Team Building with Daimler
Outdoor and Indoor Team Building for Daimler at Kandaburi Resort and Spa on 18th July 2008.
For the Chrysler Daimler event, Making Teams organised a split day at a resort on Chaweng beach in Koh Samui. The group wanted to utilise the beautiful beach, weather and scenery that Thailand offers, as well as the superior conference room facilities available at Kandaburi Resort and Spa.
On the beach
Our first three activities used the fabulous beach facilities and golden sands on the north section of Chaweng beach. After a briefing in the restaurant, we divided the group into three teams and got going with our first activity - the ever popular frenzy!
Frenzy is an activity with two aims. Firstly, it's a frantic, fun, active ice breaking team activity. Secondly, it has an important learning outcome based on cooperation and win win negotiation. The teams played it for around 30 minutes, the normal chaos ensued, and after in the debriefing on the terrace we explored the lesson and how to implement win win behaviour in the group's work.
Helium stick is a simple exercise, and a nice calming change of pace over the previous activity! This one requires some good planning and leadership, and needs the whole team to cooperate tightly. It looks simple, but it can be hard.
Another methodical learning activity designed to bring the team together by placing a great emphasis on communicative skills. When you can't see what others are doing, you lose an important channel of communication. So you need to improve the channels you still have available. Can you solve the puzzles and make the best design the quickest?
After a break for lunch, we moved the group into the conference room. The afternoon's activities consisted of two indoor favourites - inventory transfer based on the classic tower of Hanoi puzzle, and the prince of indoor team building activities; minefield.
This is a great activity for showing the importance of communication, cooperation and planning as a group. It's not an easy puzzle, and since all the team must contribute to the workload, there can be no passengers. How well you motivate and keep helping each other is the key, as well as a strong, creative leader to solve the problem.
The best activity we know for examining so many team building concepts. It teaches cooperation, planning, creative thinking, support, motivation and the importance of focusing on tasks until the very end where success is achieved.
A varied, fun and interesting day with plenty of experiential learning. The power of small games like this is the amount they teach us about the team working paradigm and the messages they contain are easy to grasp, discuss and learn from when you experience them for yourself. A job well done with Daimler!