Three Team-Building Activities that Aren’t

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.

  1. The Trust Game
  2. The “Being Blind” Game
  3. 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.

Comments (3)

  1. Really nice games. In fact, we often use Two Truths and One Lie as an energizer in our events. It’s a simple yet effective way to get people talking, and initiate the process of them getting to know one another better.

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  3. I’ve actually been to regular meetings where the Agenda looked a lot like that list of three – and we weren’t even playing any games!

    We recently did an exercise called “Start. Stop. Continue.” where each person of our leadership team wrote on flip charts for each category about what we wanted to see within our organization. It was a helpful exercise for sure, but team building? Not sure.

    Personally, I also think the best, more authentic team building happens over meals and beverages. Luckily I work with people who at very proactive in this regard as well and we have become the closest before / after the meetings.

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