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How Problem-Solving Can Facilitate Team-Building

Problem Solving

Many organisations that experience our Integral Leadership Development Program choose to augment it with our team building programs. Unlike generic team-building exercises, our programs are more specific and relevant to your business, due to the time we spend with our clients before executing the program.

This allows us to learn more about your systems, personnel, and aspirations, and gives us the opportunity to customise our approach to your organisation. It also helps us isolate key learning points from your exercises, and provide maximum results within your workplace.

First, we work with you to define three important points: your expectations, how it fits into your overall training, and what benefits your organisation will receive from the program. After an initial scoping and design meeting, we will provide you with a detailed proposal.

Exercises include:


The Keypad exercise requires that everyone display constant improvement to meet the goal of the exercise. A code is entered into the keypad three times by each team. They must finish the task ten seconds quicker each progressive time. The key learning points derived from this exercise include continual improvement, selecting the right person for the right job, and the management of consequences.

Pandora’s Box

Approximately 80% of the groups who participate in this exercise fail to complete it correctly within the allotted time. It requires participants to observe and share information, helping them formulate a plan of action. Everyone has to fully understand their roles, function as a team, and display urgency and focus to finish the exercise on time.

Pandora’s Box is a challenging exercise which teaches urgency, focus, and time management. It also teaches participants to prepare for the unexpected, and that sometimes, no matter how well you plan, you don’t achieve the desired outcome.

Maze Grid

Each team has to navigate a 6 x 8 maze grid. The key learning points are that you don’t always succeed in everything the first time, that you must learn from mistakes, and that you have to reinforce learning to promote improvement on a continuing basis.


Your team has to escape from a simulated cave-in with life-threatening consequences. The takeaways: working together to survive, expecting the unexpected, emergency management, managing frustration, and passing on what you have learned to the next person.

Call (08) 9242 8122 for more information.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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