The group sits around a table with defined individual work areas and a shared space in the center. Colorful plastic pieces in different shapes are clustered in the center and each participant must use three of the shapes to make a square. They are not allowed to speak or reach into another person’s work area; only the center can be used to take pieces out, put them back or to push pieces toward another person.
Some participants are able to form a square very quickly, but what they don’t realize is that they are using parts that others need. While there are many different ways to put a square together, there is only one way for everyone to put a square together at the same time. This means some participants will have to break up their already completed squares and share their pieces with others. The message is clear: if the group is to succeed, all members must prioritize the group’s goal over their own.
SHARE THIS TOOL
Use it for drawing on resources, seeing a challenge through to completion, experiencing the need for individuals to contribute
Use it for seeing the whole, sacrificing personal gain to achieve a group goal, looking for patterns
Use it for focusing on goals, learning and retrying
Use it for coordinating actions, cooperating and sharing responsibility
Use it for breaking down silos right from the start
|Participants (min / optimal / max)||Time needed (activity only)|
|5 / 10 / 10||15-30 mins|
|30 plexiglass puzzle pieces for 10 squares,|
1 detailed instructions manual
|Tabletop of at least 3 x 4 ft (1 x 1.2 m)|
|10.2 x 7.1 x 4.7 in (25.9 x 18 x 11.9 cm)||2.9 lb (1.3 kg)|
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