Beat the Box with Shell

Posted: Jun 06 2018

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Team Challenge Company had the great pleasure of working with longstanding clients Shell UK to deliver a fantastic afternoon of truly collaborative team building in the shape of one of our most popular products of 2018 – Beat the Box! Around 200 delegates joined us at Woodbank House to take on the challenge, and see if  they had what it took to complete their challenge within the 90 minute time frame and Beat the Box!

As the delegates entered (rather sheepishly!) the fantastic sports hall facilities at Woodbank House, they were confronted by 20 locked silver cases laid out in front of them, and as the group were divided into their teams, a sense of intrigue and anticipation filtered through the crowds.

Our opening brief brought to light what the rest of the afternoon held in store – the Shell team would be required to put their problem solving skills and deductive reasoning to the test to try and break into the heavily padlocked silver case that sat on their table! Inside that, they would find 4 more cases they needed to crack, each more difficult that then last, until eventually they could attempt to input the final code into the locked case at the top of the room, and hopefully ‘Beat the Box’ within the time frame of just 90 minutes!

An opening mysterious video message challenged the teams to the game, and gave them the first clues they needed to break into their silver cases, and from there they would be on their own. An initial sense of intrigue and mystery, and perhaps some quiet concentration in the room, quickly turned into frenzied panic as a couple of our teams broke the code on the first padlock in super-quick time, whilst others struggled a little more in the early stages. As the time wore on, more and more cheers echoed around the room as teams really got into the swing of things, and more and more boxes were opened, providing further mysteries to be unravelled. 

As the clock ticked by on the large screen at the top of the room, it began to become clear that all the information that teams required to open their next box was not contained within their own case, but in various cases around the room. Indeed, as the final challenge drew near and the clock ticked to a final countdown, it suddenly dawned on the 20 teams within the room that they all required to cooperate and work together if the final code was to be found, and that they could only succeed as one large, collaborative team – or of course guarantee complete failure if they chose to struggle on as individuals.

With just minutes remaining, the Shell UK team joined forces to crack the padlock on the case which would allow them to type in their final code, and together deciphered their Code Phrase ‘Together, Unlocking Our Potential’ which was rapidly typed into the keypad in a sense of hurried expectation. Players stood back with baited breath as the Enter button was pressed, and looked to the screen which revealed they had indeed found the correct code, and had, together, successfully managed to Beat the Box! Huge cheers resounded around the room as they unfurled the flag which confirmed their victory, and would provide a valuable lesson in reminding all within the business that they are all part one team, and that together they could achieve anything they set their minds to.

A big shout out and thank you must go to Helen, Arnaud, Rob and Danial for all their efforts in organising this fantastic afternoon of true team building for the Shell UK team– it was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to work with the entire team, and we very much look forward to seeing you all again soon in the future.

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