How to Lead with Team Building Programs

Being a leader is more than just managing your team effectively.  It’s about developing, growing, leading, and challenging your team.  Earlier I talked about the 8 key concepts to drive your start up.  Team building is more than just games and activities.  It’s about understanding your audience and developing a strategy in which to learn and work with them.

Finding budget friendly and effective team building activities to build relationships with your team is a challenge.  Here is a list of team building activities that you can use to engage your teams, encourage them to collaborate, have fun, and work together at the same time.  Many of these team building activities have down-loadable instructions that I have hyperlinked to the activity.

List of Team Building Activities

An Indoor Team Building Activity for Work: Paper Tearing Exercise

This is a listening based exercise that also helps your team understand how each of you listen and interpret spoken and demonstrated information and actions.  This is a great exercise to kick off a short meeting or to regroup after a break.  Download instructions for the Paper Tearing Exercise.

A Team Building Game: Broken Squares Game

 Although this activity takes approximately an hour for preparation, it is well-worth the time invested.  Broken Squares forces team members to work together without speaking.  Each team member has an individual goal and they quickly learn that in order to accomplish their own goal they must all work together. Download instructions for the Broken Squares Game.

Group Think

This team building activity involves an easel and groups of 5-7.  One person starts with easel turned away from group and has 15 seconds to draw the first thing that comes to their mind.  The next person continues the first’s drawing without spoken words and so on.  After the activity is complete, group members can reflect on how they interpreted the picture and their thought process.

Building Totems & Building Relationships: Totem

A team will work to determine what animal each best represents themselves and then work together to build a totem with each animal represented.  The team then determines how the group will use their qualities to the group’s advantage. I’ve compiled a list of totems for you and your teams to choose from.  I encourage you to have your teams display the totems in their work spaces and offices.  This reminds them of the activity and their role within the team and the team’s goal.

Team Building with the Paper Airline Throwing Exercise

View this short video first at Paper Airplane Movie.  Divide your groups into teams of two and allow them 10 minutes to work together to create their own paper airplane that flies the farthest.  Allow each individual team to compete against one another and fly their plane.  Reward the winner and discuss alternative strategies that could yield the same or better results like the video discussed.

Please be sure to view the PowerPoint presentation that discusses the 8 key concepts for team building from the Oklahoma Entrepreneur Conference.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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