Meaningful summer events
Indoor and outdoor team development methods
Teams need a sense of community and trust whether they work in the same office or from across the world. Especially in remote teams, leading the process of bonding is crucial and must be done mindfully. Creating possibilities to connect and bond helps keep the team strong and thriving. Celebrating results and analysing challenges binds the team together. Setting common goals and visions for the future allows to dream and plan. Fun and engaging challenges with a twist are just the way to top it all off with true team spirit!
Everybody wants to be outside in the summer, either to improve collaboration skills or simply do something fun together. As a member of the Catalyst Global Teambuilding Network, we have access to the award-winning Go Team app. It allows us to run high-quality team development events both online and in any town or village. Or in several places at the same time. Nobody has to stay indoors with Go Team – unless they want to! The events can be tailored especially for your team. And if screen fatigue is running rampant in your team, disconnect from devices and connect with each other while building something together, playing a board game or testing your strategic thinking and fitness!
Into the wild
Global Festival Game
Teams travel through music styles and festivals, celebrating summer with both fun challenges and fun facts about music.
how it works
Teams enter the festival ground by downloading an app onto their device and scanning a QR code. It can be run as a live, fully online, or hybrid version. The Global Festival ground has 7 different music stages each with a different music genre. They solve riddles, look up acts and facts and take photos and videos to show their experience and answer tasks to gain points for their team. The points are optional, the fun is guaranteed!
Global Festival Game sparks memories and conversation in teams allowing people to break out from siloed roles, interact with colleagues and bond on an informal level. By learning to gather and communicate the information effectively, they see a return on their improvement as they gain points for their team and knowledge of the music industry. Limited time and resources puts team dynamics to the test, challenging them to be creative and look for opportunities.
Ibuild gets everyone talking, even if the talking is limited to yes-and-no answers! With very clear roles, each team has to recreate an original image on their team boards. When the roles, materials and visuals have twists, it can be quite a challenge to even the most seasoned communicators.
how it works
In this highly engaging activity, the focus falls on interdepartmental communication and collaboration. Participants are split into small groups and assigned a specific role in the communication chain. Every single participant plays a vital role for the success of their team. The goal is to build a model from very simple elements, following the chosen strategy within a limited timeframe.
iBuild is a unifying experience with strong outcomes focusing on the importance of language, feedback and creating a step-by-step project strategy. iBuild is a great way of enhancing internal communication skills between different company teams or departments and customer communication.
A fast-paced networking energizer, where individuals network in order to complete a Bingo Card and get to know each other.
how it works
Human Bingo is an app-based program that can also be adjusted to be run without any devices. There is an individual and a team version available. Human Bingo presents each team or individual with a set of questions which create opportunity to discover new things about other players. A good variety of questions gets everyone engaged. To achieve Bingo, participants must ask other participants questions trying to find someone who can answer positively or identify teams who fall under specific criteria. Some questions require video or photo evidence creating instant laughs and fond memories. Working in teams creates just enough competition while allowing wonderful bonding with team members.
Human Bingo is the ideal way to encourage networking. It is designed for newly formed teams or those who seek to solidify ties and create stronger communication bridges. Discovering more about others, creating bonds, and building trust strengthens the team. The fast pace and informal, fun nature of the activity ensures full engagement. The game can be tailored to suit your team and deliver maximum results by adding specific facts about individuals and tasks about the team or the company into the game. Scores, photos and video from the game are available as a take-away of a memorable shared experience.
Haka is a fun and exciting energizer, which helps to get people moving, focused and in a good mood.
how it works
The Haka was made famous by the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team, as they perform it facing their opponents prior to each match. In Haka Action, guided by high energy facilitators, participants learn words, meanings and actions of the Haka before coordinating their actions in a spine-tingling group performance. Haka Action can be held indoors or outdoors, during a staff day out or as a conference icebreaker or as part of a teambuilding day. Larger groups can be split into one or more teams for a competitive Haka experience.
Haka Action is a great leveller allowing all participants to physically engage without feeling uncomfortable. It leaves participants feeling fresh and invigorated, united together through shared experience. In Haka Action, participants are encouraged to release their inhibitions and have an open-minded attitude. In this supportive, shared environment, participants are able to unleash their creative and emotive expression.
Engaging challenges in two teams creates a fun competitive atmosphere for exciting teamwork and collaboration.
how it works
To begin, your entire group forms two tribes. Each tribe then creates an equal number of smaller sub teams. Each team then rotates through a circuit of ‘quests’, competing head to head with teams from the other tribe. Points accumulated by the teams contribute to their tribe’s total score. Strategy is key to success – the rules enable teams to play to their strengths, resting chosen players during some challenges in order to reserve strength for their preferred quests.
Designed to encourage people of all physical abilities to participate in a fun and supportive environment. This healthy team building activity is all about integrity, inclusion and mutual respect. The unique format of Two Tribes creates a level playing field, introducing participants to traditional sports, which they may not otherwise experience. Everyone has an opportunity to get involved and contribute to team and tribal success – there are roles for everybody. Designed to set the pulse racing, this healthy experience develops team dynamics while having fun!
