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Blind Square - Rope game

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This is an activity that I use in almost every teambuilding session I run--because it delivers results every time. I can take no credit for its invention since it has existed from long before my time, in various forms and with a variety of names (such as Blind Polygon). The activity can be frontloaded to focus on particular issues by changing a few parameters or altering the instructions.
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Goal

Explore overall team building issues to see how the participants get on.

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    Instructions

    Preparation

    Before the exercise begins, tie a length of rope (about 20m) into a circle. Also, provide blindfolds for everyone.

    Instructions to Participants

    To complete this activity, all the team has to do is to form the rope into the shape of a perfect square.

    You will have 15 minutes planning time, during which no one may touch the rope.

    At the end of this time, everyone will be blindfolded and the rope will be placed in your hands.

    You will have 10 minutes to form the square.

    All the team members must be holding the rope.

    Once you think that the square is complete, lay the rope on the floor.

    Debriefing

    Ask questions to draw out responses that focus on any of these types of topics:

    • Attention to detail
    • Collaboration
    • Communication
    • Creating a square
    • Evaluation
    • Planning
    • Problem solving

    Variations

    Don't tie the rope into a circle at the start.

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    • I use it to demonstrate leadership styles. It is common for team leaders to micromanage this activity. Other isues such as engagement, communicating goals also are clearly portrayed.

      3 years ago
    • Hi Nick, I'm curious to try this and interested to know what usually happens? What are the themes it helps to illustrate? You talk about it 'delivering results' - what results do you mean? You also say you can 'frontload the activity to focus on particular issues by changing a few parameters or altering the instructions' - can you explain that more?

      3 years ago