Team Building

Twister the Game

14 September  |  Team Building

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As the weekend edges closer, some look forward to sleeping in while others aim to cut the slack and pack the bags for a quick trip. If you belong to the second category you can choose from any of the best resorts in Bangalore for day outing or try the adventurous experiences offered by Kabini river resorts. There are many more options,but for those of you who are looking to stay indoors here is a cool game to spend a fun weekend with friends. Have you heard of the Twister game? This has been a rage for decades, andwas an instant hit when it was introduced.

The origin/history – ReynGuyer came up with a novel idea for a board game, which became Twister:

That pretty much sums up how it all started. While working athis father’s design business making point-of-purchase displays, he thought of designing a mat that was to be used as a promotional item. He wanted to make an interactive game mat where the players themselves stood as the actual game pieces. The novelty of the idea fueled by ReynGuyer’s creativity resulted in the Twister. It is a game which is played on a game mat with colourful circles where players stand and follow the instructions from a referee.

Fun facts about Twister:

 

  • Among the names that the game was given initially one was “Pretzel”
  • The adhesives giant 3M turned down the game when the team had approached it in the beginning
  • Johnny Carson played the game on his show in 1966 which ignited the popularity of the game
  • Certain cultures considered the game to be against their traditions, for example, the Germans did not like it when the women took off their shoes in public.
  • There is a textured mat with Braille available for the blind players

How to play Twister:

 

  • The Twister game rules are pretty simple. There should be a group of 3 or more players to play the game out of which one would act as the referee.
  • Lay the mat on a flat surface
  • Two players stand on either edges near the word Twister, with one foot on the yellow circle and one on blue. The third player stands at the center of the red circles’
  • The referee has the mat with the needle which also has different coloured circles and zones for the right and left legs and hands. The referee spins the needle and calls out the colour of the circle where the needle points and the appropriate hand or leg.
  • The players need to place the corresponding limb on the correct circle. The game keeps continuing as the players continue reaching for the different circles called out without moving from their current position.
  • The person who loses his balance and falls off is disqualified. The one player that is left standing on the mat till the end is declared a winner.

Where to play Twister:

  
This makes a great game to play with smaller groups. The game can extend for hours depending on how the players take turns and how they hold up. The game canbe played indoor or outdoor. A flat dry surface is all that you need. Placing weights on the edges of the mat would make sure that the mat does flap while playing. So, when are you trying this fun game with your friends?

Learn how these locations can enrich your life

27 June  |  Team Building

Travelling enriches the soul like no other activity and creates unforgettable memories in our life. It gives a great chance to dream, explore and discover the world around us!

If you are in Bangalore experiencing the grind of its traffic congestion, then here are a few places for you to visit, not only to experience the beauty of nature but also to put your fitness to test with some adventure activities. There are many weekend getaways with the option for a day outing in Bangalore resorts in the radius of 150 to 200 km. A combination of good home-style fresh food, natural beauty and a gamut of adventure activities, all in one place is a hassle-free option that one would choose hands down. The Discovery Village (DV) resorts that are located in and around Bangalore are sure to offer all this and much more!

Home away from home:

For all those looking for corporate outing resorts in Bangalore within 100 km from the city, the best choice is the DV resorts located in Bangalore and Nandi hills. Located just on the outskirts of the city, an outing, be it family or corporate in these resorts give a whole new experience of nature and adventure. Both the resort in Bangalore, are located strategically in areas of verdant greenery to give the visitors a sense of peace and calmness. The resort in Bangalore, particularly suitable for corporate outings, offers a range of adventure activities like zorbing, rappelling and cave exploration. The Nandi Hills Bangalore resort is unique because of its location giving a 360-degree view of the mountains. Bird watching amidst the splendid mountains, trekking and mountain climbing at this resort, are sure to leave you captivated by the hills.

The Rapids – white water adventure

The Kabini river that starts its journey in the Wayanad district of Kerala and flows eastward to form a massive Kabini Reservoir is a great tourist attraction. Situated at a distance of 220 km from Bangalore, roughly a four and half hour drive leads to Discovery Village Kabini Resort. The resort, built on the banks of this reservoir is a perfect destination for river water enthusiasts. Kayaking, canoeing, raft building and parasailing are exciting activities in store at this resort. With a dedicated assistance and safety team to take care of all the safety aspects, team building activities and family activities at such an adventurous terrain can only make it a memory that lasts a lifetime!

