Broken Square's success is dependent upon building relationships between team members, and an awareness of what others need and a willingness to offer resources without any verbal communication. It's an introduction to working collaboratively with others to achieve team tasks, and understanding certain needs of individuals for the team performance. Participants need to use problem solving skills together without any verbal or written communication.
Hollow Square is a rapid introduction to the skills of planning and then carrying out an 'instructional' process, collaboration between teams, and time management. This activity provides an excellent opportunity to rehearse remote management and instruction skills.
The task requires a group of 4 individuals to finish the exercise with a complete and identical square shape made from the available puzzle pieces. However, they are working with serious constraints: there is no verbal communication allowed and no-one is allowed to request a puzzle piece from anyone else. The success of the exercise is dependent upon an awareness of what others need and a willingness to offer individual puzzle components to others.
In the activity, one team acts as a planning team and one as an operational team. The planning team prepares and delivers a briefing to the operational team, which should allow the operational team to be able to complete a task without further input from the planning team.
The task is a representation of the relationship between supervisors and their teams. It highlights the importance of involving operational staff in developing plans that they will be required to implement, clarifying instructions and checking understanding throughout the delegation process.
Learning Squared is part of our Education Sector Package for those who wish to use the activities with students or young people in an educational setting.
4x Sets of Broken Square activity (1x Red, 1x Blue, 1x Orange, 1x Green)
4x Sets of Hollow Square activity (all Blue), Facilitator manual for each activity, Activity Briefs
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