The Color Chain Warm-Up
The color chain warm-up exercise is a method that helps optimize communication and project processing skills.
The 6-12 participants stand in a circle and nominate one individual as the captain.
Afterward, the captain assigns a color to the second person in the circle. The second person then gives another color to the third person in the circle, and so on until each person has a color. The last person in the group assigns a color to the captain. The group is passing words to each other in simultaneous chains.
Once the first round has been completed, the captain starts again, giving the second person the same color as before and restarting the chain. The captain repeats this, getting faster with each round, with everyone going round in the circle repeating their assigned colors.
When the captain stops the chain, he requires the participants to remember their color.
The captain then begins a new chain – but this time using a different category, such as animals. The chain members assign each other animals, and the captain repeats the chain a few times until it becomes familiar.
Once the second chain has been completed, the captain will then run the color chain and the animal chain simultaneously. This requires the participants to remember and work with two different pieces of information and listen to two different people.
Once the two chains run smoothly, the captain may then add a third piece of information into the mix, such as e.g., languages.
The challenge to this method is to listen to three different people at a time.
However, you should trust the people around you to do their jobs and pass the correct information at the right time.
This creativity method demonstrates that only by taking responsibility for the correct handover, the information can be successfully transferred. To ensure teamwork and creativity at work, we must trust our colleagues to fulfill their duties and responsibilities within their work scope.
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