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Don't dare break my cotton

Featured in the Team Triumphs training manual

By John Maynard

Category: Team Building

Credit price: 3 download credits (Single user)

The bigger a business becomes and the faster it grows, the harder it is for each department to keep track of what the others do in terms of their objectives and targets. It may seem irrelevant, but everything any employee does has an impact on another employee. Understanding the level of impact can have quite staggering results on the efficiency of the business if from the understanding comes a tangible action that will improve the communication between departments. It also has an impact on the speed at which organisational goals are met. This training activity addresses the issue by showing that different departments with the same overall goal need to communicate effectively with each other in order to develop a process that helps them meet their goals/objectives in the most efficient manner.

In small teams, the participants will have objectives that take them in a different direction to the others. They are, however, connected by cotton thread and so they must communicate well in order to get each of the team objectives completed within the given time-frame without breaking the cotton.

Who is it for: This training resource is intended for use by trainers to help participants focus on decision making as a team, using sharp thinking and easy access to skills when under pressure.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:6
Max Group Size:20
Typical Duration:00:55:00
No of Pages:11

Resources: View standard resources for Fenman training activities
Additional resources: 1 tape-measure, 1 roll of wide tape, 1 reel of thin cotton thread, 2 cups, at least 10 counters per person (1colout per team), an area at least 8 metres by 6.5 metres, large enough for 9-12 people to move around freely.

Purpose: This training resource is intended for use by trainers as an indoor training activity, with teams who generally work together, to meet a number of objectives including: communication; problem solving; reaching consensus; creative thinking; decision making.

Download the training activity, Don't dare break my cotton as featured in the Fenman training manual; Team Triumphs