Practice leadership and consensus building!
"You are stranded on a desert island...You have a magic rope that will send a help beacon of light when placed in a perfect square. An airplane is approaching, your only help for rescue. Hurry, the plane will be gone soon!"
Challenge your team to form their 60-foot rope into a perfect square-blindfolded. The activity is very easy to facilitate, yet leads to great discussions about interdependence, communication, leadership and more.
- Participants: 8 - 36
- Location: Inside or Outside
- Activity Level: Low
- Time Needed: 15 to 20 Minutes plus debrief - 45 to 60 minutes total
- Objectives: Coaching, Problem Solving, Communication
Incredibly simple in design, most groups do not take the time to plan correctly or set groundrules for communication, which will create frustration levels due to the lack of clear communication.
The leadership that will emerge and the group participation (or lack thereof) will always reveal interesting insights and draw out learning from the team members. Often, the leadership role will not change, even to the detriment of the team and accomplishing the exercise. Does this sound similar to work? The comment most often heard is that the leader wanted to give up the role, but felt uncomfortable telling the team they did not know what to do. Similarly, the team was frustrated with the leader due to lack of direction. Sound similar yet?
Obviously, this does not happen in every group, but often once certain "rules" are created, spoken or unspoken, they are difficult to break even when the team wants to. Interdependence is clear in this activity and group consensus can be difficult to reach, but very important. Also, the need for open and controlled communication is necessary to accomplish the task.
The team building activity comes in an easy-to-use storage bag and includes:
- Comprehensive information on purpose of the game, how to set it up, the storyline and the safety measures necessary during the course of the exercise.
- Instructions on how to debrief the exercise and questions that you should ask the participants.
- 1 60-ft rope loop
- 30 Blindfolds