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Team Building Ideas


It has been a fair few years since I last facilitated a team building day and would really appreciate some help / input into some exercises / games I could incorporate.

I have a large Finance department made up of smaller sub teams - their work impacts on each other however they aren't currently operating as one large team. In total there are around 25 employees attending.

The purpose of this day is a 'fun way to get to know each other in a non-business environment (we are off site) and how you can more effectively work together to achieve common goals'

1. So the day has to be fun and enjoyable with plenty opportunities to mingle and meet people they don't work with on a day to day basis.

2. Include DiSC so that individuals learn more about their own behavioural style and that of the others around them to improve team working relationships.

3. Include some exercises around communication and influencing so that they learn how to more better as a collection of sub teams who's work impacts on each other.

Any ideas for useful exercises bearing in mind there is a large group of 25?

4 Responses

  1. Video for team building exercise.

    Have you considered setting the task of making a short video?

    You'd need to break the group down into teams of five or six. The task is to design and create a short film. This can be work related or as off-the-wall as you like (eg hand them an object and they have to make a tv commercial for it).

    They have to work together to come up with ideas, thrash them out to agree on a single idea, then assign tasks and plan the use of resources to execute production in the time allowed.

    They clearly have to work as a team or they have nothing to show at the end, but there is also ample opportunity to demonstrate and observe leadership, creativity, negotiating skills and presentation skills along the way.

  2. Team building exercises


    You could try a couple of shortish exercises called 'Human Bingo' and 'Magic Carpet'. Bingo can be done as whole group and needs very little resources; Carpet could be completed in smaller groups, perhaps competing against each other for a small prize. Both are fun but have points to be made about aspects of teamwork and communication.

    There are copies of the exercises in our free trainer resources section at (entitled Team Building 1 and 2). Feel free to download/adapt/use.

    Hope that helps


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