Team Building with IBID at Vana Nava and Grand Hyatt Erawan

Day 1, 15th May 2015

I was honored to be selected to plan, organize and facilitate a VIP team building event with IBID at Grand Hyatt Erawan in Hua Hin (Thailand) from 15th to 16th May 2015.

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach resorts located 200 km South of Bangkok. Beside myriads of luxury resorts with modern meeting facilities, Hua Hin boasts a stunning beach which is one of the most under-rated in Thailand. The beach is powdery sandy, meticulously clean and up to 150 meters wide during low tide.

The client, IBID (Thailand’s Institute of Business and Industrial Development), an educational institution and membership club consists of delegates from the private industries as well as from the government sector.

The group I was about to teach team work consisted of eighty participants, sixty CEOs from Thailand’s largest corporations, the remaining twenty delegates were members of parliament and deputy ministers of various ministries.

On 15th May 2015, the event started with a gala diner at Vana Nava, a water park located right in the heart of Thailand’s most renowned resort town of Hua Hin, 200 Km south of Bangkok.

Making Teams facilitators, Pang, Rolf and Kate (from left to right) at Vana Nava Water Park in Hua Hin

Making Teams facilitators, Pang, Rolf and Kate (from left to right) at Vana Nava Water Park in Hua Hin

Stunning fire show as part of IBID team building event in Hua Hin

Stunning fire show as part of IBID team building event in Hua Hin

Vana Nava is said to be the first ecologically and community aware waterpark in the Thailand.

After a sumptuous seafood buffet dinner, Suwat Liptapanlophad (Thailand’s deputy prime minister) gave a speech. Eighty new members were welcomed to the club.

A round of entertainment followed suit and at 09.30 p.m. my colleague Passaran Sinrungarunlert (Kate) and I entered the stage introducing our first ice-breaker team building actiivity “I am I have I’ve been.”
“I am I have I’ve been” is a hillariously humorous meeting energizer to strengthen interpersonal relationships and to get to know each other.

Ten teams (each consisting of eight delegates) were about to compete with each other, and each team was given a name of a sea animal (which matched the theme of the day):

  • Team 1: Crab
  • Team 2: Dolphin
  • Team 3: Manta Ray
  • Team 4: Octopus
  • Team 5: Prawn
  • Team 6: Sea Horse
  • Team 7: Squid
  • Team 8: Starfish
  • Team 9: Turtle
  • Team 10: Whale

On a piece of paper, delegates were instructed to write three characteristics about themselves, answering three personal questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I have?
  • Where have I been?

A worksheet was handed out and the delegates were asked to write the answers to those questions truthfully on the sheet. In addition, the answers had to be unique yet they could be funny or mysterious or even philosophical.

After the sheet were collected, the answers (but not the name of the person concerned) as well as the team name were revealed in front of the entire audience.

The person who were putting hands up first, could give it a try and to score for his or her particular team.

Kate picked up the first paper from the stack and red out loud:

  • I am a person who likes to wear colorful clothes
  • I have no dogs
  • I’ve been to Maldives many times

The person were are talking about is part of team “Crab”. Who is he / she?

A person from team “Prawn” put his hand out and shouted: “This is “Khun Ying Natarika”

When Kate announced the answer to be correct, an emotional outburst of cheering went through team “Prawn”.

The scores were recorded on a scoreboard. Team Prawn was leading one to zero.

Kate picked up another worksheet and announced:

  • I am a retired government officer
  • I have three cars with the number plate 9999 and three cars with the number plate 8888.
  • I have been working in the department of transportation, who am I?

Khun Ying from team “Crab” put her hand up and shouted: “It’s Khun Pornpat from team “Prawn”.

”That’s correct!” howled our facilitator.

Team Crab cheered furiously for the equalizer. It was one-one between team crab and team prawn.

The game went on for about half an hour and unsurprisingly, team crab was the winner of the competition. Delegates were asked to enter the stage for a photo shooting and a gift was handed over ceremoniously.

Making Teams facilitator handing out gifts to the winning team

Making Teams facilitator handing out gifts to the winning team

Suwat Liptapanlophad, former deputy prime minister of Thailand giving a speech to new members of IBID

Suwat Liptapanlophad, former deputy prime minister of Thailand giving a speech to new members of IBID

Day 2, 16th May 2015 
The half day indoor team building event took place in Jamjuree Ballroom at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hua Hin.

Among great MICE facilities, the hotel has a 250-m beachfront, the longest of any hotel in Central Thailand.

Delegates arrived and the training started on time.

The first activity was Human Knots. Delegates standing in a circle holding hands with their hands crossed. The objective was to disentangle the human knot without letting go ones hands.

Delegates, a bit overwhelmed with the task, were soon broken up in smaller groups and the problem suddenly became quite easy to solve.

