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Motivating a Team - Games - Keypunch

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A powerful exercise for learning how to work together, communicate and seek to improve performance in medium sized groups.



- Randomly lay out up to 30 numbered markers or spots in a set area (Print or write these numbers on individual pieces of paper, and mark the set area directly around the numbered marker).  This forms the keypad.

- Create a starting/finish point up to 10 yards beyond the set area - the group must assemble here.  Do not allow the group to have clear view of the keypad either before the first attempt or in between attempts.  (If need be you could have them walk out a door, or simply close their eyes.)



Explain that the group must touch all the numbered spots as fast as they can.  The team is given five attempts and must complete all attempts within a 30 minute window, whilst seeking to A) complete the task and B) if possible better their time.  The group is penalized when a number is touched out of order and if more than one person is inside the boundary of the set area.  The penalty may be, for example, that the group must start the attempt again but the time keeps ticking for that attempt.


Give the team 5 minutes to plan, then begin the 30 minutes count down, and then start the timer for the first attempt.  Time each attempt when they say they are ready to begin.


The team will eventually arrive at a variety of solutions.  Encourage them to think creatively.  


Possible Debriefing Questions:

- What was the initial reaction of the group?

- How well did the group cope with this challenge?

- What skills did it take to be successful as a group?

- What creative solutions were suggested and how were they received?

- Did everyone listen to each others ideas?

- What would an outside observer have seen as the strengths and weaknesses of the group?

- What roles did people play?

- What did each group member learn about him/her self as an individual?

- What key factor led to an improvement in time?

- How motivated were participants to continually improve the time after initial success at the task?


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