Top team building activities for smaller groups

Finding the right team building activities for smaller groups can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re working to a set budget.  If you’re part of a team of only 7-12 people and looking for a team activity, we’ve put together a list of our top team building activities for smaller groups!

In a Pinnacle blog post from July earlier this year, we discussed the notion of the ‘ideal team size’. When dividing a large group into smaller teams we usually try and keep these team sizes around the 7-person mark, however anywhere between 6 – 10 is great! By keeping team sizes within this range, we find this provides the best environment for all members of the team to contribute and have their creativity, ideas, energy & experience flourish. But what if your total group size is only 7 – 12 people? What team building activities for smaller groups work best?

Escape

Coded padlock with escape heading in the middle

The perfect activity for smaller groups that won’t break the bank. We have created our very own mobile Escape the room challenge that can be brought to your conference venue or office. For a small group of up to 12 people we would keep everyone on the same team & “lock” them in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 7 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

Key Outcomes for Escape:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Work as one team
  • Problem Solving
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management
  • Team Dynamics

Survivor

As the majority of challenges in our Survivor are based more on lateral thinking, problem solving challenges than team sports, this activity is well suited to smaller groups! This activity sees teams competing head to head at a series of “Survivor style” lateral thinking tasks that require the whole team to cooperate, communicate and think outside the square as they aim to outscore their opponents.

Key Outcomes for Survivor:

  • Fun
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Friendly Competition

The Scramble

A modified version of our Amazing Race activity suited to smaller groups that might be tight on time or budget. The Scramble sees teams race around the local area taking team photos, collecting scavenger items, solving IQ Tests and passing through a roadblock challenge activity site.

Teams will be issued a map of the local area showing their start, finish and roadblock location and a list of photos to take and scavenger items to collect. Teams aim to outscore their opponents with each scavenger item, team photo and correct IQ answer adding to their score. When teams arrive at the final location they submit their items, photos and answers to the Pinnacle team for marking.

Key Outcomes for The Scramble:

  • Fun
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Friendly Competition

Archery

Archery target with arrow in bullseye

This ancient form of medieval weaponry is a great event to get your team on target! In this engaging activity a structured lesson involving technique and safety are outlined and enforced. The delegates are then divided into teams that compete aiming to outscore their opponents. All delegates will have plenty of firing time and be kept entertained as teams are involved in various competitions and games that all involve shooting arrows at the target. The event can finish with a sharpest individual shooter if you like.

As this event involves delegates firing real arrows the space available to host this activity must allow for a large firing range. We are permitted to hold the event on private land such as conference venues however most councils do not allow this event on public land.

Key Outcomes for Archery:

  • Fun
  • Teamwork
  • Friendly Competition
  • Getting to know each other

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Person aiming laser clay gun

Experience the thrill and excitement of shooting clay pigeons as they fly through the air.

This dynamic and interactive activity uses authentic 12-gauge shotguns that have been converted to fire laser beams. Clays with Omni-directional tape are fired from the launcher – when the shooter scores a hit the beam is reflected back to the gun and registers a hit on the electronic scoreboard.

This activity is very popular and loads of fun for males and females of all ages, fitness levels and ability.

Key Outcomes for Laser Clay:

  • Fun
  • Teamwork
  • Friendly Competition
  • Getting to know each other

Quick and easy icebreaker activities for groups

Even strong teams can benefit from team building exercises; they help to promote better teamwork and communication as well as boosting morale & productivity. Even with a full agenda all it takes is a 15-20 minute icebreaker activity to get your team motivated and ready for the day ahead. Are you planning a group event or meeting and want to get your participants off to a good start? Avoid the awkward silence and add an element of fun with one or more of these icebreaker activities for groups!

Team sitting around table solving a jigsaw puzzle

Human Bingo: 20 – 30 minutes

Just like the game you played with Grandma, but instead of numbers you need to find someone in the room who fits the description on your Bingo card.

Human Bingo is the perfect event to facilitate a large group of people breaking the ice and meeting one another. The event is set loosely on the game BINGO whereby each participant receives a piece of paper and a pen. Upon the paper is a table with 45 boxes – each box contains a descriptive statement that may match one, two or many people in the room. The goal of the participants is to roam the room and introduce themselves around to meet as many people as possible; each meeting the participants will assist the other with putting their name into one of the boxes. Each box may only be used once by each person. Each person can only appear once on a participants BINGO sheet ensuring delegates meet at least 45 people in the 30-minute time frame.

