Before The Playhouse Challenge Event: The Playhouse Challenge, like all of our team building activities, starts by identifying the specific business goals and core company values that each team building event will deliver upon. We would also want to address the individual behaviors of your team. This is done in a meeting between the organizers or any other stakeholder, and an Odyssey Teams lead facilitator.
During The Playhouse Challenge Event:
Session I – Corporate Icebreaker / Introduction: This powerful start sets a strong context for group participation, the flow of communication, and application based on the business values and individual behaviors of your team as identified prior to the give back activity. Engagement, purpose-driven work, and customer-centered thinking are a few of the underpinnings for the success of The Playhouse Challenge corporate give back activity.
Introviews™ – These are a series of icebreaker questions to get to know your team. We ask each other things, like: What was last thing you built with a hammer? What is the most important structural element of a house? Why? Are there similarities between the responses and the business? A safety briefing and instructions are presented. Then the team assigns positions: Team Lead, Safety Inspector, Procurement and Cleanup, Decorator, and Sage. Finally, a timeline is scheduled.
Session II – Start Hammering: Construction of playhouses begins.
Session III – Project End: Clean-up begins, preparations to present finished houses.
Session IV – Surprise Guests: This is the most emotionally stirring part of this team building activity. All the playhouses are finished and set up like a tiny town. Then we surprise everyone by bringing in children from agency/shelter, etc. that the playhouses will be donated to. Children and participants both take “The Neighborhood Stroll.” The teams not only get to see the children’s reactions, but they get to ask them about their opinions and feelings.
Session V – Debrief/Transference: The neighborhood stroll generates a strong emotional response. It connects the teams to what they have done, and how and WHY they have done it. The debrief starts with Sages’ report. They relate their observations of their teams related to collaboration, communication, quality, sense of purpose, on-time delivery, and more related to the main goals and values the session was designed around.
The Odyssey Team Facilitator then asks everyone to connect the team building revelations with who the team member is, what they perform in their job, and where they intend to go in life.
This is the most powerful part of the give back activity.
Session VI – Tipping Points™: Tipping Points are original quotes, lessons, and comments authored by the teams at the end of the give back activities. They are posted around the office or distributed in newsletters for the entire group over a period of time. This will give the event a longer shelf life as it reinforces the team building message of the philanthropic activity.
Session VII – Close.