Category: Team Building

Indoor and Outdoor Ice-breaker Activities

All of us realize the importance and impact of ice-breaker activities. It sets the context, makes the participants comfortable with each other and with the facilitator and creates a sense of fun, engagement and commitment in the learning process.

It is, however, equally challenging and time consuming to decide on which Ice-breaker to be used. Most trainers and facilitators prefer to use ice-breaker activities that is related to the topic and is not just for fun. Such specificity makes the task of selecting an ice-breaker even more difficult.

Just to make the selection a bit easier for you, we have collated some ice-breakers below which can also be used for some specific topic.

Know About Your Neighbor Game:

Learning/Application: Icebreaker/Communication skills/Active Listening

No. Of Participants: 10-20

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Indoors

Checklist of Items Required: Paper and Pen

Procedure

  • Instruct all participants that they have to find out specific things about other participants seated close to them and write it down on paper. Explain that this can be a mix of professional and personal information such as the place where someone studied, or the area, in which they live, or the most exotic vacation they have taken or the most unusual food they ever tasted and so on.
  • Explain that the aim is to find out something unique about their co-participants.
  • Have each person share the information they collected with the group.

Debriefing Notes

  • Use this activity as an icebreaker with groups where people do not know each other well.
  • Include an additional step of having the person being described comment on the accuracy of the points presented.
  • Use any discrepancy to explain how the act of listening is an important part of communication.

I See You Game:

Learning/Application: Icebreaker/Non-verbal communication skills/Body Language

No. Of Participants: 10-20

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Indoor/Outdoor

Checklist of Items Required: A large floor/space where people can move unhindered

Procedure

  • Have all participants form a standing circle and bow their heads to keep their gaze on the floor.
  • Instruct that no one is to speak during the game and should only follow your instructions.
  • Ask everyone to look at others in the circle; when two people make eye contact, those two should trade places but without giving up the eye contact until the change is made. Point out that others too will be doing the same thing, so everyone should move slowly.
  • Once the change of place is achieved, the process starts all over again, making eye contact with a new person and swapping places with him or her.

Debriefing Notes

  • Use this game as a light-hearted icebreaker.
  • You may also use it to drive home the message of how eye contact is important in communication.
  • Have the group evaluate how they decided the person with whom to make eye contact and whether they consciously avoided it with others.
  • Ask them about how comfortable they felt maintaining eye contact and if it triggered feelings of anxiety that they tried to overcome by smiling or laughing.

Paper Airplane Game:

Learning/Application: Icebreaker

No. Of Participants: 9 -30

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Indoor/Outdoor

Checklist of Items Required: Pen/ Pencil and Paper

Procedure:

  • Ask all the participants to make a paper plane and write their names, likes and dislikes or any other relevant information about themselves that they believe is interesting. To make it more specific to any topic you may ask to include information relevant to that topic in the paper plane.
  • On cue, have everyone throw their paper planes around and when someone finds one, they should again throw it around.
  • After one to two minutes, ask every person to hold on to the paper plane they have with them.
  • Instruct everyone to identify who is the person whose name is written on the airplane they have and introduce them to the group.

Debriefing Notes:

  • Use this to help people get familiar with other participants attending the training program especially if the group consists of members meeting for the first time.
  • This can also be a fun way of introducing individuals to the group.

Drawing Game:

 Learning/Application: Icebreaker/Teamwork/Creativity/ Communication skills

No. Of Participants: Multiples of 3 (6,9,12…) – Team Game

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Indoors

Checklist of Items Required: Paper and Pen

Procedure

  • Divide people into teams with three members each. Give every team a number. Explain that no discussion is permitted during the game and no agreement can be made as to what the team will draw.
  • Give each team a paper and pen and have one person in each team start the game by drawing an outline or a shape.
  • Shout out “Change” after 15 seconds, and have this person pass the drawing to the other team member who has to add on to the drawing within 15 seconds. After another 15 seconds, have this person pass the paper to the last person in the group.
  • Instruct each team to decide on a description of the drawing unanimously within 15 seconds, mention their team number and hand it over to you.
  • Fold this part with the written description so as to be invisible and pass the drawing to another group to guess and write the description of the drawing, along with the team number. Exchange drawings between all the groups and collect back the papers.
  • Give each team two points for descriptions that match the one given by the team that originally drew the picture; one point for a partially correct answer.

Debriefing Notes:

  • Use this game to drive home the point that a team that is on the same wavelength and communicates well does a better job in lesser time.
  • Explain the importance of either sharing the same viewpoint as another person’s or being willing to adapt quickly to do this to ensure the team succeeds.
  • You may use this game as an icebreaker activity too.

Story-telling:

Learning/Application: Icebreaker/creative thinking/insight and awareness

No. of Participants: 10 – 20

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Indoor

Checklist of Items Required: None

Procedure

  • Get the participants to sit around in a circle.
  • Introduce the start of the story with a simple phrase such as “Once upon a time….” If there is a specific theme you wish to cover later on during the presentation, introduce that here. For example, if you are dealing with teambuilding, start with “Once upon a time, in an office with 10 people…”
  • Ask one person in the circle to complete this sentence and have each member add a sentence or two to take the story ahead.
  • Make it clear that the last person in the circle has to end the story.

Debriefing Notes

  • Use this game to help participants use their imagination.
  • Alternatively, you may also use it to try to gain insight on the dynamics of the group and the issues they face when working together.

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Team Work And Team Building

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Team Work Means More WE And Less Me

What is the difference between 4 people standing on a bus stand, waiting for the bus and 5 schoolboys practicing for a football match?

Both sets form a group which is, “A collection of people with a common characteristic or purpose”. However, on deeper thought do you realize the difference between the two? 4 people standing at the bus stop are individually waiting for a bus, while the 5 boys practicing for the match are collectively working to achieve a goal of improving their game-play and increase their chances of winning the match. Hence, they are not just a group of boys but a football team.