Once you complete all 45 boxes you yell BINGO at the top of your lungs and the game finishes with that winner on stage and the MC introducing some of the 45 people they met and the statements for each of them.

This is a fun and engaging way to get to know each other with fun and excitement rather than many of the ‘get to know you’ alternatives that can be awkward and lame. The Human Bingo will set the precedent at the beginning of the conference that meeting each other and communicating with suppliers, members and institute staff is encouraged throughout the conference.

Balloon Modelling: 15 minutes

This one’s for the Clown enthusiasts! Teams must make the best balloon model that represents their team and come up with a sales pitch to present to the judges….in front of the entire group of course.

Foil Towers

Teams race against the clock to build the tallest tower using only foil. This is a much tougher task than it sounds!

Eddy the Egg: 20 – 30 minutes

An egg falling out of an egg carton

Focusing on teamwork, communication and leadership, teams must construct a basket that will catch an egg dropped from a height of 2m.

The challenge is to construct a mechanism that can catch and support a raw egg after it is dropped from a height of approximately 2 metres. In small groups, delegates use straws, sticky tape and ingenuity to create a capsule to keep Eddy safe.

A very simple, exciting and fun break activity that is guaranteed to liven the troops for the next session.

Musical Tubes: 20 Minutes

Visualise yourself amidst a sea of colour and rhythm! Delegates enter the conference room to be met by the sounds of drumming from the Human Rhythms team. As the surprised delegates take their seats they discover a musical tube in front of them and start to play.

Our vibrant, colourful musical tubes are the perfect instrument when only a short setup time is available. Imagine your delegates returning to find the conference room has been transformed into a sea of instrumental colour. This option is also great in a dinner setting or when time, budget or space is an issue.

F1 Rocket Racer: 40 – 60 minutes

Do you have a competitive team who thrives on a challenge? Look no further, this event is for you!

This is a construction based event whereby each team is allocated a set of resources to build a Formula 1 race car. The car is designed around its power source – a rocket!

The rocket is a specially designed piece of equipment that will create a blast of power generated by a high pressure cycling foot pump. The result is a car that shoots out of the starting gates and hopefully beats your opponents by travelling the greatest distance along the conference room floor.

This is a great session where teams of approximately five people will design and build their very own car. All cars race with the winners of each round entering the finals and then finishing with the grand finale.

Top 10 team building ideas for your work Christmas party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it is fast approaching! Have you been given the mammoth task of organising your end of year work celebrations? Are you stuck for ideas and yet to lock anything in? Now is the time to start planning and securing your preferred Christmas party date as we are already starting to book out on some dates in December! To get you into the Christmas Spirit and to help with your planning, we have put together a list of our top 10 team building ideas for your work Christmas party.

ginger bread man with candy cane and christmas presents

Amazing Race

Bring on that end of year feeling with a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt! Just like an end of year muck up day without the chance of being arrested, our Amazing Race is the perfect way to see out the work year.

Amazing Race teams running

Tikes on Bikes

The gift of giving! Christmas is a time for giving and also a time to remember others who may not be as fortunate as ourselves. So why not make a difference and get your team together to build & donate some bikes to underprivileged kids.

Mini/Beach Olympics

What says ‘Australian Christmas’ more than spending the day at the beach with your buddies!

Grape to Glass

Drink and be Merry! Delicious wine is a crucial part of the holidays and in this activity each of your delegates will receive their very own bottle of wine to take home!

a glass of white wine next to some wine grapes and a glass of red wine next to a bunch of red grapes

Laser Clay Shooting

After something little more lowkey & social? Our Laser Clay shooting can even be enjoyed with a drink in hand if desired!

Person aiming laser clay gun

Trivia

Whether you’re thinking of having a themed party for your Christmas event or simply wanting some entertainment over dinner, our Trivia Night can be tailored to suit your event!

Casino Night

Our Casino Night is perfectly suited to a classier or canapes style Christmas event.

Minute to Win It

Did someone say silly season? This series of ridiculous 60-second challenges will have your delegates in hysterics!

