"When the 'what's the point?' moments hit, ask yourself ..........
..........'what IS the point?' Why ARE you doing what you're doing? !"
The task is simple in concept, but can be made as easy or as difficult as required! One smaller team working together don't need to negotiate, but the "price list" for materials, including balloons, will still need to be studied, etc. It is also a great LEADERSHIP exercise, especially if there are 2 or more teams and they get over-competitive!
Planning for PROFIT; strategic planning, risk analysis - eg how windy is the weather?! Negotiating; contingency planning; involving all team members and allocating roles, motivation, camaraderie.
per kit - 100 balloons; poles of varying widths and strengths sufficient to design and build a base and then erect a 50 feet balloonpole; varying widths and lengths of string and rope; scissors
a tailor-made (eg with or without auction) tutor's brief with full instructions
tailor-made team briefs; copies of "Share, Care, Communicate", laminated "Teamwork Behaviour Checklists"; 2 copies of "Leadership at WORK"
"The short cut to a dead end is the way you've always done it !"
The aim for this task is to maximise PROFIT by building a flagpole flying balloons from the top of it - with the height and the number of balloons and the time taken as the measurements for GROSS profit.
In the Planning Phase we hold an AUCTION for materials. So by the time of the auction teams need to have a very specific strategy - for how much they can afford to spend versus the potential rewards.
Liaising and NEGOTIATING between teams is allowed. So this is a great task if you have 3 or more teams (with at least 4 or 5 team members in each) Measurement is by NET profit.
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