August 05, 2014

4th & 5th Grade Team at Mountview Vacation Bible School

LESSON: CROWN OF LIFE

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”
-JAMES 1:12 

A group of 22 students in 4th and 5th grade. In a word this lesson was focused on teaching perseverance.

June 27, 2014

Team Building Event with Grant Family Medicine Residency

A total of 20 first- and second-year medical residents from Ohio Health's Grant Family Medicine Residency played Eureka Games to improve communication and build rapport.


June 19, 2014

Team Building activity with the User Experience Research Team from Nationwide Insurance

The User Experience team from Nationwide Insurance invited Eureka Games to play at Woodhaven Farm


After a delicious meal, a visit to the lake, and a walk around the farm...

It was game time, it was time to build Tall Towers
First we formed two groups of five people and
 received an identical set of tinker toys and were moved to separate rooms.
The goal: Build identical towers by using all of the resources provided.

The challenge: Only method of communication is via two-way radios. 

May 07, 2014

Team Effectiveness with Insurance Intermediaries Inc. - Midwest Team

45-minute session focused on Team Effectiveness.
As we prepared to play Blind Polygon the players were split into three groups: 
  • Able to See and Touch the rope, yet unable to Speak
  • Able to Speak and Touch the rope, yet unable to See
  • Able to Speak and See, yet unable to Touch the rope

April 29, 2014

Energizer with Nationwide User Experience Workshop - Day 2

In preparation for an entire day of presentation and discussion Eureka Games was invited to BREAK THE ICE and ENERGIZE thirty participants.

April 26, 2014

Leadership Training with Chicago State University's Upward Bound Program

We were invited to play Eureka Games at the Chicago State University Upward Bound Program Annual Leadership Conference 2014, and it was a blast!

April 24, 2014

Ice Breaker and Energizers with Nationwide User Experience Workshop - Day 1

In preparation for an entire day of presentation and discussion Eureka Games was invited to BREAK THE ICE and ENERGIZE thirty participants.


April 17, 2014

Energizer with YP Presidents' Council - April 2014

The Young Professional Presidents' Council meeting invited the Eureka Games to play a game that challenged players to think about diversity and seeing things from another point of view. 

We visited the tinker toy buffet and did a few rounds of "What Goes Where?" Then we discussed how although we are all the same, are also all different. Thanks to Mary Connolly and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for hosting.

March 19, 2014

Team Effectiveness with Insurance Intermediaries Inc. - Midwest Team

45-minute session focused on Team Effectiveness.

We played "This or That?" to get to know one another a little better.

Then we discussed the four temperaments in a format based on well known animals, the otter, lion, golden retriever, and beaver as described by Gary Smalley



Then the group was challenged to tell a story using the pages from "Harold and the Purple Crayon"

February 20, 2014

YP Presidents' Council Meeting - February 2014

The Young Professional Presidents' Council meeting invited the Eureka Games to play a game that challenged players to be active and to think outside the box. 


Thanks to Carl Seiley at Vue and the FLIP organization for hosting us!

January 27, 2014

Team Building with Sales and Marketing from Elmer's Inc.

The Field Sales Team and Marketing Team of Elmer's Inc. came together for a off-site meeting at Sparkspace. The Eureka Games was invited to facilitate an experience to kick-off the week with energizers and activities that challenged them to rethink the way they think.


November 17, 2013

Team Building Event with The Columbus Jewish Federation - Young Adult Advisory Board

The Young Adult Division of the Columbus Jewish Federation has several committees that serve the community (social, spiritual, outreach, etc). This event was the first meeting of the new Advisory Board, which brought the Chair from each committee. We ate dinner and played games and team building activities that helped them rethink their leadership style - with some laughs along the way.

October 29, 2013

Presentation at Ohio's Annual Statewide Education Conference 2013

We had an awesome opportunity to lead breakout sessions at Ohio's Annual Statewide Education Conference.

The session focused on Experiential Learning and how it can be used for Professional Development. (Link to presentation coming soon)

October 11, 2013

Team Offsite with the Nationwide User Experience team

The User Experience team met at a local park for their team off-site meeting and some team building. 

A wide variety of backyard games were provided by The Eureka Games. The goal for this part of the day was to relax and have fun with coworkers. Games included: Ladder Ball, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball, Kickball, Group Juggle, Lycra Tube, Giant Jenga.

