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Trainer’s Tip: Team Tactics and Sabotage


Derek Hughes has come up with this team exercise that includes some underhand practices...

Split into groups of six and give them a task to complete (eg build a bridge out of paper, card and paper-clips that can hold a cup of water).

Distribute the resources randomly so groups have to barter with each other to get the right mix of resources (ie 1 group has lots of paper but no paperclips). Give secret instructions to half the groups for them to be saboteurs where their purpose is not just to build the bridge but to delay the other groups building their bridge (without them realising it). This would involve interruptions, delaying tactics, pointless/distracting conversations etc.

Get feedback on what impact this had on performance of the task and how this relates to the workplace.

Then list what needs to be done differently in the workplaces (solution focused rather than getting tied up discussing all the problems).

It should be a lively exercise and bring about some useful learning as well!

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