Pyramid of Success

A Team Building Event Based on Exploration and Experimenting

Background

The Pyramid of Success is ideal for overall groups of between 6 and 18 and is a super indoor team development exercise that will fit into a couple of hours. It addresses some key elements that should be present in high performing teams:

 

  • Effective communication
  • Competition and collaboration, and how both are relevant
  • The integration of achievement by smaller teams into larger team goals

 

Aim

The teams will need to use all of the equipment with which they’re provided to build a large pyramid that follows a set of exacting instructions.

  

How It Works

The delegate group will be divided into three sub-teams. They will be given a verbal briefing and the necessary equipment, a set of lightweight cubes bearing an image on every face. At this stage the delegates will think they are working in three competing sub-teams.

Some time after the three sub-teams start, they will realise that they cannot complete their brief with the equipment they have been given, intentionally resulting in some confusion. At some point someone in at least one of the sub-teams will suggest there should be some dialogue with another sub-team.

These first thoughts and discussions about possible collaboration will be encouraged.

A representative from each sub-team will meet to discuss progress and any plans already being developed. During that meeting an understanding will develop that the sub-teams can only complete the brief if they collaborate and share/pool the equipment across all sub-teams.

Following the meeting the sub-teams will pool their equipment. At this point, it will become clear that there is a pre-determined way for the cubes to be put together; that the images on the cubes are a point of assistance and that the three different sizes of all the cubes is crucial for the pyramid construction.

 

Summary

This team building activity takes teams on a journey. They will start Three Cubes thinking that all is clear and straightforward. They will quickly learn that is not the case, and that their initial approach to a solution will need a complete reappraisal. Plans will need to be changed; the competition in which the sub-teams thought they were involved will need to make way for significant collaboration & experimentation, and change will need to be embraced. 

Only if all of this is achieved will the team have crea ted the “Pyramid of Success!”

 

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