One of my favorites! Played in a circle (minimum 9). You start in the middle to explain and begin the game. The goal is to get somebody to take your place. The game is played in rounds with an explanation of the rules before starting a new round. I usually timebox this game to 10-15 […]

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Closer to the Sun

Participants form a circle around an object on the ground identified as the sun. Ask participants to move closer to or further from the sun dependent upon the accuracy of each statement. I live in [blank] County. I was born in [blank] State. I like my job. This is the best job I ever had. […]

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Use their images to start conversations. Watch team formation surface in powerful ways. Highly recommend this for every facilitators toolkit. Thanks to Sylvia Taylor for introducing me. VisualsSpeak

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Where have I been?

Where have you been and what have you done since we last saw you? A simple question which is great when building a new team. I have seen it used to great effect at the beginning of day two in a four day workshop. Team members from out of town and those more local get […]

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Helium Stick

Deceptively simple but powerful exercise for learning how to work together and communicate in small to medium sized groups. Helium Stick

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1, 2, 3

Ask everyone to find a partner, preferably somebody new or somebody they do not normally work with. Have them face each other. Close enough to be just inside each others comfort zone. Explain this game is played in rounds. Each round begins on your command and lasts for approximately 30 seconds. Round One. Each pair […]

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The Human Knot

Getting to know each other better is unavoidable. Tip: This works best if you start with a circle not an oblong as it avoids circles forming within circles. For 10 or more players, I’ve played with as many as 50. The Human Knot

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