaming during their Amazing Race team building event.

4. Escape Room Team Building Activities in Johannesburg

In the Escape Room team building activity, teams are locked into themed rooms from which they have to escape. In order to escape, they have to work out all the hidden clues and complete some pressurized tasks within 60 minutes. Escape Room activities are an exciting and challenging way to test your team’s problem solving skills.

Escape Room team building activities also help teams improve their communication and strengthens relationships within the team. This activity highlights how individual decisions can be of benefit to the team.

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Team from Imperial Logistics during their Escape Room team building activity.

5. Drumming Team Building Events in Johannesburg

Drumming activities are very suitable for team building because everyone can participate in the activity regardless of age, race or position within your organization. In Africa, drumming has historically been used for communication, and many groups and individuals use drumming activities to release stress, raise their spirits, enhance their focus and for developing better cooperation in groups. It is a very effective tool for synchronizing the thought processes of team members.  Drumming activities are also beneficial for developing hand-eye coordination, listening skills and creativity. When team members create rythms together, it also naturally promotes teamwork.

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Team members during a drumming event.

6. Movie Making Team Building Activities in Johannesburg

A Movie Making team building activity is a great way to discover and encourage creativity in your team. In the Movie Making activity, the team members have to work together to write a script, produce, direct and act in the “Movie” using limited resources. The process of making the movie taps into both the creative and practical abilities of the team. Not only is Movie Making an excellent way to get your team to work together, but it also provides great entertainment when the movies are viewed at the end of the event.

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Team members participating in a Movie Making team building activity.

7. Minute to Win It Team Building Games in Johannesburg

Based on the popular game show franchise, Minute to Win It team building games is an entertaining way of getting everyone on your team involved. In this activity, teams compete against each other in a variety of challenges which must be completed within 60 seconds. The challenges are completed using everyday household objects such as elastic bands, paper cups, empty cans, balloons and toilet paper. Points are awarded for each challenge and the team with the highest points at the end of the event is declared the winning team.

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Team member completing the Nut Stacker Minute to Win It challenge.

8. Box Cart Building and Racing Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

The Box Cart Building and Racing team building activity combines creativity, technical precision, leadership, communication and a dose of bravery and fitness for a few. Teams are provided with the necessary parts to create and complete their Box Cart. The teams have to design and paint the bodywork of the Box Cart, the drivers racing top, as well creating a team song. All of this has to be done in a race against time as the Box Cart needs to be completed before the starting time of the race. The teams race their Box Carts against each other in a relay format, with multiple team members having the opportunity to drive and push the cart towards the finish line. This is an excellent activity for enhancing teamwork and relationships within your team.

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Team from Allan Gray during their Box Cart Building & Racing team building event.

9. Laughter Games Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

If you want your team to bond through laughter, the Laughter Games team building activity is the one for you. In this activity, your group is divided into teams which compete against each other in various team building exercises designed to create a lot of laughter. Getting your team to laugh together has many benefits to the team. It is a powerful antidote to stress and connects team members to each other. Furthermore, laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system and releases feel good chemicals. Being able to laugh, play and have fun together makes being part of a team more enjoyable and helps the team to solve problems, connect with each other and be more creative.

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Team from Nedbank during their Laughter Games team building activities.

10. Hitting the Target Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

Hitting The Target is an ideal team building activity if you want to emphasize the importance of accuracy and correct decision making when working as a team. Your group is divided into teams which compete against each other in team building exercises designed to test the participant’s accuracy and aim. Points are awarded after each challenge and the team with the most points at the end of the event is declared the winning team.

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Team from Barclays Life Botswana during their team building activity.

11. Charity Team Building Events in Johannesburg

Letting your team take part in activities where they are helping others is one of the best ways of bringing your team together and strengthening bonds within the team. Charity team building activities not only teach your team the skills needed to function as a high-performing team, but also gives back to the community. These activities also highlight the significance of team members engaging their hearts in their work together.

