• Rolf Graf

Indoor team building activities in Bangkok to step out of your comfort zone (21-25)

Updated: May 15, 2020

This is the fourth part of the blog post 101 indoor team building activities in Bangkok and we are going to examine team building activities that encourage leadership skills.

If you have missed the previous parts, follow the links below: 1st part – 101 indoor team building activities in Bangkok | Introduction 2nd part – 101 indoor team building activities in Bangkok | Ice Breakers 3rd part – 101 indoor team building activities in Bangkok | Fun and Competition

Are you visiting Bangkok as part of your meeting or are you an organization in Bangkok who is looking for indoor team building activities to step out of your comfort zone, as part of a leadership program or just for personal development purposes? Then this blog post is for you, please continue reading.

But before we jump to each individual activity, we examine the concept of stepping outside your comfort zone, and why it is important for people in general (and executives in particular) step out of their comfort zone on a regular basis?

First, all people run on autopilot every day. From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, we do every-day tasks without conscious thinking. We stumble out of bed, brush our teeth, then turn on the coffee machine, and we do not need to think a lot in order to get dressed.

This autopilot mode (or comfort mode) is important for many reasons, because without it, our brain would be overwhelmed with the amount of decisions it has to make every day.

There is also a sense of comfort, familiarity, security and certainty in the autopilot mode. It is a stress-free environment. When we are in the comfort mode, we pursue the familiar, the well-known and the psychologically safe.

But autopilot mode also has their pitfalls: and the pitfalls are the routine tasks and jobs we do every day at work. The things we do without questioning, without being consciously aware of their benefits. We do not take risks and we feel uncomfortable when the environment changes. Stress is a result that the coping mechanisms in the brain do not work and long-time stress can lead to anxiety and depression.

Therefore, when training your brain to release a bit of stress in an exercise, we call this healthy stress, your brain will become familiar more comfortable in unknown situations in the future. A trained brain in an uncomfortable situation, will release much less stress.

In summary, stepping out of your comfort zone makes you stress-resistant. A person trained to survive in the wild will be calm and prudent while an untrained person will panic in the same situation.

Or to quote what Margie Warell writes in Forbes, “In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards."

In general, senior executives who have climbed the career ladder, are more hesitant of stepping out of the comfort zone, then newcomers. They like their corner office, they worship their company car, they are proud of their bonuses and their titles. And they do not want to lose their privileges.

Therefore, people in management positions typically do not take risks and seek a psychologically safe environment.

Therefore, we have shortlisted (5) indoor team building activities in Bangkok to step out of your comfort zone for your management team.

21. On-stage interview. Get your management team on stage for an unexpected interview, an interview that is well-planned but not known to the interviewee. Ask hard questions but do not go over the top. Do not embarrass anybody or make them loose face. Possibly even take the event on video. Stress level of your executives will rise during the exercise, but a debriefing is important to clarify any unanswered questions or concerns. The on-stage interview is the most entertaining way of stepping outside your comfort zone.