Team Building with London Business School

Team Building with London Business School 

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting a team building event for the employees of London Business School. Initially planned for 150 delegates from various departments working in the school, the event expanded on the day to 180 participants. Our seasoned events crew seamlessly adapted the game to accommodate the unexpected numbers, ensuring everyone enjoyed the same fantastic experience.
 
Following the initial proposal stage with our Sales team, we decided to run iBuild for the team at LBS. They mentioned upcoming organisational changes and wanted an activity focused on navigating change. Given that communication is crucial for this, iBuild was the perfect choice. We had 25 teams participating in the game, which ran for approximately 90 minutes, followed by a 30-minute debrief. 
 
If you’re not familiar with iBuild, it is a dynamic team building exercise where delegates work together to recreate a pre-designed model. The twist? They must rely on a one-way communication system. Delegates take on specific roles as Architects, Builders and Couriers and must communicate and collaborate to rebuild the model. It becomes evident right from the start that effective communication is crucial! Read more about iBuild here. 
Our Team Building Facilitator, Oddie, paused the activity halfway through and asked the teams to review their processes. They evaluated their communication strategies, overall workflow, and each other’s performance. Oddie then introduced a completely new design and switched up their roles. Though surprised, the teams eagerly embraced the challenge. Adding this extra layer highlighted the importance of effective communication, navigating change and adaptability. As a high-performing team, the delegates showed that they were more than ready to tackle the new obstacles.
 
After the game was finished, our Facilitator called the winning team. As they celebrated, we prepared for the short debrief, a crucial component of the activity. Delegates received a printed questionnaire focused on communication, collaboration, and managing change. Designed with Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team in mind, the questions aimed to help the delegates identify the skills and behaviours that either support or hinder their success. They worked through the questions within their teams before engaging in a broader group discussion. Emphasising the importance of effective communication, delegates recognised the value of feedback in their daily work routine.  They agreed to use LBS’s feedback systems to help them communicate more effectively, collectively as a team, especially when navigating change.
 
iBuild powerfully demonstrated the importance of navigating change for this group. Through dynamic challenges and shifting roles, the delegates experienced firsthand how effective communication and collaboration are key to successfully navigating change. 

Interested in learning more about our team building activities like iBuild? Click the button below to speak with someone from our Sales team. We offer a full range of activities that focus on business topics such as leadership, strategic thinking and collaborative decision making. Our icebreakers and energisers are the perfect addition to any company conference or team meeting. Start planning your team building experiences today!