Water Taxi Treasure Hunt

Wanting to really spoil your team for the end of year function? Spend the day checking out all the sites on Sydney Harbour whilst solving clues & competing in challenges in our Water Taxi Treasure Hunt.

Sydney Harbour city visa with bridge and boats

Corporate Drumming

Finish the end of the work year with a bang and lift the spirits of everyone in your office with the beat of a drum.

Group of people playing with different coloured musical tubes

Most popular team activities for 2017/2018

We have collated all the data for the 2017/2018 financial year and the results for the most popular team activities are in!

infographic with graphs revealing the Amazing Race, Grape to Glass and Trivia Night as the most popular activities

Most popular team activity overall/Most popular outdoor activity

The Amazing Race

Amazing Race teams running

The Amazing Race TV show first graced our TV screens back in 2001 and our team building version is still just as popular as ever! The Amazing Race is great for groups of all sizes and physical abilities. Unlike the show, the winner of the Amazing Race is not the first team to reach the finish line. Instead, teams make their way to various road block activity sites where they compete in points-based challenges. The team with the most points at the end is the winner! The activity hones in on a teams’ ability to communicate, problem solve and work together.

Most popular outdoor team activities

  1. Amazing Race
  2. Survivor
  3. Mini Olympics
  4. Carnivale
  5. Wine Olympics

Most Popular indoor team activity

Grape to Glass

a glass of white wine next to some wine grapes and a glass of red wine next to a bunch of red grapes

A team building activity & wine tasting all rolled into one? Yes please! It is no surprise that our Grape to Glass was the most popular team activity for indoor events. In this activity your group will be split into teams of approximately 8 people. On each table will be either three bottles of Red (Tempranillo, Cabernet & Shiraz) OR 3 bottles of White (Chardonnay, Semillon & Verdelho). Lead by your very own Hunter Valley winemaker, your group will be taken through a brief wine tasting & lesson on what goes into making a delicious blend of wine. Teams will then be given the task of not only blending the 3 wines in front of them to create the most ideal balance, but also designing their very own unique wine label and putting together a sales pitch which they will present in front of the group. The more original and entertaining the better! A bottle of the winning blend complete with winning label design will be distributed to every member of the group to drink as they wish post-event. A great team activity for groups wanting to show off their sales skills or creative side!

Most popular indoor team activities

  1. Grape to Glass
  2. Corporate Drumming
  3. Tikes on Bikes
  4. Escape
  5. Bridge to Unity

Most popular night team activity

Trivia Night

A mass of colourful question marks piled on top of one another

Not the average pub trivia you’re probably used to! In between each round of questions (which can include general knowledge, themed questions or music trivia) each team volunteers a member to participate in crazy challenge activities which makes the evening super fun & very interactive. Example challenges include:

Bottle Flick – flick a ping-pong ball off the top of the bottle. Sounds easy, however most struggle…

Putt Putt – delegates put their golfing skills to the test with a little twist. Sink the putt and score the points!

Balloon Burst – Blow up a balloon, tie a knot in the end and burst the balloon between the knees.

Balloon Mascots – Teams are given modelling balloons and asked to design a mascot that best reflects their team. Points are given based on imagination and reasoning

Eddy the Egg – Teams construct a space capsule device out of straws and tape to catch a raw egg dropped from 2 metres

Foil Towers – Teams race against the clock to build the tallest tower using only foil

Most popular Night team activities

  1. Trivia Challenge Night
  2. Casino Night
  3. CSI Night

10 Affordable Team Building Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

In the initial stages of planning an event you should always determine all the major details such as number of participants, date/time, location and of course, budget. And just because you don’t have a huge budget doesn’t mean you can’t host an affordable team building event.

The many benefits of regular team building range from increased productivity and better communication to more team support and less conflicts within the workplace. According to CEO of O2E brands, Brian Scudamore, “…team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.” (Read more here)

But for a lot of businesses, we understand that budget can be an issue and it can be hard to make team building a priority without breaking the bank. First of all, there are plenty of affordable team building programs out there and second, instead of viewing team building as something that is only splurged on, companies should be looking at team building as an investment for the future. Friday night drinks or a team afternoon at lawn bowls are examples of more affordable team building options and great fun however tend to miss the mark in getting teams cohesively working together.

We’ve put together a list of our top 10 affordable team building ideas for those groups who have to be a little more budget conscious.

