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Team Building Retreats – Activities that Make a Real Difference!
Team Building Retreats – Activities that Make aReal Difference!Team building retreats can become successful providedthe right activities are embraced. Tossing a beach ball,questions in a box, and standing in a group are some ofthese exercises.Activities to improve corporate team performance should include proactive andpractical methods for building trust, resolving conflicts, problem solving, andnegotiation. Before participating in the activities, there must be a preparationsession so that members can be in their comfort zone. This is the reason teambuilding retreats must embrace some simple and effective exercises to set andcreate a stress-free ambiance. To learn more, keep reading this article.Play with a Beach BallFirst purchase a beach ball that is large and can beinflatable. Blow up, and with the help of a marker, write upseveral instructions and commands on the ball. The commands should belighthearted and motivate participants to provide information about them. This isan effective activity and can be implemented if you are planning for managementretreats. Now, what should be the commands like? Well, it can be anything suchas describing an office training room, telling a favorite joke, a favorite moviedialogue, or a favorite hobby. Once all instructions are written, the facilitatormust instruct the participants to stand forming a circle. Each person tosses theball to the other. The other member who catches it must choose the instructionthat is near to his or her left thumb. After the person describes that has beeninstructed, the ball is tossed to the next member until all have got an opportunityto participate.The purpose of this exercise is to ascertain whether team members within anorganization are able to follow simple instructions, execute them, and mostimportant giving opportunity to all.
Questions in a BoxEach member is given a small piece of paper and pen. One has towrite down a question about another teammate to know him orher better. Questions should be so framed so that the answer is alittle descriptive, and not merely a yes or no. Each piece of paper should have onlyone question. When all the questions have been written, the papers should befolded and put inside a box. The group should sit in a circle. Participants should beasked to pick one paper at a time to answer the question. The box should bepassed on so that all get an opportunity to speak. This activity is useful foremployees who are introvert. By speaking in an open platform like this will helpsuch individuals gain confidence, improve communication skills, and teammembers can get to know each other well.Standing in a GroupStanding in a group is an activity which can be implemented bythe facilitator of team building retreats. The purpose is tounderstand the significance of building trust and working in collaboration toachieve a common objective. Participants need to stand in a circle facing theirbacks to each other. All of them need to sit on the floor in the same manner.Once the group is seated, the facilitator instructs the group to stand up alltogether so that no one remains seated on the floor. This is a useful exercise tolearn how to work in unity.What are your experiences on such exercises? Please feel free to comment.