Rendezvous with wildlife fauna:

Among the jungles in South India, one of the less explored is Masinagudi, in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Located at about 240 km from Bangalore, it is nestled amidst the Mudumalai national park and wildlife sanctuary. It houses some of the endangered species of animals and birds. A stay at the discovery village resorts in Masinagudi, ensures great food, lots of open air activities like shooting and the experience of wildlife safaris and jungle huts. Apart from this, the trekking, rock climbing, bird watching and nature walk sessions conducted, gives the visitors a chance to truly experience the bounty of flora and fauna at the resort.

Celebrate team achievements with an outing at discovery village

31 May  |  Team Building

“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” – Norman Shidle

Celebrating the success of fellow employees, recognizing the efforts put in by them in achieving a specific task/goal and lauding them for their efforts are some of the ways which can help motivate them to do well going forward and gives them the satisfaction that their work efforts are being noticed and appreciated. Not only does it increase their confidence, but is also sure to help them move up on the career ladder and earn promotions, by inspiring them to perform better. It is also important for a company or an organisation to share its success with its employees. Winning an award or celebrating an anniversary are some of the events that call for a get-together. Discovery Village helps in organizing such events along with outdoor activities at some of the best place for team outing in Bangalore.

Besides celebrations, bonding is also an essential activity for a team. An organisation often consists of different teams, each of which is assigned to take care of specific functions. In such a scenario, it is necessary for the individuals of the team to know about the other members of the team. This enables better communication between them and also helps builda strong rapport. An ideal way of breaking down barriers in a team is to have a corporate day outing. A report from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory’s study suggests that the success of a team can be predicted on how the team communicates and interacts during informal meet-ups outside of work. Discovery Village resorts are located in unspoilt locations such asNandi hills Bangaloreand are designed to meet the requirements for corporate outings, which team building activities and games which promote fun and camaraderie. Discovery village is among the most popularresorts in Bangalore for one day team outing owing primarily to the cast range of activities available to guests.

RedBalloon/AltusQ have published a report which observed that organisations were more likely to see a 10 times increase in terms of sales and profit when the level of employee engagement was high, as compared to organisations with lower employee engagement levels. Based on the outcome of these studies and reports, it is very clear that engaging employees through team outing sessions and outbound activities not only helps them to integrate well within the team but also establishes a good rapport between fellow workers,which has a positive influence on the output.

It is very important to appreciate the dedication and efforts that employees put in to get a task done. Monetary motivation aside, appreciation and celebrating successes as a team provide a morale–boost to individuals and motivates them mentally as well. Team outings are an innovative and fun wayto reward teams for their efforts. Sharing the success of a company with the employees also helps by making them feel like an integral part of the company. Doing so, provided individuals the motivation to work hardand this translates into a profitable output for the organisation.Plan a memorable outing for your team at discovery village and learn communication skills which are sure to enhance your employees’ performance at the workplace.

Unleash your hidden soft skills through adventure activities offered by discovery village

07 April  |  Team Building

A good job in today’s world no longer means being just the top of your class or doing the best in exams. The modern workplace calls for competency in a wide variety of activities other than academics because recruiters are looking for people who can see beyond what they are taught in classes. Communication skills, leadership, motivation and stress management are some skills that are highly valued and interviewers try to find candidates that can perform well in these areas.

CareerBuilder has conducted a study that has shown that 77% of employers think that soft skills are just as important as hard skills and 16% of those believed soft skills were more important that hard skills.

Apart from nailing an interview, soft skills are also needed to further yourself in your career. Showing up for a meeting on time and dressing in a work appropriate manner can say a lot more than you can communicate to someone about your character. Working well with your team is essential to your personal success, as well as the progress of the entire team. Taking up a leadership role when required and delegating responsibility is a skill that not many individuals naturally have, but one that can easily be developed through practice and implementation.

Here, at Discovery Village, we offer you the chance to learn and develop your skills, through activities designed to cater to your group’s needs. From learning leadership skills through interactions in the wild playground, to communication around the bonfire in nature’s theatre, learn more about yourself and how to develop your skills through a host of activities created just for you.

The team here will ensure that you are guided along your day-long or half day course with fun activities made to impart skills and teach the participants how to develop them.

