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Team Building Exercise: Take it Without Touching

Team Building Exercise: Take it Without Touching
:: Article Rating :: Games, Exercises, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Energizer, Attention and Focus, Sport

This is a simple but fun team building exercise most suitable for outdoors. This exercise can also be a fun activity for kids. You can run competitively and give a prize to the winner. It helps to train people on staying focused while being totally aware of their environment and the dynamic changes. A winner must be good at predicting what others are going to do while keeping them guessing on he would do.


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Accountability Exercise: Take One from the Jar

Accountability Exercise: Take One from the Jar
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Giving Feedback, Appraisal, Learning

While managing a team you may give a series of tasks to various team members. Each time you delegate a task, you expect a member to perform and deliver results. This leads to the concept of accountability. A well-functioning team must be held accountable for what it does. This exercise is designed to help increase accountability of team members by providing a practical system that can be implemented and used on a daily basis.

Note that this is not an exercise to go through in a training course; instead it is a system to implement. The following description covers the application which can be used for a team with any background or industry.


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Body Language Exercise: Write the Gestures

Body Language Exercise: Write the Gestures
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Creativity, Body Language, Personal Impact, Storytelling, Creative Writing

The aim of this exercise is to get the delegates think about body language and gestures and observe how such signals can be instrumental while communicating. The training exercise illustrates the importance of communication without using words and how much a social context or background can help us understand what is going on in a given situation. The exercise also helps unleashing the writing creativity of delegates so it is also ideal as an exercise in storytelling and creative writing.


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Team Building Exercise: Similar and Unique

Team Building Exercise: Similar and Unique
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Team Building, Body Language, Personal Impact, Giving Feedback, Self-esteem, Branding

This is an exercise to help team members discover their common interests and skills as well recognising each person’s unique skills and experiences. The setup is quite simple and you can easily customise it to focus on a specific idea based on your training needs. It can be used for both young and mature teams.

The power of this exercise is that it indirectly shows that there can be a lot of similarities between people in a team which will help to bring them closer together as they will acknowledge these similarities. In contrast, they also get to recognise their differences and appreciate that these differences lead to unique contributions which would ultimately make the team more powerful and creative.


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Problem Solving Exercise: Define the Sequence of Activities

Problem Solving Exercise: Define the Sequence of Activities
:: Article Rating :: Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Persuasion Skills, Planning, Storytelling

This exercise helps groups of people to work together on a common activity to solve a given problem. The exercise allows you to address a number of training areas such as inter-group communication, self-management, leadership, approach to problem solving, mapping visual data to logical data and cooperation.


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Creativity Exercise: What is This For?

Creativity Exercise: What is This For?
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Quiz, Team Building, Creativity, Problem Solving, Art

This creativity exercise is great in getting people to think how an uncommon designed object is used. The exercise can be used in two ways:

  • Option 1. Delegates aim to find the primary function of an unusual object. This is much like problem solving. The more unusual the object the better.
  • Option 2. Delegates aim to find alternative applications of an object other that those intended by its designer.

You can choose one of the above options based on what you need to train delegates on.


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Icebreaker: You Can Only Ask One Question

Icebreaker: You Can Only Ask One Question
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Problem Solving, Attention and Focus

This exercise can be used as an icebreaker but can also to see how delegates approach problem solving. The problems considered can also be customised to make the exercise even more useful when an ideal answer is found. As a result, it is a power template to use when you need to make people focus and make important decisions.


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Creativity Exercise: Alternative Applications

Creativity Exercise: Alternative Applications
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Team Building, Creativity, Problem Solving, Design

You can use this generic creativity exercise to get people think of unusual solutions to problems. The idea of the exercise is to force delegates to think about alternatives and then compare their ideas with other people. You can run the exercise with no particular recommendation or methodology. However, if you are going through this exercise as part of courses on creativity skills or problem solving, then you can ask the delegates to consider a specific method to come up with alternative solutions using your nominated method such as random stimuli, NAF, SCAMPER, pictorial or other methods.


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Icebreaker: What Do You Do When You Are Not Working?

Icebreaker: What Do You Do When You Are Not Working?
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Change Management

Use this icebreaker to help people get to know each other more. It provides a structured approach so that the most is gained from the introductions in a short amount of time.


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Story Telling Exercise: Design a Story and Act It

Story Telling Exercise: Design a Story and Act It
:: Article Rating :: Exercises, Communication Skills, Creativity, Body Language, Acting, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

This is an entertaining and creative exercise which can serve a variety of purposes. You can use it for subjects such as story making, storytelling, communication skills, acting and creative writing. You can also use it in a course on public speaking to get delegates practice making stories which they can then utilise in a speech.

The activity is designed to engage everyone at all times, so each member of the group is ultimately involved in all tasks while reducing the total length of the exercise. This shared experience helps delegates examine the subject from multiple angles and feel that they have contributed to all the stories developed in this exercise.


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