Bridging the Gap

An activity-based program that helps teams break out of silos and work together collectively.

Overview

In this fun, hands-on program, each team designs and builds a bridge from an assortment of materials. They must meet certain design parameters while also staying within their budget. Their bridge will then be tested to ensure it meets the criteria from the “customer.” But the customer has specific needs that will only be met if all of the bridges are properly linked. Discussions focus on how to solve problems in a group, think out of the box, and work collaboratively.

Who this program is right for:

  • Teams that want to have a lot of fun and a powerful take-away.
  • Teams that need to focus on collaboration and customer focus.

Goals

Results / Skills / Analytics

  • Increase communication between team members.

Vision / Strategies / Concepts

  • Break out of silos and focus on the big picture.

Systems / Tools / Practice

  • Effective planning and execution as team.

Culture / Support / Discussions

  • Have fun together, building morale and camaraderie.

Agenda & Activities

Warm-Ups (5 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff lead some fun warm-up activities that get the group moving and ready to fully participate.

Intro Team Challenge (10-20 minutes) This is a quick hands-on activity with the entire group to get the juices flowing, and get everyone focused on the big picture of developing the team.

The Teamwork Compass® (15-20 minutes) We lead a short interactive conversation about the key ingredients of teamwork and the individual strengths of each team member. We then use this metaphor throughout the program to help the team become familiar with this powerful tool, and create a culture of success.

Team-Up (2 minutes) If the group is not already split into teams, we conduct a fun, light-activity game to randomly sort participants into teams.

Bridge Challenge (30-45 minutes) Teams are given instructions and materials for the activity. Each team will attempt to build their bridge on time and under budget, but they will also need to network with other teams to ensure that the client’s needs are met. During the activity, the Atlanta Challenge staff are available for questions, and will take plenty of pictures.

Finale (5-15 minutes) Each team’s bridge is tested based on the criteria given. It’s always a fun and high-energy moment when teams get caught up in the competition and cheer for their entries.

Team Review (5-10 minutes) The group shares their observations about how they performed in their work groups, and how the groups did, or did not, work together. We then talk about how to apply those lessons to specific situations faced on the job.

Wrap-up Activity (10-15 minutes) We end with a fun thought provoking activity and a team picture with the group posing with their various creations.

Details

Length

2 hours +/-

Venue

Indoors or virtual

Group Size

25-200 people

Includes

✓ Professional facilitation.
✓ Impactful discussions.
✓ All materials and set up.
✓ Application exercises.

"We had a very rewarding team building session with. It was very entertaining, and the session was work effective."

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