A study by Bernard Schulz of Polytechnic of Namibia shows that soft skills are the competitive edge that an employer looks for in an employee. A way of developing this is to enroll in formal classes or by looking at self-training options.

Learning in a team has proven to develop skills, as there is time to practically implement them while interacting with other members. With some of the best places for team outing in Bangalore on offer, developing soft skills in a comfortable environment is what is offered to you. Team building activities in Bangalore that guarantee you adventure, thrill, collaboration, creativity and planning and communication are what are in schedule for your day of soft skills training.

Our instructors offer you both safety and fun within Bangalore, as well as at some select locations outside the city where your group can engage in more activities such as trekking, hiking, raft building and more. The team at Discovery Village believes in the value of outdoor therapy and its ability to open up an individual and teach them more about themselves and others that they are interacting with.

So come join us, at a resort in bangalore for one day team outing or resorts in masinagudi to unleash your hidden soft skills!

What Type of Person Are You?

04 March  |  Team Building

“Life is an endless process of self-discovery” ― James Gardner

Sometimes, the high demands of a workplace environment can tie you down from expressing yourself entirely. While some people seem totally unaffected, others might get bogged down due to various factors such as high pressure, heavy workload and strict timelines. In certain cases, such an environment breeds an introverted character who tends to shy away from interaction and this in turn might put a strain on the relationship between fellow employees and their perception of you. The ability to cope and respond in such scenarios often reveals your personality. Now imagine yourself in one such situation. How would you react? Ask yourself – “What type of a person are you?”. In her work, The Enneagram: A Path to Self-Discovery, author Kelley Granger suggests that correctly determining your personality type and the various influences it has is the first step towards attaining personal growth and improvement in relationship.

It is very well documented that engaging employees has a positive influence on their performance and effectively improves teamwork. According to the journal Business-unit-level relationship between employee satisfaction, employee engagement, and business outcomes: A meta-analysis an increase in employee engagement leads to an increase in business unit outcomes. Organizing corporate day outing is an effective way of cultivating team culture and encouraging the individuals to interact with each other, thereby understanding the dynamics of a group and discovering oneself through it.

Home to a growing number of small, medium and large organizations, there are many resorts in Bangalore for one day team outing. The team building activities organized by Discovery Village, are aimed at helping individuals and teams to unlock their potential, strengthen the collaboration and get away from the chaos of city life. These outbound training and adventurous activities, like the one in Nandi Hills Bangalore or the one planned at Masinagudi Resorts, are not only fun but act as excellent stress busters as well. Through all these, individuals can acquire insight into their own character. The absence of such engaging activities tends to plant seeds of self-doubt among certain individuals. Some people often refrain from any or all sort of communication fearing what others might think of them and which is why being self-aware is vital.

To conclude, identifying your personality traits and finding the answer to the question – “What type of Person you are?” is essential on the road to self discovery. Studies have found enough evidence to suggest that engaging employees will create a sense of belonging and foster better relationship among co-workers. Indulging in outbound group activities away from the workplace is seen as an effective way to tap into the personality of individuals and motivate them to build a strong bond with others in the team, which in turn translates into a positive output in the work environment. Amidst all the frenzy of life and work, one must be able to seek out their inner self and discover who they truly are.

Bring out the creativity in you!

01 March  |  Team Building

“Great creativity is astonishingly, absurdly, rationally, irrationally powerful”- Andy Hobsbawm

In a world filled with incessant interruptions and busy schedules that consume our lives, lesser importance is placed on exploringthe creative potential of the mind and its benefits. The effect of tapping into this pool of endless possibilities has been known to stimulate and awaken dormant parts of the brain thus increasing performance in an array of tasks. The Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology suggests that creative activity was positively associated with recovery experiences (i.e., mastery, control, and relaxation) and performance-related outcomes (i.e., job creativity and extra-role behaviours). Using the mediating effects of recovery experiences to better examine the relationship between creative activity and performance-related outcomes, it was further discovered that there was a direct and indirect relationship amiss the two that was heightened during team & group settings.

 

Team outings and corporate day outingshave been proven time and again to foster a creative approach to work linking it with childlike play. Engaging individuals in a creative process together not only forces them to work successfully as a team but also encourages the learning of new skills that are transferable to their jobs.A report from RedBalloon/AltusQ found that companies with high employee engagement levels were up to 10 times more likely to see an increase in sales and profit than those with lower engagement.One of the main reasons cited was the creation of a budding work culture giving employees the feeling of being a part of a community.

