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Team Manager Tips: How to Choose a Team Challenge

By: Tina Shaffer

Welcome to a brand-new season of Destination Imagination! One of the first things your team will do together is choose a Team Challenge to solve. But with six awesome Challenges to choose from—and varying ideas and opinions from team members—it can be a difficult decision for some teams.

At your first team meeting, watch our Challenge Preview video. This will give your team members a brief overview of each Team Challenge, including some of the themes and components for each one.

Next, download the full Team Challenges from the Resource Area and review them as a team. (Please note that our Team Challenges can only be downloaded by the Team Number purchaser.) This will give your team members a much more in-depth look at what they’ll need to accomplish, but can also help them form a stronger connection with one or two of the Challenges.

If your team is still having trouble agreeing on a Challenge to solve, have them complete our Team Interest Inventory survey, located in our Roadmap resource (available in the Resource Area).

  • First, have each team member fill out the Individual Specialties Inventory
  • Second, have the team add their scores on the Individual Specialties Tally Sheet
  • Third, combine all team member scores on the Team Specialties Tally Sheet
  • Fourth, discuss the results and talk about how your team’s talents might help you choose a Team Challenge

If your team still cannot decide which Challenge to select because of a tie, you can use the Paired Choice Analysis Worksheet in Roadmap. This activity allows your team members to turn your individual Challenge preferences into numerical values. It will also help take the emotion out of choosing a Challenge because whichever Challenge receives the most points, wins!

Once your team selects a Challenge, it’s time to start generating some ideas—and we can’t wait to see some of the ones you come up with!

Download our Roadmap resource to help guide your team meetings this season and keep an eye on our blog and social for more Team Manager tips.