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Win win exercise needed


Does anyone have a short practical exercise to demonstrate the concept of win win? Needs to be about 2 mins long and workable in a group of 15-20 people with limited English language skills. I am intending to use it as an opener for an influencing skills workshop.

4 Responses

  1. Win Win

    We have a series of short case studies that require the participants to creatively come up with a win win in situations that appear to have insurmountable obstacles.They are based around equality/diversity issues so the cultural dimension you describe can be reconciled with these exercises.You can have them with pleasure!


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  2. Win/Win

    I stick flip charts in all four corners of the room with a different option written on each flip chart i.e. in one corner Win/Lose, then Win/Win, Lose/Lose and Lose/Win.

    Then I ask everyone to stand in the middle of the room and as individuals, consider how they would each answer a particular question (relevant to their work place) e.g. what would you do if your manager was rude to you in front of a room full of people?

    Then when they have thought about an answer (without discussion) I ask them to put themselves in the corner that they think applies to their answer e.g. "I don't say anything" and they chose to stand in the Lose/Win corner.  Then I ask people to share their answer/choices with the whole group and others get to comment on whether they agree.  This can set up a useful debate i.e. returning to the above response, someone might believe that if your job is safe because you don't say anything then it would be a Win/Win.  This then can lead nicely into a discussion around how the Win/Win model impacts on influencing others

    I appreciate this isn't a 2 minute exercise but having run Influencing Skills training myself, I wonder whether you might be justified in giving the Win/Win model a larger role in your training plan?


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