Each experience offers valuable information, but keen observation and brief reflection make the difference between learning from the experience or repeating the same mistakes again and again.
Activities: Cross the Line is a face-off between partners who are challenged to “get their partner to their side of the line.” The activity reveals the benefits of creating win/win situations.
Speed Cube: Group members are given a supply of parts, from which they are to build a geometric shape as many times as they can, while racing against the clock. This activity clearly demonstrates the benefits of observation and communication. What is working, what is not?
Pipeline requires groups to move their “product” (objects of different shapes and sizes) through the pipeline to “the client.” Once again the key is to identify the real breakdowns (rather than perceived problems) and work together to overcome them. Most groups discover that breakdowns are most likely to occur during transfers, and everyone plays a part in improving the process.