City/Resort Scramble

Photo on smart device of a team jumping

The Scramble is a modified version of our Amazing Race event for those groups tight on time and or budget. This exciting outdoor event will see teams race around the local area taking team photos, collecting scavenger items, solving IQ Tests and passing through a roadblock challenge activity site.

Teams will be issued a map of the local area showing their start, finish and roadblock location and a list of photos to take and scavenger items to collect. Teams aim to outscore their opponents with each scavenger item, team photo and correct IQ answer adding to their score. When teams arrive at the final location they submit their items, photos and answers to the Pinnacle team for marking.

Location: Outdoors – all areas around the resort or urban areas

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Team work, problem solving

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Person aiming laser clay gun

Experience the thrill and excitement of shooting clay pigeons as they fly through the air.

This dynamic and interactive activity uses authentic 12-gauge shotguns that have been converted to fire laser beams. Clays with Omni-directional tape are fired from the launcher – when the shooter scores a hit the beam is reflected back to the gun and registers a hit on the electronic scoreboard.

This activity is very popular and loads of fun for males and females of all ages, fitness levels and ability.

Location: Outdoor space approx. size of a tennis court – must be a privately-owned space (not a council park or reserve)

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Fun, friendly competition

Archery

Archery target with arrow in bullseye

This ancient form of medieval weaponry is a great event to get your team on target! In this engaging activity a structured lesson involving technique and safety are outlined and enforced. The delegates are then divided into teams that compete aiming to outscore their opponents. All delegates will have plenty of firing time and be kept entertained as teams are involved in various competitions and games that all involve shooting arrows at the target. The event can finish with a sharpest individual shooter if you like.

As this event involves delegates firing real arrows the space available to host this activity must allow for a large firing range. We are permitted to hold the event on private land such as conference venues however most councils do not allow this event on public land.

Location: Outdoor space approx. size of 2 x tennis courts – must be a privately-owned space (not a council park or reserve)

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Fun, friendly competition

Battle of the Minds

head shot of man with funny hate pulling a face

Battle of the Minds is the ultimate indoor team building event!

Designed to suit any conference, function or meeting room. Teams are each seated at their own table and issued with the Battle of the Minds booklet containing 45 challenges in total. The booklet contains 15 easy, 15 medium and 15 hard challenges with each challenge on a separate page. As members complete the challenge they submit for marking and continue with their next task.

The challenges vary to accommodate all brain types; mathematical, artistic, creative, scientific and engineering. Delegates choose the challenges they want to undertake aiming to score more points than the competing teams. The room turns to chaos with delegates constantly moving around the room completing challenges and submitting answers.

Location: Indoors, tables set cabaret style

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Outcomes: Team work, problem solving

Escape

Coded padlock with escape heading in the middle

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

Location: Indoors, 1 x room required per 8 – 12 people

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Collaboration, lateral thinking

Project Pipeline

long winding water pipeline

This is a challenging and entertaining activity that will bring out the best in your team. Each team will be assigned a country and the task of building a pipeline to deliver a precious resource from one side to the other. On top of managing time, resources and personnel to build their Country’s, pipeline teams will also need to negotiate and innovate to connect their pipeline to all the other Country’s creating one continuous pipeline. Teams will need to work against time and conflicting objectives to achieve the whole group goal.

Delegates will have great fun, planning, negotiating, inventing and competing against the other Country’s to create their Pipeline. By the completion of the project the whole group will have built a long and winding pipeline that is put to the test when the precious resources are sent down the line.

Location: Large cleared space, can be indoors or outdoors

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Outcomes: Work as one team, collaboration

Team Challenge

Team sitting around table solving a jigsaw puzzle

An indoor team building event where teams compete to earn points at a series of lateral thinking challenges.

All of the tasks in the team challenge require the entire team to plan, problem solve, communicate, think outside the square and then ultimately work together. Teams are either racing to be the first to complete or must solve the task within a designated times end.

Example challenges include:

Balloon Mascots – Teams are given modelling balloons and asked to design a mascot that best reflects their team. Points are given based on imagination and reasoning

Eddy the Egg – Teams construct a space capsule device out of straws and tape to catch a raw egg dropped from 2 metres

Foil Towers – Teams race against the clock to build the tallest tower using only foil

Nailed It – It appears impossible however if you think outside the square you can balance 12 nails on just one nail head.

