The Gym is the Best Team Building Exercise for any Corporate Team

How much time does anyone one individual in the corporate world spend in the gym? Something tells me that the average amount of time per month would be pretty dismal. The corporate world is a busy one, with international clients and competitors, different time-zones, everyone chasing for the same dollars as profit, and is cut-throat to say the least. People are encouraged to commute more, eat in less time, work longer, work more often, and are not encouraged to stay in shape. How many executives do you see who die of heart attacks, strokes, or embolisms?

Team building exercises are designed to bring a group of corporate employees closer together through teamwork. Team building exercises are usually designed to take place outside of the office, to ensure that all employees are relaxed and are more likely to speak their mind. Some team building exercises consist of vacation trips together, paintball competitions together, running and bicycling events together, even group Olympic type events which are done as a team.

A new age is dawning in team building exercises. Corporate groups are beginning to sign up for Pilates classes, Spinning classes, Yoga classes, and Aerobics classes together. Some groups even sign up to martial arts and weight training programs together. It only makes sense that corporate teams should do so. In a world where predominantly everyone in the corporate world is exercise deprived, why not use fitness as a team building exercise?

Using fitness as a team building exercise, everyone can share their corporate successes in the office, as well as share their fitness successes together outside of the office. The team’s relationship would no longer start and stop at the front doors of the company! The encouragement and successes, in the office and in the gym, would be shared and encouraged by all within the team. This is the desired true goal of any team building exercise. So, why not also get into better shape in the process?

Corporations are starting to see this team building exercise trend. In fact, a great number of corporations are beginning to build excellent fitness facilities and child care facilities within their new buildings. So, not only can your bring your child to work and put them in daycare, but you can also jog for forty-five minutes with your team to help everyone get back into shape. I never thought that the words “team building exercise” would have a double meaning, but here is the perfect example. You are building your team’s sense of teamwork, as well as physically building your team up as well!

What other team building exercise trends are out there which support these fitness team building exercise trends? Well, for one, there is the walking fundraisers that are done every year for the March of Dimes and for Breast Cancer Awareness. Corporate teams will often turn these fundraisers into team building exercises by working together to ensure that they all walk a significant amount of miles before the end of the competition. Each team building exercise has its own rules but, in this particular case, could result in achieving more goals for everyone involved in the team building exercise, both in and out of the office.

Camping Meals Can Be a Team Building Exercise!

Camping is an outdoor activity which can be fun and adventurous at the same time. A little caution and careful planning can make one such trip a memorable one. While going for a camp the camping site, equipment, list, medical kit and outdoor activities should be well planned. But there are some other basics which are as important and should not be ignored. One of those essentials is campground cooking or camping meals. Camps are a home away from home. What you eat and how we cooperate with the fellow campers is an important factor determining the success of your camping expedition. Camping is often considered as a team building exercise where one is expected to collaborate with the co-camper on all existing issues in order to make the camping exercise a success.

Food is essentially the most important part of life. Camping is a recreational activity but lacks excitement without proper food. While enjoying the camping site in wilderness or desert, sea-shore or a river bank, the meals eaten can be made innovative and enjoyed equally well. If you are camping nomadically, it doesn’t mean you have to eat primitively as well. Interesting food doesn’t require any special equipment to prepare. A slice of experiment with a pinch of creativity can result in unforgettable meals. Roasted food and baked dishes are an all time favourite with campers who like travelling light and enjoy with the edible resources available in the camp site. Quick recipes can be churned out easily with some preparation and planning. It is advisable to carry some basic ingredients while depending on local availability for the rest.

A good way to enjoy and relish the camp meal is to distribute the cooking task like peeling, chopping, cleaning, and lighting the fire, amongst the campers. The sense of involvement through distribution of labour will make the whole process cherish able. So next time you go camping consider camping meals as a team building activity!

Team Building Exercises For New Groups

When a group is created, the members must build trust among themselves. A facilitator can move this process along through a variety of team building exercises. The intention of the “games” is to get the new group members to loosen up, get to know each other and begin to create trusting relationships.

Fun is key to the success of these exercises. Don’t use the entire list. Pick a couple you are comfortable with and mix them in with a more formal indoctrination. Once each game is completed a facilitated discussion should be held about what was learned and how it applies to the workplace.

