Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers: Perception

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This is a very simple and effective participative management exercise on “perception”. It can be used to emphasize that different persons perceive the same thing differently according to their own specific perspective. It also works as a good energizer and icebreaker.

You as a program or workshop leader should get the chairs arranged such that they form a circle (i.e. circular shaped arrangement of chairs). In the middle of the circle thus formed, get a center table positioned.

Write in very large font size, in bold a curvy alphabet “E” on a large thick drawing paper or card sheet. Use any good colored marker to do so. Then place it on top of the center table so that the letter “E” can be seen by all the participants sitting on the chairs.

Turn by turn, ask each participant of the workshop to exactly describe what he sees on the card sheet from the position he is sitting.

You will find that depending on one’s position in the circle, each one will see the letter as “m”, “w”, “3” or “E” or any other thing.

Ask participants to shift to the chair exactly opposite of where they are sitting presently. Again ask each participant to describe the letter. Since each one is seeing the same alphabet now from a different position or say, different perspective, he will see a different letter than what he saw earlier.

Alternatively, you may as well position one of the participants in the center and ask the other participants sitting on the chairs placed in circular shape to describe exactly what they see of the person in the center from their respective positions.

Get the participants to start a discussion post this exercise on what did they experience and what did they make out from the game. Conclude by giving your remarks with relevant theoretical inputs on the concepts regarding “perception” and why it is necessary to look at any thing from various or all the angles to get a complete understating of the thing or situation.

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One Response to Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers: Perception

  1. coach says:

    It is always a pleasure to see good pages like these on a site.

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