Entrepreneurship · Team Building

What are some of the best team building activities outside of the office?

Maria Garnier Operations Coordinator en Socialatom Group

September 23rd, 2016

Currently in the process of putting together some team building activities to embrace culture. Can you suggest a few activities that you have seen working and your experience with them? Many thanks

Gary Gitelson VP of Engineering at mPerpetuo, Inc.

September 23rd, 2016

   The best, and most rewarding, team building exercise I have ever been involved in was donating a day working at the warehouse for Family Giving Tree.  This is a wonderful organization that packages up gifts around the holidays for needy families.  They distribute gift tags (usually to large corporations) and the employees donate items that are asked for on the tags.  Then, when you go to the warehouse, you take the tags, go through the entire warehouse and try to fulfill the items on the tag.  It is like shopping in an unlimited store, and since it is for charity, everyone tries to make sure they find the best items for the people they are helping.  Everyone had a ton of fun, bonded, and did something good for the community.  Of course, this is easiest around the holidays, but that isn't too far away.  

Ema Chuku Product Developer. Founder.

September 24th, 2016

Try a volunteer gig. I once took my team to a children-gift-wrapping volunteer work. Turned out there were other startup teams there too. What a blast of a day it was in the warehouse. Now it has become part of our company culture to participate in one every 6 months.

Heather Hollick Executive, Professional, Career, and Life Coach

September 24th, 2016

The best teams emerge, not as the result of some 'team-building' activities, but from a commitment to each other and a shared understanding of what they are trying to accomplish. In my work with teams we do the following:

1. Strive for commitment. Have a moving and frank conversation in which we look each other in the eyes and verbally acknowledge, "I want to work with you." Wanting to work together means that all that remains to build a strong team is learning how to work together. Learning how to work together can happen in a myriad of ways.

2. Strive for clarity in purpose and direction. I recommend a constant discussion, review, and renewal around the answers to the following questions:
  1. Who are we?
  2. Why are we here?
  3. Who do we want to be?
  4. Where are we going?
  5. Who are our customers?
  6. What are our customers hiring us to do?

If you are committed to working together and regularly spend time talking about these questions you will have a powerful team. Your shared purpose will bring your team together in a way that no number of team activities can.

Very happy to share more.

Theresa Marcroft Marketing Strategist / CMO / Interim VP Marketing

September 23rd, 2016

Love Gary's idea, above!  Work for a charity, together as a team.

I'd caution you to stay away from paintball.  When our strappy young startup did that, many of us ended up black & blue, bodies covered in bruises!  It was esp painful for the women.

Theresa Marcroft
Interim CMO/VP Marketing

Maggie Murphy Editorial Content Director, Texture

September 23rd, 2016

A community project is a great way to inspire collective feelgood. And it's a good time of year to do a volunteer project like paint a school or pack holiday gifts. A scavenger hunt recalibrates the leadership. Check out Watson Adventures in NYC and other cities for ideas on how to do that. 

Sean Brownson Cornerstone Benefit Consulting - Broker/Owner | Card Concepts - Recruiter

September 23rd, 2016

Bowling I think you will find is a 'user friendly' activity for all cultures/peoples.  Sean Brownson Broker/PartnerCornerstone Benefit Consulting P: 920-732-6234E: sean.brownson@yourcornerstone.nethttp://yourcornerstone.net/ http://sean.mycliff.org/