Free team building game ideas for problem solving introduction:
Problem solving requires open and honest communication and a sincere desire to identify a solution that satisfies the needs of all parties involved.
Some of the most effective problem solvers are people that possess a high degree of common sense and good judgment. These traits can be even more critical than holding any particular degree of formal education.
"Again and again, the impossible decision is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made." - R. Schuller
Our team building game ideas demonstrates ways for teams to problem solve more effectively as they become better at identifying win-win solutions.
Behavior and/or work performance is often the subjects of workplace issues. Leaders can help their employees to avoid issues in these areas by taking the time to teach and coach them about the importance of increasing their awareness and sensitivity to others.
As the leader, you can utilize a team building game to help create an environment where you limit the number of problems on your team by keeping team members focused on helping and supporting each other.
Rewarding and recognizing team members for working as a team – WOW, what a concept!
Purpose of this activity: To encourage team members to take time to effectively problem solve by creating win-win solutions to important challenges.
Explanation: At your next staff meeting instruct all team members to arrive with their walking shoes on. (No high heels for this team building game)
Divide your team into groups of three or more.
Assign each group to a specific problem that the team is responsible for.
In each group, assign a timekeeper, a scribe (someone to take notes), and a crossing guard (Watch out for traffic!).
Each group will physically take a long walk outside. The goal here is take people outside their normal working routines. Critical thinking is supported as people are challenged to work outside their normal mode of operation.
Let each group know that upon their return they will be expected to present their win-win solution to the larger group for consideration.
Part of their presentation must include some sort of key message that was inspired by something they saw outside during their Walk-A-Bout. The purpose here is to have some fun and add some creativity to the process.
Reward and recognize those teams that provide the most unique and effective win-win solutions.
Purpose of this team building game: To teach your sales team that they must never short change themselves of additional opportunities to sell their product or service. Thinking outside the box for added benefits and value can create huge upside potential for maximum sales and earnings.
Explanation: During this team building game exercise, introduce your staff to a product that has an established common use. As an example, let’s consider women’s pantyhose. (you can use whatever product you like)
"Uncertainty can lead to paralysis. And if you become indecisive you're dead in the water."
Instruct your team that their goal will be to package and promote women’s pantyhose as a totally new and different product. They will also need to identify a list of features and benefits that will appeal to a male market.
The key to this task will be to unlock the door and to become totally open to ALL OPTIONS.
Each team will then be asked to make their sales presentation. Here are a couple examples of what you might hear, so be open to having a few laughs with your team:
Rest assured the ideas will keep you on the edge of your seat.
After completing the presentations, point out to your team how interesting it is to hear so many different solutions to what at first seemed to be an impossible problem.
Now take that same level of enthusiasm and creativity and instruct your team to continue their out-of-the-box thinking. Turn the teams focus toward how you can increase market share by attracting new target groups to your product or service.
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"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."- Andrew Carnegie