How to Stretch Your Team’s Boundaries

7 Team Building Exercises to Help your Reach its Full Potential

If stretching team boundaries interests you, you would have had a field day observing us over the past weekend! Our AddShine Directors had the opportunity to stretch our team boundaries like we haven’t done in a very long time. We love to test the waters before deciding on the next adventure we want to take our clients on.

We decided to volunteer at a checkpoint at the recent UTD. At 2432m elevation in freezing cold weather, it might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but giving back to a sport we love so much is part and parcel of who we are. And it built an extra special and deep bond like none before. And we can suggest the same for your team.

Do you know what is the one boundary that needs to be stretched in your team? Do you need to give those lungs a run for their money or would a creative challenge like the photography of 100 different ant species in Klipriviersberg Reserve Mountains be something that tickles your team’s fancy? However, it may seem your team needs regular opportunities to stretch its boundaries to reach its full potential. After all, you spend at least 50% of each waking day as part of the work team. Whether you are working remotely or not. Stretching the boundaries of the team thus becomes pivotal to the success of your company.

The question is what new and exciting ways are available to stretch the boundaries of your team? At AddShine, we believe that your team-building activities should be as cost-effective as possible. Here are a few ideas that will not break the bank.

1. Host a Team Nature Hike Day

A nature hike isn’t just a breath of fresh air; it’s a powerful metaphor for facing challenges and surpassing limits. Arrange a hike in a local natural reserve or park. While navigating the rough terrain and enjoying the serenity of nature, encourage team members to discuss their personal and joint aspirations. It’s an opportunity for everyone to bond outside of the corporate environment and build trust.

2. CliftonStrengths Coaching Day

Understanding innate strengths is the foundation for individual growth and team efficiency. Organize a day dedicated to exploring CliftonStrengths, a system that identifies a person’s dominant talents. Bring in our certified coach, Rentia Human to run your workshops focusing on leveraging these strengths within the team. This not only promotes self-awareness but also shows how diverse skills contribute to the synergy of the group.

3. Photography Discovery Day

Creativity is at the heart of innovation. A Photography Discovery Day can enhance observation skills and open new perspectives. The task is simple – team members will capture images throughout the day that represent the team’s vision and goals. Later, discussions about these photos can uncover new viewpoints and insights that might be incorporated back into the workplace.

4. Cook Up a Storm on a Fire Day

Take team bonding to a delicious level by organizing a day of cooking over an open fire. This is the ultimate team activity that requires coordination, communication, and a pinch of creativity. Choose a menu that requires multiple hands, and watch as your team naturally divides tasks, collaborates, and adapts to the ‘heat’ of the moment – quite literally.

5. Improv Workshop

Improv theatre exercises are fantastic for teaching quick thinking, adaptability, and teamwork. An improv workshop promotes a supportive environment where every idea is welcomed and built upon by others. This fosters a culture of innovation and risk-taking, which are essential qualities for a boundary-pushing team.

6. Volunteer Day

Committing to a day of volunteering can yield a twofold benefit. It allows the team to give back to the community while working together towards a common goal outside of their regular tasks. Choose a cause that resonates with your team and participate in activities that require cooperation and communication, such as building a house or organizing a charity event.

7. Strategy Retreat

Lastly, a strategy retreat can be pivotal. Over a couple of days, away from the usual office distractions, teams can delve deep into their aims, workflows, and processes. Through facilitated sessions on forward planning, role-playing future scenarios, and problem-solving exercises, your team can emerge more united with a clear, shared direction.

The Nuts & Bolts to Stretch Your Team’s Boundaries

We understand that you do not have the time to put a team-building event together in between your daily workload that takes precedence. Did you know that the AddShine Team can help you put your team event together? Or we can act as a Team Building Coach. Helping you to coordinate the event yourself just with someone on the side to guide you. And yes, we can definitely help you with the corporate gifts and clothing that ultimately make the day memorable. We can even organise the photography, banners & flags, and everything else you need to make a massive success of stretching your team’s boundaries.

The Bottom Line of Stretching Your Team Boundaries

Stretching your team’s boundaries could be way less expensive than you thought it would be. It is all a matter of choosing the right team to get the job done. Yes, you do not have to be as extreme as the AddShine Team at the top of the Drakensberg Mountains, but with AddShine you can definitely take your team to the top of all the possibilities out there.

Give us a call. We cannot wait to have serious fun with you and your team.

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