Team Building

team building activities

Our Team Building Activities

Investing in team building is a big committment in both time away from the business and cost. We recognise this and so we want your event to be as productive and valuable as possible.

We have years of experience designing events that demonstrate our understanding of our client's needs and outcomes. However, we also know that sometimes you like to see what is available and play an active part in choosing activities.

Below is a selection of the activities we can provide for team building events and team away days. This is a sample of the range of exercises we have available but is not our full list. If you have a specific style of activity in mind or want to address very specific challenges with your team, we'd be happy to guide you through choosing the perfect activity set.

How We Operate

Often when people are due to come on an event with us, the most common concern is the nature of the activities and being expected to climb heights or do strenuous physical activity.

Let us make it clear from the start, we are not into challenging your fear of spiders, heights, flying, the dark or sushi (that's a personal one!). We will therefore never ask you to do something that you adamantly feel uncomfortable about doing. It's a fact, people don't perform at their best when they are afraid or apprehensive. The vast majority of our activities are ground based or at most, no more than a foot off the ground. Our more physical and adventurous activities are only ever used with full consent and understanding from the client and delegates.

We won't ask you to do anything you are adamant you don't want to do. We're not here to test the limits of your fear of physical ability.

Our Event Management Process

In simple terms this is the approach we follow. How much time we spend on each stage depends on how complex or simple your needs are and therefore the amount of input we have.

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Goals

We firstly understand the rationale for the event and outcomes sought.

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Solution

We then match out activities and support sessions to draw out the right learning.

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Event

We then run your facilitated event leading to tangible work actions for improvement.

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Follow Up

We follow up with you 6 weeks after to ensure the learning is being used.

Website team building activity

WEBSITE

To safeguard your team, you need to escape through the spider’s web. This game involves passing people through the spider's web without touching the strands of the web.

If you do touch the web, half of your team will be caught and returned to the spider's lair. From there they will have to attempt to re-escape! You get points for successful escapees and extra points if you can predict how many you'll achieve in the alotted time!

Learning Points

  • Client Management
  • Negotiation
  • Managing Expectations
  • Client Management
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
Gene Pool Team Building Exercise

GENE POOL

You are a team of genetic engineers who have discovered that your latest research project has been tampered with and completely muddled up.

Your team must work out how to sort out the mess and then set about moving things around back into their right locations. You must work quickly though as time is against you and the genes will soon perish.

Learning Points

  • Communication Management
  • Process Efficiency
  • Quality Control
  • Resource Allocation
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
Curse Breaker Team Activity

CURSE BREAKER

Your team has been tasked with solving the riddle of an ancient curse that protects a fabled treasure inside a tomb. Unfortunately the tomb is unstable and you only have a short amount of time to complete the riddle or the treasure will be lost forever.

You only get one attempt at this and if you fail, the curse will be unleashed and you will all be doomed. Be careful as you attempt to enter the tomb, it is riddled with boobytraps and some of you may be prevented from entering!

Learning Points

  • Breaking down tasks
  • Process Efficiency
  • Shared Knowledge
  • Shared Responsibility
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
Building Blocks Activity

BUILDING BLOCKS

A much loved, local structure, has been destroyed and your team have been called in to rebuild it. Word has it you are well organised, work well together and have good attention to detail.

Some of you will build the structure whilst others consult the plans and then direct the builders. Your client, the local Mayor, wants the structure built exactly as the original. Client brief clearly states "quality not just quanitity". Are you up to the job?

Learning Points

  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
Multi Team Activities

SPACE EXPLORATION

You are a team of astronauts preparing to explore an uncharted planet. As part of your training you must find ways of crossing dangerous and unstable ground.

You have a limited amount of resources and are required to traverse an area laid out in front of you. There are some rock outcrops which should allow you some means of crossing. Whatever you do, don't touch the ground or you'll be eliminated.

