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Subject: UK Team Building activity instructions
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: xurando-ga
List Price: $150.00
Posted: 09 Dec 2005 07:47 PST
Expires: 08 Jan 2006 07:47 PST
Question ID: 603640
I want to find web sites in the UK only that have specific activity
instructions for doing corporate team building activities also called
team developmenrt activities in the UK. I don't want a list of
activities. I want the actual activity instructions. Remember UK and
Europe only.

Request for Question Clarification by easterangel-ga on 14 Dec 2005 06:46 PST

Is this an example of what you need?

Subject: Re: UK Team Building activity instructions
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 15 Dec 2005 10:01 PST

As I'm sure you're aware, there are many, many variations on
team-building exercises, as well as many different notions of the word

I've presented, below, the results of my research on team-building
instructions available from sources in the UK.

In putting these together, I've tried to present a very broad spectrum
of activities, so that you'll have the opportunity to pick and choose
the ones that best meet your needs.  I've also included a few from
non-corporate sources, where the overall approach and instructions
seemed applicable to corporate team-building as well.

I trust the information below fully answers your question.

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If there's anything more I can do for you, just post a Request
for Clarification, and I'm happy to assist you further.




The Fenman Company makes a good deal of detailed team-building
activities available at its web-site, though the actual activities are
pretty hard to find at the site.  I've isolated what seem to be the
best ones:
Dealing with conflict
Danger - talent zombies!
We speak the same language
Team purpose
Team Triumphs--What's in store?
50 Strange shapes
[less detailed than the others from this site, but worth a look, just the same]
Mapping leadership skills
First-time Leadership
Communication Skills--Networking
The Coaching Skills Activity Pack--The coaching circle and teams
Tackling bullying
Finding common ground
Competencies in context
There's a hole in my bucket
Motivator or Hygiene Factor?
Setting Objectives and Seeing them Through
The Induction Toolkit
[aimed at bringing new staff into the team]
Humour - what works and what doesn't?
Overcoming difficulties
Three circles
Dealing with a newcomer's poor performance
[head to around page 11 to see the actual instructions for this exercise]
Building a healthy new culture
Light bulb learning
Information for the trainer
[instructions aimed at the facilitator, rather than the whole group]
Tactics for defusing difficult situations


There are a number of team exercises in this document:


--A guide to project management

--Project management session outline

--Leadership skills session outline

--Entrepreneurship skills session outline

--Employability skills ession outline

Taking the Chair

[this is a very lengthy document -- allow time for a full download --
that has some specific activities towards the back of the report, that
are called 'modules', such as this one:]

Activity 2.1: Team leadership

Change Management Toolkit

[there are numerous tools detailed in this document, several of them
focused on teams, such as this one:]

Tool 3: A priority ranking activity (a card sort) to help you
prioritise the factors that you need to address


[team building exercises (called Sessions in this report) aimed at an
audience of humanitarian workers, but with minor tweaking, applicable
for a corporate group as well]:



Your guide to promoting leadership in young people
[lots of useful activities here, such as the Lego team building
exercise on page 6 ]

Consultation Toolkit

[this document is aimed at working with children, but I couldn't
resist including it -- it contains a number of team exercises with
children, such as:]

Drawing participation
Aim : To encourage people to discuss and create a clear definition of
participation. Also a good team building exercise.


[the instructions below are of a different sort, incorporating more of
the background philosphy for team-building exercises]
Team building: 360 degree feedback
Corporate events
Leadership using the Tuckman model
Conflict Resolution Process
Team Building: A Complete Guide
How To Be More Assertive--Online Assertiveness Training
Collective Team Competencies Questionnaire 
[not exactly instructions but again, it seemed it might be useful]


Again, if there's anything else I can do for you on this, don't hesitate to ask.


search strategy -- Google searches on:

"team building OR development" instructions  site:uk

"team building OR development" corporate OR corporation  site:uk

"team building OR development" "divide the participants"  site:uk

Request for Answer Clarification by xurando-ga on 17 Dec 2005 13:25 PST
Thanks for all your energy. Unfortunately it is not quite what I was
looking for. Maybe additional clariification will help.  I have had
contact with UK teambuilding groups through the years.  The team
building activities that are used in the UK are vastly different than
the ones used in the US. The UK activities are more complex, have
greater depth and are in general a much higher quality than US
activities.  I don't know this for sure but my guess is that some are
proprietary and some are not.
The site might be a starting point for getting a
sense of the activities I'm looking for.My sense is that their
activities are really generic UK activities.Years ago I found a UK
site that had many activities on it but have forgotten the name.

Also there are many team building activity books by US writers but I
have yet to find a good one written in the UK. May be that might be
one avenue to pursue.