Location: Indoors, tables set cabaret

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Outcomes: Problem solving, team work

Musical Tubes

Group of people playing with different coloured musical tubes

Delegates enter the conference room and are greeted by the powerful sound of African drumming. Each person is invited to take a seat, pick up a musical tube and join in. At this point our facilitator orchestrates the individual contributions into one unified rhythm, through the use of layering and sound dynamics. Periodically, the group is led through warm-up stretches and light-hearted moves designed to amuse, loosen and relax. The team continues their conference, laughing, united and enthused, ready for what lies ahead, having bonded from the experience.

Musical Tubes – 20 Minutes
Visualise yourself amidst a sea of colour and rhythm! Our vibrant, colourful musical tubes are the perfect instrument when only a short setup time is available.

Location: Indoors

Duration: 20 minutes

Outcomes: Work as one team, ice breaker

Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Tasting of five wines and five chocolates

Experience the decadence of Australian made chocolate as you partner each one with the mouth-watering flavours of Tulloch Wines. This guided tasting session will take your taste buds on an amazing journey as you discover how pairing wine with chocolate can enhance two of life’s great indulgences.

This sit-down event will see participants experience 5 different wines that have been specifically paired with 5 delicious chocolates. Participants will take home knowledge of the rules of pairing so they can complement their favourite wines at home with the most appropriate chocolate.

Location: Indoors, seated at tables

Duration: 60 minutes

Outcomes: Experiential, fun

Trivia Night

A mass of colourful question marks piled on top of one another

This isn’t your average pub trivia. Pinnacle is ingenious at tailoring this interactive trivia challenge to any group. It will prove to be unlike any other trivia night you have ever attended. The games we play throughout the night are hysterical and we can guarantee that your delegates will be laughing from start to finish.

Between each round of questions the tables volunteer delegates to participate in crazy challenge activities (which makes the evening very interactive). Music trivia, movie, and TV sound tracks are on the menu as well as IQ/Brainteasers.

We will fit in with the agenda of the evening and usually fill the space between the entree and the main, the main and the dessert. At the completion of the event the results are tallied up and prizes are presented to the winning team.

Location: Indoors, with a microphone and AUX connection

Duration: 2 hours straight Trivia or throughout your meal

Outcomes: Fun, team work

 

Top 5 Ideas for Team Building in Sydney (CBD)

We are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to conferencing and team building in Sydney. According to the latest annual ICCA country and city ratings, Sydney has once again been confirmed as Australia’s number one destination for business events. And it is no wonder with its world-class venues, glorious harbour and pristine parks and beaches. If you’re currently in the midst of planning your annual conference and lacking inspiration for team activities, we’re here to help! We’ve generously put together a list of our top 5 ideas for team building in Sydney CBD to help you on your way.

Amazing Race – The Rocks & Circular Quay

Amazing Race teams running

There is no better way to do team building in Sydney and explore the CBD than with the Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race is an action packed adventure where teams navigate their way around the local streets undertaking team based challenges. Speed is not always the deciding factor with an emphasis on teamwork, planning, problem-solving and of course having fun.

Teams will be issued with a list of cryptic clues to various locations across the local urban area. Awaiting the groups at each location are team based activities known as “roadblocks” where teams earn points towards their overall score. Teams will also be collecting scavenger items and taking team photos along the way to earn precious bonus points. All teams converge at the finale location at the same time for a final all-in team challenge before prizes are awarded to the victors!

“All of our teams had the most fantastic Afternoon. The Amazing Race was the just the best Team Activity for our diverse work group (all different ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels). Everyone is still talking about how much fun they had. The staff were all really friendly and helpful and very fair.”

  • WWRD Australia Pty Limited

“Thank you to Mitch and his team for running a very successful event. All of our staff commented on how much fun they had while doing the different activities. It really made our teams work together throughout the activities. Our group had different levels of fitness and everyone was able to be involved.”

  • Ice Box Liquor

 

City Scramble – Darling Harbour

Photo on smart device of a team jumping

Just like the Amazing Race however The Scramble is a modified version that is best suited to those groups tight on time and or budget. This exciting outdoor event will see teams race around the local area taking team photos, collecting scavenger items, solving IQ Tests and passing through a roadblock challenge activity site.

