If you’ve been working in a company for a while, you’re probably already familiar with the concept of team building and the exercises that it entails. Similarly, if you’ve been in charge of a team for some time, you’ve probably wrecked your brain trying to come up with creative and entertaining team building exercises. Have you ever considered playing a concentration game with your team? Apart from getting them focused on the task at hand, it will also allow them to get to know each other better. After all, this is the whole point of team building. Today, we have prepared for you two concentration games you can try.
Why Not Play a Concentration Game as a Team Building Exercise?
We’re not sure if you remember the game of “Concentration”. There, you would get pairs of cards facing down. Then, everybody would have to take turns flipping two of them over at a time and memorizing them. The final goal was to form pairs. Well, what we are proposing today comes with a little bit of a twist. Instead of your typical deck of cards, use cards with words or images related to your business.
You can get as creative as you’d like. For instance, you can choose photos of the people in your team, logos, and so on. The trick is to make sure the images relate to one another. So don’t mix pictures of your employees with pictures of some of the products your company sells, for instance.
Then, just divide your employees into equal teams and give them some time to pair up the cards. The team who manages to find the most pairs wins. Especially if your team is new and they don’t know each other that well, you can introduce some other rules. One example would be that when someone finds a pair, he or she has to say the name of the employee who’s on the card out loud. This is a great way to familiarize your employees with one another.
#Company Concentration with a Twist
We call this concentration game “Company Concentration with a Twist” because we base it on the same principle as the one before. The difference is that the cards will feature images depicting discussion topics. Furthermore, the goal won’t be to pair them up. Instead, when a team turns over two cards, what they have to do is discuss why they think the cards relate to each other. The respective team will only get points if the rest of the teams believe their reasoning to be correct and to make sense.
This is a great game for when you want your team to concentrate on brainstorming ideas together. It will also enhance communication between members. This can be an exercise in imagination as well, since some cards might not provide you with such an easy connection. In this case, you will have to think hard about a coherent one.
We hope these two examples have convinced you that trying out a concentration game as part of your next team building session is a great idea. Start with these ones and then think of other creative scenarios.
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