Team Building with Mandarin Oriental at Sheraton Grand Pattaya Resort
Team building in Pattaya Thailand, 30th to 31st January 2012
Making Teams organises a 2 day / 1 night team building workshop for the executive team from Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok
Day 1 - Sharaton Pattaya Resort – The arrival
Pattaya is one of Asia's largest beach destinations and is the second most visited city after Bangkok. If you need to organize a MICE or team building event, Pattaya is a perfect place with many five star convention centers and resorts and excellent MICE facilities for incentive trips.
Sheraton Pattaya Resort is the perfect resort for your MICE or incentive team building trip. A blend of traditional and contemporary Thai design with state of the art meeting facilities. Sheraton Pattaya Resort is the leading world class five-star luxury resort for events of all kinds.
Day 1 - Cluedo Murder Mystery
Preparation for the Cluedo Murder mystery team building game beagn on the first afternoon, with laminating, printing and hiding cards around the resort.
The game was played after dinner. During the five course dinner, Making Teams introduced the concept and rules of Cluedo Murder Mystery. Torsten, Mandarin Oriental’s hotel manager picked the murder card.
Cluedo is a popular murder mystery deduction game originally published in England in 1949.
It has successfully been adapted so it can be played by a small to medium sized team as a team building game in a hotel or large mansion.
The object of the game is for players to strategically move around the hotel in the guise of one of the game's characters, collecting clues from which to deduce which suspect murdered the game's perpetual victim: Dr. Black, and with which weapon and in what location.
In each round, teams left the restaurant searching for clues and after an alloted time, returned to the resturant for discussion and accusation.
In the end, none of the delegates could figure out who the murder was and one after the other went out of the game.Therefore the winner of the game was the murderer himself, Torsten van Dullemen.
Day 2 - Aikido
The morning started with early morning exercise, delegates met at 7 a.m. in the conference room for a 30-minute session of Aikido, a Japanese martial art and life philosophy.
Day 2 - DISC and Parallel Thinking (Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats)
Team Building Activity – Toxic Waste
After breakfast, the Mandarin Oriental Executive team met at the conference room for the first team building activity, toxic waste. Delegates were given a scenario of a nuclear catastrophe where they needed to move a container of toxic waste into a neutralization container, by only using rope and a bicycle inner tube.
Delegates were given the task to watch their team mates and during the debriefing, each individual reflected upon their strategy and behavioral tendencies.
Team Building Activity - DISC Presentation
The seminar continued with the DISC presentation. DISC stands for Dominance, Influence, Supportiveness and Conscientiousness.
A DISC questionnaire was filled in prior to the seminar by each individual and their DISC graph was put on a sticker.
To begin with, different roles within a team were elicited (such as leader, planner, analyst, helper, etc.) with their characteristics and written on a flip chart. The delegates were then asked whether they thought the roles were task or people oriented.
While people with high Dominance and Influence tend to be extroverted, Supportive and Conscientious people tend to be introverted. However, if your DISC graph shows high D and high C, you tend to be more focused on tasks, if your DISC graph shows high I and high S, you are more of a people’s person.
Team Building Activity – Inventory Transfer
During the inventory transfer (also known as tower of Hanoi conundrum), teams had to move a pyramid of cushions from one side of the workstation to another. During this team building activity, different roles within the team became apparent; Oliver, for example, was the perfect link between the analyst, who figured out the solution to the puzzle, and the helpers / runners, whose tasks were to execute and move the cushions.
Team Building Activity - Minefield
After coffee break, teams were asked to brief and strategize ways of getting the entire team from one side of the maze to the other, without speaking to each other.
Team Building Activity – Eduard de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
The six thinking hats concept consists of 6 different colour hats, blue, red, white, yellow, black and green, where each colour stands for a particular way of thinking.
The blue hat is the control hat and monitors the six thinking hat thinking process.
The red hat is the emotional hat. During meetings we intend to trigger emotional responses to certain ideas, such as “I’m excited”, or “I’m scared of this idea.”
The white hat is the logical hat, asking questions in order to get all facts on the table.
The yellow hat is the positive hat. Delegates brainstorm about advantages and list them on a paper, later prioritize form most to least important.
The black thinking hat is the opposite of the yellow hat, now delegates list disadvantages and potential dangers or threats.
The last stage of the meeting is the green hat, here delegates brainstorm of how to improve advantages and mitigate disadvantages, perhaps taking the idea and change it so it can work.
After the Six Thinking Hat’s presentation, delegates were given a handout with the “The Minefield strategy meeting script” and the objective was to identify different ways of thinking according to De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.
Team Building Seminar - Closing
After playing the minefield team building activity and towards the end of the seminar, we asked an important closing question: How can we integrate DISC and Six Thinking Hat’s into our every day working environment? Oliver came up with the idea of carrying this technique down the ladder, basically using Six Thinking Hat’s with his F&B team. Other delegates gave valuable input of how to use these concept in real working environments.