The team are faced with putting a light weight stick on the floor. If you haven't seen it or experienced it for yourself, then that will mean nothing. On the other hand if you have been part of this activity you will know all about the frustration and laughter that goes along with this seemingly simple activity.
Working within a specific set of rules the team are faced with the task of lowering a light weight stick to the floor. Great as an icebreaker and to explore some of the issues that team work generates.
The Helium Stick activity is best used with groups of between 6 and 16.
Between 2 and 20 minutes depending on the size of the group. The larger the group the longer it takes to put the Helium Stick on the ground.
How it works
The group are asked to place a Helium Stick on the ground, as a team.
They are restricted in that everyone must support the Helium Stick on the backs of their index fingers at all times.
Typically the Helium Stick goes up rather than down, until the team organise themselves.
(There is no helium in the stick, it is the way that the team works, or doesn't work, that makes the stick rise or fall.)
Helium stick - 3.5m long, lightweight,