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Team from WWF SA during their Charity Team Building Activity.

12. Art Workshop Team Building Activity in Johannesburg

An Art Workshop team building activity is an excellent option for teams that want to do something more creative together. The Art Workshop highlights the importance of unity in diversity and creative thinking. Your group will be divided into teams, and each team is given a blank canvas, paints and brushes. The teams are then each given a subject to paint and they are made to believe that the challenge is to produce the best work of art on their particular canvas. Each team works separately on their own canvas and are not aware of what the other teams are painting. Unknown to them, all the teams are working on different parts of one big painting. While thinking they are competing against each other, all the teams are in fact working on one single goal.

This fun team building activity is a rewarding challenge for participants and promotes cohesion within a group. The activity ends on a motivating high as the participants are impressed by what the group achieved through the individual efforts of each team member.

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Team from BankservAfrica during their Art Workshop team building activity at The Pyramid in Johannesburg.

13. Murder Mystery Team Building Events in Johannesburg

A Murder Mystery team building activity is a fun way for your team members to get to know each as they work together to solve a mystery. Although Murder Mysteries are usually played out over a meal, the event can be just as effective without it. Costumes and dress up accessories such wigs are provided on the day. The “murder” is announced, and the fun begins as each accused try to prove their innocence.  Murder Mystery events are most definitely one of the more entertaining team building ideas.

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Team from Malcolm Lyons and Brivik during their team building activity.

 

Now you are ready to treat your team to a great time while they are learning to work together and forming stronger bonds.

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Choosing The Right Types of Activities for Your Team Building Event

Choosing The Right Types of Activities for Your Team Building Event

Your team will expect that team building activities will be stimulating, interesting, and yes, fun. That does not mean that the facilitator has to be a comedian, but it does obligate you to incorporate some activities into your team building event that helps to engage your team members.

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Planned team building activities will bring the following elements to your training:

  • Keeps the day moving at a stimulating pace
  • Fun helps to bring people together and break down barriers
  • Laughter leads to an endorphin release, which is healthy
  • Improves retention of material by providing hands on application and practice

In order to fully involve your team members, make sure that you preface activities with a discussion about safety. Let them know that what takes place in the team building sessions stays in there, so that they are encouraged to take risks, challenge previously held assumptions, and make mistakes and learn from them.

Choosing the right activity is very important. One sign of a good facilitator is someone who knows how to choose and even modify an activity to fit certain situations. A good resource library of activities is important so that you don’t find yourself re-using the same activities and tiring of them, or exposing them to people over and over, especially if you are an in-house fcilitator developing workshops for the same people.

The following list is a handy reference of the types of activities that can be the right fit for your training. Although some of the headings may overlap, the definitions are here to give you a better understanding of the range of activities that can be used.

Team Building Games: A game is an exercise that normally has a set of rules and an element of competition. Games often include some kind of reward.

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Team Building Icebreakers: Icebreakers are used as an exercise to introduce group members to one another (break the ice), encourage some energy into the beginning of a workshop, and lead into the topic material. They are an important starting point to your training session.

Team Building Energizer: An energizer is a brief pick-me-up activity designed to invigorate a group if energy in the room is waning, or to bring them back together following a break. Energizers are often about five minutes long.

Simulations: A simulation is useful to train equipment operators when the tools that they will use are either very expensive or dangerous. Simulations are designed to be as realistic as possible so that participants can learn from the situation without worrying about damage or financial cost. Flying aircraft, offshore emergency evacuation procedures, combat training, and driving all make use of simulation training.

Role Plays: Role-playing is a helpful way to understand how participants react to certain situations. They are a very useful approach for practicing new skills in a non-threatening environment, where a participant learns to apply behavioral techniques and gets feedback without fear of making a mistake in front of their own customers or clients. Roleplays are helpful in learning conflict management, counseling, sales, negotiating, and many other skills.