In lieu of such research, Discovery Village has curated a wide range of activities that are sure to challenge and exercise your right brain, the powerhouse of creativity. With funoutdoor team building activities combined with outbound training such as Twister, Tower of Hanoi, pottery, star gazing, trekking and rock climbing to name a few, every individual has the opportunity to express themselves creativity in any avenue they choose. Such activities are also are known to be therapeutic as they dampen stress levels as well as increase overall well-being. Publications such as Psychology Today have highlighted its benefits, which include stress relief, improved brain function and learning ability, greater intimacy and emotional awareness, and a greater connection to others and the world around you.

The philosophy that Discover Village, the best place for team outings in Bangalore, follows is relatively simple. It stands firm on bringing and maintaining cohesiveness and cooperation between individuals thus allowing them to adapt and excel in various dynamic circumstances. The great part about this so-called social experiment is the ability to have fun while learning about each other’s traits in agroup setting. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, individuals are also provided with the most scenic backdrop that adds an element of serenity and peace to the whole occasion.

To conclude, creatively exercising the brain createsan environment of sustained creative growth and learning. Following the 2014 research conducted by San Francisco University showing that people who partake in creative activities outside of work perform better when they’re back at their desks, it is almost imperative to take the importance of creative expression seriously.

Are Team Outings For Extroverts Or Introverts?

01 March  |  Team Building

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

These words of Albert Einstein are a great philosophy to follow to discover personalities and understand every individual’s best potential.There exists a general belief that extroverts are better performers than introverts.Research suggests that,“although introverts ‘start off with the lowest status’ (i.e., their peers didn’t evaluate them as having much influence), as time progressed their status climbed whereas the extroverts’ status fell”. A lot of times introverts are expected to be more extroverted.

However, team outings have proven this to be a fallacy time and again. If you compare the introverts and extroverts’ performances, you may be surprised to learn that the introverts or the silent ones often are better performers in team activities.Shyness does not translate to being less productive. The less we talk, the more we listen. Listening is learning. Shyness can be found in both introverts and extroverts, but the solitary behaviour in the introverts is often interpreted to be coyness. The quietude of the ‘shy’ or the ‘wallflowers’ acts as their strength. In fact, according to Inc, “Introverts, although representing only about 25% of the population, may represent as much as 70% of CEOs.”

A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory shows that “when it comes to predicting the success of a great team, the most important element is how well the team communicates during informal meetings and activities”.Discovery Village is inclusive in its assortment of activities. What’s common in these activities is how there is not much speech required to carry them out. Be it pottery, block game, raft building, tent pitching, survival camping, yoga, paint ball or stargazing, the common elements are concentration and will power. This helps bring the best out of both the introverts and the extroverts of the group. Here are 3 ways how:

  1. Introverts get a chance to be extroverted through their actions and extroverts get a chance to be introverted in their speech.
  1. For a change, introverts may be energized by the company of others and time spent with other team members. And extroverts may focus more, expanding their ability to reflect. This is a wonderful balance created in teams.
  1. When extroverts see introverts excel, they may understand the ‘untalked’ skills better. They understand personality traits less through words and more through actions.

Also, Discovery Village activities are less competitive and more cooperative. This is excellent to enhance the spirit of the team. The healthy spirit informs compassion and social sensitivity, which is essential to keep the group/s undivided. A similar philosophy is followed by the armed forces to sustain team spirit.

The idea is to achieve success in understanding people’s skills and traits in fun ways. It can be said that team outings at Discovery Village destinations act as psychology experiments to discover hidden talents and skills. Benziger Thinking Styles Assessment (BTSA) determines the dominant areas of the brain and suggests that activities such as team outingsactivate these areas of the brain enhancing creativity, self-motivation, confidence, initiative, empathy, and performance quality while reducing conflict

To conclude, team outings leave the introverts and extroverts a little less differentiated and a little more united.

“One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites.”

Reasons for team building at Discovery Village

01 October  |  Team Building

Reasons for Team Building at Discovery VillageHistory has it that stories of success began with a shared vision and strong team. Discovery Village helps corporates in strong team building whose individuals believe in sharing and flourishing. There are many reasons why organizations need to build teams and there are even more reasons to choose Discovery Village as the team building partner.