Modeling Clay- Select three players to demonstrate. One is a lump of clay (crouched over in a ball). Behind her is a second player who is the model, who assumes a pose. The `clay` should not see the pose. The third player is the artist, who will model the clay after the model. The artist does not touch the clay, is unable to speak and is not allowed to fully demonstrate the completed pose to the clay. Through non-verbal communication the clay is directed in to the pose. When done, let the model inspect the artwork and see how closely the clay resembles the model pose.

Air Traffic Controller – One player is blindfolded. The blindfoldee becomes a pilot flying a plane lost in the fog. The “Air Traffic Controller,” must remain in his/her “Tower.” (standing on a chair, which lends visibility). The pilot only has a limited amount of remaining fuel left (allow one to three minutes) to safely land and arrive at the Tower. The floor of the room is littered with small barriers (cups, reams of paper, chairs, tables). The airplane is also allowed two “near misses”-limited contact with any obstacle. The third brush or a direct hit or stepping on something directly causes a “crash”. The pilot may step around, over or under the obstacles. The airplane can only fly forward, however it can turn in any direction. The directions must be given from the pilot’s point of view.

Family Portraits- Players ‘build’ a family portrait. Ask a group of four or five players to create a…

Family of lawyers Family of shared physical traits
Family of Rock Stars
Family of dogs, lions, tadpoles
Family of garden tools

In addition to the pose for the portrait the players must demonstrate who is the head of the family and who is least influential. Who gets along with whom, who is the least liked of the family, and so on. Players need to watch each other closely to discover these traits.

Group Environment – This exercise has the group build an imaginary environment. The first player enters a ‘space’ through a ‘door,’ and interacts with something (imaginary) in the room. He/she then leaves the space, through the same or another door. Everything ‘created’ in the imaginary environment remains with no changes in their characteristics. Another player enters the same space, and places a mimed object in that space, either by physically placing the object (pushing, carrying, or wheeling it in or by just ‘using’ it, for example by laying her coat over a chair). As this second player leaves the room, another enters. Each player observes the existing order, i.e. don’t walk through a chair or wall. Players can and possibly should use all objects placed by previous players. Continue until every player has added to the mimed room.

Machines – The leader names a real or invented machine. The players create the machine with every player becoming a part of the machine. The machine must work and make noise. Variations: Tell the players the machine runs wildly, until it explodes. Or the power’s out and the machine slowly grinds to a halt.

Seven Scenes – Give a big task, such as ‘The creation, assembly and announcement of a new type of car,’ or ‘Building a clubhouse for Boy Scouts.’ The players get one minute (only) to prepare seven scenes in which the given task needs to be completed. After one minute there is no more discussion, they just play the seven scenes. Set a timer for the preparation and see if the players can formulate a plan. Regardless of their progress after one minute they must begin the scenes without further discussion. Quarrels and debates will slow them down. This is an excellent game to teach group storytelling and improve the groups ability to accept usable ideas quickly.

One Word Story – This exercise trains group narrative. The players sit or stand in a circle. Instructions are, “We are going to tell a story one word at a time. Each player provides one word of a sentence.” This is more difficult than it sounds. A warm up exercise is having the group tell a familiar fairytale. Summarize the practice story before they start. After the practice ask for suggestions for a person and situation… like a pride of lions flying to New York for a family reunion at the Bronx Zoo. At the conclusion of the story ask the group if they can see/understand the reasons why their story worked or why they did not.

Yes Lets – Pick a group activity, like throwing a birthday party or organizing a rummage sale. One player starts, saying “Let’s…” filling in what she wants to do. Then she starts actually doing what she said she wanted to do. A second player jumps in, saying “Let’s…” and then does something else, to advance the group activity. Both players say “Yes, let’s do that” and start doing whatever suggested. A third player jumps in, suggesting what to do, and again all players loudly agree to do it, and actually do it. Continue till everyone has suggested something. This is an excellent warm-up exercise, and great introduction to accepting new ideas from others.

To minimize any discomfort participants may feel emphasize the purpose is to enjoy the games. There are no winners or losers. If you have members of your group who are still reticent to play, begin with some of the two or three player games. By creating a fun, non-judging atmosphere, most employees will join in the amusing activities and learn a little about each other.