Teamwork Exercises – Strings #57On August 9, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the participants will stand or sit in a circle. The trainer gives someone from the circle a ball of yarn. This person holds the beginning of the string and shares what he would like to achieve within the group and which is the first person he needs to make that actually happen. In this case he says: I want us to gain more motivation. The first person I will need for this to happen is: Paul. You arrive at work always on time, but you also are leaving exactly at five o’ clock. If once in a while you would stay a bit longer, I think this will have a motivational effect on the other employees. He gives the ball of yarn to Paul and walks back to the place he came from while holding beginning the string. This way there litterally will be a line between the two persons. The person that received the ball of yarn does the same. In this case he says: I would like the team to work in a more creative way so more ideas will arrise. The first person I will need to make this happen is Peter because he has a big influence on the team and people accept things from him. I have the feeling that if he is being more creative other people will follow automatically. So he gives the ball of yarn to Peter while holding the string so the line with the first persons stays intact and there will be made a new line between him and Peter. Again Peter will do the same. He wants the team to be more open towards each other and wants the team to follow a feedback training course together. The first person he will need to achieve this is Katie who works at the HR departement so she knows how to arrange this kind of training. So Peter now gives the ball of yarn to Katie. The participants will notice that after a while it will be harder to walk towards each other because there will be more and more string between the participants. Go on like this until each participant has at least once given the ball of yarn to some one else so in the end a beautiful spiderweb will be created. Make a photo from the spider web from above. This way the participants have a nice memory to look at. The trainer guides the team and brings variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube. And havent you subscribed yet? Hit the subscribe button below this video to stay tuned for a new team exercise each Sunday at Youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.