Gold rush is a special collaboration and problem solving activity with teamwork, competition and time critical challenges.
how it works
Teams will collaborate and multi-task on 8 different levels simultaneously in an effort to discover gold, become abundantly wealthy and ultimately win the game! The treasure is limited. Teams need to retrieve a secret code and swap it for cash following the correct procedure or the claim will not be processed. Along the way teams can earn extra rewards by completing various tasks. Planning their work, working their plan and avoiding the temptation to cut corners is critical! Every 30 minutes a press release is issued. The information at these press releases offers your team a golden opportunity to substantially increase their wealth if you act swiftly.
Experiential learning experience energises, excites and generates competitive spirit. All participants are on a level playing field thereby creating a compelling cross functional and top-to-bottom whole organisation team building activity. Participants learn the value of business intelligence, planning & communication through this practical hands-on application. Mirroring the challenges and rewards of Gold Rush works just as well with a small group or a big group.
Win It In A Minute
Win It In A Minute is full of excitement and nail biting moments as your teams battle it out in various and bizarre 60 second challenges.
how it works
As facilitators reveal each challenge, teams consult amongst themselves and decide which team member is best suited for the task. Once chosen, they compete to complete the challenge in 1 minute and then move onto the next challenge. Throughout the program, facilitators update the points board to let teams know their positions. There are a few other challenges and bonus activities on offer to allow teams to pick up some extra points, keeping the energy high throughout the entire activity.
Win It In A Minute is engaging, energetic and lots of fun. It also has fantastic benefits for team communication skills and developing team strategy. The challenges are all fun and inclusive, and the open format ensures everybody is encouraged to participate but can feel comfortable that they are not under any pressure to take centre stage. It has been proven to boost individual morale as team members get to know each other outside of the usual work environment in a non-threatening manner.
Corporate bodybuilding helps people to be a part of company values and visualise them together to feel that they belong.
how it works
Participants put on designated coloured clothing or pick up their coloured accessories. They are briefed on the position they will take: it may be part of a letter or icon. Each participant moves into position as a drone flies overhead capturing the brand logo, icon or message.
Corporate Bodybuilding is an excellent metaphor for the role of human capital in company brand and culture. Every individual plays a vital role in Corporate Bodybuilding just as they influence company culture.
YOU CHOOSE HOW MUCH YOU MOVE
You can be running around town or in your cozy office or home – whichever you prefer
Escape the Mob
Teams have a limited amount of time to solve puzzles and get their story straight to prove that they have an alibi for the time of a diamond heist.
how it works
Escape the Mob begins with a mysterious video telling teams that they are incriminated in the perfect heist. Teams each have a bag of items from the night that will help them in their quest and head out on their amazing race to solve the mystery and Escape the Mob. The Go Team app guides them to checkpoints where they complete a variety of photo, video, cryptic questions and riddles which will give them clues to the ultimate solution. Teams gain points for correct answers and uncover time and location clues to add to their pocket book to establish their whereabouts on the night.
Escape the Mob involves participants to think outside the box to uncover clues, communicate with each other and ultimately solve the mystery. This realistic real time experience gives participants first-hand experience of acting in a new and unknown situation with unforeseen circumstances and consequences. Individual strengths become apparent and participants learn to react and think calmly under pressure. If the mobster theme is revealed before the event or in the beginning of it, participants can bring their unique outfits and accessories and bond over style and the joy of fun visuals.
The Infinite Loop
The Infinite Loop is a strong lean management business game, based on real-time collaboration, and real-time communication.
how it works
The team’s mission is to go back and forth between the virtual and real worlds, finding clues and solving puzzles. The event can be run fully online as a browser based activity or live with the aid of VR-glasses. The aim is to solve the riddles and save a prisoner stuck in the virtual world. One team member at a time wears the VR headset to describe the virtual world, while their teammates in the real world have the solutions, which open the doors of different rooms using the White Hats Guide Book. The more precise the player in the virtual world is in describing the problem, the faster the teammates in the real world find the solution.
The Infinite Loop has a strong learning curve. Iterative learning, combined with continuous feedback, and improvement, makes the teams solve problems in more efficient ways. It is a versatile, and powerful tool for debriefing on complex issues affecting modern businesses working with distributed or hybrid teams and a variety of client situations, employing agile methodologies.
Chain Reaction Table Top
Chain reaction gives teams an opportunity to experience the Rube Goldberg machine’s logic where simple and small parts create something impressive when put together.
how it works
In Chain Reaction Table Top, teams are supplied with a game board and a set of detailed idea cards which they discuss with their group. They share these ideas with other teams to develop a strategy for their overall contraption. Each team designs, builds and tests a number of simple machines. They join them together and retest. Next they join their series of simple machines to the next team’s simple machines and work together to ensure it flows from one to the next. Once the contraption is complete and tested, in a grand finale the device is triggered and cascades through each of the simple machines.
