Specializing in Facilitated Team Building & Executive Retreats
Services Available in: Canada, USA, Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman), Europe (Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy),
the Caribbean (Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia), Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Japan),
Latin America (Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua)


Survive, Thrive & Grow Even in the Midst of Turbulence


Breaking Down Silos - Cross Functional Team Building

Cross-Functional Team Building for Executive Retreats and Sales Rallies

1 - 2 Day Team Building Simulation

  • Breaking Down SilosNeed to break down silos in your orgainizations?
  • Preparing your team for a merger, re-organization or corporate culture shift?
  • Facing the challenge of bringing 2 teams together after a merger?
  • Trying to improve your team's ability to produce results in short timeframes?

  • Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos, a high impact and POWERFUL cross-functional team building , creates a parallel universe that mirrors your organization's structure and corporate culture. It's a highly customizable and scaleable simulation. We have facilitated this for teams as small as 6 and for large groups with team members from may departments.

    The first Inc. in the title will be replaced with a name that is similar to your company's name or one of its product lines.

    To boost the "fun factor" in this simulation, we can set the organization in the entertainment, hospitality, or tourism industry. Teams operate companies or branches of the same company that compete in the same market. The companies, which have at minimum a 3 level structure (an executive team, management team, and team members), design a product (or develop the concept for a service) and develop a marketing campaign.

    The goal is to give your team an opportunity to:

  • break down silos and enhance cross-functional teamwork
  • work with members of other teams
  • experience departments, functions and organizational levels that are different from their usual roles
  • put themselves in the customer's shoes by playing the role of a client in the simulation

  • Please note: Executive Oasis International is a Toronto based team building and consulting firm specializing in facilitated business team building and executive retreats. We have delivered team building to companies from 16 countries.

    We deliver MUCH more value than just a day of fun away from the office.


    How We're Unique

    Many companies marketing team building actually just deliver team recreation. Inc. Inc. is a facilitated simulation, "real" team building producing TANGIBLE BUSINESS RESULTS without sacrificing the fun factor.



    • Length: 5 Hours - 2 Days

    • Group Size: 6 - 60+

    • Pricing: Varies with group size, & location

    • Locations: Available Globally



    For more options, also check out Team Building & International Team Building



    Who We've Helped

    We offer team building, consulting, an event planning to businesses companies of all sizes. We have designed and facilitated team building and management development programmes in 13 countries. Some of the companies that have participated in Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos have included Bell Mobility, CIBC, Dubai World/Nakheel's IT Center, Goldwell, Ontario Service Centres, and Toronto Children's Chorus.

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    Cross-Functional Team Building: Inc. Inc: Breaking Down Silos


    Cross-Functional Team Building

    Through Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos, your team will gain the experience they need to:

  • Develop an awareness of the contributions and challenges of other departments through firsthand experience working in another functional area or at another organizational level.
  • Embrace and champion organizational change.
  • Clarify roles, responsibilities and expectations.
  • Forge stronger alliances and build stronger links between geographically dispersed teams.
  • Reduce friction and "turf wars" between organizational levels and departments.
  • Build the skills to lead or be a productive member of a cross functional team.

  • Observers to provide feedback about team dynamics during debriefing are highly reccommended.

    The 2 day version of this team building session will give your teams an opportunity to analyze specific business issues and jumpstart the decision making and implementation planning. It's an excellent vehicle for launching a cross-functional project team.

    The 1/2 day version will have a short simulation and debriefing.

    We strongly recommend that you devote at least 1 1/2 days to Inc. Inc. for a thorough debriefing and to give your group ample opportunity to return to their intact teams and bridge between the simulation and your real world business challenges.

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    Who will Benefit?

    Apprentice Team Building

    Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos was designed out of our founder and President's experience working at a fast-paced organization that was going through a merger. It is designed for teams that need to clarify roles and expecations or companies that need to improve their ability to work harmoniously across departments and branches. We have had executives and frontline employees participate in the same session and switch roles. It greatly enhances communication between areas like sales, warehouse, marketing, IT, and adminisration. Engineers have enjoyed the contruction simulation. We have had participants share the fact that, for the first time, they have a clear picture of the roles of other departments.

    This simulation is designed for dynamic organizations experiencing a high rate of change. Highly stable organizations with little change and a slow pace may not find this simulation relevant.

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    Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos Team Building Phases

    Orientation and Team Briefing

    After a presentation by your CEO or VP to set the organizational context of the simulation, we will provide an orientation focusing on the challenges of our turbulent economy and the importance of cross-functional teamwork. Then, during the team briefing we will prepare your team for the simulation, assign roles and responsibilities, and introduce the toolkit that you will be using.

