4. Two’s company
Did you know that the ultimate team size is just two people? According to behavioural scientists, pairs are the simplest and most stable bond in life. So if you want to build trust and chemistry, small teams or groups should simply pair up, but for medium size teams the optimum group size is between 5-9 people and for large teams it is between 11-18 people.
5. Travel back in time
Remember when life was analogue? Travel back in time and ban mobile phones, iPads and laptops. It’s amazing what some 20th Century ‘face-time’ can achieve.
6. Get physical
Physical team building activities do not require elite athletic abilities, but they demand careful consideration and planning. Get them wrong and there’s no quicker way to alienate or de-motivate. We love rope courses and archery. Allowing free time for individuals to choose their own small group activities like golf, tennis, swimming or volleyball can also produce great results.
7. Go mental
Not literally; intellectually… Stimulate your team and let them exercise (and stretch) their thinking as a group. More often than not this is when you can unearth some great character and personality traits of your less extroverted team members.
8. Be creative
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Visual and performance art can be an incredibly daunting challenge but when confronted as a group it can also provide some of the most lasting bonds (and memories) between team members.
9. Activities with a heart
Give a dog a home. Make toys for underprivileged children. Cook for the needy. The only limit is your imagination. By doing ‘good’ you can reinforce and embed the values which can make your team great.
10. Make it fun (and rewarding)
Don’t be shy of healthy competition, rivalries or banter as groups vie for a prize. Just don’t go over the top. Make it fun and incorporate rewards that motivate, surprise and which leave your team smiling and laughing – no matter what the result.