For this game, all that you need is just an adequate space in which to work.
- Select randomly six to eight volunteers from the total group to participate in an exercise (for demonstration purposes). Have the group move to a location that allows them to stand in a small circle. Invite all other participants to position themselves where they can easily observe.
- Instruct each member of the small group to extend his or her left hand across the circle and grasp the left hand of another member who is approximately opposite. Then have them extend their right hands across the circle and grasp the right hands of other individuals.
- Inform them that their task is to unravel the spider web of interlocking arms without letting go of anyone’s hands. They will also be timed (as a way to place pressure on them). The desired outcome is a circle of persons all holding the hands of the persons standing next to them.
- What was your first thought when you heard the nature of the task? (Probably, “This will be impossible!”)
- What member behaviours contributed to the success of your group?
- What member behaviours detracted (or could detract) from its success in achieving its goal?
- What lessons does this exercise have for future team building among our members?