With innovative and out-of-the-box methods as well as techniques, the experts at Discovery Village have designed a set of team building activities that motivate, encourage and promote creative thinking. The fun filled environment at Discovery Village and an exciting array of corporate outdoor activities help participants in discovering their strengths and weaknesses. This way, each member can improve his/ her productivity while learning to complement the team as a whole.

A well nurtured team can bring in a sense of fun at the workplace and make facing challenges a pleasurable experience. With a range of communication games, group games and inspirational games, Discovery Village sets the potential of your team free in more ways than one. The games and activities are designed to align the teams, build rapport, cultivate trust, accelerate individual contribution and to turn a bunch of talented individuals into a successful team.

Now that you know how we can help your team, why wait? Call us to book for corporate outing. Come with your people, go back as a team.

Elements of outdoor team building activities

06 October  |  Team Building

Elements of outdoor Team Building Activities

You are responsible for planning your company’s day out. Is it really worth the time and effort? Will you get enough value for the additional effort?

Here are a few reasons why you should consider an ‘corporate outdoor activity’ for your company’s day out and to accomplish learning objectives.

Combines physical and mental stimuli

A combination of highly challenging and not so challenging physical activities, and mental challenges, helps achieve a wide range of learning objectives. Corporate outdoor activities invariably combine multidisciplinary skills and provide learning situations for team building, communication, leadership, collaboration and planning.

A whiff of fresh air

Bright sunshine and a whiff of crisp fresh air can perk up your spirits and create a conducive environment for self discovery and group activities. A natural setting of water streams, diverse trees, and tropical flowers can be inspiring and rejuvenating.

Informal and casual setting

Building team spirit is always fostered in more friendly and casual settings. A company or corporate day out provides a ‘natural setting’ away from the normal familiarity of office. What better casual setting than a natural environment to bring your team members together, drop their egos and rediscover one another.

Thrill of the outdoors

Corporate outdoor activities create a perfect combination of co-dependency and individual challenge. One is thrilled to see what their team could achieve and at the same time proud of their individual contributions. The fast pace of outdoor activities and elements of surprise build your ability to respond and think on your feet.

Finally, it is the plain, unadulterated outdoor fun combined with that rush of adrenaline that can create high performance corporate teams, fully inspired and raring to go.

Negotiate your win!

02 October  |  Team Building

Negotiate your win!!!

One of the many skills that companies and people pride themselves on is negotiation. Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more teams or people. Negotiation helps resolve issues and bargain for advantage. The aim of negotiation is compromise. Each party involved in a negotiation is in it for personal gain. The team with the better negotiation skills, therefore ends up with a more advantageous position.

Negotiation occurs in everyday situations such as divorce, parenting, marriage and everyday life. But it isn’t limited to personal or professional life. Negotiation is an indispensable part of legal proceedings, businesses, government branches, non-profit organizations and even talks among nations. The all-pervasive position of negotiation only underscores the importance of negotiation skills in each person for personal and professional reasons.

Negotiation skills can be learned. Discovery Village backs the claim that these skills can be honed through some simple corporate outdoor activities that are not only fun, but also provide a welcome break from the monotony of work and work pressures. If you are looking to improve the performance of your employees as individuals and as a part of teams, then Discovery Village can be a partner in achieving the goal. Here are some corporate activities

We offer to build negotiation skills among people.

  • Dynamic obstacle course.The participating teams begin from opposite sides of the course. It is designed so that the participants may negotiate their way around the course without touching the ground or the props provided. Each team member manoeuvers his or her way through and around the obstacles, much like in the corporate setting. There are situations and people that are best avoided. The most appropriate way around these obstacles while minimizing the personal disadvantages is mirrored in this game.
  • Get twenty.The game as the name suggests, requires participating teams to procure twenty items in under twenty minutes. While some of the items are readily available, some may have to be procured through negotiation. This game once again mirrors corporate reality.
  • Raft building.An activity where negotiation and leadership take the lead, raft building can be fun, exciting and adventurous. Since time and resources available are limited, the leader will have to negotiate with individuals, ideas and thoughts in order to build a raft.

There are numerous other such activities on offer at the Discovery Village Bangalore to build corporate teams and develop negotiation skills. If empowering your employees to be better strategists is on your agenda, then Discovery Village can help check one item off your list.