Team Bonding Games – The Characteristic Game #5On August 9, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During this exercise, the team sits in a circle at an equal distance from each other. Everyone gets five blank notecards or pieces of paper and writes down three positive characteristics and two negative ones. Everyone folds the cards and puts them into a hat. The total number of characteristics should be five times the number of people. Someone from the circle takes a card from the hat. He opens it and reads the characteristic out loud. For example, spontaneous. He chooses someone from the circle whom he thinks fits the characteristic most. Then he explains why he choses him. The person chosen listens to the feedback in silence. When the other person is finished talking he takes the card and puts it in front of him. Then, the person who just got the card takes another one from the hat and does the same thing. He reads the characteristic out loud, says who he thinks fits it the most tells the person why, and then gives him the card. The person who takes the card places it in front of him. The person who receives it, does the same thing again. He takes a card from the hat, reads the characteristic out loud, assigns it to the person he thinks fits the characteristic most, and tells him why. The person who takes the card places it in front of him. Notice that the person listening to the feedback doesn’t reply. It’s not a discussion. This process continues until all cards are taken from the hat and are laying on the ground. Most likely, each person will have a different number of cards. This, too, could say something about each person. Some people may have more opinions given to them than others. Now, everyone has cards in front of them that were given to them by other team members. They can literally see what others think about them. The next step is for team members to trade their cards. Let’s say that someone has a card that says ‘insecure’ in front of him and he wishes to be less insecure. He chooses someone from the team whom he feels could use a bit more insecurity. He gives the ‘insecure’ card to that person and trades it for a card that has a characteristic he wishes to have more. For example: arrogant. The insecure person trades the ‘insecure’ card for the ‘arrogant’ card. This way the team learns that a characteristic can be wanted and unwanted at the same time. If someone wants less of the characteristic ‘curt’ and more of the characteristic ‘generous’. he trades the card and explains to the person why he traded the characteristic with him. The rest of the group listens in silence. Moving clockwise, everyone has the chance to trade a card with another person. The trainer guides the team and gives them feedback. Read the description below this video on youtube for more information on how to give the best feedback to a team. And please subscribe to our channel to see more team exercises to improve cooperation and communication.