September 29, 2013

Faith Building Event with Mentor Church - 2013 Youth Rally

Each year the Mentor Church of Christ hosts a Youth Rally to encourage and challenge middle and high school students to live out their beliefs as the new school year moves into high gear.

High School students

September 16, 2013

Team Building Event with New Directions Young Professionals

The New Directions Young Professionals dedicated part of their annual strategy meeting to improving their communication and collaboration skills. 

This team was already high-functioning and in just one hour they were able to identify a few roadblocks that everyone agreed would make 2014 much more productive.

We played on Columbus Commons open green space on a sunny Sunday afternoon.


August 14, 2013

Team Building Event with Manta: Digital Scavenger Hunt

Manta held their annual sales meeting in Columbus this year. The managers wanted to include a team-building activity to help their team members have fun and connect.

MobileXpeditions designed an amazing experience that allows team members to compete in a digital scavenger hunt known as fōnhunt using their smart phone's browser or texting on a regular phone. 

MobileXpeditions invited The Eureka Games to facilitate an energizer and debrief discussion. The scavenger hunt ended with a happy hour and simple debrief discussion. 

The group had a great time and laughed as they shared their stories.


June 28, 2013

Team Building Event with Grant Family Medicine Residency

A total of 24 first- and second-year medical Residents from Grant Family Medicine Residency played Eureka Games to improve communication and discuss conflict management skills.

June 05, 2013

Faith Building Event with The Vineyard – Joshua House – Loud & Clear small group bible study

I was introduced to an amazing group of 20-somethings that stem from the Joshua House at Vineyard Columbus. Loud & Clear meets once a week to discuss lessons from the Bible and how they can live those lessons out in their everyday lives. They were gracious enough to let me visit and eat brownies (thanks Paul) and lead the Eureka Games. 

After a name game we experimented with leadership and followership.

May 22, 2013

Team Building Event with Cleverley & Associates

We had a terrific visit to Cleverley & Associates. After the monthly associate lunch we jumped into some fun games, while some folks had chips and salsa in hand.

Then we broke into two groups and then compared insights and experiences.


April 27, 2013

Team Building Event with the Ohio Young Professionals Weekend 2013 Conference



We had a great time playing The Eureka Games on the Columbus Commons. The weather was beautiful and I came away with a bunch of new friends (and a sunburn).

February 28, 2013

Team Building Demonstration with Shawn Ireland and Lisa Colbert on Good Day Columbus

Did you see me on Fox28 Good Day Columbus?


I had a blast playing in the Spider Web with Shawn and Lisa, this morning.

Take a look around and visit our facebook page for more photos and fun.


Eureka Games works with a wide variety of groups (e.g., Middle to High School, Sports Teams, Businesses, Executives, Non-profit and Faith-based organizations) to help them rethink the way they think. 

I would love to work with your group. Does your group need to rethink the way they think?
Learn how to play The Eureka Games.

SHOUT OUTS:
- Thank you, Julia (the segment producer) for helping me plan the line up.
- Thank you Shawn Ireland and Lisa Colbert for playing, you were great.
- Thanks to everyone that watched.

Update: The video is no longer on the Fox28 website. When I get a copy, it will be uploaded here.

February 01, 2013

Scion Motivate contest

A few months ago, I saw a Scion commercial on television that introduced a new contest for people who have already started turning their passion into their profession.

The contest application required five short essays and a video submission. Here is the video I created for Eureka Games.



Thanks to everyone that helped out!

January 14, 2013

Team Building Event at the Dublin Teen Institute 2013 Retreat

The 2013 Dublin Teen Institute Retreat was this past week and I led a Eureka Game with two groups.



The topic, Dream Big. A big shout out of thanks goes to the awesome people that attended my workshop. We spent some time talking about what kinds of things can prevent you from reaching your dream. It was a pretty hefty list. Then...

January 12, 2013

Team Building Event with Susan E Thomas, CPA ltd.



The Panera lunch rush gawked at me as I carried in the supplies for our Eureka Games into the community room. Despite looking like a pack mule, the brightly colored foam noodles clashed with Panera's earthy color palette.

We had a lot of fun and several great conversations.

Photos after the jump.

January 11, 2013

Team Building Event with Columbus Downtown High School Students

I was blessed by the power of weak ties once again.

