17 Team Building Ideas — # 6
Fun team building activities: Taking the Marshmallow Challenge
With 18 minutes, 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of tape, a yard of string and one marshmallow, Tom Wujec believes he can tell you how innovative any team is.
Here’s how to conduct his fun team building game:
After giving a four-member team the list of supplies mentioned above, Wujec asks them to build the tallest free-standing structure they can. The only rule: The marshmallow needs to be on top.
“I believe the Marshmallow Challenge is among the fastest and most powerful techniques for improving a team’s capacity to generate fresh ideas, build rapport and incorporate prototyping—all of which lie at the heart of effective innovation,” says Wujec, who is a Fellow at Autodesk, the leading 2D and 3D technology firm.
Ultimately, says Wujec, the Marshmallow Challenge helps people find hidden assumptions, build a common language and learn how to manage the marshmallow.
— Adapted from MarshmallowChallenge.com.
17 Team Building Ideas — # 7
Team building training: Revisit team’s size and tasks
Nothing right is going to happen with your team if the basic structure isn’t right. Here are some guidelines:
1. Look for signs that it’s too big. The larger the team, the slower it moves. Consider a smaller team or a tiny executive committee.
2. Dispense with tactical trivia. Toss everything except important work that requires collaboration.
3. Enforce healthy norms. Four universal ones: everybody is as committed as the leader; every issue is on the table; everybody’s voice is heard; and what you say and do when you’re with the team is the same thing you say and do outside the team.
4. Have your team review its structure. Revisit size and tasks.
— Adapted from Senior Leadership Teams, Ruth Wageman, Debra Nunes, James Burruss, J. Richard Hackman, Harvard Business School Press.
17 Team Building Ideas — # 8
Team building training: Consistent contributors = good team
Whether a group is planning a conference or working on a shared budget, the more cooperative the group is, the more likely it can rise above a challenge. It helps a leader to understand, then, why some groups cooperate more than others.
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