Learning Points

  • Problem Solving
  • Creative Thinking
  • Risk Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Planning
  • Re-evaluation
  • Repetitive Activity
  • Time Management
Group Activity Days

SAFE HAVEN

Your team has been out exploring the coastline and has become stranded on three groups of rocks. The tide is rising and you need to escape to the Safe Haven.

You have some washed up resources in limited supply, but you'll need some ingenuity if you're going to save everyone and everyone does need to be saved. No members of your group can be left behind if this is to be considered a success!

Learning Points

  • Multi-team Cooperation
  • Resource Management
  • Remote Leadership
  • Creative Thinking
  • Sharing in One Vision
  • Remote Communication
  • Managing Risk
  • Motivation
Half Day Team Building Activities

ESPIONAGE

A competitor's research lab has opened up just down the road from your company's location. Your company believes they have stolen plans for a new product and your team has been tasked with retrieving them.

You have found a breach in the security fencing and now have an opportunity to enter the competitor's lab. Be careful though, the ground and fence are alarmed and electric, any touch will spell disaster. The fate of your company is resting in your hands.

Learning Points

  • Motivation & Conflict
  • Perceived Impossibilities
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Expertise
  • Resource Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Idea Evaluation
Conference Activities for teams

HANDLE WITH CARE

A number of objects have been left lying around after vandals broke in a wrecked your company's "special diseases" lab. These objects may be potentially dangerous and therefore you cannot touch them with your hands.

The objects must be returned to the cold storage chamber within 30mins or they could become airborn and infectious. Your team needs to find a way to lift each object and move it back into it's correct container. There is a containment zone placed around the storage chamber so as to maintain a safe distance perimeter.

Learning Points

  • Resource Management
  • Simplifying Process
  • Risk/Quality Management
  • Managing Pressure
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
Minefield Exercise

MINEFIELD

You have been tasked with getting your team to move to new offices. The only thing is, they don't seem as keen on the idea as you and are giving some resistance.

They have to move for commercial reasons which due to the nature of, you can't disclose. How will you convince them to cross. What leadership qualities do you need to demonstrate in order to win round their belief in you? Or should you just order them to move!

Learning Points

  • Conflict Management
  • Negotiation
  • Managing Expectations
  • Situational Leadership
  • Managing Personalities
  • Risk Management
  • Team Dynamics
  • Motivation
Group Activity events

SWAMP CROSSING

Whilst exploring the jungle, your team discover a temple with a water fountain. Unfortunately, one of your team washed their face in the water and has now gone blind. You can see what looks a piece of parchment with writing on it marked "unsighted only may touch", trapped inside a recepticle in the middle of the fountain.

Your team needs to find a way to transport the blinded colleague to the receptical to retrieve the parchment. This may hold the key to restoring your team member's sight.

Learning Points

  • Managing Expectations
  • Technical vs Mgt Skill
  • People Management
  • Risk Management
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
Efficiency Team Exercise

PLANKS ACTIVITY

Your team has been asked by a manufacturing client to find ways to improve the speed of production for their new "Planks" shelving product. You have been provided with a freshly manufactured flatpack version and need to construct it.

Once you've constructed the planks, you must then identify improvements in efficiency before demonstrating this to your client. The key here is efficiency and cutting out wasted activity. This team also works brilliantly with multiple teams and is ideal for conference sessions.

Learning Points

  • Team Roles
  • Resource Allocation
  • Task Breakdown
  • Process Efficiency
  • Time Management
  • Step vs Incremental Change
  • Stress Management
  • Problem Solving
Chain Gang Team Game

CHAIN GANG

Your team of criminals and low-lifes have been working on the chain gangs and have spotted an opportunity to make your escape across the countryside to freedom. The only trouble is, you need to get across the marshland and bogs that lay before you.

Being chained together at the ankles, you must work together to move safely and calculate your route using the stepping stones laid out across the marsh. There are also a number of obstacles for you to navigate. If you step into the marsh you will either be eaten by crocodiles or discovered by the guards. Tread carefully!

