In the first blog post in this series, we shared an overview of how a2z’s team uses a2zWeek as a launch pad for brainstorming new ideas, strategic thinking for the future and collaborating on creative projects.
The a2zWeek program always includes one day mostly dedicated to an outdoor activity with plenty of fun and challenging team-building exercises. One year it may be zip lines and rope courses, and another field games with an inflated ball! This year, it was a fairly unusual type of competitive scavenger hunt which propelled us to come out of our shells and explore ‘out of left field’ solutions to meet unexpected tasks – very much in keeping with this year’s theme “Innovation and the Future of Events”.
The challenges were quirky and unconventional. Much hilarity ensued as each team got cracking and tried to complete as many as possible in the given time to get the lead. The list is too long to publish here in its entirety, but here are a few (along with the corresponding pictures) for your viewing pleasure:
What is Zaching? Give it a try…raise your arms and show us your muscles. Now picture every person fighting cancer and those going through the fight with them doing the same. Take a picture of your team Zaching with strangers to fight cancer.
Request the Highest of Fives
The 3rd Thursday in April is National High Five Day, a 24-hour period for giving strangers, friends, and family as many high fives as humanly possible. Take a picture of a teammate High-Fiving someone in a uniform.
Like A Board
The Planking Fad was an activity consisting of lying face down with your hands at your sides and taking a picture in an unusual and original location. Take a picture of a teammate(s) planking in the coolest place you can find.
Dab On ‘Em
The Dab was made famous by North Carolina Panthers quarter back, Cam Newton, during a one of his football touchdown dances. Take a picture of your team doing the dab with as many strangers you can get to help you.
State flags exhibit a variety of regional influences and local histories, as well as different styles and design principles. Find a state flag flying somewhere and take a team picture with it in the background.
You can view more photos from the day on a2z’s Facebook Page.
We’ll turn to slightly more serious matters in the next article when we explore ‘Creative Problem Solving and Thinking Out of Your Box’ in a professional environment. Watch this space!