Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers: Don’t Break Your Egg

This is yet another fun-filled and effective game if administered well will establish you as an ace workshop/seminar leader. The game is highly participative. It can also prove to be a great energizer. And so, its a great candidate for your afternoon sessions.

The game is most apt for sessions on team building, teamwork, synergy, creativity, strategy management, intragroup communication, conflict management, consensus building, motivation, leadership/followership etc.

Divide the participants of your training workshop so that each group can have around 5 to 7 persons. Use the random grouping method earlier described in the management exercise titled “Pass the Message” at URL http://management-games-icebreakers.blogspot.com/search/label/Pass%20the%20Message

Ask each group to choose its coordinator. Group members should discuss and make their choice.

Handover to each of the group coordinators a set of following items:

  • An egg
  • A small piece of thermocole or foam/sponge
  • A newspaper sheet or any other paper of approximately that size
  • Glue
  • Cellophane tape (small size)
  • Around 3 feet of string
  • A pair of scissors

Now instruct the participants to work in their respective groups. Tell them that by using the set of material allotted to them they are supposed to make a gadget. They will then use that gadget to drop the egg from a height of some 10 feet on the ground/floor making sure that the egg does not break.

Give them 15 minutes to make the gadget.

Now ask the coordinators of the groups to drop the egg to let it fall on the floor using their gadgets. After all the group are done, inspect the eggs. The group whose egg breaks or cracks will be declared as disqualified. The ones whose egg remain intact will be declared as winners.

Within the winners you can rank order the groups based on the creativity and innovativeness of their gadgets. You may like to include economies of the materials used as an additional criterion.

Initiate a group discussion. Guide the participants to discuss the process of making the gadget:

  • Did they formulate any strategy, what kind?
  • Did they draw the design of the gadget on paper?
  • What principles they used to ensure that egg would not break on hitting the floor?
  • How innovative was their final product and why? Was creativity of each member of the group tapped or was something lacking in their group process?
  • Were they satisfied with their teamwork. Could it be improved further?
  • Did they get into conflicts and how they resolved? How was the consensus finally reached?
  • Were they challenged and motivated to undertake the task?

Summarize the group discussion. Supplement the group discussion with your observations. Provide any additional inputs you wish to impart to your participants.

Get Hold of the Related Books:

You can order the following books on “management games and icebreakers” as printed books and eBooks from Amazon online:

  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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35 years’ industrial/business experience as a top executive & 35 years’ parallel academic/consultancy experience in general management, behavioral sciences & technology. Areas: general management, production, human resources, industrial engineering, systems, MIS, computers, corporate planning, audit, sales/marketing. Penchant for information technology & behavioral sciences; integrated with conventional technology makes him unique thought leader. Conversant with academic theories & realities of business, fuses the two into practical approaches. Was associated with Tata Motors, Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics & ThyssenKrupp; held top positions as highflier executive. Presently Chairman & Managing Director, Prodcons Group associating with 250 organizations; providing management & I T consultations & conducting seminars/workshops. Been a faculty for IIM’s, TMTC, Railway & HAL Staff Colleges, Symbiosis. Speaker with 35000 hours’ experience benefitting more than 100,000 people. Published 35 articles in Economic Times, Indian Management & Computers Today. Authored 27 books. Invited as key speaker in seminars by AIMA, HRD Network, NIPM, QCFI, CSI, NPC. Widely traveled. Education: Engineering & Management.
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