Participants, full of joy were cheering for their accomplishments. The final attempt was creating just one circle again, and after some initial difficulties, delegates solved the problem effortlessly.

IBID delegates holding hands in human knots team building activities. Objective is to disentangle without letting go hands.

IBID delegates holding hands in human knots team building activities. Objective is to disentangle without letting go hands.

After splitting up the group in smaller teams, IBID delegates solved the human knots puzzle.

After splitting up the group in smaller teams, IBID delegates solved the human knots puzzle.

The second team building activity of the day was minefield, a non-verbal communication activity. In minefield, delegates were asked to cross a maze from one side to the other without stepping on a mine.

There were three teams, team yellow, team green, team blue and team red, each approaching from a different angle.

Once the first member has found the way through the maze, the difficulty of the challenge was to remember the path and to effectively communicate this to the team members without speaking.

Team yellow won the activity and was cheered at by the other teams when receiving the gifts.

Kate is standing on the stage announcing minefield, a non-verbal communication team building activity

Kate is standing on the stage announcing minefield, a non-verbal communication team building activity

Finding the way through the maze, memorizing the path and communicating this effectively to team members are the challenges of the Minefield team building activities

Finding the way through the maze, memorizing the path and communicating this effectively to team members are the challenges of the Minefield team building activities

The last activity of the day was canvas painting. The topic was Thailand SWOT. Delegates were split into four teams and each team was given one of the four factors to work with, “strengths”, “weaknesses”, “opportunities” and “threats”.

Each team then brainstormed four elements to represent their factor on canvas with.
Team red was given Thailand’s strength, team blue “Thailand’s weaknesses, team green Thailand’s strength and team yellow Thailand’s threats.

After the brainstorming phase, the teams proceeded for canvas painting in the foyer. This team building activity was gaining momentum. Team spirit and chemistry was in the air enchanting the atmosphere.

At the end of the creative phase, the canvas was put on the wall for presentation with consequent photo shooting.

Team blue is painting the scale of justice illustrating one of the weaknesses in Thailand's SWOT

Team blue is painting the scale of justice illustrating one of Thailand’s weaknesses in the SWOT analysis

Team red is painting a beautiful Thai temple to depict Thailand's strengths as part of the SWOT analysis

Team red is painting a beautiful Thai temple depicting one of Thailand’s strengths as part of the SWOT analysis

Thailand’s strength were portrayed by a palm tree and an unspoiled beach (great tourist destination), a beautiful temple compound by sunset (architecture and culture) as well as a group of people doing a Thai wai (Thai hospitality and friendliness).

Thailand’s weaknesses were illustrated by a tank (social instability and unrest) and by a scale of justice (inequality of distribution of wealth).

Thailand’s opportunities were delineated by a Thailand flag in the center of the picture and AEC (Asian economic community) written in capital letters around.

Thailand’s threats were depicted by a large aircraft on a stop sign (running out of fossil fuel) as well as a soldier holding a sword (social unrest).

Delegates were mesmerized about each other’s piece of art and as though they were in an art gallery, they gathered around the masterpieces and small talk and informal debate emerged.
This was exactly the ending we had in mind.

IBID delegates standing below their art work Thailand SWOT. A feeling of great accomplishment.

IBID delegates standing below their art work Thailand SWOT. A feeling of great accomplishment.

IBID Group photo shooting at the end of a successful team building activity in Hua Hin / Thailand

IBID Group photo shooting at the end of a successful team building activity in Hua Hin / Thailand

Participant’s list:

