Portable team challenge activities 2015
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Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Portable team challenge activities 2015
CORPORATE LEARNING INSTITUTE
The large group is divided into groups of 3.
One person provides puzzle assembly
instructions to a second who has all the
pieces but can not see the instructions. The
third member observes the interactions and
•Sharing a common vision
•Seeing how difficult it is to make all the
•How assumptions can take performance
This activity is a very simple task of lowering
a horizontally held pole from waist length to
the ground. The activity becomes complex
when the group begins the task. Typically the
pole goes “up” not “down”. Success only
occurs when the group becomes aligned and
coordinated in their actions.
Understanding the impact individuals have on
desired team result
Seeing the value of coordinated team work
Appreciating the value of team leadership
Ice-breaker activity that’s quick and fun!
The team is divided into small subgroups.
Each group has their own work area. There
is also a common resource area in the
center. It is each group’s objective to get all
the resources from the center into their work
area as quickly as possible.
•Understanding the value and/or the danger
•Seeing the “Big Team” verses my own
•Knowing that assumptions do not break
•Seeing that we sometimes work harder not
This activity begins with a simple game of catch.
Soon, more balls are introduced so that your
team has to juggle multiple balls. As you get
better anticipating how to improve your
process, you are asked to move even faster.
• Understanding the importance
of communication and support
• Learning the importance of
asking for help.
• Seeing how easily it is to get
“stuck” doing things the same
way we always do.
• Learning to tap our innovation
under pressure to achieve world
This activity begins with each participant holding
a 12 inch long channels. The team is
stationed at a starting point create a process
to deliver a marble from the starting point to
the finish line 30 feet away. The marble must
roll over everyone’s channel in the process.
• Understanding that team work involves more
sharing of information than working alone.
• Understanding that break through in thinking
about new strategies can be accomplished
better, quicker and faster with a team
• Understanding that getting results takes
Hitting the Numbers
Each individual is assigned the task of
hitting a few numbered objects. The
group at the same time is given an
overarching goal to successfully hit
all numbered objects in sequence in
the shortest possible time.
• Role definition: How it helps and how
• Seeing the importance of continuous
process improvement and quality.
• Risk taking.
• Understanding the importance of
Tennis Ball Transfer
The group is broken into smaller groups of
3-4 people and must transfer a tennis
ball from one stand to another. The ball
is supported by a steel ring from which
16 strings are attached. The only thing
that can be touched is the string within
the last 12 inches.
• Problem solving
• Establishing a common objective
• Sharing resources
• Impact of one groups actions on another
• Share learning to create improvements
The Great Egg Drop
The large team is divided into subgroups. Each subgroup
must engineer a support device that will protect a raw egg
from cracking as it is being dropped from a height of 8 feet.
Each group also prepares a presentation on their support
structure as relates to work.
•To metaphorically understand what support in action looks
like back at work.
•To understand what things we must “protect” back at work.
This activity is be facilitated with three cycles of play
with mini debriefs between cycles and a final
debrief. Participants are divided into the three roles
of Visionaries, Managers and Technicians.
The Visionaries have a vision, a dream, or a goal in
mind. However, communicating this vision to an
organization can be difficult. To represent this
struggle, Visionaries cannot speak during the
Managers must keep their eyes on the Visionaries at
all times during the activity and at the same time
help the Technicians get the job done.
Technicians are blindfolded. The Technicians task is
to follow management’s directions and ask for the
help they need to get the job done.
•Acceptance of support
•Breaking Down Silos
Each group will have the assignment of
putting together a very complicated
large wooden 3 dimensional puzzle.
Once the group has it together they
must then design a process of taking it
apart and rebuilding it for speed.
• Problem solving
• Effective communication
• Decision-making: establishing common
goals, roles and procedures.
• Developing efficiency and effectiveness
in a process to deliver greater results.
• This problem solving activity challenges
participants to rearrange themselves from
a starting position to an ending position.
The group is given specific boundaries on
how to rearrange themselves. This activity
is like a chess game where a strategy must
be developed as one move impacts
another move. It is very mentally
• Identification of a leader
• Problem solving
• Effective use of all team members.
The team is divided into smaller groups.
Each of the team members stand upon
2, 15 foot team ski’s and lift them in
unison to move the group across an
open area without touching the ground.
When the first group crosses the finish
line the activity ends.
• Gaining a better understanding of the
benefits of sharing resources
• Realizing the importance of clearly
understanding goals and objectives
• Learning the value of developing win-win
situations back at work
The participants are divided into smaller groups.
Each group is assigned to an island. Each island
has different objectives to accomplish but are
dependent on the other islands for their success.
Each island has its own unique strengths and
limitations also. For example on one island
participants can not see - on another they can not
speak. The ultimate goal is to get all groups to the
Island of Synergy.
•Understanding the value of clear communication.
•Creative problem solving and innovation
•Understanding that we are all interdependent on
each other to succeed.
•Trusting the systems and people around us.
•Understanding the importance of collaboration.
The Portable Group Wall
An exciting program conclusion!
End your session with an exciting “wow”
activity. Group members help each other
up, and over the 13-foor wall. We set up
the wall in any location to ensure that
your team feels like they have achieved
the ultimate goal.