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Hands and Strings Exercise

Hands and Strings Exercise
Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving

Article Rating:::: 88 Ratings :::: Monday, October 10, 2016

This is a team building exercise where group members need to solve a problem together. Only two people are involved in the actual task and they cannot be replaced. Other team members should provide support or suggest solutions for the two people to follow through. As a result, this exercise provides ample opportunities to see how teams approach a given problem, communicate ideas and solve problems.

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Sort Your Group into a Line

Sort Your Group into a Line
Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Large Group

Article Rating:::: 62 Ratings :::: Monday, May 16, 2016

This is a team building exercise where delegates need to solve a problem while deprived of a particular sense. The purpose is to see how the group self-organises, communicates, understands what needs to be done to achieve the goal and executes their plan efficiently. This exercise is ideal for large groups.

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Team Building Exercise: Sort the Cards

Team Building Exercise: Sort the Cards
Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Problem Solving

Article Rating:::: 19 Ratings :::: Monday, October 13, 2014

In this team building exercise teams work together on a common problem. The problem is intentionally designed to be simple to understand though when several people are involved it may not be as obvious as on how to go through it. The exercise will highlight weaknesses and strengths. To succeed a team must work cooperatively and with foresight.

This exercise is also ideal to examine how a group of people self-organise, assign a leader or approach a problem solving task under pressure.

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Team Building Exercise: Capture the Dragon

Team Building Exercise: Capture the Dragon
Leadership, Games, Exercises, Team Building, Exercises for Kids, Problem Solving

Article Rating:::: 33 Ratings :::: Monday, June 2, 2014

This is a fun outdoor activity ideal for team building. It is also useful for young children as it is cooperative and competitive. It’s the kind of team leading exercise that leads to a memorable experience.

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Team Building Exercise: Aim for the Flag

Team Building Exercise: Aim for the Flag
Leadership, Exercises, Team Building, Problem Solving, Resource Management, Outdoors

Article Rating:::: 63 Ratings :::: Monday, April 28, 2014

This is an entertaining and educational exercise for building teams and getting people to work together towards a common objective. You can explore a whole lot of topics on teamwork, leadership, communication skills and problem solving. Unlike many team building games that are competitive, this exercise is cooperative despite having two different teams assigned with different tasks. As a result, the setup allows people to have a good time while also learning how to work with each other towards a common objective. The exercise can be run just in theory as well, but it is best if it is actually implemented. For that, you would need to access an open area such as a park with a specific layout so it does not require planning and preparation on your side.

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Creativity Exercise: What is This For?

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

Article Rating:::: 13 Ratings :::: Monday, February 24, 2014

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
Exercises, Icebreakers, Problem Solving, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 28 Ratings :::: Monday, February 17, 2014

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
Exercises, Team Building, Creativity, Problem Solving, Design

Article Rating:::: 4 Ratings :::: Monday, February 10, 2014

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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Creativity Exercise: Structured Randomisation to Boost Creative Imagination

Creativity Exercise: Structured Randomisation to Boost Creative Imagination
Exercises, Creativity, Problem Solving, Brainstorming, Art, Design

Article Rating:::: 12 Ratings :::: Monday, November 18, 2013

This exercise helps to stimulate creativity by bringing a variety of random object into consciousness. You can use this exercise during an incubation time between two sessions on problem solving. The exercise helps to make people think of unusual stuff and become conscious of a whole lot of random associations. When they return to the main problem, they end up having more ideas and can connect the new associations with the problem they were considering. This can lead them to potential novel solutions.

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Brainstorming Exercise: Design Shoes

Brainstorming Exercise: Design Shoes
Leadership, Exercises, Problem Solving, Brainstorming, Design

Article Rating:::: 96 Ratings :::: Monday, November 11, 2013

This is an entertaining and educational exercise. It helps to unleash people’s creativity, bring them together and get them to cooperate on a common task and solve problems.

In this exercise, the main aim is to get teams design shoes. You will provide a set of criteria as well as research materials and teams should then work on a creative solution. The designs are compared and a winning team is rewarded.

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