This exercise facilitates open, straightforward and useful relations in a group. You will need a 10m rope and at least five times as many picture cards as the number of participants. You will also need a lot of space. So take your group outside if you can.
Present the theme of the session to the group – and the angle from which they must introduce themselves to each other. The angle can be anything from their personal experience of their working environment to the role of their team in the organisation, the corporate image of their place of work, or the success of their company or business.
You lay out all the cards on the ground – and place the rope in a horseshoe shape a little further away.
Ask all participants to pick out three picture cards:• One card that reflects their situation right now.
• One card that represents their expectations for the future.
• One card that reflects how they personally feel about their situation now and in future.
When everybody has chosen cards you explain that one end of the rope indicates an absolute zero point while the other end represents complete success.
Ask everyone to go to the place on the rope that matches his or her situation right now (the first picture card).
Now ask one of the participants to start the introduction round. – You will sharpen concentration and attention if participants tell their stories in random succession rather than from one end of the rope to the other.
When all participants have told their stories you will have a detailed, solid and functional platform for working with the theme of the session.
If relevant you may repeat the exercise at the end of the session to discover if opinions, feelings or attitudes among participants have changed.