Small groups sitting at tables each engage in a silent dice game. After several rounds of play, the individual at each table who has earned the most chips moves to the next table and the groups continue playing in silence. No one knows it at first, but the game has slightly different rules at each table and people may react differently to this “culture” shock as the groups continue playing with newcomers.
Some newcomers are confused and end up losing their chips. The existing players will either play on without them or show more inclusive behavior, sharing chips to allow them to keep playing. Other newcomers quickly realize what’s going on and make the existing players explain the new rules. When it’s time for the next change over, groups that were more inclusive and adaptive will be more successful at integrating the newcomer. The experience demonstrates how group behaviors and structures influence how effectively we manage a change.
SHARE THIS TOOL
Use it for experiencing change as natural and organic, adjusting roles, self-organizing
Use it for appreciating the challenges of newcomers, recognizing that our rules may differ from others’ rules, understanding other cultures
Use it for learning and gaining success with experience
|Participants (min / optimal / max)||Time needed (activity only)|
|Standard: 6 / 12 / 16 ||10-25 mins|
|Large: 6 / 12 / 35||Same as Standard|
|Standard: 8 dice, 320 chips, 16 plastic cups,|
game instructions for 4 tables, 1 detailed
|200 sq. ft (18.6 sq. m)|
|Large: 14 dice, 700 chips, 35 plastic cups,|
game instructions for 7 tables, 1 detailed
|320 sq. ft (29.8 sq. m)|
|Standard: 13.25 x 10 x 4.25 in (33.7 x 25.4 x 10.8 )||4.6 lb (2.1 kg)|
|Large: 15 x 13.5 x 4.75 in (38.1 x 34.3 x 12.1 cm)||8 lb (3.6 kg)|
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