Team Exercises – Counting #1On August 9, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During this exercise, the team stands in a circle at equal distances from each other. The idea behind this exercise is very simple. The team counts together. The first person starts by saying, “one.” The next person, “two”, and so-on. When one person is saying a number, the others must remain silent. The challenge is that the team can’t count in order around the circle – and numbers are not pre-assigned. They must work together to count. Each person says a number, and tries to not to speak at the same time as another team member. Before each round, the team should decide on an ending number. For example, the first goal could be to reach the number twenty. This on its own would be fairly simple, but there’s more to it. There are strict rules for this exercise. First, each number must be said by a different person. No one can speak two numbers in a row. If this happens the counting has to start over at one. The most difficult and most important rule is that if a number is said by two or more people at the same time, the counting has to start over again at one. This teaches the team to listen to each other, and work together. It’s important that the numbers flow naturally. Once the team gets a hang of this exercise, they will experience a kind of magic or synergy. The team may get to a point where they can count effortlessly to one-hundred. The trainer leads the exercise and gives feedback between rounds about what went well and what didn’t. Read the description below this video on Youtube for more information on how to give the best feedback to a team and why some teams can count smoothly to higher numbers and why some can’t get past the number two. Also, please subscribe to our channel to see more team exercises to improve cooperation and communication.