Team building in the workplace is everywhere. So how do you make it stand out? No doubt it’s beneficial (this is one core solution our company provides, after all). But, there seems to be a “been-there-done-that” attitude that can exist about team building.
Why Team Building is Critical
When done well, team building can bring a team to new levels of collaboration, skill development and trust. That’s our goal with every team interaction we do…and that’s why I’m always looking for big ideas in team building.
The Ultimate Team Building Activity
Last fall, investment-banking powerhouse Goldman Sachs took team building to a different stratosphere. Their inaugural Midnight Madness Scavenger Hunt Team Building Activity gave 180 of the brightest minds in finance a new way to work together.
Teams assembled at 8pm at a dock along the East River in Manhattan in what would be the start of a 15-hour, overnight event that tested what teams are truly capable of doing—at a cost around $270,000 (though it raised over $1.4 million for charity)!
I love some rules. It was purely based on teamwork, communication, strategy and brainpower. It gave participants little direction and only two key rules:
DO NOT TAMPER WITH THE CLUES.
NO PRIVATE MOTORIZED TRANSPORT.
The clues and checkpoints became increasingly more challenging yet had nothing to do with finance. This is what, in many ways, makes a team building event effective.
- Provide an environment that tests participants
- Create ways for team members to understand themselves
- Connect the session into work on a day-to-day basis
I like to think of team building as a sort-of cross training for your team—you are advancing key skills, learning what team members bring to the table, and accelerating progress in working together. This event took the top layer of job-specific duties off, and focused on what all organizations need in today’s market: teamwork and collaboration.
we recognize how important teamwork is…and we know that new things need to be introduced all the time to stay fresh. With this in mind, we’re taking a critical, in-depth look at the Goldman Sachs Scavenger Hunt so you can understand just how effective team building can be.
Stay tuned with us on how to make the best teams with your people and see how we delve into the Goldman team building activity—where their teams were strong and where they could be improved. We’ll look into their challenges, how they overcame those challenges and more!