What brings people in groups closer together to form a more cohesive team?\r\n\r\nA voice from above would perhaps say, \u201cWell, this is going to take a long time!\u201d. But the short and crisp answer we would say is : \u201cChallenges\u201d.\r\n\r\nAnd so, when we received a request from an MNC to conduct a Team building program for a group of 120 people \u2013 mostly foreigners, here in India for a sales meet \u2013 the question in our mind was, \u201cWhat is the challenge we can setup for them which is just optimum enough to get them excited, intrigued and at the same time, successful?\u201d. \u00a0\r\n\r\nThe answer became easier to arrive on, due to the constitution of the group \u2013 100 foreigners and 20 Indians. \u201cLets setup a Treasure Hunt in Delhi, so that they get to see our heritage \u2013 while at the same time, participating in a Challenge!\u201d\u2026.. and with that we went about setting up the challenge.\r\n\r\nTo cut a long story short \u2013 the team had a great time seeing a lot of the heritage sites, of which Delhi is so plentifully blessed. At the same time, they had a whale of a time cracking clues, competing against each other and of course, doing the oh-so-Indian challenge activities like : \u201c5 people in the team getting mehendhi done\u201d or \u201cPlaying the Ek tar Sarangi Symphony at Dilli Haat\u201d and many such more. The fact that they had to use a modern GPS device to lead them to the different places, instead of a guide, made it a self discovery and so, all the more exciting.\r\n\r\nBut at the end of the day, does such an activity really help in pulling the team closer together?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere are a few reasons why we think it does and why we love running these treasure hunts:\r\n\r\n1. The teams had a set of different challenges: to crack the location clues, to solve a riddle sheet while travelling, to complete the challenge activity (like mehendhi) and to arrive back on time. The only way to do everything within the stipulated time was to assign roles and collaborate. Also close communication between team members and the drivers assigned to the respective buses, was critical to ensure no time wastage. Thumbs up for teamwork!\r\n\r\n2. As fun as a Treasure hunt looks, it calls for serious business planning & prioritization skills. Which route should the team take? Who does what? When is the cut off time to head back? The teams that win are almost always the teams that plan to win. No kids-play this.. the team must get together, discuss and decide the way forward. Somewhere in the process the imaginary string holding them, draws closer.\r\n\r\n3. A big points winner in the treasure hunt was the \u201cTeam spirit bonus\u201d. A maximum of 100 points was there for the winning if the teams show the necessary elements that go into making a great team. And what are they \u2013 looking out for one anothers safety, cheering for each other, keeping the enthusiasm up and of course, knowing one another better & enjoying each others company. Each team was also given a camera to capture the moments, which later went on to form a \u201ccherished team memory\u201d!\r\n\r\n4. Corporates by and large - we feel - under estimate the power of fun and laughter in bonding people together. It almost seems at times that people think: \u201cWe are serious people with serious titles \u2013 and so fun is frivolous\u201d. Yet our most cherished memories are always the times when we did things together that were incredibly fun and full of laughter. For corporate team members, running along together, doing an apparently senseless, non-motive driven activity like a Treasure hunt \u2013 often turns out to be the \u201claughing out loud\u201d lasting memory creator.\r\n\r\n5. The best thing about Treasure hunts though is the complete flexibility we have in running it. A treasure hunt - for the record - can be setup anywhere in the world. It can be setup across a city, within a large sprawling resort or even in some large office campuses. \u00a0It can be made at different levels of difficulty too. Treasure hunts can also be setup in a way by which the \u201ccore values of an organisation\u201d or any other current \u201cmessage\u201d can be conveyed to the teams in an engaging fashion.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t take our word for it. The next time you have an opportunity to run a team building program for your organisation, try the Treasure Hunt. And yes, do feel free to call us \u2013 should you need any help!\r\n\r\nThe actual Treasure that you discover at the end of the hunt \u2013 you will see \u2013 will be the new bonding in your team and some great memories!\r\n\r\nDo try it and let us know how it went!