The activity with the WOW factor! And charities all over the world are thanking us for the Treasure of Eldorado!
- For up to 10 teams
- 1.5 Hours
- reminds groups to look at the bigger picture – their organisation
- highlights the importance of working together in one big team
- exposes the abuse of trust, honesty, integrity and ethics
- demonstrates the importance of sharing knowledge and information
- unifies all participants and creates high energy
First, you’ll need to gather the Treasure of Eldorado. This can be what you choose but participants are normally more than happy to contribute £1 each – some organisations insist on more! The treasure eventually goes to the winner – if there is one. If not, it goes to a charity of the group’s choice.
Each team (usually up to 10 teams in one session but can be more) receives a Folder containing a team brief, a riddle, some clues, six tasks and a treasure map. All teams need to do is solve the tasks, locate the position of the treasure on the map and find the right key to open the chest.
What it Does
It’s all to do with teamwork versus rivalry. What becomes clear is that most organisations fail to create a truly cooperative atmosphere in which teams can trust each other and function effectively. Instead they create inter-departmental rivalry, suspicion and competition where there is a reluctance to share information and resources and a tendency for departments to win for themselves – even at the expense of the organisation as a whole.
In Our Experience...
Northgate is invited to run Eldorado! for many corporate events. On one occasion seven teams joined together and even though time was running out and the prize was slipping away, they were unable to convince the other three teams to join them and share information. On another occasion, teams were told at the start that the secret of the activity was to cooperate – one team even drew up a protocol for all teams to sign. But lack of trust, an unwillingness to share and more than a dash of competitive spirit spelt disaster! One senior delegate even ate the clue sheet because if she couldn’t win – no-one else would! This is one of our most successful exercises ever. It’s revealing, it’s very easy to use and it can handle large groups of delegates. Try it yourself – and check out the team temperature in your workplace – if you dare!
Includes re-printable originals for using over and over again.
We have used Eldorado! in small and large groups at senior and junior level. The learning about the need to work together to achieve a common goal has been fantastic - and we’ve raised loads of money for our Asda Foundation charity!
V. Heyday, ASDA
I use it time and time again!
A fun exercise which provides serious learning
L. Wilson, Exxonmobil
Excellent fun which ended with a fantastic learning result
Used on a team build event with HR Personnel. The best learning points included the fact that they went into competition mode, unwilling to share and communicate information.
M. McFarlane, West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust
Excellent design and materials
We used Eldorado! on a team building two-day conference with groups of 70 HR staff and managers. The best learning points included: the importance of honesty in dealing with others, communicating clearly, and synergies – can’t do it without the others. Brilliant for offering a creative way for teams/departments to learn important lessons about their own behaviours. I was delighted I used Eldorado! and would use again... and try out other activities by Northgate.