Team Building with Dara Resort Samui
Team Building with Dara in Khao Sok, Thailand, 30th and 31st May 2010.
Outdoor Team Building
Dara Samui approached Making Teams to run a team building weekend with their management team away from their hotel. The location chosen was Khao Sok national park on the Isthmus of Kra in southern Thailand. Khao Sok is a perfect location for team wanting to improve their understanding and team spirit as it is a beautiful, peaceful area away from the pace of everyday life, boasts some picturesque resorts and provides an ideal retreat to conduct workshops.
Dara management wanted to get to know each other better and develop their communication and cooperation team skills. The event was to take place over two full days with the team living, eating and working together. Making Teams in conjunction with Dara identified the following areas to be important:
- Understanding and learning about other team members
- Understanding the business principles, mission and vision better
- Creating a stronger sense of brand
- Improving communication and cooperation
- Having fun together
The team building activities
We chose the following activities for the group:
- Toxic Waste
- Dara Quiz
- Blindfold Communication
- Flying Egg
- Mission T Shirt Painting
In this activity, teams must be creative with limited materials to design a strategy and use equipment provided to empty a container of toxic waste without getting too close or spilling it. We decided to separate the teams into men and women to see what happened. This game focuses on creativity, good communication and cooperation, and we wanted to see how well the team members understood themselves and each other and the dynamics of the way that women and men can work differently in a team.
The Dara Quiz
Here we made two new teams to mix things up and create new learning experiences. The game revolved around a series of questions about their company and product. Each team had a series of ten balloons hung up 5 metres away. Before the quiz began, the teams had to construct a tool to pop their rivals balloons, which they were allowed to do if they answered a questions correctly. It turned into a fast paced competition, with both teams rushing to answer first and score a point. Of course, we also learned how much they knew about their own business!
Minefield and Blindfold Communication
In both these games, communication is limited as participants cannot speak. Both involve the solving of strategic problems under these conditions, and the debriefing focuses on the challenges of communication and the ways to take advantage of open channels.
Flying egg is a classic creativity problem and a great way to start day two. The teams enjoyed making their designs and strategy in the sunny grounds, and competed with each other to fire an egg the furthest distance without it breaking. It's all about innovation and working together to make a viable product.
This trust based cooperative activity requires teams to get on of their members as high from the ground as possible. Team member have to be supported and protected, and great care must be taken with keeping them safe.
Mission T Shirt Painting
This is always a popular activity, as teams show their creative side and use their artistic skills to create statements about themselves, their team, the business and their vision and mission or philosophy. The great advantage of doing it this way is that teams can wear their statements when they get back to the work place.
This is our classic negotiation game, which teaches compromise and win win mentality. It's perfect to do near the end of a team building session, as the teams can put into practice their new understanding od each other and work together to achieve a common goal in a fun strategic activity.