Plaster Group consultants put their communication and problem-solving skills to to the test at our last quarterly meeting. Tasked with building a tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti, they also had to to overcome obstacles such as being blindfolded and unable to speak. This team-building exercise really brought out the best in our consultants, and you an read more about this activity below:
Goal: Build a freestanding tower using only the materials provided. The tower must stand on its own (no hands or other objects supporting it!).
- Divide team into groups of 4
- Each team must design and build a freestanding tower in the time provided. However, only two team members can do the building (builders), while the other two provide instructions (instructors) on how to build. The builders will be blindfolded and must be silent through the exercise.
- When time is called, teams switch roles and conduct exercise again.
- Winning team is determined by whoever can build the highest tower.
- Winning team members receive $250/each to donate to a charity of their choice.
- one box of uncooked spaghetti,
- 1 roll of masking tape,
- 1 yard of string
- 1 bag of marshmallow
- 2 blindfolds
|Builders (2)||· Wear blindfold.
· Follow Designers verbal instructions.
· Ask Designers clarifying questions.
· Talk to the other builder.
· Touch anything other than materials.
· Talk to anyone except Designers and other builder on your team.
|Designers (2)||· Decide how tower will be designed and built using only the materials provided on the table.
· Provide verbal instructions for tower construction to Builders.
|· Touch materials.
· Touch Builders.
· Talk to anyone except builders and PG leadership.
· Use materials other than those provided at your table.
Some Questions to Reflect on?
- What makes this exercise challenging?
- How was the communication on your team?
- What did you like about the exercise?
- What was the purpose of this exercise, how can lessons learned be applied in a consulting context?