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Unlock Your Team's True Potential


At a corporate                             event at the School of Hard Locks Escape Room, your team has to work together using their ingenuity, logic and sleuthing skills to search for and use clues that will help them beat the clock and escape from a locked room in 60 minutes.  A corporate team building task that will create laughter and an adrenaline rush as well as a host of water cooler memories to share.


But it is more than just an                              !


This fun and challenging corporate event tests your Team's skills in                                ,                            ,                     

                                     ,                                   and most of all their                      ability.  While you learn more about their strengths - and weaknesses - both as a team and as individuals, we follow it up with a seminar on the areas revealed during the activity to make sure that they get the right combination to success.  

can your team communicate effectively?

"We had FUN while getting SMARTER. 

Our whole department loved the experience!" 

- C.J.

can your team work together to solve problems?

"This was more suited to the people in our department than the physical stuff we have done in the past for team building.  I felt like it was exercising our minds instead of our bodies."

- P. F.

can your team manage their time efficiently?

"WOW!  We learned a lot about how we communicate with one another.  I am looking forward to seeing how we can use this information on the job.  Thanks!" 

- M. T.

can your team escape?

"When can we do it again??"

- J. B.

GAMING THE BRAIN BLOG POST: Team Bonding or Team Building?


"We need some team building.  What can we do?  I know, let’s go bowling?  How about go-karts?  Nah, let’s just go out for Happy Hour!"


Companies often come to us looking for Corporate Team Building experiences.  We ask them what other team building activities they have done in the past and we hear, “bowling, go-karts, laser tag, drinking.”  All fun corporate activities.  Really fun activities.  But then we ask them what their objectives are for this ‘team building.’  “Well, we are having communication issues,” “We are looking to see which of our new hires is a natural leader,” “There seems to be a problem with projects getting done on time and we are not sure why.”  The list of objectives goes on and on.  Hmm, there seems to be a disconnect here.


Those FUN activities are great when you want your team to bond more, to get to know one another on a social level - and don’t get me wrong, that is important for a successful team.  But how do they BUILD your team other than that?  True Team Building requires that the team work together in some way to accomplish something: scale a wall, build a bridge, find all of the hidden objects, escape the room.


Individually, none of you will get out of the room; but together, well, you’ve got a chance to escape.


When you enter the escape room or when you start a new project no one has any idea what you are going to have to do in order to solve it. And as the saying goes, “It’s scary going it alone.”  But you don’t have to – not in the escape room and not in the workplace.


The definition of a team is ‘a group of people, with complementary skills, a common goal and a shared responsibility.’  Today let’s focus on the first part of that


– A GROUP OF PEOPLE.  Why a team rather than individuals on a project?  What is the benefit? 


One of the main reasons to work in teams is in order find more creative solutions to problems.  We see this all the time.  During a corporate team building experience someone finds something in the room and can’t figure it out, or doesn’t know what to do with it.  So they turn to someone else and ask for their input.  Now the team is on it.  Or the project itself requires so much work one person can’t do it alone.  So they ask for someone to help.  Yup – that is what is known as collaboration.  It is the reason why we create teams in the workplace – to have someone to bounce ideas off of, to share responsibilities, and even to make people feel a part of something. Because it is not just play that brings people together, working together inspires a sense of community, of family. And isn't that what we want from our teams?


Answer Key:  Team Building is Team Bonding – even though Team Bonding may not be Team Building.

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