Over the last 30 years we’ve seen some of the best and occasionally the worst team building activities. It’s important to learn from these mistakes so here are a couple to avoid.
A team building backfire
A team that was having trouble getting along brought in a consultant to help foster collaboration and work successfully together. The participants were firstly asked to go around the room and tell each other what we didn’t like about them. The criticisms had people bursting into tears. The group went from simply not being able to work together to actively disliking each other in about 30 minutes. Risky stuff.
Bumper collision was a bumper mistake
Another we heard about was a play game called "bumper collision." This was introduced to a group for “getting to know you” purposes. A kind of team building ice breaker. All participants were instructed to "drive" around in imaginary bumper cars throughout the room. When the trainer blew a whistle, everyone had to "collide" into someone else. After the crash, the two drivers "exchange information" and introduce themselves until the whistle blew again and driving resumed.
This turned out to be a high-risk activity. Purposefully colliding into business colleagues is fraught with real dangers bound to make almost everyone feel uncomfortable.
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