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Trainer’s Tip: Secrets and Lies


A twist on an old favourite ice breaker, from Steve Mosley, helps delegates test their people skills.

I use this exercise a lot on leadership courses as it covers one of the critical components of leadership in a fun way i.e. knowing the people behind the employee.

Teams of two interview each other and find out three unusual things about each other (e.g. they do underwater basket weaving on a Sunday night) which they will then tell the rest of the group when they introduce their colleague.

However one of the "things" must be a lie. This means that the interviewee has to be creative in their discussions and the interviewer has to question and find out more to suss out which one the lie is.
The interviewer does not tell the interviewee which one they think the lie is until they present back to the group.

(It's a bit like Call My Bluff.)

It is great for leadership courses as it stresses the importance of finding out about the "real" person in the team rather than the "employee", this inevitably helps build trust.

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