Case Studies: Case studies are stories normally extracted from a participant’s workplace or industry. They can also be written specifically to simulate a scenario. Case studies are often examined by individuals or groups and then analyzed to stimulate discussion or demonstrate aspects of training.

 

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21 Benefits of Team Building Activities

Benefits of Team Building Activities

You have seen the team building events of other companies and know that your team will benefit from team building exercises, but management is not convinced that it is a worthwhile investment. We have put together a list of benefits that your team will gain from team building activities to help you state your case to management.

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  • Team building activities will improve the morale of the team.
  • You can use team building activities to identify any barriers to creativity within the team.
  • Certain team building exercises can be used to teach your team how to clearly define objectives and goals.
  • Team building events help your team improve processes and procedures in the workplace.
  • Team building activities encourage communication within the team.
  • Taking part in team building activities helps the team members to identify and develop team roles.
  • Team building activities often lead to organizational productivity.
  • Team building exercises are an effective way of identifying strengths and weaknesses in a team.
  • Improve your team’s problem solving skills with problem solving team building exercises.
  • Team building is a non threatening, fun and participative way to break down any existing barriers in the team.
  • You can use team building activities to identify leadership qualities in your team members.
  • Outcome based team building activities help address specific areas of weakness in a team such as communication or team work.
  • Specialized team building activities such as Art Workshops highlights the unity that can exist in diversity.
  • Team building exercises can be used to develop specific skills that are required in the team.
  • Team building events bring teams together and help the members to get to know each other better which leads to better relationships within the team.
  • Team building events promote professional business relationships.
  • Participating together in team building activities creates respect for different personalities and cultures in the team.
  • The team spirit developed during team building activities can be taken back to the office environment for implementation in the workplace.
  • If your team seems to be running low on motivation, team building activities can be a great way to get the motivation up again to finish that important project.
  • Creative outcome based team building activities will encourage a more creative approach to problem solving in your team.
  • You can use team building events to reward your team and give recognition to team members.

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Step by Step Guide to Deliver Great Team Building Activities

Step by Step Guide to Deliver Great Team Building Activities

The following is a guide that will help you deliver effective team building activities that encourage teamwork, communication, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, time management, trust and support. It takes you step by step through each phase of the team building activity, from selecting the appropriate exercise to reinforcing the learning outcomes.

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Step 1 – Select Team Building Exercises Appropiate to Your Team

To select the right exercises you must understand the purpose of the team building event and identify learning objectives. The age, ability and any physical limitations of the team members also need to be taken into consideration. Select a number of team building exercises that suite the group and venue, and that will help you achieve your learning objective.

Step 2 – Prepare For Your Team Building Activity

Go through the activity notes and gather any equipment or learning materials. Practice presenting the team building exercises to gain a better understanding of the activity and identify potential problems. Set up the activity area at the team building venue and identify and remove any hazards or potential safety issues.

Step 3 – Introduction and Explanation of the Team Building Activities

Introduce yourself to the group, discuss the importance of teamwork and the learning objectives of the team building activities. Introduce the team building exercise and outline the rules of the exercise. Obtain feedback to ensure that the team understands the activity and clarify the instructions. Provide the team with the equipment needed for the activity.

Step 4 – Run the Team Building Activity

During the activity, encourage and support the team members. Observe and note anything you can use later during the review. If there are time constraints on the activity, make sure you watch the clock and give the team a ‘time check’ occasionally. Do not stop the activity unless you run into serious issues.

Step 5 – Debrief the Team Building Activity

During the debrief, try not to call on anyone by name unless you have to. Be comfortable with silence. Watch for head nodding, smiles, and other indications that they agree with what is being said by others. If any team members give a response that is wrong or inappropriate, ask the team how they feel about it rather than correcting someone. Remember that even if the activity did not go as planned, most participants probably learned something. Try to use a mix of reviewing methods, reflection and questions to engage the team and draw out key learning outcomes.

