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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Top Up Your Money

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Top Up Your Money

As a training facilitator or workshop/seminar leader, you can use this management game in your programs/sessions on “system of interdependence”, “team work”, “team building”, “win-win approach”, “collaboration”, “cooperation”, “intra-group communication” etc. It is a group exercise and calls for the participation of all the attendees of the program.

Randomly divide the participants of your program in two groups. Each group can have around six to seven participants or so. If your program has larger participation, you can form four or more groups , each group consisting of six to seven participants. Two groups will form one pair of groups and each pair can play parallel games.

The instructions that you give to one pair on how to play the game will be equally applicable to the other pairs.

You can give the instructions orally as under or you may like to give each participant a written instruction sheet. Ask each participant to read/listen the instructions carefully.

Beginning of instructions

I will give each group of a pair an envelop. Each envelop will contain $25. The money will be in the denominations of $1.

Each group can put as much of $25 in the envelope as it wants and give the envelope to the other group. The other group will also decide on the amount of money it wants to give to the first group of the pair in the envelop. The money that is transferred will become the property of the receiving group and the giving group will never get it back.

If any group does not want to pass on any money to the other group, it can do so and hand over the empty envelop to the other group.

In order to take this decision, each group will be given 5 minutes. The members of each group can discuss and consult prior to arriving at the final decision. Cross-talks between members of two groups (of a pair) is not allowed.

I will then top up the money transferred to the groups by an equal amount that was transferred. For example, if one group passes on $5 to the other group, I will give $5 more to the receiving group.

After transferring the money, each group may be left with some money. In addition each group is likely to receive some or no money from the other group. Plus I would have topped up the transferred amount by an equal amount. So each group is likely to gain some money from me too.

After having topped up the money, each group will have:
  1. The balance money after giving out some money to the other group.
  2. Money received from the other group (of the pair)
  3. Money topped up by me to each group (equal to the money that was transferred by the other group)
Each group will total up the money at hand now and declare it.

The group having the maximum money at hand will be declared as the winner.

End of instructions

After the participants get the full clarity regarding how to play the game, you can hand over envelops containing $25 to each group. Two groups in each pair can then start playing the game.

At the conclusion of the game, each group will declare the total money at hand. You will declare the winner(s).

Start a discussion by asking the participants on whether they could have made still more money and how? Could they have played the game differently and in a better way? What went wrong and what went right? What did you learn from this management exercise?

Fill them up with additional inputs from your side and wrap up your session.

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