Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers: Original Johari Window Game/Exercise

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Original Johari Window Game/Exercise

Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, creators of Johari Window concept and model had devised an exercise/game to illustrate their “Johari Window”.

You, as a management trainer or workshop coordinator, can use that game with lots of advantage to your seminar/workshop participants. This exercise is best used to explain the concept and model “Johari Window”. It is a very effective exercise on “self-awareness”, “introspection” and “self-improvement”. It explains the concepts of “feedback” and “disclosure” as well as the four well-known quadrants of Johari Window.

The exercise is best suited for training programs titled “enhancing professional and personal effectiveness”, “creativity unlimited”, “personality development”, “self-improvement”, “Johari Window”, “organizational development” etc.

The exercise is explained below:

In this exercise, in all 56 adjectives are selected to completely describe a human being. These adjectives are given below and are arranged in an alphabetic order:

  1. Able
  2. Accepting
  3. Adaptable
  4. Bold
  5. Brave
  6. Calm
  7. Caring
  8. Cheerful
  9. Clever
  10. Complex
  11. Confident
  12. Dependable
  13. Dignified
  14. Energetic
  15. Extroverted
  16. Friendly
  17. Giving
  18. Happy
  19. Helpful
  20. Idealistic
  21. Independent
  22. Ingenious
  23. Intelligent
  24. Introverted
  25. Kind
  26. Knowledgeable
  27. Logical
  28. Loving
  29. Mature
  30. Modest
  31. Nervous
  32. Observant
  33. Organized
  34. Patient
  35. Powerful
  36. Proud
  37. Quiet
  38. Reflective
  39. Relaxed
  40. Religious
  41. Responsive
  42. Searching
  43. Self-assertive
  44. Self-conscious
  45. Sensible
  46. Sentimental
  47. Shy
  48. Silly
  49. Smart
  50. Spontaneous
  51. Sympathetic
  52. Tense
  53. Trustworthy
  54. Warm
  55. Wise
  56. Witty

This list of 56 adjectives is displayed in front of the participants who wish to subject themselves for introspection and feedback. Participants can request for explanation or meaning of the adjectives not clear to them. Each participant is then requested to pick up five or six adjectives out of this list that describe their own personality as per their own assessment. As the next step the participants are requested to pick up five or six adjectives that describe each of their fellow participants. These adjectives are then mapped by each participant onto the four partitions or quadrants of Johari Window in the following manner.

First quadrant: Open self: Adjectives that are selected by both the participant himself and his fellow participants are pooled together and placed in the “open self” compartment of Johari Window. These adjectives are those adjectives or traits of the participant that both he and his fellow participants are knowing.

Second quadrant: Hidden self: Adjectives selected only by the participant himself but not by any of his fellows, are placed into the “hidden self” compartment. This information about the adjectives of the self are known only to the participant and the fellow participants do not know about them. The participant himself will have to bring these traits of his into the open and put them to use.

Third quadrant: Blind self: Adjectives that are not selected by participant himself but only by his fellows are placed into the “blind self” compartment. These are those adjectives that the participant is not knowing but others know about them. The participant can decide to invite the feedback on these from his fellow participants so that he starts knowing about his additional qualities he possess but has not used them so far.

Fourth quadrant: Dark self: Adjectives that were not selected by either participant or by his fellow participants will be placed in the “dark self” compartment. These qualities of the participant were not recognized by anyone who participated in this exercise. the concerned participant will have to take a close look at these adjectives and make a plan of action to develop some of these qualities as per his requirements.

You will now instruct the participants on making a plan of action based on this kind of mapping. They should pick up some of the adjectives/qualities that they found in their hidden self, blind self and dark self and make a plan to start putting them to use. They should specify a time line for implementing this plan of action. Also they should specify how they will use those qualities.

You can provide them necessary guidance to shape up and finalize their plan of action.

Now have a few participants make presentations of their plan of actions to you and to the rest of the participants. Make your comments after each presentation to further improve their action plan.

Wrap up the exercise by wishing the participants best of luck for implementation of their action plans.

Get Hold of the Related Books

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  1. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  2. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers (Volume 2)
  3. Classic Team Building Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  4. 101 Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers

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