These corporate training games prepare participants mentally to look at change as positive and manageable. It makes them aware that changes occur often and humans have already got it in them to adapt and be successful through change.
Through these training games participants learn the basic understandings of change management such as:
Having said this let's look at the first of the training games. The following training game is also treated as an
energizer elsewhere on this site. This is the advantage of knowing both training games and content well. You can then fit the training game to the situation. After all it is the debrief that settles matters.
Change Management Games: 1: 'Keep the ball up'. The aim of the first one of the change managment games is, to keep a ball up for hundred counts.
1. Ask the trainees to stand together in a tightly knit group.
2. Pass them a throw ball.
3. Tell the group that it is expected to throw the ball in the air and keep it up for a 100 counts to win the game. If the ball is allowed to drop on the ground before reaching the count of hundred, then the training game should be started anew beginning the count from 1.
4. Once the group has succeeded (usually in fifteen minutes)debrief the first of the change management games.
5. The first step in the debrief is for them to understand that change is inevitable. If outward conditions do not motivate them to change already, change will visit them any way. (You threw the ball at them and expected them to follow your instructions. So you announced the change and the group had to cope with it.)
5. Bring to the notice of the group the strategies they used to succeed in the first of the change management games - discovery of a few experts who are able to control the ball and keep it in the air; as soon as the ball strays, the group directs it back to the experts; discovery of some experts who are also leaders and who bounce the ball towards as many of the group as possible so that they will also be involved.
6. Draw further parallels with the process of change management as listed above.
7. Materials you will need: A volley ball or a throw ball, or a good sized ball.
8. You'll need to be in a high ceilinged room in about 500 sq. ft. of space, if you are playing indoors. I prefer to play this training game outdoors.
9. Caution the participants not to throw the ball too high as it could hurt somebody's fingers or face as it falls down.
Change Management Games: 2. Group Juggling
1. You'll need: three small basket balls per group, and five to six people per group
2. Demonstrate this training game with one group. Once you have shown them how to play it then the other groups can start playing.
3. Instructions for playing the second of the change management games:
The success in the second of the change management games leads to excited jubilation. The successful groups traipse over to the still struggling ones to provide tips.
This training game the second of the change management games provides a success experience which requires team work and consistency. After they have had a few successful rounds of group juggling you can stop to debrief the training game.
During the debrief of the second of the change management games, draw their attention to:
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