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MTa Mini Complete

9 engaging tabletop activities perfect for focusing on the skills required for effective teamwork in business, including across divisional, geographical and cultural boundaries

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With MTa Mini Complete you can deliver all 9 hands on tabletop activities from the MTa Mini suite of products. 4 activities focus on working with others in a business context and a further 5 demanding activities develop the team working and leadership skills needed when working across functional, hierarchical, geographical and historical boundaries.

Just as you would expect from a world leader in Experiential Learning, our engaging activities and thought-provoking review questionnaires make it easy for facilitators to uncover and explore learning opportunities relevant to each individual participant. MTa Mini Complete is easy to travel with and easy to deliver in even the smallest training room.

A comprehensive facilitator guide that includes:-

  • Facilitators' overview and summary
  • Facilitators notes for each activity
  • Hard wearing and reusable participant and observer briefs
  • Reusable activity review questionnaires
  • Learning transfer documentation
  • Online access to the MTa resource database so you can download, edit and print any of the worksheets

3 trays of MTa Mini components including enough material for up to 15 participants

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  • All MTa Mini components are guaranteed for 7 years

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  • MTa Mini is manufactured in Europe, to European quality standards
Mini Essentials review
The activities are very fun...
Silvia Linder, HSBC Bank Brazil S.A.

We use the MTa in management training. The activities are very fun and can observe various behaviors necessary for the proper performance of our managers.

Silvia Linder, HSBC Bank Brazil S.A.
I would recommend MTa kit to anyone...
Simon Owen, RAF High Wycombe Youth Activities Team

The RAF High Wycombe Youth Activities Team have used various types of MTa kit, at numerous schools and colleges, as part of our youth engagement visits. We use the kit with students of all ages, and we always have positive results, receiving positive feedback from both students and teachers. The students learn vital teamwork and communication skills from the activities, which are easy to deliver because of the comprehensive manuals that are provided with the kit.

I would recommend MTa kit to anyone who works with young people and wants to help them develop teamwork, communication and other important skills that will help them while at school and later in life.

Simon Owen, RAF High Wycombe Youth Activities Team

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MTa Mini Complete

MTa Mini Complete


1 x Set of MTa Mini components (3 trays), plus:

  • 5 x Mini Crossing Boundaries activities
  • 4 x Mini Essentials activities
  • Access to the MTa Learning App

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Activities in MTa Mini Complete

Handcuffed20 to 60 mins 3 - 15 Introductory

Description: Handcuffed is a flexible 2-part activity which energizes whilst introducing and developing the core elements of team working. In Part 1 teams compete against each other, whereas in Part 2 the teams have to cooperate and communicate effectively to achieve their goals. Part 1 can be used in isolation to 'break the ice' whilst introducing the importance of basic team skills (planning, co-operation etc.).
Discussion topics:

Planning and working together under pressure
Awareness of others needs
Helping each other to complete their tasks
Achieving success through teamwork
Inter-team working
Careful and detailed planning
Achieving success through teamwork
Participants helping each other

Gantry45 - 60 mins 3 - 15 Introductory

Description: A competitive activity to help participants understand the importance of customer orientation, establishing and working to priorities, planning (and revising plans), estimating costs and working within a set time frame.
Discussion topics:

Customer focus: identifying, understanding and meeting customer priorities
Working together
Reviewing progress against objectives
Changing plans (with agreement) as necessary
Meeting customer priorities
Participants planning together

Within Four Walls45 to 60 mins 6 - 15 Intermediate

Description: This activity is for people who need to set targets and plan in a competitive environment. The task is simple, but as new information is received groups need to reconsider earlier decisions: progress needs to be monitored, targets revised and plans changed with everyone's agreement as the task unfolds.
Discussion topics:

Reviewing progress
Planning in a competitive environment
Setting and achieving realistic (stretching?) targets
Valuing new information and revising targets and plans appropriately
Understanding and focusing on priorities
Group decision making
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Helipads60 mins 6 - 12 Intermediate / Advanced

Description: Helipads involve 2 or 3 competing teams. It is designed to demonstrate how effective team working within and between teams influences business success and highlight the key qualities that influence the process. Team success is dependent of the value of the final product, but it addition to organising themselves, competing teams need to work together to ensure that they do not reduce the value of their products: the value of any helipad is reduced if two or more are produced to the same specification, but some specifications are more profitable than others.
Discussion topics:

Understanding and achieving business success
Planning within and between teams
Making the most of market opportunities
Introduction to negotiating
Developing team skills
Taking personal responsibility and trusting others to do their job
Developing team skills
Planning within the team

Carts and Horses1 to 2 hours 8 - 15 Intermediate

Description: Using similar components, 2 or 3 teams work independently to assemble a model of their own design. Then, using only face to face, verbal and telephone communications (nothing written or drawn) each team has to build an exact replica of another team's model. The task becomes more complicated because each group only has enough components to create one model at a time.
Discussion topics:

Understanding the overall objective
Planning and revising plans
Inter-team communications
Co-operating, not competing teams
Assembling a model
Team members cooperate

Transport1 to 2 hours 8 - 12 Intermediate

Description: Two teams that work in different locations have the opportunity to meet in a third location. The teams have to work together to build an articulated truck and two skips that can be transported by the truck. One team has to build the tractor unit and a skip that can hold all of the unused materials, the other the trailer and a skip for any scrap that is produced. To be successful teams need to be aware that their actions will have an immediate effect on each other, so they must communicate and work accordingly.
Discussion topics:

Understanding the overall objective and constraints
Teams working on related tasks in different locations
Communicating effectively between inter-dependent teams
Team members work together to build
Understanding the overall objective

The Rig1 to 2 hours 6 - 15 Intermediate

Description: The aim is to make money by producing a model oil rig. The value of the oil rig depends on set criteria and everything has a cost. The group has freedom to organise itself in anyway it wishes, but there are 3 set locations (tabletops) where sub-assemblies must be made before they are moved to the final assembly area. It is all too easy for the task to take over and for the overall aim (making money) to be forgotten.
Discussion topics:

Project management
Understanding the big picture and constraints
One team working on a task but in different locations
Communicating within a team
Basic finance
Participants working on a task
Participants planning

Promises Promises2 to 3 hours 9 - 13 Advanced

Description: The leader has promised that two teams will each deliver a price and a product within a set time. Each team has different constraints, but the tasks seem achievable. Very quickly the stores become a major bottle neck and the promises become daunting. As pressure mounts the need for the manager to focus on the key issues (meeting customer needs and managing human resources) is critical.
Discussion topics:

Leading different teams at the same time
Understanding and working with priorities
Managing changing situations
Satisfying customers needs
The cost of rash promises
Team members work on product
Pressure mounts for the manager

Words, Names and Numbers1 to 2 hours 6 - 12 Advanced

Description: Initially three teams work independently to produce a product. It's easy! Later they come together as one big team, the brief combining their earlier briefs but additional constraints become the big issue. Teams fail to capitalise on the resources offered by the new 'big team' so the merging of the 'companies' delivers almost no benefit. Why? The answer almost always revolves around attitudes to change and the failure to change approaches to capitalise on the new situation.
Discussion topics:

Personal attitudes to change
The benefits of diversity
Merging teams (and organisations)
Recognising and benefiting from others' potential
Team works to produce a product
Teams come together

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