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Steal in 60 seconds! Mission: catch sheep. Or what kind of team building activities do global brands conduct?

As Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” It is team unity, the ability to cooperate and interact that helps achieve the highest goal. How to make a team a friendly team, where they know how to listen to each other, distribute roles and express themselves to achieve a common goal? We have selected for you the top striking examples of Russian and world-class corporate team building. Get inspired and implement bold ideas with us!


Mission: Herd the sheep

It would seem that what is so difficult about driving a flock of sheep into a corral? After all, only one shepherd and a dog can cope with this. This is exactly what the employees of Sainsbury's, one of the UK's largest supermarket chains, thought when they were given such a difficult task. But the first attempts ended in failure. The sheep scattered in different directions and did not listen at all to highly qualified specialists with higher education! This continued until the managers began to agree among themselves, listen and help. After all, the shepherd and the dog act harmoniously and harmoniously - this is the whole answer.

 
Mission: Herd the sheep


Detective story

Representatives of the Indian brand JCB India Ltd were able to feel like imitators of Sherlock. Gathering in the hotel lobby, they found an area fenced off with yellow tape with a “Caution!” sign. The outline of a body was drawn on the floor, and next to it lay the murder weapon - a pin, as well as evidence - a piece of cloth. The participants had to investigate the “murder” within two hours and find the criminal. So the “investigators” had to learn to accept other people’s opinions and listen to another point of view.

Detective story


Dance flash mob

The entire Johnson & Johnson sales team (no less than 240 people!) used the Australian Open for their fun promotion. In the main square of Melbourne, crowded with fans and tourists, they, posing as ordinary passers-by, suddenly and simultaneously put on identical T-shirts with a rainbow and the inscription “Making smiles, changing lives” and began to dance. This massive incendiary dance attracted the attention of the public and aroused positive emotions among passers-by, who gladly joined the participants. Preparing such a flash mob is part of team building and requires hard work and long rehearsals. And of course, the active involvement of each of its members.

 
Dance flash mob


Conquering mountain peaks

Fans of active and extreme sports will certainly like the idea of ​​the Moscow branch of Nestle. 17 daredevils literally conquered the peaks, and more specifically, climbed Elbrus. Conquering the highest peak in Russia and Europe, of course, requires long-term physical and psychological preparation. The climb is fraught with difficulty and danger. Therefore, the support of each group member is very important. Although there were some troubles (small falls and severe fatigue), overall everything ended well. 12 out of 17 people reached the goal, becoming true heroes.  

Conquering mountain peaks

Zephyr Tower

An unusual team building activity, “The Marshmallow Challenge,” was developed especially for Microsoft designers. Participants were asked to build the highest possible tower from a set of improvised objects. No, these are not boards, not foam plastic, or even cardboard. This is 20 long spaghetti, a meter of thread, a meter of cassette film and one marshmallow (or the usual marshmallow), which should rise to the top of the tower. It takes only four “builders” to make such a structure in 18 minutes. Although the quantity and time may vary. Achieving a goal requires a creative approach, coordinated work and the ability to make quick decisions.

Zephyr Tower

Musical orchestra

The founder of the Affettuoso network of music schools, Nikita Frolov, decided to bring art to the masses. He not only teaches music to his students, but also strengthens corporate relationships with the help of the same music. No, not songs about friendship and mutual assistance. He makes a mini-ensemble from any group, even one far from art, in one day. First, beginning musicians study with teachers individually, and then in a group. And by the evening they can play a musical composition! Among the well-known clients who have tried this practice in their corporation are Google and M.Video.  

Musical orchestra

Top managers or construction team?

Top managers of different regional divisions of MegaFon were placed in unusual conditions with a change in social roles in order to establish communication with each other. They were sent to the small village of Termalny in Kamchatka. Here they had to build a real family park with their own hands. All necessary agreements with local authorities and services were concluded in advance, and the location was chosen. But the main construction work had to be done by these office workers. They were divided into teams, each with a gaming technician. The group worked on a certain task for 2 hours, after which they changed with another. Before this, a briefing was held at which the participants passed on information to each other about the work completed and the next stages. As a result, the park was built, which local residents were very happy about. This event was widely reported in the media, which had a positive impact on MegaFon's image.

Top managers or construction team?


In one dark, dark room...

In the late 90s, Andreas Heinecke developed the original training “Dialogues in the Dark”. Its essence lies in the fact that people are placed in a dark room and are led by blind trainers. They ask questions and give different tasks that require the interaction of all group members. The peculiarity of this project is that a person finds himself in extraordinary conditions. Other senses are heightened, you have to feel and experience what is not visible with your eyes. These restrictions sometimes led to surprising results. For example, the leader showed confusion or even panic, and a newcomer, unexpectedly for everyone, could become a leader.

In one dark, dark room...


All aboard!

The Aventura event agency also tries to surprise its clients with unusual concepts. For example, for one of the well-known IT companies, in honor of the opening of a branch, an exciting team-building game on a maritime theme was organized - “Opening New Horizons”.

All aboard!

event participants transformed into real sailors!
They “overcame” considerable distances on cardboard “rafts” with barrels of water, accurately hit the target with tennis shells from cannons, and skillfully tied sea knots. Also, novice sailors built lighthouses from giant Jenga and learned to recognize signals using the semaphore alphabet. At the end of the event, experienced sailors independently built a huge ship from cardboard boxes, which symbolized the start of the project. Everyone acted unitedly and harmoniously and ultimately achieved one common goal - “Opened horizons for the development of new IT peaks!”


The secret recipe for a cohesive team 

Another interesting concept was organized by our team for another large company: a unique team building program for designing and preparing food with elements of the “Cook - Sell - Earn” business game.

The team building program consisted of several stages. The main goal of the game is to earn as much “money” (game currency) as possible in each period of the competition. To begin with, the participants, by drawing lots, determined for themselves the kitchen in which they would create their masterpieces under the guidance of professional chefs. Some got burgers, some got shawarma, and some even got Japanese cuisine. After which, the competitors were asked to build a food truck (a cafe-van with a mobile kitchen for selling instant food and drinks) and choose their own style, showing creativity and ingenuity.

The secret recipe for a cohesive team 

Once the food trucks were built and the culinary delights were prepared, participants were encouraged to sell their culinary creations. Aspiring chefs were looking for their target audience and proving why they had the best dish on the market. And when all the goods were sold out and eaten, the teams had to evaluate how successful their food outlet was. To do this, it was necessary to conduct a financial analysis and calculate profits. The team that earned the most currency was awarded an honorary Michelin star, the rest of the participants received nice prizes and a lot of positive emotions.  


As you can see, team building is not only useful, but also very exciting and fun! Want to get away from traditional sports and outdoor competitions? Then contact our specialists! We will help unite your employees, and we will do it in a fun and original way.


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