Free Team Building Games

Team Purpose & Pride

Free team building games tool for increased purpose and pride introduction:

"Creating a sense of purpose and pride among team members is a major ingredient for a winning team.”

Leaders are constantly on the lookout for ways to harness and cultivate pride in order to create a culture and tradition of successful campaigns.

"Pride represents a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates those who achieve excellence from those who accept mediocrity."

One of the best ways to promote purpose and pride in your team is to recognize key individuals who are raising the bar and making key contributions to the team. Our free team building games can help you make the most of these opportunities.

The late Og Mandino once said, "I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy."

No different than a successful sport team, leaders can create team awards for their most successful players. These awards might include:

  • Most Improved - awarded to the team member who has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic and has achieved incremental improvement in his or her key role.
  • Most Inspirational - awarded to the team member who has inspired the team, the department, the organization or the community.
  • Most Spirited - awarded to the team member who is an exceptionally positive force on the team. This person always arrives to work with a smile on her face, willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
  • Top Performer - awarded to those top performers who are driving the team sales and service results, setting the bar to achieve top performance on a consistent basis.

The possible award categories are endless and can include key elements of your business. Awards may also be considered for key contributing partners either inside or outside the organization.

Reward and recognition of any kind can be a driving force for your team, use our free team building games for additonal ideas on how you can continue to drive performance.

Free Team Building Games for Purpose & Pride

Team Battle Cry

Purpose of this activity: To lead your team in creating a team slogan or "battle cry" that inspires a vision of unity and teamwork. This workshop is focused on getting people to visualize themselves as a lean and mean TEAM-machine! A team working together, maximizing their talents and achieving outstanding results.

Explanation: At your next staff meeting consider leading your team through the following free team building games exercise.

Anyone in marketing knows that a slogan or catch phrase can be extremely important to a company's success.

For instance, when you hear "Just Do It", you think of athletes who are winners and associate that good feeling with Nike; when you hear "Quality is Job #1", you think of a quality automobile that will retain its value, and you associate that with Ford.

Why not take this proven marketing technique and apply it to your own team?

Think about how the perfect catch phrase or slogan could quickly benefit your team? What is your team all about? Even more importantly, WHAT WOULD YOUR TEAM LIKE TO BE ALL ABOUT?

Let's think of some words that describe what your team might wish to become. Key words might include: (Sales, Convenience, Service, Leadership, Teamwork, Business Planning, Quality, Wealth Building, Freedom, Conservation and Volunteerism, etc.)

Whatever phrases your team chooses, help them to identify their slogan in no more than 5 words. Here is a real example of how one team created their "TEAM BATTLE CRY"!

The group consisted of a region manager and five district managers that had 20 direct reports and about 200 employees in the entire region.

The management team felt that in order for them to succeed, it would require all 200+ employees to work together each and every day. After a lot of discussion, they identified their team with this phrase:

"Our Winning Way: Everyone, Everyday!"

Cool result coming directly from simple free team building games, and it can work for your team as well.

Here are a few ways in which they shared their vision with their team members, peers and customers:

  • Formally introduced their "team battle cry" to all employees via teleconference, or rally
  • Provided each employee with an item or gift with the battle cry imprinted, so each person knew they belonged to this unique team
  • All employees included the phrase on their signature line with every email they sent.
  • All formal communications included the battle cry (fax cover page, memos, letters, voice mail messages, etc.)
  • Employees were asked to repeat the slogan often at meetings to ensure everyone had memorized it and knew the importance of striving to meet this vision.

So, what is YOUR team all about? Have fun finding out using our free team building games and exercises.

Push - Pull

Purpose of this activity: This lesson is focused on getting people to think in terms of leadership. Create increased purpose and pride in your team by empowering them with increased leadership expectations. When helping a co-worker or a customer, employees must understand their role as a leader.

Explanation: At your next staff meeting consider leading your team through the following discussion, one of our most applauded free team building games exercise.

Introduction of the Exercise: (feel free to create your own similar story to support the exercise) Like many who come from a small town, I was amazed at the number of transients who made their home on the campus of the university I attended.

At first, the idea of having to walk past many of these individuals was a bit scary. I was not accustomed to being solicited for money or "spare change".

However, after a few weeks of walking to class and regularly being asked for "a quarter for a cup of coffee", the experience quickly became routine.

In fact, after a while, if I didn't see one of the regular panhandlers for a period of time, I would wonder where he was keeping himself.

After a brief period, the transients became a small part of my environment, part of my daily experience of college life. Over time, I got to know some of them by name and they became familiar with who I was.

One of the most notable transients was a man by the name, Uncle Ben. Uncle Ben could often be seen dragging a short rope behind him as he walked down the street.

You might think by watching Uncle Ben that he was delusional and under the incorrect assumption that he had a dog tied to the end of his rope. Uncle Ben would look back at the end of the rope as he walked, and say - "come on now, keep up."

Very often someone would witness this behavior as Uncle Ben approached, and they would ask simply, "Why are you pulling that rope?"

"You can't give people pride, but you can help to create an environment that makes people realize we are all better together than standing all alone."

(At this point, give team members a short piece of string and ask them to experiment with the "rope". Pull it back and forth along the table. Then ask them to guess as to what Uncle Ben's response is going to be. Then continue the story.)

Again, very often someone would witness the behavior as Uncle Ben approached, and they would ask simply, "Why are you pulling that rope?"

Uncle Ben would quickly reply, "Well have you ever tried PUSHING a rope, it doesn't work very well." This always made Uncle Ben holler in laughter as he kept walking past the person who would inquire.

You have to give Uncle Ben credit. Indeed, you can't very well push a rope very effectively.

In conclusion, make this strong point to your team: By "pulling" the rope, it will follow you anywhere. Try to "push" it, and the rope actually resists you and goes nowhere at all. The same can be said for the art of leadership and teamwork.

Leadership is the ability to make your people want to follow you. They do that when they see that you are willing to work alongside them and take a vested interest in their success. People will follow you if they feel you know where you are taking them. If they feel you have integrity and truly care about their success.

We must each pull our co-workers with us. We must pull our customers toward us. Otherwise, we run the risk of pushing them away.

Good luck using free team building games and exercises like this one with your team.

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