Enhanced Team Collaboration
Improved Team Communication
Creative Thinking and Innovation
Practice continuous improvement (kaizen)
Tangible links to work
Team Collaboration Quest:
Collaborative Team Building Activities
Get your team collaboration and communication on target with a customized series of fun collaborative team building activities!
Team Collaboration Quest is a collaborative team building program featuring a customized combination of Ice Breakers, Energizers and fun collaborative team challenges. Every 30-45 minute collaborative team exercise challenges everyone on the team to work together to complete one common goal, just like work. Team Collaboration Quest explores how team collaboration leverages communication, happiness, and a common sense of purpose, resulting in dramatically increased output.
Team Collaboration Quest will put your collaborative team into action, but none of the activities will require anyone's feet to leave the ground. All of the exercises present difficult mental challenges designed to help you achieve the desired outcomes regardless of physical ability. Each person will always have choices about how they want to participate. A very successful Grand Finale to Team Collaboration Quest is the popular Roller Coaster game.
Icebreakers and Energizers – ‘Getting To Know You’ Team Building Activities
- Set the tone for a fun and interactive event
- Provide a transition from meetings and presentations to full engagement
- Strengthen personal connections and build camaraderie
- Help participants to know fun facts about other members of the team
- Speed networking
The Collaborative Team Quest begins with one or two short (5-10 minutes each), fun team building icebreakers and energizers. These ‘getting to know you’ activities set the tone for interactive fun. They provide a transition from meetings and presentations to full active engagement. Participants strengthen personal connections and learn fun facts about other members of the team. Whether your team knows each other fairly well or has never met in person before, we highly recommend beginning the program with one or two of these activities.
Quixote Consulting consultants have more than fifty icebreakers in their bag of tricks. Here are examples of a few that could be incorporated into your customized collaborative team building event.
Team Scavenger Hunt Bingo
Everyone is given a card with interesting facts and hobbies personalized for your team on a Bingo card grid. Meet your people, find out who’s done what, write their names on the card and get to cry Bingo before your coworkers do! One of our clients’ favorite icebreakers!
Cocktail Party Speed Networking
Pairs are given questions to ask each other and report out on later. These intriguing, positive questions speed network your team beyond ‘small talk’ to conversations that are real, interesting and fun.
The facilitator gives topics such as favorite music and favorite pastime. Players quickly find everyone else who shares the same tastes. A mix of high-energy fun and discovering commonalties with colleagues helps participants to expand their relationships beyond day-to-day work roles and gets everyone up out of their seats and on the move.
Get to be a pollster for a day (or 10 minutes anyway) while building connections
Everyone lines up by birthday, by alphabetical order by middle name and more in less than 60 seconds – silently! A fast-moving, fun, non-verbal communication challenge.
Collaborative Team Challenges: One Goal, One Team
- Develop critical collaborative team performance competencies. The participants must work together and communicate well in order to succeed at the activities.
- Put team building collaboration tools to work.
- Create team spirit, excitement and help participants get to know each other better.
Each Collaborative Team Challenge is approximately 30-45 minutes long. These collaborative team exercises culminate in a debrief so that teams can immediately learn from their successes and failures, link their performance to collaborative team work they’re involved in back at the office, and name focal points for their attention for the next activity.
The sequence of activities is intentional. Each collaborative team building activity builds on the one before to create an experience that is memorable, fun and has lasting impact on your effective collaborative team work.
Some of Quixote Consulting’s most popular collaborative team building team work activities are included in the following list. These or others (but not all) may be incorporated into your customized program.
Quixote Consulting’s most popular collaborative team building activity
In this multi-round activity, the group is separated into groups and given a task: deliver a maximum number of balls into specific buckets within strict time deadlines in the midst of a rapidly changing environment. As the activity progresses, the participants find that they must challenge their own assumptions about competition, problem solving, and “the way it’s always been done,” in order to reach their goals. Innovation, team collaboration and team communication skills are
You have some of the information but can you communicate what you know? Who will see the big picture?
Each person gets images that are part of a larger sequence. Together the group must decipher the sequence and get the images laid out in order without any person seeing anyone else’s images while the clock ticks! Will the group see the big picture in time or will they get bogged down in details…or worse yet, fail to notice a crucial part of the image in time? This complex verbal communication skill builder has a powerful “aha” factor that makes the grand unveiling unforgettable!
