Here is one activity that I have used frequently in many of my Leadership and Team dynamics training programs. The video clip that you see in this blog will also show you how this activity was conducted. The key punch activity is a great way to start your training program and it will appeal to your kinaesthetic learners. For learning outcomes that involves getting learners to assimilate and remember organization’s values and mission, this activity will be spot on.

Props required

You will need a set of alphabetical pads you can get from a toy shop. A 5 metres rope that you can purchase from a hardware shop.

Set up

Lay the rope on the ground such that it forms a close circle with the pads placed inside the circumference. The pads can be placed in two fashion as you can see from the clip
– My colleague prefers the pads to circumnavigate the rope
– My preference to have the pads placed randomly all over inside the circle


The group is required to key punch their value statement one at a time without tripping the rules


1. Pads needs to be touched in sequence
2. Team is given only1 minute to finish their task
3. Any breaking of the rule will result in a restart
4. The string acts as a forcefield that radiate from the ground moving upwards
5. Only 1 participant can reach into the forcefield any one time

Debrief considerations

This activity is great for the following debriefs
a. Collective team goals
b. Communication
c. Participation without any passengers

Sometimes my clients, may lament that this is one activity that they have done before. When they share this perspective with us, we usually provide them with an overview of the variation version of key punch that we execute. More often then not, they come to a realization, that this activity can be conducted differently and it is the debriefs that impacts learning outcomes.

Here is one response we got from Manpower Inc, a fortune 500 company for whom we executed a Team building program that resonated their values and mission statement. This was their card to us for the great job we did for them.

Contact us at, if you would like us to present to you, our approach towards delivering a training program.This includes training programs that are centred on behavioural change (Customer services skills incorporating experiential learning methodology), team dynamics, leadership and facilitation skills.

If you prefer a detailed instruction sheet in Pdf on how to run this activity, do leave us a comment on this blog and we will send you the brief sheet on how to run this activity on your own 🙂 You can also contact us at

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About the Author: Ebnu Etheris Ma.IDT, B.Hrd

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Ebnu Etheris, holds a Masters degree in Instructional Design and was part of the pioneering team of executives who saw through the start up of Singapore’s first Budget Airline, Valuair. He was responsible for developing the airline’s Crisis planning systems and initiating blended learning in Flight operations. He works as a Partner with Teamworkbound.

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