For this workshop, the contact came to us asking for corporate team building games that would help her group deal with corporate change. With less time than usual (this event was booked about eight days before the event), the Charity Team Building Events team all worked together to pull off the logistics and make this event happen.
The group, from Schneider Electric in Nashville TN had been recently realigned for better business operations. There was also a new VP who attended and participated in the corporate team building games. The main goals for the 35-member group were to work on collaboration, blending team, peer relationships, and navigating change.
Goal #1: Icebreakers for Smoothing Peer Relationships
We began with the “Have you ever..” exercise. This helped participants get to know each other in a way they might not have before. The teams were divided by counting them into groups. We then determined if the teams could follow instructions by “Air Counting”.
Goal #2: Lessons for Navigating Change
The “Minefield” game is a great metaphor for how team members can draw upon each others’ strengths to navigate change. In this activity, a blindfolded team member is led through a minefield made of red cups laid out on the floor. Leaders are to use only words to guide the “blind” teammate around the cups without touching them.
Goal #3: Corporate Team Building Games to Build Teamwork
The first rule of thumb for making sure your corporate team building games are successful is to host them in the proper type of environment. The workshop facilitator arrived the day before at the Schneider Electric office to scope out the space. Unfortunately, the area was not conducive to interactive training. The room had very large tables that were wired for IT functions and were not movable. Since the training room was booked, we were lucky that there was a large cafeteria room available and the training was held there.
Goal #4: Activities to Foster Collaboration
Building bikes for kids charity is one of our most popular workshop events. Teams compete for bicycle parts, then work together to assemble the bikes. This group’s charity, Gears for Years Florida, had a representative arrive to pick up the bicycles and facilitate the donation to a shelter downtown Nashville for children. The charity provided a plaque, which was presented to the Schneider Electric group.