Treasure Hunts as Team Building.
We could go on at length about forming, storming, norming and performing ... but we won't! Why not? Because that is always associated with Old School team building.
You know the type of thing - using a pile of tyres and a plank to cross a shark-infested lawn at a country house hotel. Or sending your team out into the wilderness for a weekend to get cold and wet in the hope that they will bond because of the discomfort.
Mention team building and listen to the moans and groans. Your staff know they will either endure discomfort or end up standing around doing very little all day.
Old School team building has never been particularly effective. It's target is limited to problem solving and the vague hope that it will improve teamwork. In reality, traditional team building tasks are carried out by the dominant and more confident team members. Back in the workplace and after a day or two - back to normal.
On the other hand, a corporate treasure hunt when used for team building addresses all essential workplace skills needed to dynamise your team:
- Planning - there are more clues than could possibly be answered so teams must plan their route carefully
- Time management - there are heavy points penalties for arriving back late
- Communication - the winning team will need to work together to solve the clues
- Negotiation - to obtain the items on the shopping list
- Lateral thinking - some of the clues are actually exercises in problem solving whilst others are obscure and cryptic