As a Malaysian in the most obese country in Asia, we routinely wake up, drive to work, sit all day long behind a desk, eat, facebook and we repeat it all over again. A high rope activity as team building program may seem like a great challenge to many especially for those in corporate!

As much as I am a trainer who loves adventurous activities, as a certified corporate coach and certified rock climbing Instructor, I would not simply propose rock climbing or the high rope course to just any client. It has to relatable to the program objective! If a client wishes to build team unity, or has a team of elderly senior staff, these activities may end scaring off those high performing staff and this would not bring out the real message of the high rope course!

High rope course works well for Individual compared to Teams

The high rope course works particularly well with individual who really wish to get out from their comfort zone, get over their fears and move forward. Personally, it works great for sales people, entrepreneurs and those who wish to have a breakthrough in their life.

The high rope course can work well with organizations if properly facilitated and tied back to working environment and daily life. It will build closer and stronger bonds among team members as they have to support each other in the challenge. When they finally complete it and have a breakthrough, they can all celebrate as team members!

Selection of high rope course instructor is key to determine the success of the team building. I have seen a group of participants queueing up for few hours just for flying fox, this will end up participant sitting there eating snacks and gossiping about each other.

What should I take note of when taking the high rope course as team building program?

  1. Participant’s age and medical condition
  2. Objective of the team building? What you want to see after the program?
  3. Certification of the instructor
  4. Do not let the enter team wait for just a single high rope course, break them in to a few teams and rotate them among different courses or other activities.
  5. Conduct pre and post activity sessions to tie it back to agreed objectives.

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