With the end of the year approaching, this week is a great to share some of my favorites of 2011. Here is the schedule it may change;

 Michael Cardus Team Building & Leadership Expert Create-Learning (4)


Favorite Team Building & Leadership Activities + Simulations 2011

  • In no particular order.

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Planning Path

  • Planning Path forces the teams to clarify accountabilities of the plan and necessary time-frames coordinating the effort of all the individuals into one system


Communicate This & Stick it here!

  • Complex simulation illustrating communication by people listening and sharing  information in a manner that other people can understand the message being received as well as sent.

Processing the Experience Using Mouse Traps

  • Utilizing an active reviewing method (as opposed to a passive method which is question & answer) aids people in creating brain based connection from the team building activity to their work, lives, community, etc…

Sky Bottle Commander

  • Real-Time planning at the location of the problem to be solved.

Cycle Time Puzzle Variation: Puzzle Connection

  • Puzzle Connection focuses on collaboration and decision making. Teams practice problem solving and communication skills, and increase their understanding of the need for constant communication between existing teams.

New Door to One Word

  • Here is an opening activity that I use in DiSC Workshops. The purpose is to open the understanding of perceptual awareness and that we all have beliefs about ourselves, others, and our organization.

D–Quick Choice

  • For participants to experience a D – Dominance type culture. In this activity all people are asked to use their Dominance to accomplish a task that has a tight time frame and a decision must be made.

DTC Operator

  • Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – is a tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia.

Nine Windows

  • Using nine windows serves us in discovering solutions by understanding the problem in the context of the past, present and future along with exploring the problem in the Super-System, current System, and Sub-System.


  • Individuals on teams when involved in challenges are really close to the problem and taking a Plan:Do:Check:ACT (PDCA) break will create clarity and teach a model of action steps and solutions finding in real-time examples.

everyone BUT YOU knows the best choice

  • In what ways, besides just telling you which rope was the correct choice, could the people and teams support, guide, serve your team in making the right choice?

How To Process + De-Brief Team Building Activities

  • Team Building Facilitators lead activities that add value to the organization, team and person. This is established and created through purposeful processing and de-briefing of the activities. Allowing for functional tie-backs and applications