Step 6 – Reinforce the Learning

Encourage the team leader to display anything the team created during the activity at their workplace. Advise team leaders to often refer to the activities and the lessons learned when they are coaching, giving feedback, or conducting meetings. The team leader should watch for examples of how the participants used what was learned in the team building activities. The team leader can also follow up a couple of days later and ask participants to share what impact the activities had on them.

 

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The Amazing Place Team Building Venue in Sandton

Team Building Venue in Sandton

The Amazing Place is situated in the Woodmead suburb of Sandton. The venue offers small to medium size conferences, functions and team building events in a beautiful garden setting. The Amazing Place also offers an excellent alternative to the standard conference room in their bedouin tent.

The Amazing Place has excellent facilities for a wide variety of team building activities. The activities are facilitated on lush green lawns among beautiful gardens. The venue is suitable for a variety of outdoor team building activities including Potjiekos Cooking Competition, Tribal Survivor Challenge, Wacky, Wet, Weird and Wonderful, SA Mini Olympics, Corporate Fun Day, Boeresport, Sports Day and Hitting the Target.

The Amazing Place’s conference rooms are also suited for indoor team building activities such as Minute to Win It, Murder Mystery, Drumming, Movie Making, Creative Construction and Art Workshop.

Some of the recent team building events at The Amazing Place included companies such as Nobel Biocare South Africa, Standard Bank, Ottobock and FNB.

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The Role of Personality Types in Team Motivation

The Role of Personality Types in Team Motivation

Any successful team consists of a mix of personality types. A team in which everyone has the same personality type, is more likely to experience conflict between its members. When a problem arises in the team, everyone is more likely to try and take the same role in solving it. To motivate your team effectively, it is vital that you identify your personality type as well as the personality types of your team members. It is also essential to realize that different personality types have different ways of motivating others, and different ways in which they are motivated.

Identifying Your Own Personality Type

Those aspects of your character that arise when around others or when doing something important, defines your personality type. Various tests have been created to identify your personality type, but perhaps the best way to detect your personality type is to examine your reaction to a problem which affects the whole team. How do you react to a problem?

  • Do you immediately look for a solution to the problem?
  • Are you instinctively worried by what happens?
  • Do you ask other people to help with the problem?
  • Do you comfort the people in the team that are stressed by the problem?
  • Do you stand on the fringes, making comments and jokes?

All these reactions are helpful in the team and can contribute to overcoming the problem. The “problem solver”, the “consensus seeker”, the “nurturer” and the “humorist” are all classic personality types. All these personality types have an equal part in making up a successful team.

  • Without problem solvers,  the team would be more likely to deviate from the team’s plan.
  • Consensus seekers make sure that problem solvers do not become too independent.
  • Nurtures ensure that a problem does not become a crisis.
  • The humorist ensures that everybody remains in high spirit despite the problem.

How much we allow our personality to show is often limited by convention and reason. Most people will also avoid being seen as too one dimensional.

Identifying the Personality Type of Other Team Members

While most people have a clear idea of their own personality type, it is more difficult to identify the personality type of other team members. The best way of identifying the personality types of others is by speaking to them and observing how they behave in various situations. Ice Breakers and Team Building Activities are also effective ways of getting to know the personality types of your team members. These activities highlight people’s priorities and show a lot about their personality type outside of the activities. The team building activities will show which team member is a dominant character, who is pragmatic, who is light hearted and so on. In these activities,  you will pick up if two or more people are competing for the dominant position and which members choose to play a less confrontational part. Ice breakers and team building activities are excellent for learning about the personality types of all the team members.

Motivating the Different Personality Types in Your Team

Different personality types motivate other people in different ways and different personality types are motivated differently. The conciliatory personality type will motivate the rest of the team by speaking to them one-on-one. They will allow the other team members to see where they can excel and improve. They have the ability to share good news discreetly and put bad news in a good way.  The dominant personality type is more likely to deliver criticism one-on-one as they will be wary of not de-motivating the rest of the team by delivering criticism in the open. Good news, on the other hand, will be delivered loudly and shared throughout the team. The dominant personality type will want to spread the joy and motivate the rest of the team to try and achieve the same.

