Game – Arrange Your Team

About | This game requires participants in the team to arrange themselves according to the criteria given. The catch however, is that nobody is allowed to speak!

Goal | Get to know team members better while promoting communication and cooperation

Emphasis | Ice Breaker, Cooperation, communication

Items | None

Size | At least 2 teams of 5 participants each

Setting | Open Space or a Meeting Room with sufficient space to move around

Time | 30 minutes

Instructions |

  1. Divide the group into teams of at least 5 members each. You will need to have at least 2 teams in order to introduce the element of competitive fun.
  2. Get the teams to line up facing you as you give the instructions.
  3. Tell the teams that the objective of this game is for them to arrange their team according to the criteria you provide, as fast as they can.
  4. However, the most important rule of the game is, nobody is allow to speak! Teams will have to find alternative ways of communication.
  5. For example, give them a warm-up trial run by asking for a team arrangement according to HEIGHT – Shortest to tallest.
  6. When you say start, team members to scramble, reorganize themselves and get back into their line matching your criteria, all without uttering a word.
  7. Note the sequence of the teams completing the arrangement. Check if the arrangement of each team is correct. You can increase excitement by involving other teams to be collective co-judges as you verify the arrangements.
  8. The team that completes the arrangement correctly and fastest wins a point.
  9. Now that they get the idea, move on to other criteria. Make it harder and more challenging as you go along.
  10. Some criteria you can use are listed below. Think of others that might be suitable and fun for your group.
  • SHOE SIZE – Smallest to largest
  • HAIR LENGTH – Shortest to longest
  • BIRTH DATE (Day and Month only) – Earliest to latest in the year
  • FIRST NAME – Alphabetical order
  • YEARS OF SERVICE – Most to the least months/years

Debrief |

  1. How was the experience of arranging your team without speaking to one another?
  2. How did you communicate with each other in your team?
  3. Were there miscommunication resulting in wrong team arrangements?
  4. How could you have avoided the miscommunication or improve your timing?
  5. Can you identify real life experiences where you go through the same constraint and how can you do better in the future?

If there are any parts of this game you want to clarify, leave me a comment.

Game – Finding Team Balance

About | This simple game involves physical movements as a team from a starting to the finishing line. However, team members will have to help and support each other to progress down the path.

Goal | Promote cooperation and interdependence between members in the team

Emphasis | Cooperation, Interdependence

Items | None

Size | Any from 4

Setting | Open Space

Time | 30 minutes

Instructions |

  1. Divide the group into teams of at least 4 members each.
  2. Prepare a starting line (it could be a tape or rope over the floor or an imaginary one) and a finishing line at some distance apart.
  3. Ask each members in the team to find something to balance on his/her head. It can be their wallet, a book, small rock, etc.
  4. The goal is to walk as a team and cross the finishing line TOGETHER as a team.
  5. Tell them it is not so easy as the following rules apply:
  • During the walk, no one may hold the item on their head in place.
  • The owner cannot touch his item. If it falls, someone else must pick it up and place it back on the owner’s head.
  • Items must be on everyone’s head when the team crosses the finishing line.
  • Everyone in the team must step over the finishing line at the same time.

Debrief |

  1. How was the experience of crossing the finishing line together?
  2. Can you relate this to the workplace or your team experience – people moves at different pace and with different skills and weaknesses?
  3. Are you used to helping others to complete their tasks?
  4. What else could you have done to help others to achieve the common team goal?
  5. Give examples of situations where you can help others to achieve a team goal.

If there are any part of this instructions you want to clarify, leave me a comment.

Game – Human Knot Puzzle

About | This activity requires coordinated physical movements between team members in order to solve a human chain entanglement.

Goal | Encourage team members to communicate and lead-follow to solve a problem together.

Emphasis | Energizer, Communication, Leadership

Items | None!

Size | At least 8, the more the merrier

Setting | Open Space

Time | 15 minutes

Instructions |

  1. Have the team stand around closely in a small tight circle.
  2. Ask everyone to lift up their right hand, then grab and hold-on to the right hand of any person across the circle.
  3. Next, lift up their left hand, grab and hold-on to the left hand of another person across the circle.
  4. Tell them not to choose the hands of the person next to them and not to grab both hands of a same person.
  5. Now that every hand is engaged, ask the team to untangle to form a circle, WITHOUT letting go of each others hands at any time.
  6. If the group is big, divide them into two or more teams with equal participants and have them compete to untangle at the fastest time.

Debrief |

  1. Did all the people who made suggestions get listened to?
  2. Was there a leader and did others listen and follow?
  3. How did you hinder one another?
  4. How did you help one another?
  5. What can you learn from this exercise?

If there are any part of this instructions you want to clarify, leave me a comment.