Team Building Challenges – Similarities and Differences #23On August 9, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
In this exercise the team will sit or stand in a circle at equal distances from each other. The team will split itself in two groups. The groups will stand at a distance from which they can’t hear each other. One person from each group takes a pen and a paper. This person will write down all the similarities the group will find. The purpose for the group is to find similarities that apply to all of them. Challenge the group to not look for similarities based on appearance such as hair color or height. But instead similarities that have more meaning. For example: “I’m very sociable.” For every characteristic the person checks if it applies to everyone in the group. In this case one person in the group doesn’t identify with being ‘sociable.’ Because sociable is not a characteristic they all identify with it will not be written down. Now he comes up with a new characteristic until he finds one everyone can identify themselves with. Now the participant comes up with “I like to play sports.” The group checks with each other if they all like to play sports. In this case the whole group agrees that they like to play sports. This characteristic will now be written down on the paper and its the next person’s turn to find a similar characteristic. The next person comes up with “picky.” Everyone agrees that they are all picky people and they write it down on the piece of paper. Everyone will find a characteristic so that five similarities will be written down on the paper. Both groups come together and present the similarities they found. It’s interesting to see how the groups both have different similar characteristics and to see which group has the most specific or outstanding similarities. Now the second part of the exercise starts. Instead of similarities the groups now look for differences. One by one the participants in the group name a characteristic of which they think they probably are the only ones in the group having it. The first person names a characteristic of which he thinks only he possesses. For example: Vain. The group checks if only this participant finds himself a vain person. In this case no one else finds himself a vain person. So this trait will be written down on the paper below this persons name. Now the next participant calls out a trait, in this case: “likes to pretend”. Again, she checks with the group if she is the only one that likes to pretend. In this example she is not the only one and nothing will be written down on the paper below her name. She mentions another trait of which she think only she possesses. This time she says: Sarcastic. The group reveals if they think they share this trait. In this instance no one finds themselves sarcastic and the characteristic will be written down below her name. Everyone will get a turn until there are five unique characteristics on the paper. Now it’s time for a little competition and a game element will be edit to the exercise. The groups come together again. Now one group will guess from the other group what unique characteristic belongs to which person. One group names the unique traits one by one without mentioning to who they belong. The first trait they name is ‘vain’. The other group will now discuss until they unanimously make a decision to whom they think the trait vain belongs. In this case their guess is incorrect and they don’t receive a point. The next characteristic is: ‘hates clowns’. The group discusses and unanimously comes to a decision. This time they guessed correctly and they receive one point. Continue guessing until all unique characteristics have been named. In this case the group correctly guessed four times so they receive four points. Now it’s the turn of the other group to guess which trait belongs to whom. They say the first characteristic: Punctual. The other group discusses to which it belongs and comes to an answer unanimously. They guessed correctly and receive one point. After all unique traits have been mentioned and guessed this group has received five points. The group with the most points wins the guessing game. The trainer guides the team and applies variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube. And please subscribe to our channel to see a new team exercise each sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.