Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities for which they were previously unaware.

—David Armistead

Trust is one of the core foundations for team building. With trust, teams can go faster, soar higher, offer help when someone is falling behind, and achieve goals far beyond what any individual can do. Without trust, teams stagnate, cover their tracks, withhold information, form silos, and even sabotage their own members.

Although genuine trust is built in day-to-day interactions, trust-building games can help magnify this trust. These games are a useful diagnostic tool to discern the current level of trust within the group. In addition to diagnosis, you can use these games to identify what actions are necessary to build trust—and conversely, to figure out which actions quickly destroy it. The best definition of trust I have is: “Do what you say”—and these games will help your team do just that.

Last Team Texting—Trusting and Sharing Valuable Information


Time: 10–30 minutes

Participants: 2–4 per team; unlimited teams

Technology: chat, text, Twitter, e-mail

Category: Trust


Show how trusting and sharing valuable information with your team can increase overall success.

Game Summary

This is a fast activity where a team starts with 13 and the next team can subtract ...

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