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games for communicating vision



I'm looking for a game/activity in order to illustrate the importance for managers to communicate the company's vision to their team members.

I'm especially looking for a game/activity where the facilitator ask participants to perform a task without telling them why and that they would have done differently should they have known what was the final goal of this task.

nathalie maillet

3 Responses

  1. Ask people what they need!
    The best game I know is a real life game of bosses meeting with 40 or so employees and asking them what they need to do a better job. Then give it to them. They won’t believe you’ll do it at first, but if you keep doing it, after a while they will and then their performance will rise precipitously.

    In the process of this game, employees will undoubtedly make a complaint or suggestion or question which can be used by the boss to insert the VISION. Visions have credibility only if the boss is meeting her responsibility of providing high quality support to employees: tools, training, procedures, policies, parts, material, information, discipline, recognition, and the like.

    Try it. It works like a charm and besides, productivity and innovation increases will amaze you. It did for me in 4 successful turnarounds.

    Best regards, Ben
    Author “Leading People to be Highly Motivated and Committed”

  2. game idea
    Have you thought of trying the game where you split the group into threes and in the threes make one person the hands (legs tied) one person the legs (hands tied), and the third person is blindfolded. Ask the groups to do a simple large sized(childs)jigsaw. After the exercise discuss the fact that the blindfolded person is representing someone new to the organisation (with limited understanding and ability, did the other two manage to include this person in any way in the task – keep them motivated, developed?)The the other two are people who know a limited amount regarding the overall vision. How much more quickly could they complete the task if they knew the big picture and had obstacles to communication/performance removed??!

    Hope that helps – it’s fun!
    All the best


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