  • นาย กรพจน์ อัศวินวิจิตร / Kornpoj
  • นาย กิตติศักดิ์ จำปาทิพย์พงศ์ / Kittisak
  • นาย กฤษฎา มนเฑียรวิเชียรฉาย / Krisda
  • นพ.ชัยรัตน์ ปัณฑุรอัมพร / Chairat
  • ดร.กิตติพงษ์ กิตยารักษ์ / Kittipong
  • ดร.ชาติชาย พุคยาภรณ์ / Chartchai
  • นาย กิตติพันธ์ อนุตรโสตถิ / Kittiphun
  • นาย ฐิติเชฏฐ์ นุชนาฏ / Tiichet
  • ดร.ณัฐกิตติ์ ตั้งพูลสินธนา / Nattakit
  • นาย ธงชัย ตรีพิพัฒน์กุล / Tongchai
  • คุณหญิงณัฐิกา วัธนเวคิน อังอุบลกุล / Natthika
  • นาย ธนกร ดวงมณี / Thanakorn
  • นาย ดล เหตระกูล / Don
  • ดร.ธนกร วังบุญคงชนะ / Thanakorn
  • นาย ดวงพร ธีรภาพไพสิฐ / Duangporn
  • นางสาวธนวรรณ ศรีสุริยาพัฒน์กุล / Tanawan
  • นาย ทวี ปิยะพัฒนา / Thawee
  • นาย ธนาธิป วิทยะสิรินันท์ / Thanathip
  • นาย นคร ศิลปอาชา / Nakorn
  • นาง นิลุบล ลิ่มพงศ์พันธุ์ / Nilubol
  • นาย นพดล คงสาหร่าย / Noppadol
  • นางสาวนีรชา ปานบุญห้อม / Neeracha
  • นาย นพเดช กรรณสูต / Nopadej
  • นาย ประหยัด พวงจำปา / Prayat
  • นาย นริศ ชัยสูตร / Naris
  • นาย ปริญญ์ พานิชภักดิ์ / Prinn
  • นางสาว นฤชล ดำรงปิยวุฒิ์ / Naruechon
  • นาย ปิติพงศ์ เต็มเจริญ / Pitipong
  • นาย ปิยะพันธ์ จัมปาสุต / Piyapan
  • นาย พีระพงษ์ อัจฉริยชีวิน / Peerapong
  • นาง ปิยาภรณ์ แสนโกศิก / Piyaporn
  • นาย ไพบูลย์ กิตติศรีกังวาน / Paiboon
  • พล.ต.อ.พงศพัศ พงษ์เจริญ / Pongsapat
  • นาย ไพศาล พิสุทธิ์วัชระกุล / Paisarn
  • ร.ต.ต.พงษ์นิวัฒน์ ยุทธภัณฑ์บริภาร / Pongninwat
  • นาย ภูมินทร์ หะรินสุต / Bhumindr
  • นาย พรชัย รัตนเมธานนท์ / Pornchai
  • นาย มณเฑียร อินทร์น้อย / Montien
  • รศ.ดร.มนตรี โสคติยานุรักษ์ / Montree
  • นาย วรพจน์ ยศะทัตต์ / Worapoj
  • นาย รัฐวงษ์ พสวงศ์ / Ratawong
  • นาย วสันต์ เทียนหอม / Vasant
  • ดร.ลีลาวรรณ กาญจนจารี / Leelawan
  • นาย วัฒน์ชัย วิไลลักษณ์ / Watchai
  • นาย วิชา พูลวรลักษณ์ / Vicha
  • นาย วิทยา สุริยะวงค์ / Vitaya
  • นาย วิทวัส ศรีวิหค / Witthawat
  • วิทอง ตัณฑกุลนินาท / Witong
  • นาย วิรัตน์ เอื้อนฤมิต / Wirat
  • นาง ศรีสุดา วนภิญโญศักดิ์ / Srisuda
  • นาย วีระ ศรีวัฒนตระกูล / Weera
  • นาย ศิริวัฒน์ วงศ์จารุกร / Siriwat
  • พลเอก วีรัณ ฉันทศาสตร์โกศล / Weerun
  • นาย ศุภรัตน์ ศิริสุวรรณางกูร / Suparat
  • นาง ศรีวณิก หัสดิน / Srivanik
  • นาย สัญชัย จงวิศาล / Sanchai
  • นาง ศรีสะอาด  ชั้นสามารถ / Srisa-ard
  • นาย สัณฑศักย์ รัศมีรัตน์ / Santasak
  • รศ.สมชัย  ศรีสุทธิยากร / Somchai
  • นาย สารัชต์ รัตนาภรณ์ / Sarut
  • นาย สมชาย หวังวัฒนาพาณิช / Somchai
  • นางสาว สุนันท์ สิงห์สมบุญ / Sunan
  • นาง สมฤดี  ชัยมงคล / Somruedee
  • นาย สุภาพ คลี่ขจาย / Supab
  • ดร.สมศักดิ์ ลีสวัสดิ์ตระกูล / Somsak
  • นาย สุภาพ ปูรานิธี / Supap
  • นาย สังวรณ์ ลิปตพัลลภ / Sangvorn
  • นาย สุรวุฒิ เชิดชัย / Suravut
  • นาย สุวัตร สิทธิหล่อ / Suwat
  • นาย อดิศักดิ์ จงจิระศิริ / Adisak
  • นาย โสภณ ราชรักษา / Sopon
  • นาง อรฤดี ณ ระนอง / Ornruedi
  • นาย อิทธิฤทธิ์ กิ่งเล็ก / Ittirit
  • นาง อัญชลี ชาลีจันทร์ / Anjali
  • นาย เอกนิติ นิติทัณฑ์ประภาศ / Ekniti
  • าง อารีรัตน์ เลาหพล / Areerath
  • นาย เอกภณ บันลือการ / Akapon

Our facilitators:

  • Rolf Graf, Lead facilitator
  • Passaran Sinrungarunlert (Kate), Master of Ceremony (MC)
  • Onanong Graf (On), Assistant Facilitor
  • Phimongpong Pongsakornkul (Pang), Assistant facilitator
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