Group Exercise – Read Each Other #9On August 11, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
For this exercise the team breaks out into pairs. Each pair chooses who will be person number one and who will be person number two. They sit together somewhere in the room. Person one has five small pieces of paper. He writes a cross on one of them. Then he folds each one up and places them on a table. Person two should not be able to see which paper has the cross. Next, person two points to each paper, one at a time and asks if it’s the one with the cross. Person one always answer, “yes”. This means that person one lies four times and tells the truth once. Person two must try to figure out when person one is lying and when he is telling the truth. Based on what he has observed while asking person one about the cross he tries to choose a blank piece of paper. Person two points to a paper he thinks is blank and opens it up. If he is correct, and there is no cross on the paper, he earns one point. Then person two points to each of the remaining papers and asks if there is a cross on it. Once again, person one always answers,” yes”. Person one’s goal is to manipulate person two into choosing the piece of paper with the cross as quickly as possible. Again, person two points to a paper he thinks is blank and opens it up. If he is correct, he earns another point, for a total of two. For the remaining three papers, the same principle applies. Person one answers “yes” every time and person two assesses whether or not there’s a cross on the paper. During the exercise, the pair can talk to each other about what they observe. This way they can maniplulate each other. Once again, person two points to a paper he thinks is blank and if correct, he gets another point. For the last two papers, it’s the same principle. Both times, person one answers “yes,” and person two makes his final choice he points to the paper he thinks is blank, and if he is correct he earns a point and the game is over. Now person two knows which paper has the cross. The object of the exercise is for person one to try to get person two to choose the paper with the cross as quickly as possible. And for person two, it’s to pick the paper with the cross last. Now the tables turn. Person two puts a cross on one of five pieces of paper and then folds them so that person one can’t see. Person one points, one at a time, to each paper and asks if it’s the one with the cross. Person two always answers, “yes”. Person two tries to manipulate person one so that he will choose the one with the cross as quickly as possible. Person one points to a paper he thinks is blank. In this example, person two has played the game very well. Person one has earned zero points. Person two made person one think that the paper he chose didn’t have the cross. In this example, person two wins the game, four-to-zero. Once all the pairs have finished the exercise the team stands together in a circle and talks about what they experienced. How could they tell if someone lied? Or wanted them to think that they’d lied? Now the winners of the first round pair-up for a second round and play against each other. The other people watch this round in silence trying to guess for themselves where the cross is. Like in round one, the pairs do the exercise until there are winners. Those winners then move on to the next round while the others watch, silently guessing. The exercise continues until two people are left and can play a final round. Everyone watches until there is a winner. It may be surprising who the winner is. The trainer guides the team and gives advice on how they can read someone’s behavior. Can they see something in the eyes? The mouth? Or maybe nothing from those? How can they tell if someone is bluffing? The trainer can also give feedback during the exercise. Read the description below this video on Youtube for more information about this exercise. And please subscribe to our channel to see more teamexercises to improve co-orparation and communication.