November 29, 2019
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We live in a world where problems are numerous in number and stingier than ever. There are a lot of ethnic, social, or other organizational problems among the workforce. But as they say, “Every cloud has a silver lining”, we can see these problems as opportunities in disguise.
Confused? Let us clarify.
Sure, these problems should not be present in this day and age, but since they are still among us, we can guide our team to be more conscious, so they can be pros at problem-solving no matter what it is.
Given below are 20 of the most effective problem-solving games your team can master.
If your team has been suffering from adaptability issues, then this technique is an amazing way to overcome that obstacle. As we know, Adaptability is deeply connected with cognitive diversity which aids your troops to solve their issues quickly.
You will need a rope or a string for this technique.
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In this activity, the team has to be positive about any and every suggestion anyone speaks out loud. That means that when anyone gives an idea, everyone has to chant “Yes!” and the activity goes on. This lets all of the group speak their mind and not face any negativity or counter of any kind, in return.
These ideas can be creative, or it can be stuff just coming right off from the top of their heads. This helps in Communication and Collaboration.
This technique helps amazingly with collaboration among the team members. Why Collaboration is important? Well in the words of Peter Senge, “Collectively, we can be more insightful, more intelligent than we can possibly be individual”.
This means that we are always more receptive to any type of social or psychological change if we are a part of a collaboration or team.
So, we can solve issues in teams more easily than alone. For that developing the team’s collaborative efforts and skills need to be enhanced for more effective problem-solving outcomes.
For this, you will need 20 sticks of spaghetti that haven’t been cooked, a marshmallow, a single roll of masking tape, and a yard of string.
The simplest way to resolve problems in a team is through Brainstorming ideas. This will help your team come up with a lot of solutions on their own and you just have to choose the right path for them.
This technique helps to promote collaboration among the troops with additional decision-making capabilities. How does problem-solving depend on decision-making? Well, as we know indecision can make a team immobile with a lot of unresolved problems due to stagnant thinking.
Decision-making will help the team be quicker on their feet and create more effective choices.
For this game, you will need a full carton of eggs and construction material like plastic wrap, balloons, rubber bands, etc.
In this activity, you encourage all of your team members to quickly think of the dumbest ideas they have in their heads in solving a particular problem. Once they have done so, check the list and find out the ideas that are not dumb at all and you can shape that into an effective solution for your problem.
Stranded helps in building effective communication and decision-making foundations among the team members.
Why is it important for teams to communicate with each other for problem-solving? Well, we live in a time where people mostly work remotely, good communication skills on different channels are critical to solving problems.
This is why, when the team starts working on their communications skills being present in one physical space, they will be able to better understand each other when they will be apart.
You just need an office space to perform this activity.
This is an amazing activity that lets you backtrack your way into finding a solution. To create the perfect solution, you first have to start off with the end in your mind. The main purpose of this is to move backward.
Establish important milestones and dates that might be useful, in reverse order. These dates have to start with the end-of-project party and finishing with today.
This activity helps with communication. You will need Legos and your team for this activity.
In this activity, you have different solutions for your problems that can be projected via mock-ups. This way you can try out a bunch of solutions for your problem to find the perfect one. You can create a solution using office supplies or even making images from the internet.
This technique helps to increase collaboration among the team members and requires 4 things to be performed. They are:
This activity is incredibly fun as it turns your problem into a sort of a game for the whole team to participate into. You can set different types of rules and objectives for the team which they have to follow to earn different skill points that will let them “win the game” aka solving the problem.
This activity helps with Decision Making and Adaptability and requires three things to be performed. They are:
The scenario for this activity is:
With this activity, you can add a bit of fun to your work by executing the solution to the problem as if you were an imaginary character. This will give you a different perspective on your solution and whether or not it’s feasible for other members of the team.
This technique helps with Adaptability and Collaboration.
This is a useful technique where you can experience different perspectives on the solution you came up with for the problem your team has been facing. You will interview members of the team about the solution and get to know how they feel about it.
Move It also helps with adaptability and Collaboration among the team members and requires an item that can mark a space. That can be chalk, paper, tape or a rope.
There are some restrictions that have to be put on the movement though. They are:
Another fun activity that you can do to find out solutions for a particular problem is to have mock trials about your problem. You can have different or all members of the team come up and project their ideas in “court”. They will go through their opening and closing statements and also call witnesses to support their ideas.
This technique also helps with Adaptability and Collaboration.
The final activity on the list is the most fun one and that is creating a monologue that covers the main aspects of the problem or some funny moments that happened during all of the activities. Share them with your team and make them feel relaxed.
Organizational cultures are complete mayhem nowadays with different problems haunting the teams daily. These problems have a profound effect on the team’s performance which can delay the company to achieve its goals. This is why it’s very important that you work with your team and choose the activities that are described in this piece so that they can get the work done while having fun.
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