Different personality types will contribute to your team’s motivation in different ways. By assigning each team member the correct role within the team, you enable them to get the best out of themselves and their team members.

 

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Blindfolded Minefield Team Building Exercise

Blindfolded Minefield Team Building Exercise
Blindfolded Minefield Team Building Exercise

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting in on the Faculty Training Institute’s team building event at Lanzerac Hotel and Spa in Stellenbosch. It was raining on the day, and our team building facilitator did an excellent job at creatively utilizing the indoor space that was allocated to the team. One of the team building exercises that I enjoyed observing was the Blindfolded Minefield.

In the Blindfolded Minefield activity, participants have to navigate through a minefield of objects while they are blindfolded. To get through the minefield, they have to listen to the instructions of their team members who have to guide them around the obstacles. To make it even more challenging, two teams competing against each other, start at the same time from opposite sides of the course. The blindfolded team member has to listen closely and make sure he/she is following the instructions of their own team and not of the other team. The further the blindfolded team member moves in the course, the further away from the team members he/she moves. Hearing their own team members becomes more difficult, but the voices of the opposing team become more prominent.

Once one of the team members crosses over to the other side, they can start giving instructions from that side as well. This should make it easier for the rest of the team to cross the minefield while at the same time interfering with the instructions given by the opposite team. If the blindfolded team member steps on one of the obstacles they have to go back to the beginning and another team member can take their place.

The Blindfolded Minefield exercise is about team work and communication. Participants learn to recognize and follow the instructions of their team members. They have to focus on the voices of their own team and tune out the other voices. If they follow the wrong voice they end up standing on a landmine.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

 

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Team Building Exercises that Promote Communication and Teamwork

 

Team Building Exercises for Communication

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Over the years, TBAE has developed a collection of fun exercises that promote teamwork and communication skills. The following is a selection of some of the team building exercises that TBAE offers in their various group and indoor activities.

Related:Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities,Types of Team Building Exercises

Bhati  In this exercise, one team must pick up as many objects as possible and put them into a crate, only using their feet. They need to achieve this while avoiding ‘fire’ from the opposing team. If anyone does get hit by a ‘missile’, they need to get out of the designated area. Once all the team members have been hit the objects are counted, and the teams swap over to see whom the winning team is.

Blindfold Collection – Two team members at a time are blindfolded, and the rest of the team need to communicate to them which objects to pick-up. Each team member will have a chance to be blindfolded.

Bubble Pie – In this team building exercise teams have to “make” as many bubbles as possible in a bucket filled with soapy water. The team is given a tin can which needs to be filled with bubbles. When a team member has the tin can filled with bubbles, he/she needs to run to a bucket on the opposite side and deposit what is left of the bubbles in the empty bucket. They then run back to the line, passing the empty can to the next person in line. That person repeats the whole process, which continues until everyone in the line has had a turn. Team with the most bubbles in the bucket wins.

Bucket challenge – This exercise take place in the form of a relay race with teams racing against each other while trying to transport as much water as possible. The buckets need to stay on top of the team member’s heads at all times which makes staying dry extremely difficult.

Catty Shooting – The Catty is a small hand-held weapon that is powered by pulling back an elastic band that is joined to the small pouch that holds the items being shot. In this team building exercise, a target needs to be hit a certain number of times with the team members taking turns at trying to hit the target.

Frisbee Golf – In this exercise, instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a Frisbee until it lands in a Hoola Hoop. Like normal golf, the object of Frisbee Golf is to complete each hole in the least number of throws. The player with the least throws on the last hole throws first on the next.

Hula Hoop Down – The team stands in a circle, and the goal is to move the Hula Hoop down from above waist height to the ground. There are certain restrictions in terms of how the Hula Hoop is allowed to be held.

