Need to toughen up your team’s negotiation skills? Here’s a fun way to do it!
Two teams are given two different recipes – and limited ingredients in skewed proportions: way too many potatoes and one little bottle of water to one team. Lots of chillies and absolutely no oil to the other. Only one jar of salt to go around. And more such complexities. The teams have to regroup, plan, and then, negotiate with each other to arrive at a fruitful (rather, a basketful), mutually beneficial barter.
And only with their hard-earned groceries do they then proceed to cook!
Here’s an exercise to induct and break ice with new recruits, or just as a warm-up. We see this happen as a bonding session between seniors/role models in an organization and their juniors. An equal number of new and existing employeees grouped together, to facilitate networking with each other. The method is simple: we give team-members a task to be accomplished within 3 cooker whistles.
The debriefing could also include how the setup was a classic example of how great teams in the company work and a demonstration of the company’s core values as a corporate.