Communication for Senior Executives at PA Consulting

A communication-focused team building session designed to engage 160 senior executives at a venue in France.

PA Consulting approached us to design a team building event for 160 of their most senior executives. They wanted to dedicate 2.5 hours to the event and host it at a beautiful venue in Evian Les Bains, France.

Finding the Purpose

Our consultants took them through our 5 step process to identify their goals and craft a solution to meet them. We identified two key factors for their team building event:
  1. Communication: Their main goal was to improve communication among their executives to improve team performance.
  2. High-Level: Since their executives were intelligent, senior people, the event needed to engage them on a high-level.

Tailoring the Event

Given these factors, we chose to provide a Lego Master Builder activity for them. This requires a large group to work together to achieve an overarching goal while overcoming communication challenges, missing information and limited resources.

Because of this, the exercise teaches individuals to communicate in innovative ways, thus addressing factor 1. The challenge also requires serious levels of focus and thought, making it suitable for the executive audience and addressing factor 2. We also chose event facilitators who were experienced in dealing with an audience of this calibre.

Delivering the Team Building Event

On the day, our team flew from London to Geneva and travelled on to Evians Les Bains. We split the 160 executives into 4 groups of 40. Each group had to work together to build a Lego skyscraper.

But there was a catch. Each group was further divived into 4 subteams. These subteams were physically separated from one another and had no means of communication other than a postal service provided by ‘runners’ between teams.

To make matters worse, the information and resources to build their skyscraper was spread unevenly across the subteams, making it difficult for them to allocate tasks and generate a clear plan. For them to successfully build their skyscraper, they had to communicate clearly and efficiently to exchange Lego pieces and architectural plans.

Successful Outcome

This is a challenging task for any team, but the PA Consulting executives quickly grasped the task and began to devise clever ways of communicating to overcome obstacles. All 4 groups executed their plans excellently to create 4 fantastic skyscrapers. All 160 executives were engaged and learned important lessons about communication.

“A massive, massive success. See you next time!” PA Consulting.

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Jon Huggett - Founder & CEO

A great set of events to help keep spirits up and teams connected during lockdown. Especially appreciated the flexible and creative approach. Many thanks.
Adele Cox
Excellent fun and fully engaged activity, completely loved it 😊 Thank you so much.
Himabindu Vutukuri
I thought the event was excellent - informal, fun & very engaging!
B. A. Nimmo
I really enjoyed the exercise and was honestly quite surprised at just how engaged with the activity I became.
Richard White
Enjoyable virtual event. I liked the theme and imaginative art class to make it a fun group event.
Conor Morris
A very entertaining experience... we had to make decisions and work together. And we also got a sense of achievement - I can’t draw and produced 2 decent superheroes. An excellent activity.
Elizabeth Donachie
A great event which made was a lot of fun! At first I was nervous to try the task but by the end I wanted to do more!
Lisa Redpath
Enjoyable event and well run, enjoyed our 3 hours with EML.
David Rodman
Good afternoon of activities and being in the winning team topped the day, thank you for the prize.
Adrienne Cousins
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell, Beckton, Dickinson & Co
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, Zhero
The EML virtual team building event was well organised and entertaining. Tasks were interactive and challenging in a fun and relaxed environment.
Brandon Lee Maharaj
It was fun and I loved the energy this brought out of us as a team.
Clinton De Klerk
Great and fun team-building event. Enjoyed!!!
Christopher Dahwa
Perfect. From initial enquiry to event day. I’m really pleased with the session. We had a short meeting pre activities and then 4 fun team games. The event staff were really helpful and professional all the way through.
James
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin
Super fun virtual event, the team are friendly and entertaining. Thank you so much Neil and Jon.
Joynab
Thank you EML for a great virtual team building Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and this virtual option created a great opportunity to stay in touch with our colleagues and have some Christmas fun. I've received lovely feedback from staff - they really appreciated the event.
Sue Quick
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley
Great fun, thank you.
Simon Elkins
Well organised and good fun - many thanks to EML Team.
Mark Roberts
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Belinda Mitchell
Thank you so much for organising a very interesting and fun event... it gave staff an opportunity to work together in different ways and helped to develop our team skills. I'd recommend similar online events to other organisations.
Isla Boadle
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
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