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What are some of the best team building activities outside of the office?

Currently in the process of putting together some team building activities to embrace culture. Can you suggest a few activities that you have seen working and your experience with them? Many thanks

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Ashley Moore
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Ashley Moore Entrepreneur
MD of Event Assembly/Founder of Asemblr
Hi Maria
Please drop me a line
Ashley@eventassembly.com
I specialise in all nature of cultural and unique team building events.
We can then arrange a call to discuss further.
Kindest regards
Ashley Moore

Sean Brownson
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Sean Brownson Entrepreneur
Cornerstone Benefit Consulting - Broker/Owner | Card Concepts - Recruiter
Bowling I think you will find is a 'user friendly' activity for all cultures/peoples.Sean Brownson Broker/PartnerCornerstone Benefit Consulting P: 920-732-6234E: [removed to protect privacy]://yourcornerstone.net/ http://sean.mycliff.org/
Michelle Hoexum
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Michelle Hoexum Entrepreneur
principal at propeller
Creating collaborative culture and creativity. Please let me know if you would like to discuss howon siteyoga and meditation to embrace your mission
Gary Gitelson
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Gary Gitelson Entrepreneur
VP of Engineering at mPerpetuo, Inc.
The best, and most rewarding, team building exercise I have ever been involved in was donating a day working at the warehouse for Family Giving Tree. This is a wonderful organization that packages up gifts around the holidays for needy families. They distribute gift tags (usually to large corporations) and the employees donate items that are asked for on the tags. Then, when you go to the warehouse, you take the tags, go through the entire warehouse and try to fulfill the items on the tag. It is like shopping in an unlimited store, and since it is for charity, everyone tries to make sure they find the best items for the people they are helping. Everyone had a ton of fun, bonded, and did something good for the community. Of course, this is easiest around the holidays, but that isn't too far away.
Theresa Marcroft
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Theresa Marcroft Entrepreneur
Marketing Strategist / CMO / Interim VP Marketing
Love Gary's idea, above! Work for a charity, together as a team.

I'd caution you to stay away from paintball. When our strappy young startup did that, many of us ended up black & blue, bodies covered in bruises! It was esp painful for the women.

Theresa Marcroft
Interim CMO/VP Marketing
MarketSavvy
www.market-savvy.com
Maggie Murphy
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Maggie Murphy Entrepreneur
Editorial Content Director, Texture
A community project is a great way to inspire collective feelgood. And it's a good time of year to do a volunteer project like paint a school or pack holiday gifts. A scavenger hunt recalibrates the leadership. Check out Watson Adventures in NYC and other cities for ideas on how to do that.
Ema Chuku
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Ema Chuku Entrepreneur
Designer. Product Developer. Founder @ NuPad
Try a volunteer gig. I once took my team to a children-gift-wrapping volunteer work. Turned out there were other startup teams there too. What a blast of a day it was in the warehouse. Now it has become part of our company culture to participate in one every 6 months.


Heather Hollick
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The best teams emerge, not as the result of some 'team-building' activities, but from a commitment to each otherand a shared understanding of what they are trying to accomplish. In my workwith teams we do the following:

1. Strive for commitment. Have a moving and frank conversation in which we look each other in the eyes and verbally acknowledge, "I want to workwith you." Wanting to work together means that all that remains to build a strong team is learning how to work together. Learning how to work together can happen in a myriad of ways.

2. Strive for clarity in purpose and direction. I recommend a constant discussion, review, and renewal around the answers to the following questions:
  1. Who are we?
  2. Why are we here?
  3. Who do we want to be?
  4. Where are we going?
  5. Who are our customers?
  6. What are our customers hiring us to do?

If you are committed to working together and regularly spend time talking about these questions you will have a powerful team. Your shared purpose will bring your team together in a way that no number of team activities can.

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