Teams will be issued a map of the local area showing their start, finish and roadblock location and a list of photos to take and scavenger items to collect. Teams aim to outscore their opponents with each scavenger item, team photo and correct IQ answer adding to their score. When teams arrive at the final location they submit their items, photos and answers to the Pinnacle team for marking.

The event is tailored to suit the location; the City Scramble is the perfect activity for team building in Sydney CBD.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising an amazing team event last Friday at short notice.  Phil was fantastic, very professional and made the event really fun.  I have had a lot of positive feedback from my colleagues, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and despite a chilly breeze, the weather was perfect. I have sent a ‘Thank You’ to Phil but also wanted to thank you for organising this at such short notice.  I would have no hesitation in using Pinnacle again.”

  • Getinge

“We held a Resort Scramble Team Building exercise over 2 days – each day had as much momentum as the other, and our staff are still raving about it!

All the Pinnacle Staff were friendly and professional which made both days relaxing and totally enjoyable. We will be using Pinnacle again without a doubt!“

  • Castle Personnel

 

Water Taxi Treasure Hunt – Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour city visa with bridge and boats

Sydney Harbour is ranked the best harbour in the world and the Water Taxi Treasure Hunt is the perfect way to explore the best sights of this world famous location. Teams will be competing against each other to race to the final location and uncover their team’s treasure.

Teams must navigate their driver around Sydney Harbour to various locations where challenges await. After completing each challenge teams are awarded with a piece of the map and a part of the code that will reveal the whereabouts and combination lock that contains their hidden treasure.

The Water Taxi Treasure hunt will be tailored to suit your start / finish location and time frame. All teams experience the thrill of opening their treasure chest – The quality of the treasure depends on the order in which you find it!

“Great event, the facilitator plus each check point host was very helpful, full of energy and fun to work with.  Leading up to the event, communication with Pinnacle was amazing, they were involved at each point and answered all queries.”

  • Pacific Life Re

“The team building activity that we took part in – Water Taxi Treasure Hunt was well received by the team and everyone commented on how much fun they had… thank you to the Pinnacle team for providing another great team building event.”

  • Boral

 

Carnivale – Royal Botanic Gardens

teams playing volleyball

When we picture team building in Sydney of course the famous landmarks of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House spring to mind. In the Royal Botanic Gardens you can have a view of both! And if you are looking for some competitive fun in the sun the Carnivale event is for you. This round robin style event sees teams of 10 people per team rotate through a series of activities competing for the grand prize. We work with you to choose the activities included; usually a mixture of mild sporting challenges, team work initiative tasks and fun experience activities to ensure everyone is catered for.

“Overall a great experience, not only in dealing with Pinnacle but also the day itself. Pinnacle were very patient and flexible with all our requests. The event included the perfect level of physical activity and group work that we required, and catered for all levels. We received great feedback from the participants. The Pinnable facilitators were professional and great fun.”

  • EY

“The activity was awesome. Had lots of great feedback from our employees. The Pinnacle team staff made the event very fun and ensure everyone was included no matter their ability. Thank you for a successful team building session, where everyone came together and some healthy competition.

I would recommend Pinnacle to other companies and will be looking at using you again in the future.”

  • Green Light

 

Escape – Indoors at Your Conference Venue

padlock and code

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

Our Senior Leadership Team were really impressed with this team building activity. Our CEO, Andrew McLean was amazed at how difficult and challenging the activity was, however this did not stop Sirtex from knocking the leaders off the leader board (he asked me to make sure that sheet is updated :)). Phil was incredible and I heard nothing but positive feedback from the team on his professionalism and his ability to encourage them to think outside the box.

 “Thanks Pinnacle, we are always impressed with you guys!”

  • Sirtex

“The ‘Escape’ exercise was fun and every team member contributed. Working as a team was important.”