Learning Points

  • Cooperation & Collaboration
  • Front to Back Leadership
  • Decision Making
  • Coaching & Support
  • Time Management
  • Multi-Directional Communication
  • Team Dynamics
  • Problem Solving
Getting rid of silo behaviour

ISLAND HOP

Your team is stuck on the wrong side of a lake and you need to get them all to the other side within 30 minutes or your transport home will leave without you! Fortunately your team have some mobile islands that float and can support human weight.

The downside is that you have one less island than the number of people in your team. You will need to use your ingenuity if you are all going to make it successfully across in the time allowed. This is an exercise ideally suited to multiple teams but also works well for single teams.

Learning Points

  • Cross-Functional Cooperation
  • Resource Handling
  • Blame Culture
  • Silo Behaviour
  • Tackling Assumptions
  • Big Picture Thinking
  • Sharing Best Practice
  • Actions & Consequence
Commercial Awareness Game

COLUMBUS ACTIVITY

Your team has been given an oportunity for tender to build a water going vessel for use in emergency evacuations. The craft can be for 1-3 occupants maximum and must keep them dry from at least the waist up.

Your team manufactures some of the materials required to build the craft but you will need to negotiate and purchase some essential parts from your competitors. So, design your craft, build your craft and sail your craft. Simple!

Learning Points

  • Negotiation
  • Planning & Organising
  • Role Allocation
  • Contingency Planning
  • Negotiation
  • Planning & Organising
  • Role Allocation
  • Contingency Planning

Team Building Thoughts

Avoiding Silo Behaviour

Silo Behaviour

Silos aren't created by accident. They are a conscious choice by individuals who are frustrated by others or the function within which they work. The silo is formed as a result of not having an effective way of tackling the frustration and therefore using avoidance behaviour.

To reduce silo mentality, we need to learn the skills required to effectively identify when personal frustrations may lead us to do things in a way that breeds silo behaviour and how to tackle these in a team environment.

Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey

When a team needs to transform, it can be a tough challenge. The Hero's Journey is a practical and inspiring step by step concept to help teams move away from their ordinary world (now) to the new world (destination). The concept identifies typical challenges teams must overcome such as the "Nemisis", which work to prevent change.

Using the Hero's Journey can help teams prepare for and avoid pitfalls and arrive at their goal sooner and in better shape.

  • Superdrug
  • Bakkavor
  • Env Agency
  • Santander
  • TNT Parcels
  • Homebase
  • Coty
  • Ikea
  • B&Q

Some of the companies we're proud to have worked for.

What people say about us.

  • I can't believe the transformation in myself in just three days. Even my kids have noticed the changes in me......for the better. Thank you for all you support and encouragement!

    JayneElectrical Retailer
  • I've been on lots of these tree hugging courses before, but I can honestly say this was the best and by far, most useful course I've ever attended. Hope to see you again!

    GeoffPharmaceutical Research
  • I was really apprehensive about attending the programme, but I can't believe it went so quick! I didn't want to leave it was that enjoyable. Hats off to Andy and the team, just brilliant!

    AmandaProfessional Services
  • The one to one coaching has done more for my career in six months than in the last 15yrs. I can't thank you enough. There is now a little Andy that lives in my head acting as my guide!

    MartinSmall Research Business
  • I've used countless training companies before, but none have come close to the level of rigor and effort you put into your programmes. I look forward to a great working friendship.

    GeenaInternational Sales Distributor
  • Our conferences are normally in swish hotels abroad where we are wined and dined. I would trade them everytime for another couple of days with you guys doing the activities in the woods. It was so much more useful!

    JustineCosmetics Distributor
  • I don't like change and I can be a stubborn git when I feel like it. Never has anyone told me to my face and done it in a way that totally made me want to change. Either you're a magician or an alien! Thanks again!

    TrevorMechanical Engineering Manufacturer
  • Thank you for a wonderful few days. It was great to meet new colleagues, break down those international silos and to learn a few things about myself too. Hope you'll do something in Germany soon!

    ViktorPower Generation