TOOL 1.4 – THE CHAIR GAME

AIMS OF THE ACTIVITY
Experiencing how often thought patterns lead us to implement competitive attitudes not seeing the opportunity of cooperation. Made at the beginning of a training, it helps to team building and is useful also as “warming game”
DESCRIPTION / METHODOLOGY
Once sure, that the chairs are solid, the conductor has a row of chairs next to a wall of the room and asks for some or all participants to raise the shoes stand on their chairs.

Subsequently, the handler gives the mandate of the game: to get to the other side of the room with their chair without putting your feet on the ground.

In many cases, what happens is that the participants choose individual strategies, improbable and tiring trying to move the chair with gaps or putting your hands on the ground and so on. But someone can find out (if no one finds it, the conductor will suggest the end solution) that by agreeing with a companion can climb in two in a chair and move forward the free chair, then go back in two on the chair moved and move the other forward,  until to get both across the room fairly easily.

The frustration that often accompanies to choose an individual and competitive strategy becomes a good anchor for awareness and learning and allows a reflection on what our thought patterns influence our behaviour.

SUGGESTED TIMING
20 minutes, debriefing included
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES NEEDED
 
COMPETENCES DEVELOPED
Cooperation and competition

How other people can be a resource for our goals