  • Boral

Breaking down silos with team building

A Silo is one of those business buzzwords that we regularly hear from our clients. Despite how it sounds, breaking down silos doesn’t have anything to do with destroying a farm’s grain-storing structure. According to the Business Dictionary the Silo Mentality is a mindset present when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This type of mentality will reduce efficiency in the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture.

breaking down silos in the workplace

Silo is a term that has been around for many years and continues to be a prominent issue for organisations today. It is no secret that if you want your team to be more effective, productive, happier and successful, all departments of an organisation have to work well together. So how does one go about breaking down silos in the workplace? See below for our top breaking down silos team building activities:

FUNCTIONAL TEAMS

functional-team-diagram

This session has a strong focus on both the individual and the team. Our Team Development facilitator, Lincoln, provides tools and insight on how to be a Functional Team and methods to identify and potentially shift behaviours. Getting the team culture to be functional is a challenge that will reap rewards for your business. Setting aside personal differences, setting agreements and expectations and having a common purpose are very powerful tools.

BRIDGE TO UNITY

An exciting collaborative construction project with teams working in unison to design and construct an impressive bridge. Each team builds the bridge to their customer expectations while overcoming limited resources, communication barriers and strict timelines. The exciting final sees each team’s individual bridge being installed to create the huge, extended Company Bridge. The final construction is tested with a remote controlled car. A fun, engaging, hands on event with very powerful metaphors – where all departments of an organisation strive towards their own goals, but also play a vital role in the bigger picture.

PROJECT PIPELINE

This is a challenging and entertaining activity that will bring out the best in your team. Each team will be assigned a country and the task of building a pipeline to deliver a precious resource from one side to the other. On top of managing time, resources and personnel to build their Country’s, pipeline teams will also need to negotiate and innovate to connect their pipeline to all the other Country’s creating one continuous pipeline. Teams will need to work against time and conflicting objectives to achieve the whole group goal.

Delegates will have great fun, planning, negotiating, inventing and competing against the other Country’s to create their Pipeline. By the completion of the project the whole group will have built a long and winding pipeline that is put to the test when the precious resources are sent down the line.

Winter Team Building Activities

After a warmer than usual Autumn it finally feels like the chill of Winter is upon us. And although there is still plenty warmth and daylight to allow for outdoor activities, indoor activities tend to reign supreme during the cooler months. See below for our list of Winter team building activities:

Grape to Glass & Wine Events

What could warm up your delegates more than a nice glass of red wine? Our Grape to Glass is the perfect Winter team building activity! This challenge sees teams compete against one another to create their very own blend of red wine. Our other Wine Events include Wine Tasting, Wine & Chocolate Tasting & our Wine Options Game.

Escape

Your team will feel the heat when they attempt our Escape the room challenge! This indoor challenge is the ultimate Winter team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?

Tikes on Bikes

No other activity will warm your heart quite like this one! An inspirational activity which never fails to tug at the heart strings of participants. This indoor activity starts with a lead-in activity where we build the group into a false sense of competitiveness. The aim is to emphasise to the group that the final task of bike building will determine the overall winner of the team challenge, thus creating a bigger impact when the participants realise that the purpose of the day was in fact to donate these bikes to underprivileged children.

Corporate Drumming

Wow your team with an interactive performance using Drums, musical tubes and percussion instruments. Perfect for Winter team building, your group will feel entirely exhilarated after creating a musical masterpiece under the guidance of our Professional Drummer!

Mini Olympics

Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and have a great time. And no other activity gets the blood pumping quite like our Mini Olympics. In this activity teams will rotate through a series of sports challenges designed to encourage fun and competitiveness amongst participants. Volleyball, dodge-ball, catapults, team tennis, cricket – the options are endless!

Explorer

An Amazing Race / Treasure Hunt style of program that sees teams driven around the local area undertaking experiential team challenges that range from Laser Clay Shooting & Archery to Cheese Tasting & Blind Wine Tasting. Our Explorer is available in the following areas: Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands, South Coast & Blue Mountains.

Explorer travel experience

How to Choose a Team Building Activity for Your Team

So, you have been given the task of organising your next conference offsite or team building event. But there are so many options for team building activities and you’re lost as to how you will choose the right activity that will best suit your team.

Basic Details

To get busy organising your team building event you’ll need to make a few simple decisions to kick things off. Firstly, you should have an idea of the date, time of day and who you would like to participate in the event (how many people). Are you wanting to get people energised with an activity first thing in the morning? Or do you want to see your delegates interacting with each other after a hard day of work or conferencing? Or would you prefer a night activity to accompany your dinner? Have you thought about where you would like the activity to take place? Answering these basic questions will create a great starting point for your organising.

Indoors or Outdoors?