Magic Carpet – In this exercise, each team member needs to stand on a small carpet. The team must then turn over the carpet without any body part of each team member touching the ground.

Marble Run – In the Marble Run exercise a marble needs to be rolled from point A to point B using pipes. The team members need to join the pipes together without the marble falling to the ground. If the marble hits the ground at any time they have to start again.

Memory Tester – The object of this exercise is for the team to build a replica of a structure. The teams are given all the pieces that make up this structure. However, the structure is not in front of them, and only one team member at a time is able to see the structure. They can move back to the structure as many times as they want to but time is of the essence in the race against the other teams. Communication and team work are crucial in this team building exercise.

Mummy Race  In this exercise a team member is mummified with toilet paper by the rest of the team. The mummy must then be carried by the team members to the tomb. The team whose mummy is the most intact wins the exercise.

Over & Under – Teams stand in long lines facing each other back to front. At the head of each line,  there is a bucket of water and at the other end a plastic empty container. A sponge is given to the person at the head of the line where the water bucket is. That person has to dip the sponge in the water to soak in as much water as they can. Then they have to pass the wet sponge over their head to the person behind – who then passes the sponge to the person behind them through their legs. The sponge makes its way back over the head of one person and between the legs of the next until it gets to the person standing next to the empty container. That person must squeeze whatever water is left into the empty container and run the sponge back up to the head of the line. The team with most water in the container wins.

Plank Walk – Teams race against each other with multiple participants from each team sharing a couple of planks. To move forward on the planks the team members have to work together and coordinate their movements.

Tyre Race  In this exercise, members of the team need to maneuver tyres around certain obstacles using the two wooden poles provided. This is a relay race.

Water Balloon Toss  Team members from the same team stand facing each other at a two meter distance and throw a water balloon to the member on the opposite side – after every successful toss and catch the members each take a step backward – the 2 team member that can successfully throw and catch at the furthest distance from each other win for their team.

Water Transfer – Teams need to transfer water from one side to the other using a combination of different equipment including canvas sheets and pipes with holes in them. Prepare to get extremely wet.

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Team Building Ideas for Winter

Team building events in the winter months can be just as much fun as in the summer months. TBAE’s has a wide range of team building activities for the winter that can easily be enjoyed indoors. These events can be facilitated at your own venue or a venue that TBAE will arrange. The following is some of TBAE’s team building activities suitable for those cold winter days and nights.

Team Building Ideas for Winter
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Escape Room
The short explanation of a Escape Room activity is that the participants are locked into themed rooms and they then need to work-out all the hidden clues and overcome some pressurised tasks so that they can escape the locked room before the 60-minute timer hits zero. All our Escape Room activities allow the players to solve puzzles and riddles which in turn opens locks all within an action-packed hour. We guarantee suspense and a lot of laughter…  more info

Frog Derby
TBAE’s Frog Derby allows your team to try their luck as punters and their skills as jockeys. This team building activity is suited for any group size and focuses on decision making, negotiating skills, strategy development, communication and fun. In the Frog Derby activity, your team becomes the proud owner of a “racing frog” – but only for the evening! To start the activity, frogs are auctioned and sold to the highest bidding team. Each team has to select their jockeys and with betting booths opened, the racing can begin…

A Day at the Races
TBAE’s A Day at the Races team building activity is suitable for any group size and focuses on decision making, negotiating skills, strategy development, communication and fun. Your team will feel as if they are at the races with real horses and their jockeys battling it out on the big screen. Depending on the time available for the activity, the race card for the day can consist of up to seven races. Participants will be given time to study the form books before they place the bets with the bookies. A wide variety of bet types are available to keep both the novice and experienced punter interested… more info

Creative Construction
The “Creative Construction” team building event, emphasises the importance of creativity, planning and teamwork in the workplace through a number of challenges involving building or construction. Some of the activities included are Hidden Bridge Building, The Longest Bridge, No Lose Ends, Mirror and Match, Marshmallow Tower and Model Replication… more info

