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Small teams vs large teams in team building. Which is the best option?

Team building activities are essential for fostering collaboration, enhancing communication, and boosting morale within a group. It is not anymore just about partying and having fun. They must be included as a recurrent activity that impacts the success of the company. Whether it's a small team of ten or a large-scale event involving hundreds of participants, each format offers unique advantages and challenges. 

Which should we choose?

Small team building: intimacy and depth

Small team-building activities typically involve groups ranging from a handful to a few dozen participants. These intimate settings create an environment where individuals can interact closely, fostering deeper connections and understanding among team members. People engaging in these activities can benefit out of:

  1. Personalized interaction: With fewer participants, each individual has ample opportunities to engage actively. Personalized interactions allow team members to understand each other's strengths, weaknesses, and communication styles better. This is suitable for teams that need to strengthen their connection because their work is dependent on them getting along.

  2. Tailored activities: Small teams can participate in activities specifically tailored to their unique dynamics and goals. Whether it's a trust-building exercise, a problem-solving challenge, or a creative project, activities can be customized to address the team's specific needs.

  3. Immediate feedback: In small groups, feedback is immediate and direct. This facilitates continuous improvement and allows team members to address issues promptly, leading to enhanced performance and cohesion.

  4. Building trust: Intimate settings enable team members to build trust and camaraderie more effectively. Through shared experiences and mutual support, trust flourishes, laying a solid foundation for collaboration and teamwork.

Large-Scale Team Building: Spectacle and Collaboration

On the other end of the spectrum are large-scale team-building events such as chain reactions, where hundreds of participants come together to create elaborate, interconnected contraptions. These events offer a unique blend of spectacle, creativity, and collaboration because of:

  1. Spectacular display: Large-scale chain reaction events often culminate in a spectacular display of creativity and ingenuity. Watching hundreds of individual components come together to form a cohesive chain reaction is inspiring and serves as a powerful metaphor for teamwork and interconnectedness.

  2. Collaborative effort: Building a chain reaction machine requires collaboration on an unprecedented scale. Participants must work together, often in subgroups, to design, build, and integrate their contributions into the larger contraption. This promotes cross-team collaboration and encourages individuals to step out of their comfort zones to achieve a common goal.

  3. Problem-solving challenges: Chain reaction events present participants with complex problem-solving challenges. From designing mechanisms to troubleshooting issues during the setup phase, participants must think critically and innovatively to overcome obstacles and ensure the success of the chain reaction.

  4. Sense of achievement: Successfully orchestrating a large-scale chain reaction is a monumental achievement that instills a sense of pride and accomplishment in participants. The collective effort fosters a strong sense of community and reinforces the value of teamwork making it a memorable experience.

While both small team-building activities and large-scale chain reaction events offer valuable opportunities for team development, it's essential to consider the specific needs and dynamics of your group when choosing the right approach. Small teams excel in fostering intimacy, personalized interaction, and focused communication, while large-scale events promote spectacle, collaboration, and problem-solving on a grand scale. It is up to you what you want to achieve in your teams this year! Get in touch with us at to discuss personalized solutions for your team!

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