We recently had a team building event at The Strong National Museum of Play. It is important to take pause and recognize great work. I know that there are still employees, managers and leaders that do not believe in the power of team building, recognition and fulfilling all the sources of energy that we need to be at our best, but I do find it hard to believe that some doubt still exists on the benefits of these small but huge payoff events.
We assembled the employees into cross-functional, diverse teams.
We provided them with some simple rules:
- Come up with a team name, and a theme song or motto,
- Decorate a pumpkin, and
- Come in casual clothes for a day of fun.
We then had each team introduce themselves and play their theme songs…there were some interesting choices! “Back in Black”…guess what their theme song was? Oh, and we had Team Gang Green who played Kermit’s infamous “It’s not easy being green,” with all team members donning various shades of green. Some teams made up their own logo and created matching t-shirts. We had some very creative pumpkins – including flashing lights!
The planning committee had created a list of 55 items that the teams had to complete, find answers to, or take pictures or video of. This event was timed.
To give you an idea of what a few of the questions were:
- Get your picture taken with your entire team inside the helicopter.
- Solve the moving tile puzzle on the wall in the Mystery Mansion in Reading Adventure Land and take a picture. (Don't forget to take it apart!)
- Who is in the balcony in the Sesame Street Theater?
- How many balls are levitating at the entrance to the Field of Play?
- Video 3 team members dancing in the dance lab and playing Guitar Hero.
- Put all of your team's shoes in Big Bird's Nest and take a picture.
The teams had fun laughing, coming up with strategies and completing the pieces of the Scavenger Hunt. If you are interested in the Scavenger Hunt list, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to work hard, but it's also important is to play hard! Take time out to recognize those that you work with, who work for you and, ultimately, contribute to your success!
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