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50 Digital Team-Building Games: Fast, Fun Meeting Openers, Group Activities and Adventures using Social Media, Smart Phones, GPS, Tablets, and More by John Chen

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CHAPTER 5

Problem Solving

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

—Albert Einstein

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.

—Frank Wilczek

Problem solving is a critical skill for high-performing teams. It is the culmination of team communication, elevated trust, out-of-the-box thinking, and the ability to play with new and potentially unrelated ideas until a solution is created. Teams that get “stuck” have a difficult time solving problems because they begin to believe that they simply cannot solve them. The following games are designed to get teams into the problem-solving mind-set. They aim to open team members’ minds to new solutions, encourage them to listen to fellow teammates, work together as a team even if they don’t understand the idea entirely, and most of all, help them recognize when they have solved a key problem and celebrate it! These games are a great starting point and way to get teams to ask, “If we can solve this, what else can we solve?”

Move One Line/Add One Line—Team Creativity with More Than One Solution

Time: 10–30 minutes

Participants: 2–8 per team; unlimited teams

Technology: Internet, Google Docs or another application that allows simultaneous editing

Category: Problem solving

Goals

Increase a team’s creativity by creating as many solutions as possible to a visual puzzle by moving or adding a line.

Game Summary

This game is a classic creativity team-building challenge ...

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