Dismantle insecurity, rumours and fear that often follows in the wake of change. This exercise can be used in groups of up to 30 participants.
Imagine the questions that fill the minds of the participants you are about to meet – and prepare to discuss them. E.g. How is the mood in the company right now? What is going on in the company right now? What direction is the company taking?
If the meeting takes place in an auditorium where people are not able to move around, you hand out one or two Magnum cards to each participant. If people can move around in the room, you can place your set of Magnum cards on a table or on the floor, and the participants can choose their card(s) themselves.
Now, ask your first question and have participants pair up and give each other their answer. If the participants sit in an auditorium, they turn to their neighbour.
After a few minutes, you ask your question to the whole group and invite participants to give their answers one by one and for everyone to hear.
You may elaborate on your questions or repeat answers and use them as a springboard for new issues like e.g. Do any of you recognise this?What can we do about this? or What can we do differently in ordertoavoid this from happening? Carry on as long as the participants have something to add.
When one issue has been sufficiently dealt with, you go on to the next question. At the end of the meeting, you have addressed a lot of the fears and anxieties, and you will have involved the participants in the changes that are going to happen. In addition, you will be much better aware of the characteristics of this group.