Make the Connection
This puzzling challenge requires the whole group to collaborate and communicate – quickly. 25 pieces link in innovative ways. Can you make the connection? This collaborative team building activity challenges groups to communicate with impact, listen actively, foster teamwork and collaboration and get engaged – quickly.
Sharing Best Practices: The Big Info Swap
Two sub-teams must work to achieve success in two separate activities; however, each team’s success is directly connected to their abilities to share their best practices with the other team. This collaborative team building activity challenges groups to not only collaborate in small groups but actively collaborate and root for other departments in their company.
This giant card game has everyone on the move and communicating quickly. Incredible times are achieved as teams compete head-to-head. The challenge is doubled for a wild finish in a collaborative grand finale! This collaborative team building activity challenges groups to realize how compelling and exhilarating it can be to collaborate when given a challenging deadline.
Better Get Better
In this high-energy, collaborative team building exercise, teams are given a task with a tight deadline. They must develop and improve a solution through successive attempts. As the activity progresses, participants find that they must assign roles, clarify rules, and find ways to improve their scores repeatedly. They also learn from watching other teams, and must decide whether competition or collaboration with others will achieve their goals more effectively.
Would you like more collaborative team building activity ideas? Just ask! Quixote Consulting has more than 50 collaborative team building exercises to choose from. Our team building experts will find the right one for you or design one specifically to enhance your unique team collaboration.
Training Module or Debrief
A debrief led by the facilitator uncovers group dynamics, team strengths and communication issues. Techniques for progressing as a team, and models for more effective problem-solving, etc., are discussed. The group then brainstorms ways to formalize and maximize your communication and total team potential. This increases awareness, and develops the skills necessary to be an effective member of a high functioning team. The debrief will be customized for your group goals.
Take-homes include a cornucopia of team building collaboration tools, perfect for building effective collaborative teams at work.
Minimum/Maximum Group Size
8-100. For groups 100+ we recommend Quixote Consulting’s large scale collaborative team building programs Collaborative Charity Bike Build, Roller Coaster, Pipeline or Crossing Chocolate Bridges.
2-4 hours. The program can also be part of a full day of teambuilding or incorporated into a day or multi-day program using work-style assessments such as MBTI and Strengthsfinder. Collaborative team building activities can also be used as exclamation marks throughout a day or week-long conference or meeting. Targeted collaborative team building exercises keep energy and enthusiasm high, oxygenate, refocus and actively reinforce collaborative team material being presented.
20 square feet of open space per participant is a good guideline. The Team Collaboration Quest can be done indoors or outdoors – your office building, a ballroom or conference room, even a local park. The Team Collaboration Quest can be held anywhere in the world. We come to you, complete with everything you’ll need to insure an exhilarating and memorable event.
Note: Small space? No problem! If you don’t have open space available, we can do ‘Table Top’ versions of many of the Team Collaboration Quest collaborative team building activities.
Q: How does collaborative team building help us do better work and be a better team?
A: Team building distills an experience. It clarifies and focuses people on one goal and calls them into action in a short time frame. This sets the stage for successful project completion. People don’t have to wait months or years for results – they can see them immediately. There are no distractions. No one is working on another project, answering email, in another meeting. Everyone is at their best. They’re present and focused on one single goal.
Practice, practice, practice. Persistence tells us that the only way we get better at something is by doing it. It takes 10,000 hours to become a master at something. Team building lets you practice.
Low stakes. At work, the price is high if you screw up. In a team building session, the pressure’s off. It’s easier for people to experiment and try a new concept if they’re not worried about losing their job over their performance on a particular project. This sense of ease lets people even ‘fail forward’, make mistakes, not freak out and instead become innovative and learn valuable new information in an atmosphere where healthy risk-taking is fun.
Happy, passionate teams. Teams that collaborate are more passionate, more caring, more open about sharing innovative solutions, stronger communicators, less siloed, and have fewer turf wars. Quite simply, people collaborating together are happier people. And happiness is contagious. Teams need to have a taste of what this is like before they can buy-in back at the office.
Debriefs at the end of each activity guide people toward seeing the tangible links to work. People leave with some strong, clear, simple, memorable insights that they can put into play immediately.
Story. Finally, collaborative team building provides participants with a powerful story of a positive experience. This story of what was experienced can be the single most important key to influencing your team to enter more completely into collaboration.