Teams at Work | Teamwork Training Activity

  • Teams at Work | Teamwork Training Activity

The alternative to Northgate's highly successful and enduring "Teamwork Challenge". Just as competitive, just as great!

Learning Objectives

  • Key points about teamwork
  • To clarify objectives and have a plan before starting a task
  • To work to everyone’s strengths
  • To maintain harmony and avoid conflict
  • That the team is greater than the sum of its parts
  • Participants

    Up to 4 teams of 3-6 per team

  • Timing

    1.5 hours + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

Your aim is to recover sunken treasure. Your target is a galleon, The Black Swan, sunk in 1694 off the Spanish coast. There’s $50 million at stake so you won’t be surprised to hear that other speculators - the other teams - are in the race so you must move fast.

First locate the wreck’s position on the map, then the treasure’s position on the wreck, then hire a boat and submersible for the recovery operation - and you’ve done it!

Sounds easy but there are a host of problems to overcome. Key to your success is the crucial data on 36 special cards. Collating and interpreting the data is vital - and best handled using the strengths of all members of the team. In fact your success depends entirely on your ability to work as a team. You know the theory of good teamwork, here’s you chance to show you can put it into practice.

A powerful activity for learning key teamwork skills and for demonstrating the positive energy generated by high-performing teams.

Note: although the scenario in this activity has some overlap with our conference activity, Spanish Gold, they are two very different activities.

Trainer's Role

  • Introduce the activity
  • Issue Team Briefs
  • Allow teams to study the chart and locate the wreck. They must formulate a recovery plan
  • Next, teams plan a route to the wreck and must request tasks to move across sea squares
  • Using the strengths of different team members, teams choose those tasks they think they are good at
  • Lead a Debrief to discuss the learning outcomes and key lessons
  • Relate the lessons to the workplace
  • Full Trainer’s Notes explain all and give discussion notes.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer's Notes
  • Team Briefs
  • Team Review Form
  • Recovery Application Form
  • Charts
  • Task Cards (12)
  • Data Cards (36)

Typically Northgate – well structured, easy to use and capable of delivering excellent messages. 'Teams at Work' forces teams to problem solve together.

Patrick Harlington, ANSA Business Training

Easy to introduce (5 minutes) and easy to run. The best learning outcome was that delegates needed to really want to work as teams. An enjoyable training activity where the most difficult part for participants was agreeing their overall objective. My team took longer than they should because they were reluctant at first to work as a team – and then realised they had no alternative!

Tony Skowronski, Learning & Development Manager, Loomis UK Ltd

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