One of the fun exercises I like to do at conferences is to put people into groups equal amount of females and males if possible within each group and pass around a bowl of fruit that has apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, and tangerines. I always make sure to do this exercise right before a break so they then get to eat their snack. I ask them to pass the bowl around and to pick ONE fruit as their snack for break time.
I have team members around watching each group as they pass the bowl around and observe what happens. So, the question is what is Your decision making process like ?
-Is it easy for You to pick just one fruit.
-Is it difficult to choose and You feel like You have a menu in front of You.
-Do You pick one and then put it back, another words question your Choice and then pick a different one.
-Do You pass in that moment because You are not hungry.
-Do You take a piece of fruit and save it for later.
-Do You take a piece of fruit even though You don’t like fruit and or are allergic to the fruit that is there, and give it to another person.
The saying of “how You do anything, is how You do everything” is very true. Even though this is a simple exercise, and Yes it is just a piece of fruit, it does show:
-How You handle being in a group, having eyes on You as You are going through the process of choosing – which for some then creates stress because they are feeling rushed to choose and pass the bowl.
-Shows if You are a fast or slow decision maker
-Shows Your sharing and manners in the way You Pass the bowl
-Shows if You are a more picky or easy going
Etc… The list is endless of traits one can see from this simple exercise.
Play with this, do this with a group of friends, Your family-kids and see what traits You see as the bowl gets passed around. It is also a great teaching tool for children and creating family time, learning sharing, choices etc.
I have also done this at meetings when I consult with companies as an exercise, that has been equally fascinating. It tells me a lot about what I am walking into in terms of how hard or easy my job is going to be working with the team.
So simple, yet tells You a lot.
I wrote another blog post called “Life Can be Like a box of Crayons”, drawing on another analogy of watching children with crayons and coloring where You can learn a lot as well on how they choose colors, color etc…
Life is a Journey, Enjoy it… Take time to Learn, Play and Grow each and every day… “Life is a Play and We are the Actors~Actresses, Writers, Editors, Producers, Directors, Co-Creators of Our Life’s, we can create anything, anytime… Let’s Do it.” Carly Alyssa Thorne
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