This activity consolidates the previous activities and discussions about working in teams with a common goal.
The participants are divided into 3 groups.
Two of the groups compete against each other – against time – to create a chain of coloured paperclips – to be made in a specific colour order.
They have 5 minutes to make the longest paperclip chain.
The 3rd group is split into 2 groups – to observe the paperclip groups – and make notes on how they communicated with each other – listening, observing, managing, dominant team-working schema.
After the challenge, the observers explain what they have noted regarding the team working.
This is followed by a general discussion of the activity:
- How did they feel the team working went?
- Best practice?
- What worked well and why etc.