According to this Forbes article, there are three team-building activities that are actually bad for your business. And believe me – they’re the ones you wouldn’t expect given that they’re so widely used.
- The Trust Game
- The “Being Blind” Game
- Two Truths and a Lie
The author, Deborah Sweeny, looks at each game individually. Trust games can be difficult to coordinate because of the diversity in employees’ physical attributes, and not to mention a myriad of technological distractions that may cause the “trust” to fall with a crash instead of “falling into a safe cocoon.”
The “being blind” game has obvious pitfalls- because it is a two- way street and each person in the partnership has to be blind, it is hard not to be influenced by the first run, and there are often opportunities for revenge. And let’s face it, revenge usually isn’t pretty.
Lastly, two truths and lie may make everyone too comfortable with lying- and that in itself makes us uncomfortable.
So what’s a great team-building activity? Warm, intimate dinners are one of our favorite team-building activities at Ferrazzi Greenlight. Keith likes to push teams past the small-talk by asking them questions like, “Share a challenge that has shaped who you are today” – a great way to frame conversation so that it can go deep without going too negative. He gives everyone “permission to be intimate” and sets the tone upfront by answering the question first himself.
What are the best and worst team-building experiences you’ve had?
Ritu Walia is myGreenlight’s Member Coordinator.