Games That Kick: Tank GameOn August 13, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Fran Kick: Tank is a terrific game to illustrate
the relationship between teacher and student, parent and child, boss and employee, leader and
follower, and the dynamic that it builds during
the game is so familiar to people when they do the debrief
in other areas of their life that it richly creates an opportunity to bring
that lesson to life. Frank Crockett: In our video series probably the best
exercise that I use related to communication and trust is
our Tank Game. It is the best ever. Not only is it a lot of fun and there’s a lot of excitement. But when it
comes to learning that goes on, it is profound. [Student talking] Toss it that way. Well, what way is that way!? [Laughter] Fran Kick: The ideas is that it’s not all the
teacher that makes the learning happen. It’s not just the student that makes the learning happen.
It’s not just the leader and the follower. It’s the dynamic between the two. The dynamic between the student and the teacher.
It’s the parent and child relationship that helps to bring the lesson to life. [Student talking] Forward this way? Yup. Stop. [Laughter] Frank Crockett: This is one of those exercises where the briefing can really
be applicable to the population that you’re working with when
it comes to, boy, if I’m really looking at how I want to incorporate talking about communication and
people owning their responsibilities and understanding the roles that people play and not just
listening, but be able to give directions and all those things,
this is one of those great exercises that really addresses those things in really really big ways. [Student talking] Throw! [Laughter] Wrong guy. You can take it right back in the classroom or wherever you’re coming from, it’s just a really really great exercise that you can do with 12 people
or you can do it with 55 people. You can even do larger groups if you want
to, it’s just all about how you facilitate it and break it down. But Tank is a great great game.
“When they both work together then we have the best success that we can have. Hey, you guys just did an awesome job in this exercise give yourselves a hand.