Lets move forward on this together. I can add a little extra money if neessary.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 17 Dec 2005 15:52 PST

I've reread your original question and your clarification several
times now, and have come to the following conclusions:

1.  I think I did a pretty reasonable job of answering your original
question (the one you actually asked, though not, perhaps, the one you
intended to ask).

2.  I'm quite puzzled by your clarification request.  I get the gist
of your remark -- that training in the UK is quite different from and
more complex than that in the US -- but beyond that, it's not clear
what's wanted at this point.

3.  From my own experience as a participant in quite a number of team
building activities in the US, I can't agree that
offers anything that couldn't routinely be found in the US, such as
this (to my mind, similar) training course frm Adventure Associates:

Please don't take these comments as a dismissal...they are not meant
that way at all, and I'm quite willing to continue to try and assist
you on this.

But I am so uncertain at this point about what you need, and how I can
help, and whether there really is a US/UK distinction to be made here,
that I just needed to get my thoughts down, and ask for your thoughts
in return.

Looking forward to your reply,


Request for Answer Clarification by xurando-ga on 18 Dec 2005 05:23 PST
All the activities on the Wessex site have been developed in the UK.
They are far different than the same 20 activities (spiderweb) (blind
square) have been used in the US for the last 20 years. The Brits have
taken activity development to the next level.

The building activity you linked to has been used for about 15 years in the US.

I know there are activity descriptions of GREAT UK created activities
on the web I just can't find where they are hiding. For example the
THOGS activity is used by more than a few UK companies. I need to find
the instructions.  Part of the problem is activity names. the same
activity may have 3 or 4 different names. Also, check out the IMPACT

My clients are bored with the "same old stuff". I will continue to
look for these items. If you think you can create some effective seach
terms that can zero in and find these activities I'd appreciate your
I don't think my clarification took this in a different direction, but
just clarified the original request.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 18 Dec 2005 10:42 PST

Thanks...that last comment helps quite a bit.

I've been looking, and I've certainly located a fair number of
activities that seem to be the type you are targeting.  However, I
haven't found explicit sets of instructions, like those I provided in
my original answer.

There are some fairly detailed write-ups, however, such as this one:

describing a facilitated team-building activity.

I've also come across a number of journal-type entries from
participants describing their experiences with various team-building
activities throughout Europe.

Take a look at the above link and let me know if it's useful at all. 
If it is, I can probably drum up a few others as well.

And if it's not, then I'll have to continue to the hunt...

Let me know what you think.


Request for Answer Clarification by xurando-ga on 18 Dec 2005 13:24 PST
Paf, We are getting there. Hells bells is exactly the kind of thing
I'm talking about. Now somewhere we need to find instructions for
these types of activities.  I KNOW they are there somewhere. I would
be satisfied with instructions for two of these types of activities to
present to my clients.
Thanks for your efforts

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 18 Dec 2005 13:41 PST
Not what you'd call a typical corporate setting, but how does this one look to you:

Let me know.


Request for Answer Clarification by xurando-ga on 18 Dec 2005 14:06 PST
Paf, that is very close. What I like about it is there is no "right
outcome' and what ever outcome the participants have is dependent on
their choices. If we just had the "challenge cards' I'd say that was a
I agree the corporate clients would go wild if they knew they were using a AI game.

Also back at the wild site there was a microdot game that appeafred to
be in the "ballpark". I like the idea of particpants receiving part of
a whole as a result of their doing a series of mini activities.

We are almost there.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 18 Dec 2005 14:47 PST
I'm still looking, but one thing that's become clear is that there are
a lot more org-type groups willing to publish their instructions, than
there are from the dot-com world.  Makes sense, since the the private
firms would treat their methods as proprietary.

Anyway, here's another to look over:

Probably not quite as on target as some of the others, but I wanted to
bring it to your attention just the same.

I'll continue searching, and let you know what else I come up with.


Request for Answer Clarification by xurando-ga on 18 Dec 2005 18:37 PST
You are pulling up great team building material. The Swedish Progam
was a great example of how to put together a focused team building
program. Unfortunately most of the activities are generic run of the
mill stuff.

Again it's up to you how far you want to go. My goal is simple now the
instructions to two new non-generic UK-Europe team activities.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 19 Dec 2005 15:51 PST
Just wanted to check in to let you know that I'm still looking.  It
may be a few days yet before I can resond with new material.

Stay tuned...


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 21 Dec 2005 09:18 PST
I wanted to report back, to let you know that I haven't found anything new.

My guess is that companies simply don't post the sort of detailed
information you're seeking, as these are their 'trade secrets' that
they prefer to keep to themselves.

In one of your posts, you wrote, "I KNOW they are there somewhere...".
 Can you elaborate a bit on why you are so certain of this?  Have you
seen such materials on the web before?

Any additional clues you can offer may help me to track these down.


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