Your team is likely going through one of the stages of Tuckman\u2019s team formation model \u2013 forming, storming, norming, performing and so on. In the future, the team will go through it again and again as new members join while others exit. Just like the defence forces, which include the army, the navy, and the air force, even corporate teams face situations where they are pushed beyond their comfort zone to perform in a changing environment. Such a change can happen anytime, irrespective of which stage the team is going through in Tuckman\u2019s progression. Here are five ideas to draw your team out of their comfort zones and push them to grow.\r\n\r\n \tConduct Joint Operations:\r\nThe Indian Defence forces conduct joint exercises with several countries to give exposure of new ways of combat to their forces. The Naval exercise Aruna is a\u00a0joint exercise\u00a0of navies of France and\u00a0India.\u00a0Exercise\u00a0Malabar is a bilateral naval\u00a0exercise\u00a0involving the United States and\u00a0India. On the same lines, you can assign a common mission to cross-functional teams so that they work together and learn from each other and move outside their zones to know what\u2019s possible and what\u2019s not.\r\n \tLearn From Gamers:\r\nI remember when I used to play Mario; the main character of the game, Mario, goes through various stages and gets better at handling new challenges when he moves from the first stage to the next and so on. Every stage was a test of skills since it was more difficult than the previous one. Gamers get better by setting difficult targets at every stage, moving from beginners to intermediate to expert levels. Assign challenges to your team that pushes them beyond their comfort zone \u2013 simply up the challenge for them time and again.\r\n \tPut Them in a New Experience:\r\n Imagine your team is left on a hill with a food supply, a stove, a jar of water, and that is it! They must navigate to another point on the hill to get more supplies that can further help them get rescued. We at FocusU conduct a challenge called the Cooking Challenge, which forces teams to go beyond their comfort zones and deal with a new survival experience. The only way to get supplies is to go through several challenges and survive. It\u2019s only the teams that adapt to the changing situations and do the extra-ordinary that succeed in this survival challenge.\r\n \tSet an Impossible Goal:\r\n One of the best ways athletes train is by setting BHAGs \u2013 Big Hairy Audacious Goals. It is just like a David facing Goliath; Goliath looks big but David must find the courage to beat Goliath and in the process, become great. Motivational speaker Les Brown says, \u201cShoot for the moon, because even\u00a0if you\u00a0miss, you'll land in the stars.\u201d The same goes for teams when they are given an impossible task to achieve - they can either make it or break it. If they make it, they become better, and if they break it, they learn.\r\n \tExpose Your Team to Change:\r\nWe run workshops for corporates, which make teams go through change left, right, and centre. One of our signature team building challenges is called the Pixel Challenge in which teams are shuffled several times while they are working towards a common goal. The teams resist and find it difficult to adapt to this change. It is all about going beyond their comfort zone to beginning afresh every time a change is announced and perform without wasting crucial time. To know more, simply write to us and we would be more than happy to share experiential activities that can help you stretch your team and make them better than ever.