Creative Team Building Activities
Be creative with team building activities to inspire and motive your team members. Our Team Building At Work guide is available for free download, providing fun and memorable ideas for improving your team.
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Leaders who are creative thinkers understand that much can be gained by showing team members how to think outside the box.
Encouraging teams to work creatively is a critical ingredient to staying ahead of the competition. You must always be seeking ways to improve your product, the process in which you deliver it, and how your people present it in the marketplace.
Given the pace and speed of this new global economy, it’s now more
important than ever to hire and retain creative thinkers. These are the
people that will figure out the newest, best and brightest way of making
the sale or producing additional widgets for the organization.
Creativity in the workplace also helps to keep the work environment
fresh and inviting. When people are creating and pursuing new ideas
they are far more engaged than if they were simply filling an order –
the same order, the same process, the same everything, each and every
"An essential aspect of inspiring creativity in the workplace is making sure employees are not afraid to fail."
Creativity within your team has many benefits, which include:
- Motivates people to seek out and identify new solutions.
- Improves team morale as each team member feels empowered to introduce change.
- Builds confidence as team members see themselves as innovators.
- Inspires team members to grow, learn and expand their skill-set.
- Breaks down traditional ways of team management.
- Rejuvenates the workplace creative
thinkers are recognized and rewarded by management.
Team building activities are great tools for leaders who seek to
continually improve the level of trust and loyalty among their team
members. In addition, injecting some fun activities into the workplace for leaders to effectively teach and coach their team.
Effective team building activities can support engagement levels and bring new ideas to the table, which might provide the leading edge you've been looking for.
Use our free team building activities to support and inspire your team. Doing so will increase their levels of success, and as a result profitability for your
business will improve.
Try These Creative Team Building Activities
Purpose: To lead your team to think more creatively. This activity depends on the
leader’s willingness to have fun and put his or her self out there,
perhaps being a little silly, in order to take away the fear and anxiety
team members might have over making a “silly” suggestion, which could
ultimately end up being worth millions.
Explanation: Create a short audio or video “INVITATION” that announces the agenda of your next strategic planning meeting. Use iMovie or Movie Maker software to create the video. The software is probably already on your PC or laptop and is easy to use. Or, if you have the resources hire someone to assist you with the video.
As the leader, it’s your job to rally your team and get everyone on
board with thinking up new ways to produce more revenue and be more cost
Utilizing a combination of music clips, photographs, video and audio
clips, illustrate your invitation to your employees. Let them see your
humor and the fact that you want this process to be effective, but also fun and
It’s best to write out your invitation first. Then, think of ways to
illustrate the words in a fun, inspiring and/or humorous way. For
- To all of my TOP GUNS (play the sound track of
the movie Top Gun in the background, showing Tom Cruise high-fiving his
co-pilot as they say “I feel the need for speed!”)
- You are cordially invited to attend a breath-taking event. (play a clip from Close Encounters of the Third Kind as humans catch their first glimpse of aliens)
- As a member of this unstoppable team, (play an assortment of
athletic clips in quick progression of basketballs being slam dunked,
football players making touchdowns and wrestlers being body slammed,
- I’m counting on you to help lead this team to victory. (show
clip of a scoreboard counting down, followed by scenes from a Rocky
movie as he wins the heavyweight title of the world!)
Hopefully the above example inspired some of your own ideas on how
you can take these team building activities to the next level. Perhaps
you will film some footage of yourself doing some crazy stunts and use
those clips to make your key points.
With today’s technology being so widely available, the options are only limited by your own imagination.
If you have the resources, you might consider hiring a student film
class to create a special video invitation on your behalf. You can also
outsource the project by hiring a professional on Upwork.com. Remember,
the more engaged the leader is in the creative process, the better the
team will ultimately receive the message and perform accordingly. So, go
out there, be a little silly if you need to be, and inspire your team to have fun and win.
"I’ve always found that the speed of the boss dictates the speed of the team."
- Lee Iacocca
Finding The Hook
Purpose: To assist employees in capturing their creative ideas and not losing the
opportunity to make a real difference in the long-term success of the
Explanation: It’s a well-known fact that every successful songwriter carries a
pen and paper everywhere they go. The reason is that they must
capture an idea or a phrase for a song immediately when they think about
it or they might forget the idea within a matter of hours or
Capturing new and innovative ideas is a skill that every good leader should promote, and team building activities such as this one can help.
Quality ideas are the lifeblood of every successful organization.
However, many times your employees may identify terrific ideas but never
share them simply because they don’t remember the idea - or because
they aren't aware you'd even care to hear it.
As the leader, you can promote creative thinking and increase
awareness of this issue by making this a topic of your next staff
It’s a fact that whatever we focus on, we gravitate towards. It's the Law of Attraction. If you focus on debt you'll obtain more debt, but if you focus on prosperity, you'll become more prosperous.
The same is true as you challenge your team members to focus on
coming up with new, original and innovative ideas. The more they are
aware of the need to think creatively, and the more you ask them to
contribute creative ideas to the team, the more they will positively
respond with some wonderful, and potentially highly profitable ideas.
"Engagement is the product of inspiration, motivation, and a dash of creativity."
Songwriters are always seeking “the hook”, or catchphrase for a
song that will stick in the music listener's mind. You want your people
to be seeking “the hook” or that one simple tweak to the system that will
help the company produce more, spend less or increase consumer demand.
Let your team members know that you may not have all the answers, but
that you are confident in their collective intelligence and creativity
to find multiple solutions to key issues.
Encourage team members to seek out “hooks” when speaking to business associates, customers, and even competitors. Provide a meaningful reward that will motivate your team to be competitive in their quest for a new idea, or "hook", that will help the team be more successful.
Meet again in one or two weeks to discuss their findings. Team
building activities such as this can produce some surprising opportunities for everyone!
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