Maintaining the balance
In this experience, teams learn to deal with interdependency, risk and change. With success hanging in the balance, it is essential that we see things from each other's point of view.
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A round plate balances on a pedestal with wooden figurines spread out on top. The plate's balance shifts as teams of two remove the figurines, one turn at a time, until all of them are taken away and the plate is left resting level on the pedestal.
Each team consists of a “speaker” and a blindfolded “grabber”. The speaker directs the grabber’s hand with verbal instructions and feedback, without touching either the grabber or the figurines. Good communication and trust are essential because the plate is unstable and there is always the danger that it will tip over.
The teams must place the figurines, one turn at a time, until all figurines are on the plate. As an added challenge, they must avoid the “taboo zone” where no figurines are allowed.
The figurines are divided on the plate into four equal fields marked by tape. One turn at a time, each team must move all of the figurines from their assigned field to the one adjacent to them.
Use it for experiencing sender / receiver challenges, communicating clearly and in suitable language for talking to customers, reading body language
Use it for assuming responsibility, deciding in uncertain situations, dealing with risk, working with secondhand information, giving and receiving direction
Use it for experiencing interdependencies, adapting to change, establishing balance
Use it for focusing on goals or learning and adapting to make progress
Use it for coordinating actions, cooperating and sharing responsibility
Use it for experiencing change as natural and organic and dealing with risk and uncertainty
Use it for managing multiple projects simultaneously and working with real-time feedback
|Participants (min / optimal / max)||Time needed (activity only)|
|4 / 9 / 12||20-45 mins|
|1 round plate (birch wood with cork base), |
1 pedestal (stainless steel and beech wood),
16 figurines (beech wood), 3 blindfolds,
1 detailed instructions manual
|10 sq. ft (1 sq. m)|
|28.3 x 3.5 x 28.7 in (71.9 x 8.9 x 72.9 cm)||18.7 lb (8.5 kg)|
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