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According to a University
of Arizona teamwork study,
there are more than 11 million formal meetings per day in the United States
- more than three billion meetings per year. Managers spend about 20% of
their time in formal meetings of 5 people or more. A meeting between several
managers or executives may cost upwards of $1000 per hour in salary costs
alone. A Fortune 50 company estimates losses in excess of $75 million per
year due to poor meetings.
I have written before about using
Six Thinking Hats method for problem solving or decision-making
meetings. I have also introduced my
Luck of the Draw mixer activity using paying cards to get people
in training or team-building sessions to work with new participants instead
of their regular work team. Recently I read
Perfect Phrases for Icebreakers by professional speakers Runion and
Windingland. In it they offer a new way to do four of the hat roles in a
meeting using playing cards to assign different roles to members. I thought
it seemed like a quick way to get every aspect of a single solution to a
problem or a potential decision reviewed, if there is not have enough time
to do all the hats as a group.
To start, each team member will draw
a card from the playing deck. Next the team members check to see what type
of card they have so the facilitator can explain their roles. Members with
various suites play different roles:
Hearts are Advocates (Yellow)
Clubs are Opponents (Black)
Diamonds are “Yes, And” who state likes (Red)
Spades are “Yes, But” state data or dislikes
Jokers or Aces are wild.
Wild cards can play multiple roles,
any role they choose, or I believe the facilitator could assign one of the
other two hats (Blue or Green) to the wild cards.
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