Again, this may sound simple but it’s something that people forget to consider when organising a team event. To ensure your team building event is comfortable for everyone participating it’s good to think about whether indoors or outdoors would be better suited. What time of year is it? Outdoors can be blistery cold in Winter and super stifling hot in Summer, but it can also be the breath of fresh air that everyone needed. How much daylight do we have to work with? Now that daylight savings has ended it tends to get dark at 5:00pm, so any outdoor activities will need to finish by this time or have lighting available.

Conference Themes & Desired Outcomes

Do you have a set conference theme that you would like to carry through to your team building event? Talk to us about how this can be incorporated into your activity. Likewise, if you’ve identified an aspect of your team that might need some work or attention (such as communication, leadership, working as the one team or just having fun) talk to us about which activities we would recommend to meet these desired outcomes.

These are just a few things to consider when getting started on the mammoth task that is conference organising. By answering the questions above you will be sure to end up with an activity that is truly suited to you and your team.

6 Team Building Activities To Celebrate The 2016 Rio Olympics

181377331aa2df703d6f4f78ea803bf5The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are now upon us! Officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and more commonly known as Rio 2016, the Olympics sees thousands of athletes from around the globe participate and compete in a variety of sporting competitions. These competitions range from swimming and athletics to equestrian dressage and synchronised swimming. The Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words: Citius – Altius – Fortius. These words mean Faster – Higher – Stronger. If your office is abuzz with Olympic fever, why not get involved in some friendly competition with one of our Olympic themed events! In a ceremony at the conclusion of the activity the winning team will be presented with Olympic style gold medal medallions.

Mini Olympics

Volleyball, Elimination Footy, Archery… are you a master sportsman finding it hard to choose your specialised Olympic event? Then the Mini Olympics is for you!

The Mini Olympics is a fun activity that provokes competitiveness and plenty of laughter, yet doesn’t intimidate participants who may be lacking in sporting or physical prowess.

The event involves teams rotating around various sports such as Volleyball, Frisbee, Catapult Firing, T-Ball, Team Tennis, Dodge Ball, Kick Tennis, Sand Scrabble and many more. The options are endless and only dependent on the venue and the size of the group.

We can run our Mini Olympics in a large grassed area or on the beach.

Olympic themed Amazing Race

Teams will be issued with a list of cryptic clues to various locations across the local area. Awaiting the groups at each location are Olympic themed team based activities known as “roadblocks” where teams earn points towards their overall score. Teams will also be collecting scavenger items and taking team photos along the way to earn precious bonus points. All teams converge at the finale location at the same time for a final all-in team challenge before prizes are awarded to the victors!

Archery

Our team of Archery Sharp Shooters won us our first Olympic medal at this year’s games. Why not get your team on target with this ancient form of medieval weaponry! In this engaging activity a structured lesson involving technique and safety are outlined and enforced. The delegates are then divided into teams that compete aiming to outscore their opponents. All delegates will have plenty of firing time and be kept entertained as teams are involved in various competitions and games that all involve shooting arrows at the target. The event can finish with a sharpest individual shooter if you like.

Australia's Mack Horton bites his gold medal on the podium of the Men's 400m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Be like Australian shooter Catherine Skinner and win a gold medal for your team!

This dynamic and interactive activity uses authentic 12 gauge shotguns that have been converted to fire laser beams. Clays with Omni-directional tape are fired from the launcher – when the shooter scores a hit the beam is reflected back to the gun and registers a hit on the electronic scoreboard.

Wine Olympics

Now this is our kind of Olympic event!

Rather than running, jumping and swimming your way to victory, teams will tackle a very different series of events. Grape stomping, wine spitting, cork popping, waiter relay and an array of winery related activities will guarantee a good time.

 

Olympic Themed Trivia Night

Know your Olympic history? This isn’t your average pub trivia. Pinnacle is ingenious at tailoring this interactive trivia challenge to any group. It will prove to be unlike any other trivia night you have ever attended. The games we play throughout the night are hysterical and we can guarantee that your delegates will be laughing from start to finish.

Between each round of questions the tables volunteer delegates to participate in crazy challenge activities (which makes the evening very interactive). Music trivia, movie, and TV sound tracks are on the menu as well as IQ/Brainteasers.

Contact us today to chat about your team building requirements!

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