This past November I participated in the Governor's Road to Readiness program, which paired up high school students and IT professionals for a few hours of shadowing.



Several bright students from Columbus Downtown High School visited Nationwide Insurance, which is my day job. During the group luncheon the students swapped stories and I met the student advisor.


A few weeks later...

December 01, 2012

Team Building Event with STAND UP: Leadership Team • Delaware County

Through a connection with a close friend, I met the event planners for Stand Up.



Stand Up is a annual event hosted through a combined effort of several organizations and by the effort of countless volunteers. Eureka Games was asked to energize the students after lunch with a team building activity for thirty people.

The students made the games their own and had a lot of fun. We ended the session with a group debrief. The student advisor was so amazed how during the debrief discussion, the students offered up so many comments and insights that it was easy to label this session a success.

(see photos after the jump)

November 30, 2012

Team Building Event with Nationwide Insurance - Web Usability Team

The Nationwide Web Usability Team had an offsite meeting at Sparkspace, and they got caught in a Spider Web.



(More photos after the jump)

November 16, 2012

Team Building Event with International Friends

A good friend of mine was hosting the Thanksgiving dinner feast for the Ohio State chapter of International Friends, inc.



When I explained my new found passion and how I was looking for opportunities to practice, he invited me and my family to join and bring a Eureka Game, too.

That was my first time building the web for anyone outside of my basement. Setup and teardown time proved to be a little longer, and bulkier than anticipated. 

Overall the Spider Web was a hit. Shout out goes to Richard and his family for letting me rearrange your living and room - you rock.

(View photos after the jump)

October 27, 2012

Faith Building Event with Mountview Church - Youth Lock-in

The middle and high school students group had an all night lock in. I saw an opportunity to practice and so I volunteered for ice breakers and other games at the wee hours in the morning.



Wrist ropes is a interesting activity, but does not work well as an energizer. As for a Group Sit, it is somewhat invigorating, but the high-touch requirement does not bode well with the middle and high school students desired image of coolness. Chalk it up to experience.

Most of the Eureka Games require some level of thinking and strategy. When it was time to break out the gear, most of the students had already spent their reserves energy on broom hockey and dodge ball. 

I wrangled a some friends into a round of a Group Juggle and Rope Polygon, but it fizzled out when I blindfolded someone for letting go of the rope. This was a experiential learning event for me, chalk it up to experience, again.

One thing I learned is that you have to match the energy and mind set of your group. I was not ready. I'm glad my audience was (and still is) small.

Rope Polygon is tough enough, but try it at 4:30am and it adds a whole new degree of "Argggh."

Shout out to all the folks who played Eureka Games with me.

October 16, 2012

Faith Building Event with Mountview Church - Cleverley Group

Mountview Church has been an amazing place to grow my faith. This past week I was asked to fill in as the teacher for our home study group, I brought Eureka Games.



The metaphor of sheep and a shepherd are used throughout the Bible to describe the role of the Christian disciple. Other scriptures instruct Christians to live their life as an example to all. The obligation to fulfill both roles can be difficult.

To illustrate the lesson, the group played Blind Polygon. Half the group members were dubbed coaches. The other half of group members were dubbed players, and were muted or blindfolded. The coaches (at the left), had a hard time accepting that the furniture was not part of the challenge.

After the game, we discussed their roles of a leader and a follower and how both sides carried benefits and burdens. The parallel to the life of a Christian was brought to the forefront and we discussed the how following Christ and leading others holds similar dynamics.

(Photo of the game, after the jump)

September 29, 2012

Faith Building Event with Mentor Church - 2012 Youth Rally

Each year the Mentor Church of Christ hosts a Youth Rally to encourage and challenge middle and high school students to live out their beliefs as the new school year moves into high gear.



This year over forty teenagers showed up for the weekend event. I have been part of the activities for a long time, and with my new found passion, I was super excited to break out the Eureka Games.


July 28, 2012

Team Building Event with Columbus Young Professionals Club



1. Kilimanjaro / Zip line (36 person limit). On the Kilimanjaro course you will launch from the top deck and race along dual Zip-lines.

2. Summit / Giant Swing (36 person limit). As for the Summit course your exit involves you stepping off the 40' platform while attached to the Giant Swing.

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