We all work in teams, be it in our personal or professional life. However, a work team is more dominant in today’s professional environment and its functioning. More often than not, we are a part of one or the other work-team. Being part of a team can be rewarding and challenging at the same time.. However, it is still important for us to effectively function within a team to achieve the goal.

Work teams have

  • Clearly defined purpose and goals
  • Shared commitment of all team members towards the
    • Process – how team works together to reach  its goal
    • Product – work team accomplishes
  • Performance is primarily measured by collective output of the team and individual performance is only secondary.

Working with a successful team hence, ensures better results for the organization, for the team as well as for the individual. This means our career advancement and development is also dependent on the team we work with and the way we work with the team. Work-teams are not successful in themselves, team members actively collaborate and work together towards making a team successful which enables superior delivery and achieving goals!

How to build effective team?

  • Spending time together to define group goal (in case it is already defined, focusing on specific aspects) and develop a shared and common understanding of the goal.
  • All team members participating in group discussion to ensure commitment
  • Clearly defining roles and responsibilities of each team member. Also defining  the rules and process to achieve goals.
  • Collaboratively agreeing upon model and levels of decision making.
  • Ensuring a culture of open communication, trust and respect within team members.
  • Conducting periodic team performance reviews.

Working towards being an effective team member is of crucial importance. It is essential to realize that individual goals can be attained only when team goals are attained and hence, one has to focus more on what “we” the team can do it better and less on what “I” can.

Here are five qualities to be a good team player

  1. Communication: Open, transparent and direct communication is valued when working in teams. It may save the team from taking wrong decisions. It also helps in building relationships with the team members which leads to greater willingness to collaborate
  2. Using strengths: The best way you can contribute to your team is by working on your strengths without overusing them to reach group goal.
  3. Trust: Building trust between your team members is essential for working together effectively. Constant doubting on their abilities will not only impair team relationships but also create hurdles in the way of the goal. Being trusted is of equal importance.
  4. Respect: Mutually respecting eachother. Every member is a part of the team for a purpose and may have strengths different from the ones you hold.
  5. Be reliable: Meet your deadlines and ensure meeting all the commitments you have made. This constantly sets an example for others and ensures better and timely team productivity.

It is not essential to be an extrovert to be a great team player as an ideal team is a mix of diversified set of individuals with different strengths. Playing on your strengths to ensure significant contribution to the team and being an active part of the team is the key to be a great team player.

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Building A Successful Team – It Takes Great Leaders To Build Great Teams

Leaders, who are not hesitant, are able to make troublesome choices and establish high standards for performance which are fulfilled constantly and improved regularly. Regardless of whether you are in the working environment, professional games, or your neighborhood group, team building requires a sharp comprehension of individuals, their qualities and what gets them eager to work with others.

Group building requires the understanding of self-image and empathizing with other people’s requests for consideration and acknowledgment. Team building is both an art and a science and the leader who can perform consistently is the one who is extremely valuable.

Building A Successful Team – Be aware of your working style

As the leader of the group, you should be mindful of your administration style and procedures. Assess yourself and be true about where you can enhance, particularly in regions that will profit those whom you lead.Despite the fact that you might be in-control, how you work may not be valued by the individuals who work for you. Along with good intentions, you should also be able to hold yourself responsible to course correct and modify the approach you are following to ensure that you are in power and have respect of the team.

Getting to know the team

Every single extraordinary leader knows precisely what catches to push and when to push them. They are similarly as powerful at coordinating extraordinary regions of topic aptitude and/or skills to take care of issues and look for new arrangements.

Completely knowing your group implies that you have leveraged every opportunity to see how they are wired to think and what is required to spur them to exceed expectations, past what is normal from them.

Defining roles and responsibilities

The responsibilities of the members of the team should be interconnected and dependent on each other. A group ought to work as a mosaic who’s one of a kind qualities and contrasts change over into a capable joined drive.

Being proactive with feedback

Feedback is the way to guaranteeing any group is remaining on track, yet more critically that it is enhancing every day. Feedback ought to be proactive and consistent. Numerous leaders are inclined to hold up until the point when an issue happens before they give criticism.

Keep in mind that each group is extraordinary, with its own one of a kind subtleties and progression. Regard them in that capacity. Enable proactive feedback to fill in as your group’s most prominent empowering agent for consistent change.

Acknowledgement and reward

With proactive feedback comes affirmation and reward. Individuals adore acknowledgment, yet are most energetic about respect. Set aside the opportunity to give your colleagues the best possible awards they have earned and merit.

At the point when individuals are recognized, their work brings them more prominent fulfillment and turns out to be more intentional.

Celebration of success

Celebration is a brief action. Try not to overlook it. Set aside the opportunity to live at the time and recollect what enabled you to cross the end goal.

Leaders are just as effective as their groups and the considerable ones realize that with the correct group progression, choices and various identities, everybody wins at last.

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Team Building Basics – Magical Equation for “Building a Team”

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. – Andrew Carnegie

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Team Building Activities

Even the best of teams can benefit and improve from the team building exercises. They are extraordinary methods for enhancing correspondence, spirit, inspiration, profitability, helping representatives to become more acquainted with each other, and finding out about one’s qualities and shortcomings.

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How To Build High Performance Teams

The principal of managing and building a team is an important one: to lead a group adequately, you should first set up your administration with each colleague. The best group leaders build their connections of trust and unwaveringness, instead of dread or the energy of their positions.

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Quick Team Building Initiatives

Team building practices are one of the approaches to fortify the bonds inside your group; however, they are not an alternate route to progress. Rather, you have to make teamwork inherent to your employees’ attitudes.

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