    Simulation Phases

    Your team will dive right in and operate two companies or 1 company with 2 divisions. Over the course of a business cycle (ideally 4 quarters), the company will operate under one of two scenarios (see below). There will be currency and regular customer attitude surveys to measure and track company performance. Your business challenges will be built into the simulation. The terminology and jargon used in the simulation will also reflect your corporate culture.

    Each team will have specific deliverables and a set of objectives to meet. The simulation is set up so that no team can achieve its objectives without breaking down silos and collaborating with other groups.


    Then, we will debrief the simulation thoroughly and glean key learnings about working in a cross functional environment and overcoming the silo mentality.

    Business Application Exercises

    In the 2 day version, we will re-configure the teams and assign a specific business issue or challenge that your organization is facing to each team. Each team will analyze the business issue using the simulation toolkit and prepare a mini-presentation to present their findings. Next steps will developed and a follow-up plan will be formulated for the teams to continue to meet when they return to the office.



    Programme Examples

    We have offered several versions of Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos to fit various audiences, budgets and timeframes.

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    Cost Effective

    The Chocolate Factory NEW

    Suitable for small groups

    Guaranteed to please the chocoholics in your group, this highly interactive simulation of a chocolate factory will involve your team in designing a marketing strategy for your chocolate factory and manufacturing chocolate truffles and, if budget permits, other delectable goodies.

    A professional facilitator will brief your team and debrief the whole experience to glean valuable take-aways to enhance the ability of your team to work effectively when they return to work.

    Please note this is a fully facilitated team building simulation. It is not available for recreation only.

    Gingerbread House Factory

    Gingerbread house assembly and decorating. Available before Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day.

    Christmas Shoeboxes

    Available only from September to November. Shoeboxes are donated to a charity for children from underprivileged and war torn areas.


    A company that manufactures and distributes gift bags for corporations (at the end of the simulations the bags were given to participants as momentos)

    Kidz Kare International

    an event planning company for families vacationing in Jamaica

    Tours R US

    A travel agency specializing in the Caribbean and Asia

    Resorts Inc.

    Simulation of a tropical resort

    Moderate Budget

    Restaurant Inc.

    A cooking team building simulation in which teams develop a theme for a restaurant, develop a menu, prepare presentation plates of signature dishes from their sample menu for judging, and develop a promotional campaign

    Construction Inc.

    Uses Lego, 3-D Building puzzles or sand in a beach or desert setting to simulate a construction company.

    Team Building with Toys

    A range of simulations using toys (e.g. assembling toy kitchens, bicyles, workbenches, scooter, model airplanes, remote control cars

    Christmas Hampers

    Assemble of hampers with toys and non-perishable food for donation to charity

    High Budget

    The Ice Factory

    Teams create ice sculptures in this simulation of an ice factory.

    Very High Budget

    Dollhouse Factory

    Teams compete to build dollhouse and furniture. Doll houses are donated to charity. Requires at least 1 1/2 days as glue must dry.

    Bike Simulation

    Through this simulation of a bicycle factory, team assemble bicycles that are then donated to charity.

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    Sample Simulation

    The Ice Factory

    Length: 1 Day

    Available: Toronto, Montreal, Dubai, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy

  • Ideal for breaking down silos
  • Improves the effectiveness of international or geographically dispersed teams
  • Cross-functional executive team building that enhances inter-departmental teamwork

  • In this simulation of an ice factory, teams design and market ice scupltures and use ice fusion or ice scuplturing to bring their creations to life.

    This simulation can be created anywhere that there is snow or at indoor meeting venues using table top versions of the sculptures. For locations other than the ones we have identified, there will be a need to fly in the business team buiding facilitator and ice sculpturing experts.

  • Option 1: Simulation to Sharpen Project Management, Sales and Marketing Skills
  • Option 2: Simulation of Merger or Corporate Culture Shift

  • This simulation will introduce your group to a suite of brainstorming and planning tools including mind maps, storyboards, and force field analysis. You will begin by brainstorming and coming up with a concept for your ice creation. Then, you will sketch out and actually bring your design to life. Finally, each team will develop a TV commercial to market their creaion.

    In longer versions of this simulation, we can actually simulate an ice factory and use observers to provide feedback about team dynamics. Force field analysis for feasibility assessment will only be possible in the 2 day version of the programme.


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    Sample Pricing

    Canada & USA:

  • 1/2 Day: From $165 per person (Based on 25 Participants)
  • 1 Day: From $200 per person (Based on 25 Participants)
  • 2 Days: From $250 per person (Based on 25 Participants)

  • Small Group Rates

    Other locations, please contact us for customized rates,

    Materials and supplies extra and cost will vary with version selected.

    Prizes will be provided based on the budget you allocate for them.


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    For more options, also check out our International Team Building