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Crossing the line is on of our team building activities which is a perfect exercise when you have a bigger group to work with. This exercise can be used to get to know each other more thoroughly but is also great to solve conflicts and to create mutual respect for one another.
In this exercise the tension can become very real (as you might have seen on the television). That’s why it is of utmost importance to preserve emotional safety to everyone in the group. Don’t forget to end crossing the line with a light hearted question to make people feel good when they leave for home! As with every exercise variations can be applied.
You can apply variations to this Team Building Activities exercise:
- If people are visibly struggling when they cross the line the trainer and the rest of the team can show their support by making the ‘I love you sign’ with their hand. This gesture looks like the the ‘rock on!’ sign but instead the thumb is not on your first but points to the side.
- Crossing the line is excellent to work out conflicts or disagreements that are prevalent on the workfloor. To illustrate with an example. A common problem could be that some people agree they have to work too much over hours. The thesis then would be: “Cross the line if you agree that the team has to make too much over hours.” People that agree will now cross the line and you can start a constructive dialogue working towards a solution and mutual understanding.
- Crossing the line can be an emotionally heavy exercise to do with a team. So instead of going in depth with conflicts you can also use it casually as an energizer. You can do this by only using light hearted subjects or funny questions. This will keep the emotions at bay and will make the group warmed up for the rest of the day. It’s also suited to introduce everyone to each other in yet a slightly different way.
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