Minute to Win It
This event is based upon the popular Minute to Win It television program. In this event participants need to complete various activities within a one minute period. Teams compete against each other in challenges that increase in difficulty as the event progresses. The challenges are completed using household objects such as paper cups, uncooked spaghetti, toilet paper, pantyhose and paper clips. The challenges include entertaining games such as Back Flip, Bouncer, Dizzy Mummy, Elephant March, Face the Cookie, Penny Hose, Spoon Frog and Tilt-a-Cup… more info

Drumming
TBAE’s interactive drumming team building event is an excellent tool for stress release, group bonding, team building and synchronizing of thought processes in the Business environment. Group drumming is a non-competitive activity where each person, regardless of age, sex, race or position within the company has an equal role to play. Drumming helps to overcome barriers of race, language, gender and hierarchy. It is a fun team building activity that encourages spontaneity and laughter… more info

Movie Making
TBAE’S Movie Making team building activity is a great event to get the creative juices flowing. This fun and interactive activity is suitable for everyone regardless of their age, title, fitness level or physical abilities. At the beginning of the Movie Making team building activity, the group is divided into teams using a team building ice breaker. The ice breaker is designed to divide the group up in a way that ‘cliques’ are separated and new relationships formed… more info

Noot vir Noot
This team building event is loosely based upon the popular Noot vir Noot television show. Short snippets of music are played, and the contestants need to guess either the songs name or the name of the artist. A wide range of different music are available that can be customised to suit your group… more info

Murder Mystery
Murder Mystery is a popular indoor team building activity that is perfect for those cold winter days. Guests arrive looking like their character role as a murder plot is played out over a meal. Your Murder Mystery facilitator will set the stage for the theme, and entertaining instructions are given for each stage of the activity. TBAE will provide costumes and fancy dress accessories suitable for all shapes and sizes, which include wigs, make up and murderous accessories… more info

Quiz Master
The Quiz Master team building activity is a fun and innovative way to build camaraderie and team spirit. For this event your group will be divided into teams or you can specify your own teams beforehand. The teams then go on to compete against each other in various quizzes. This activity will challenge your team and get those brain cells working. TBAE’s Quiz Master is not only intellectually stimulating but also side splitting funny… more info

Art Workshop
Get your team’s creativity flowing with an Art Workshop team building event. Participants are divided into teams, and each team is given an individual canvas on which they will  work. At the end of the exercise,  all the canvasses are combined to make one work of art. Each team works on their section of the painting believing that the object of the event is to produce the best work of art on their canvas. While the teams are working on their canvas, they have no idea what the other teams are doing and that they are, in fact, working on a single goal and not competing against each other. The result is a combination of art works, each one having its own unique style but creating one new original work of art… more info

The Voice Challenge
TBAE’s The Voice Challenge team building activity is inspired by The Voice reality television singing competition. The Voice Challenge always results in a lot of laughter as fellow team members try and outdo each other to show off their singing talents. The Voice Challenge starts off with coaches being selected. The coaches will each be responsible for choosing and leading their team. In the first round of The Voice Challenge each person gets an opportunity to sing a song while the appointed coaches will be seated facing away from the singer. If a coach is interested in having the singer on their team they press a buzzer and swing around to face the singer… more info

Karaoke
TBAE’s Karaoke Challenge team building activity is a great way for your team to get to know each other and bond together. The Karaoke Challenge always results in a lot of laughter as fellow team members try and outdo each other to show off their singing talents. TBAE’s Karaoke Challenge is one of the best ways to get your team to laugh together. Laughter plays an important part in team building. Laughter strengthens relationships by fostering emotional connections and positive feelings between team members. Laughing together creates a bond that acts as a buffer against stress and disagreements. Shared laughter is also an excellent tool for keeping relationships fresh and building strong relationship bonds… more info

 

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