If you want to know somebody, you have to first know what they want.
That’s the premise behind this remote team building activity. Participants share their bucket lists, telling each other what matters to them and why. This gives team members a much better understanding of each other’s beliefs and motivations than simple personal trivia.
Number of participants: 4+
Duration: 60+ minutes
Objective: Break the ice, team bonding
How to play:
1. First, ask everyone if they are comfortable sharing their bucket lists (i.e. things they want to do before they kick the bucket) publicly. If they are not, exclude them from the activity. If a large number of people fall in this camp, it might be better to choose a different activity.
2. Ask one person to share the top 5 things on his/her bucket list. Also ask them to share why it matters to them and how they plan to achieve it. Keep in mind that bucket lists are meant to be achievable, not outright fantasies (“make a million dollars” is a legitimate goal, “make a trillion dollars” is not).
3. As the participant shares his/her bucket list, team members talk about whether any of the items fall on their bucket list as well, and if yes, why.
4. If two or more participants have the same item on their bucket lists (happens more than you realize), encourage them to team up and find ways to achieve it. A shared goal can be a powerful source of team bonding.
5. Do this for every participant. You don’t have to necessarily follow any structure – just be casual and conversational.
Bucket lists often reveal deep-seated motivations and passions. If you want team members to truly understand each other, sharing these motivations is a great way to break the ice and build real team camaraderie.