3 Silly Ways to Reinvent Teambuilding

Teambuilding doesn't have to be serious business.

3 Silly Ways to Reinvent Teambuilding

What: SongDivision’s Song Slam

Where: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; New York City; San Francisco; and Sydney

Sweet spot group size: 90-800 Gist: Up to five teams write completely original songs based on company objectives and key messaging. They are helped by SongDivision musicians who work with the likes of David Bowie, Adele and Prince (How can you just leave me standing?/Alone in a conference room that’s so cold, Maybe I’m just too demanding/Maybe I’m just like my direct report/too bold), then perform them in a battle of the bands showdown for colleagues.

On-site: A live “all-star band” and team leader from SongDivision guide teams through performing and stage fright. Fun factor: During a serenade to Sir Richard Branson by Virgin Group employees at a meeting, the quirky company leader began crowd surfing over colleagues (image above).

Crowning glory: For the finale, your entire team participates in a closing performance centered on one key event objective or multiple corporate messages.

What: Imagination Stations

Where: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan, Florida

Sweet spot group size: Up to 500

Gist: Catherine Strange Warren, the property’s director of spa and leisure, developed the programming utilizing four stylish locations—including poolside business cabanas. Attendees can choose from a variety of creative endeavors.

On-site: Eau Palm staff assists at each station.

Fun factor: Attendees can pop into a professional DJ mixing class and create party mixes in a DJ booth with professional equipment. In the board room station, the resort sets up chairs, easels, notepads, etc. on the sand for a meeting and schedules small-group surf or stand-up paddleboard yoga instruction during breaks.

Crowning glory: Strike a pose at the costumes and cameras station, where colleagues raid the hotel’s costume closet and bond through embarrassment.

What: The Go Game

Where: All major U.S. cities

Sweet spot group size: 60-100

Gist: Since founding The Go Game in 2001, organizers of the “scavenger hunt on steroids” have hosted more than 12,000 missions—the company term for individual challenges. The classic game is highly customized to your company, as clues can be sent via smartphone, hidden around buildings and neighborhoods or included in video challenges or haiku-offs judged by a company’s executive team.

On-site: At least one member of The Go Game team (dubbed game producer) dressed in a bright orange flight suit assists, plus locally sourced actors depending 
on game.

Fun factor: During a game for Uber employees, participants had to call their own Uber, which turned out to be a karaoke rickshaw (cue Neil Diamond!).

Crowning glory: Jenny Gottstein, director of games, says the ultimate goal is to create games that give everyone a moment to shine. “It’s a nickname-generating machine, by virtue of what happens in the game,” she says.