Have you ever had the need to split a team?\r\n\r\nBefore you get your sinister smile & evil fangs out \u2013 let me quickly clarify: Have you ever run a meeting or activity, where you needed to split a larger group of people into smaller units? Many of you would perhaps sigh an exasperated, \u201cYes\u201d! Without a clear plan, this is one activity that can get frustrating as hell.\r\n\r\nAt FocusU, we pride ourselves to be amongst the best team building companies in the world. Over the years (and not without our own share of splitting hair), we now have a small repertoire that we often dip into.\r\n\r\nThere is a very famous poem that is very relevant for all of us as Facilitators. It goes like this:\r\n\r\nFor want of a nail the shoe was lost.\r\n\r\nFor want of a shoe the horse was lost.\r\n\r\nFor want of a horse the rider was lost.\r\n\r\nFor want of a rider the message was lost.\r\n\r\nFor want of a message the battle was lost.\r\n\r\nFor want of a battle the kingdom was lost.\r\n\r\nAnd all for the want of a horseshoe nail.\r\n\r\nThe essence of the poem is that \u2013 sometimes the smallest of things that can seem insignificant to us can derail a big grand plan. Truly, God is in the details.\r\n\r\nWhile we conduct team building programs \u2013 especially for large groups, one small minor insignificant activity is \u2013 how we go about splitting the team into smaller manageable (for a single Facilitator) sizes. Done right, it will not even be noticed. But do it wrong \u2013 and it can cause a lot of confusion, chaos and heartburn for the organizers. Overall, when not done right it can give the impression that we as Facilitators are really not in control.\r\n\r\nA few thumb rules that a Facilitator should bear in mind as he heads into the phase where he needs to split a team are:\r\n\r\n \tA clear estimate of how much time it should take.\r\n \tHow to make the communication crystal clear and ensure confusion free movement.\r\n \tNot to leave any participant wandering clueless\r\n \tNot to break the FUN momentum, built-up by the preceding activities\r\n\r\nYes, at Focus, we have some tried and tested methods that work as a short & clear therapy for splitting teams into any sizes. Here are a few variants for you to try:\r\n\r\n1) Flip a Coin\r\n\r\n \tSplitting Team into 2 Groups\r\n\r\nTotal Time: 2-8 Min (depending on team size)\r\nIdeal for Team Size : Any Size\r\n\r\nFind a partner, you are most comfortable with. Flip a coin.\r\nAll Tails: 1 Team, All Heads: 1 Team\r\n\r\n2) Playing Cards\r\n\r\n(One full card deck has been considered for examples mentioned below. You can use multiple decks depending on team size)\r\n\r\n\r\nGive them one Playing card each. Make sure to manage your cards according to the total team size.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tSplitting into 2 teams\r\n\r\nColor of the Cards (Max 26 black cards, 26 red cards)\r\n\r\n \tSplitting into 4 teams\r\n\r\nHearts:\u00a0 13 red cards\/ Spades:\u00a0 13 black cards\/ Diamonds:\u00a0 13 red cards\/ Clubs:\u00a0 13 black cards\r\n\r\n \tSplitting into Groups of 4\r\n\r\nAll four 7\u2019s, four Ace\u2019s, etc.)\r\n\r\n3) Gum Balls\r\n\r\n \tSplitting into two or more teams\r\n\r\nGive everybody gumballs of a different color (According to the number for your groups).\r\n\r\nIf you like : Have them eat them as they are arriving, then divide them by the color of their tongues.\r\n\r\nSelect colors as per the no. of teams you want\r\n\r\n4) Match the Card\r\n\r\n\u00a0Randomly hand out pre printed cards with images in any combination such as:\r\n\r\nFood : Bread\/Jam, Fruit\/Juice, etc.\r\n\r\nBrand Logos : LG Logo\/LG, HP Logo\/HP, etc.\r\n\r\nOr May be Product\/Company : TV\/Sony, Printer\/HP, Fruit Juice\/Real, Car\/Audi, etc.\r\n\r\nThen get them to find someone with a card that \u2018goes\u2019 with their card\r\n\r\n5) Socksy Pair\r\n\r\n\u00a0Get a bag of (unquestionably washed) socks \u2013 each picks one then finds their pair or same color or may be same size.\r\n\r\n6) Kung Fu Masters\r\n\r\n\u201cTerm \u2018Kung Fu\u2019 refers colloquially to any individual accomplishment or skill cultivated through long and hard work. For this activity all participants would be known as Kung Fu Master.\u201d\r\n\r\nCall out "Kung Fu Masters X" and the participants need to quickly huddle in a group of size X.\r\n\r\nRepeat several times with different sized groups.\r\n\r\nWhen correct groups are formed, as you want, you can continue your workshop.\r\n\r\nThese are just six different ways to split a team \u2013 am sure there would be more!\r\n\r\nDo share your ideas if you have more. Here\u2019s to some fun, efficient splitting!