Chain Reaction develops a true sense of common purpose and a memorable shared experience when efforts are rewarded with success. Collaboration between the teams to share knowledge and resources is imperative to success and to extend the limits of creativity. Teams work to develop a common vision, developing a shared strategy which they put into place by applying excellent project and resource management skills. Successful teams understand the task, assess available resources, make a rough plan and then throughout construction, they appraise, and accordingly adapt and modify their initial plan. In the testing stages teams learn to be persistent in the face of difficulty with an eye for detail in working towards excellence.
Essence of Excellence
Teams decide, develop and market the perfume describing them the best.
how it works
In Essence of Excellence, teams become alchemists, experimenting with exotic extracts to create a blend that captures the essence of their target market or their own team. Teams discuss and define the mood, likes and characteristics of their target market. Teams learn the basic techniques of perfumery, teams blend base, mid and top ‘notes’ to create a ready-to-wear fragrance. They then support their fragrance with a powerful and persuasive marketing campaign which they present to the whole group.
The customer is the focus in Essence of Excellence. Teams are required to understand the emotions and motivations of their target market in order to capture its essence with a bespoke scent and a creative brand. During the process, participants’ own perceptions are explored and compared with that of others, highlighting that we each operate from a unique and valid model. This realisation brings understanding, bridges cultural gaps and builds relationships within each team. It also brings a deeper understanding of customers and their perceptions.
The Big Picture
The Big Picture is an engaging method for any company to celebrate a shared vision and be inclusive with its employees.
how it works
The Big Picture team building exercise commences with individuals joining into small teams. Teams collect brushes, paint, a diagram outlining their individual canvas and a blank canvas. They then set about as a team to mix paints to create the right colours and paint their canvas. Soon into the exercise, teams realise that in order for the overall artwork to be successful they need to collaborate with other teams. Once complete, the highlight of The Big Picture is the final reveal where, following a debriefing session, the masterpiece is unveiled to all participants for the first time.
Every now and then it is important to step back and look at the ‘big picture’, particularly when looking at an organisation and how its people operate and communicate internally. In The Big Picture the importance of teamwork, cooperation and communication is reinforced through the process of painting an artistic masterpiece of truly epic proportions. Prior to the activity, our graphic designers work with you to create an artwork that is reflective of your goals, values, mission and vision. Inspirational in its scale, and with a spectacular reveal.
BACK TO THE OFFICE
Still remember the office and what working there with your colleagues was like? No? It’s okay, we can solve that.
Knowing Me Knowing You
Knowing Me Knowing You helps to (re)create the bond between team members and improve team dynamics through that.
how it works
Knowing Me Knowing You begins with participants considering and recording insights about themselves; from there individuals are tasked with gathering as many business and personal commonalities with the other players as they can, while marking down any unique or surprising info about other players. The collaborative structure and unique game matrix keep the energy buzzing.
Knowing Me Knowing You is an engaging networking activity which will break the ice and accelerate networking and relationship building in your team. Relationships matter, and a highly connected workforce is a valuable asset to any organisation. Knowing Me Knowing You helps to build common ground between individuals, smoothing the path for information sharing and best practice that will inevitably lead to improved bottom line results.
Knowing Me Knowing You - Work Styles
Knowing Me Knowing You Work Styles helps teams to get to know and analyze each other’s work styles.
how it works
Work Styles starts with participants considering their own working style and writing down their preferences on a number of given subjects. Next they get to know their peers by networking the room and finding out how others match their own styles. The aim of the game is to find as many matches as possible. With the group energised, it is time to form into teams of similar working styles. A group facilitator then leads a group discussion exploring why it is productive to have a range of working styles within a team, but also why this may not be effective if there is limited appreciation of the different ways in which each other work.
Knowing Me Knowing You – Work Styles is a team building activity that has been specifically designed to help participants understand each other, and appreciate how both those with similar and different working styles can be key contributors to the productivity of the team. It gives participants the opportunity to explore the way in which they personally tend to work. Research shows that the most effective teams are formed of people with a variety of working styles. However these differences can cause conflict if they are not appreciated. If understood, appreciated and embraced, they will lead to more effective innovation and ideation.
FreshBiz helps teams to learn how to play a smarter game in business and in life in less than 3 hours. Set up as a business simulation, the true learning of the method can be used in every aspect of life.
how it works
Through its game-based learning, participants travel through the game on a mission to win, while gaining skills, understandings and strategies that not only help them to achieve the goals in the game, but also to excel in their lives. The game works on the development of thinking patterns for solving business issues demanding participants to generate, identify and leverage opportunities. In the FreshBiz game, participants are challenged to consider their personal patterns, belief systems and habits and whether they serve them well.
FreshBiz changes the way its participants play their business and life by simulating and then practicing new, creative methods of entrepreneurial thinking, and problem solving to achieve their most vital goals. The game-based workshops are fun and insightful, and according to thousands of our global participants, it has a lasting effect on how they generate opportunities, zoom out, & create smarter partnerships.