Executive Oasis International - Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos Team Building


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

Facilitated Team Building to Promote Cross-Functional Teamwork & Collaboration




  • We are a Toronto (Canada) based management consulting firm.
  • ALL inquiries are handled from Toronto.
  • This business team building simulation is 1 - 2 days.



Global Business Challenges

Cross-functional teamwork, communication, and collaboration are essential for the implementation of many organizational initiatives. Yet, as companies grow and become more complex, there is a tendency for employees to become entrenched in silos.


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

1 - 2 Day Team Building Simulation

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.

Inc. Inc. Cross-Functional Team Building

In this highly customizable and scaleable simulation, we place participants in roles that are very different from their current organizational roles. The CEO becomes the receptionist and team members become executives or team leaders.

Teams operate companies or branches of the same organization that compete in the same market. The companies, which have at minimum a 3 level structure (an executive team, management team, and team members), develop a product (or the concept for a service), and design a marketing campaign.


To boost the "fun factor" in this simulation, we usually set the organization in the entertainment, hospitality, or tourism industry.

Cross-Functional Team Building

Through participating in this cross-functional team building simulation, organizations can:

  • break down silos
  • launch cross-functional project teams
  • improve cross-functional teamwork and collaboration
  • prepare teams for a merger, re-organization, or corporate culture shift
  • bring teams together after a merger
  • transform team leader/team member interactions


Inc. Inc. is available globally.


Please note: We are Toronto based team building specialists and business consultants who specialize in facilitated business team building and executive retreats. Our senior facilitator will travel to your location from Canada to facilitate your sessions.


Inc. Inc. Breaking Down Silos


After running simulated organizations for 1 1/2 - 3 hours, a professional facilitator will debrief the experience with your team.

Participants will walk away with:

  • a greater understanding of the challenges of other departments
  • an appreciation of the role of team leaders
  • an improved ability to put themselves in the customer's shoes by playing the role of a client in the simulation
  • new tools and strategies to improve cross-functional team work, and collaboration


Participants will significantly improve their ability to achieve results and execute projects within a short time-frame.

We have facilitated Inc. Inc. Breaking Down Silos for teams as small as 6 and large groups with team members from many departments.


Typical Agenda


  • Participant prifles & learning surveys distrbuted a few week before team building.
  • Team leaders and teams selected
  • Pre-con meeting with venue to review set-up requirements. (We handle this.)
  • Day Before Simulation: Briefing for Team Leaders & Set-up

Team Building:

  • 8:30 Session Starter (in trios)
  • 8:45 CEO Briefing (15 min.)
  • 9:00 Group Briefing By Facilitator (45 min)
  • 9:45 Break
  • 10:00 Team Briefing (by team leaders)
  • 10:30 Simulation Begins
  • 1:00 Lunch (in teams
  • 2:00 Debriefing Prep.
  • 2:30 Debriefing Panels
  • 3:15 Break
  • 3:30 Business Application Exercises or Launch of Cross-Functional Teams




Facilitation: Your facilitator will take you through a 1 hour pre-briefing to ensure that the links between Inc. Inc. Breaking Down Silos and the challenges your team and organization face are clear.

Next, the team leaders who have been selected for this simulation will brief team members about their roles responsibilities and assignement.

After the simulation, guided by key questions, team leaders and the members of each department will spend time reflecting on their experience. Your facilitator will help you debrief the experience through 3 panels, one for each layer of the organization.

Prep. & Logistics

Set-up:This simulation requires 3 rooms: an executive lounge, a manager's meeting room, and a large room that can be divide into departments. Each room requires a flip chart and each team requires a flip chart or flip chart paper.

Logistics: This simulation works best if team leaders are briefed about their roles the day before the simulation. If they participate in setting up the area for their team, this will save both money and time.

Prep:A colour printer will be needed for the marketing department to produce colateral material and internal department to produce communiques to be distributed during the simulation. (It can be a shared printer for all teams or 2 printers so that each team that requires it has a dedicated printer.)






  • Overview

    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.

  • 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.


    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.

  • Chocolate Factory

    Available in Toronto Only

    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.

    Christmas Shoeboxes

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

    Construction Inc.

    Uses Lego or 3-D Building puzzles to simulate a construction company.

  • Team Building with Toys

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

    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.

    Christmas Hampers

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

  • Bike Simulation

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

    The Ice Factory

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

    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.