Team Building Group Challenge: Mission ImpossibleOn August 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Welcome to this tutorial of a method that we call “Mission Impossible” This method is part of the “team-building, group dynamics” category This is a participants self-management activity without the intervention of the trainer
we recommend using on the first day of a training activity or in a situation that the participants do not know each other yet, to build up a connection between them. We recommend to use it in groups from 12 to up 50 participants. It takes 30 to 45 minutes, plus debriefing of 15 to 30 minutes. You will need the following materials: printed handouts with the mission, that you can find in the link on the description below Pens, Envelopes – one per participant, Masking tape Laptop, Projector, Large room, with one chair per participant, Powerpoint slides, that you can find a template on the link on the description below, and background music Here to talk about this method is Sérgio. (Music plays) For the preparation, you need to print out all the handouts or you have to write them by hand on each paper. Then you need to put all handouts inside the envelopes and then you need to glue all the envelopes under the chairs One envelope per chair. Then also don’t forget to prepare powerpoint slides so you can project them or you can use the one that we already have the template. And also some background music, like for example soundtrack of the Mission Impossible to use it during the activity itself Then the part of the implementation, you just start to project the first slide and you allow participants to come in, you don’t answer anything and you don’t say anything to the participants just allow them to sit and as soon as they all sit down then you can pass to the second slide Once they start taking out the envelopes from under the sits and once they start opening, then you can pass to the third slide and show the countdown then let the participants do the activity by themselves I always try to have some tasks that for sure they need to do it individually so some participants will need to be alone and doing it and the other activities that really stimulates that all the group needs to be together, like for example taking a selfie with all the group and all the organisers and trainers and so on. And then other tasks that will allow small groups to perform it for example, to create a song and choreography of the training. So you can have as much diverse activities as possible having in count that some can be more theory and some can be more physically The last part would then the debriefing. So once they finish the tasks you announce that it is over you ask everybody to sit in the circle and start the debriefing by simply How it was the activity?
How did they felt? And you can ask more questions like – What facts they did observe? What roles they did identify? For example, roles of leadership or roles of small groups working together or the roles of people that work individually. If needed you can also talk a little bit about the theory of group forming, that you can find on the description on the link below. I really like this method because of its self-management, so the participants need to deliver and complete tasks by themselves which really allows them to be independent. And of course, you still need to be walking around and observing and make sure that everything is clear and if it is needed some assistance then you should give but try to avoid that try to really allow the group to be self-management And the last tip try to really create an interactive and immersive environment so you can dress yourself as a secret agent, you can have music that really stimulates the spirit of the activity, try to really create as much immersive experience as possible
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