“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.” —Plato While our average team-building event usually involves 20 to 150 participants, every now and then we work with much bigger digits, like a recent gig we ran for almost 1,500 people in Orlando, Florida. That’s a whopping 150 teams to manage, along with digital devices, hired actors, props and logistics. And the cherry on top? The client requested a customized version of The Classic Go Game with sports-specific challenges. No problem. We got this. How do we pull off a game like that? Like Plato said, it’s about knowledge, not numbers: We’ve been doing this for 15 years and are fortunate to have a solid staff with creativity out the wazoo. So we flew a small faction out to Orlando a few days early and got busy:
You may have noticed that we have an unconventional approach to most everything. We cruise the streets in orange jumpsuits. We often travel with rubber chickens in our luggage. And we don’t subscribe to the standard rating scale of 1 to 10. You know the one, it might go something like this: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most positive, how would you rate your overall experience at The Door to Hell? Instead of the conventional 1 to 10, we created a superior ranking system of 1 to 6 for four reasons:
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Celebrate company accomplishments and toast the New Year with panache! The Go Game has so many ways to spike your end-of-year party with high-stakes competition and monumental absurdity—let's make this year's holiday party unforgettable! 1. Costumed Pub Crawl Grab a Santa hat and galavant to the watering holes with fun missions at every stop and prizes for the winners. Our emcees have super-hero skills in managing chaos. A rowdy good time in any town!
Believe it or not, food scientists, mathematicians and astronomers have something in common. These professions are on a short list of “High-Paying Jobs for People Who Don’t Like Stress.” But who really likes stress? And how many food scientists, mathematicians and astronomers does anyone actually know? If only we could all be so lucky. Meanwhile, the rest of us have deadlines, too many projects and far-reaching goals. On top of those work pressures, add the New Media Age in which people are finding it difficult to connect with colleagues and friends in an authentic way. We’re stressed and disconnected. Something’s gotta give.
Successful creative people—whether a designer, musician, marketing strategist, artist, inventor, film director or even Go Game producer—aren’t afraid to fail. It’s not that they like failing per se. It’s just that trying new things, which is de rigueur for innovative people, leads to frequent failure. Case in point: Albert Einstein made a lot of mistakes. But clearly, missteps didn’t slow him down. He published roughly 300 journal articles and, holds the record as one of history’s most bad-ass geniuses of all time.
Successful creative people whether a designer, musician, marketing strategist, artist, inventor, film director or even Go Game producer aren't afraid to fail. Itäó»s not that they like failing per se. It's just that trying new things, which is de rigueur for innovative people, leads to frequent failure.
In the spring of 2016, Christopher Knight, director of loss prevention at CVS in Phoenix, was in search of something different for the annual offsite meeting with his team. He was looking for an event that would complement his company’s values, which Chris defines with a few key words: collaboration, caring, integrity, accountability and innovation. Not only that, he wanted an experience that would be more fun than what he could put together himself. “Let me put it simply,” says Chris. “I know my limitations. I can put together something and spend hours and hours working on it, or I can spend [some money] and have a great experience with experts who know how to do this.” Chris is responsible for guiding a team of 30 people with two roles: all of physical security (training, access, badges, alarms, video, etc.) and diversion mitigation (investigations, audits, compliance, etc.). His department, he adds, “focuses on the integrity part of the values at CVS. We deal with negative situations. It’s not like we’re shaking hands with senators or kissing babies all day.” His team ranges in age from 22 to 63—a broad spectrum of people who could easily have difficulty feeling close-knit and enjoying two days together offsite. So in addition to finding the right team builders, Chris knew that a fun location was critical for success. He selected Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. The hotel has reinvented itself since opening in the 1950s, now showcasing its mid-century architecture with a playful, hip vibe. Chris likened the hotel’s modern adaptations to when CVS acquired Caremark in 2007, a game-changing move that combined retail with pharmacy and propelled CVS into the lead in the healthcare space.
Happy 100th birthday to the National Park Service! Thanks to a little-known and completely inept explorer—a man named Truman Everts who got lost in the West for 37 days—America’s first national park was created in 1872. Following the establishment of Yellowstone, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. To celebrate our national parks and the great outdoors in general, we produced a game geared toward, well, fun—as well as stepping outside. According to The Outdoor Foundation a growing number of Americans use technology and mobile devices to get outside, and 35 percent of Americans enjoy sharing their experiences with others via mobile technology. Most every one has a phone (or a friend with a phone) these days, so grab an iphone or Android and search for The Go Game in the app store. Download our free game (using the super secret passcode: gix), call a few friends (or not—teams can range from one to five people, so configure it however you like) and head outside. What’s the Game Like? We have nine missions for you. You’ll find everything from a dance challenge (inspired by John Griffith, a crew supervisor in the California Conservation Corps) to manipulating perspective—all of which can be captured by video and photo on your digital device. Complete as many missions as you like during the month of September, and—here’s the best part—you could win sweet prizes! Additionally, for each photo or video you post on Twitter or Facebook, we’ll donate a buck to the National Park Foundation. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Yosemite, your local park, camping in the wilderness or just wandering in an open field at the end of a cul de sac. As long as you’re outside, you’re ready to play our game. Let’s do this! We can’t wait to see how your missions unfold.