Participants pick a partner to stand across from to create two lines. With index fingers at waist level, a bar is placed upon the fingers. The bar must be lowered below the knees while all fingers must maintain contact with the bar.
Sounds simple, right? It’s not.
The power of each person to influence the success of the team is never clearer than in this activity. The team members must work through frustrations and differences of opinions to solve this magically difficult event.
Participants: 8 – 20
Activity Level: Low
Time Needed: 15 to 20 Minutes plus debrief – 45 to 60 minutes total
Objectives: Problem Solving, Communication
This is where many teams fall short. Good communication is the real ‘win’ on this exercise, not actually lowering the bar. If the team can treat each other with respect and maintain open lines of communication while failing, frustrated and somewhat stressed, the team is in great shape.
Since the trust game for team building is almost impossible, it will be necessary for the team to try it several times. As the ideas are thrown around, many will simply be discarded without discussing them.
If Let Go My Ego gets too serious, stop the event and remind everyone this is supposed to be fun. Use this event as a ‘safe’ exercise to discuss some of the difficulties that are also happening at work.
This trust game for team building will challenge all groups and will unlock many of the ‘unspoken rules’ to will get the group talking.
Have fun and don’t blame it on Let Go My Ego!