Memorable Monday: Fun and Challenging Experiences From YYKredit Accounting Staff Team Building in 2014

On 24 August 2014, Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network founder Thadz Engaling was engaged by the accounting staff of YYKredit, a small group of 11 amazing individuals who wanted nothing but to improve their team dynamics.

YYkredit accounting staff during their team building event in 2014
YYkredit accounting staff during their team building event in 2014

Everyone was like a sponge absorbing learning from the play-based activities employed. They also knew how to had fun and accepted challenges rather than be easily frustrated. So here's a photo diary that shows the fun and challenges in that team building event.

Massage Circle 

One of the lighter moments of the 2014 training was an icebreaker called massage circle. Everyone were standing behind someone in a circle. Each person was to massage the person in front of them. Then the process was reversed. There is something about massage that relaxes the mood and calms our nerves. It does the magic of easing tension and prepared participants to engage and focus on the activities that followed.

YYKredit accounting staff do the massage circle
YYKredit accounting staff do the massage circle

Helium Ring 

a favorite activity of CTFN facilitators is the helium ring. It brings enough frustration to get participants out of their comfort zones, yet at the same time it induces that Zeigarnik effect for them to badly want to figure out how to complete the task.

YYkredit accounting stuff figure out the helium ring
YYkredit accounting stuff figure out the helium ring

Monks' Meal 

Monks' meal is a mealtime activity that appeals for each one to have sensitivity towards others.

YYKredit staff during the monks' meal
YYKredit staff during the monks' meal

The Ball Game 

The ball game is also known among CTFN affiliates by various names such as octasonic juggle, team juggle, and warp speed. It is an activity that challenges training participants to challenge their self-perceived limitations.

YYkredit accounting staff start the ball game
YYkredit accounting staff start the ball game

Human Pinball 

Human pinball is a fun getting to know activity. It provides good old, friendly competition among colleagues. At the same time, it is a good activity to get participants engaged, active, and focused at the start of training.

YYkredit accounting staff get ready for the human pinball
YYkredit accounting staff get ready for the human pinball

Popsicle Push-up 

The one activity that pushed the YYKredit accounting staff way beyond their comfort zone was the popsicle push-up. While they have laughed in most of the activities they went through, the popsicle push-up did not only test their will as individuals but there was genuine frustration as a team failing to clear the challenge for quite a time. But that only turned out good because the sense of fulfillment was ecstatic when they finally figured a way to succeed.

The popsicle push-up was a real challenge for the YYKredit accounting staff
The popsicle push-up was a real challenge for the YYKredit accounting staff

Human Knot

In Cebuano play culture, we refer to the human knot activity as "Doctor Wakwak". While an effective learning exercise in communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, it readily brought out everyone's little kid inside as can be seen in the joy of the participants' faces.

YYKredit accounting staff have fun with the Human Knot
YYKredit accounting staff have fun with the Human Knot

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