Team Activities – A penny for your thoughts

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Herman Otten
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This is one of our great team activities. Prior this exercise you tell everyone to take ten coins. The value doesn’t matter, but make sure the year on each coin is later in time than the year the youngest person of the group is born. Put all the coins in a jar. The team sits in a circle around the jar. Each person picks a coin from the jar. Everyone sees what year is written on the coin and thinks of a negative and a positive memory which has happened to him in that specific year.
The other persons can react by telling if the experienced something similar.

During the team activities exercise you can apply variations:

  1. Next to sharing a positive and a negative memory you can also tell them to share something else that happened in that year.
    For example ‘an awkward situation’ or ‘something the wish they had done differently’ or ‘something they are proud of’.
  2. After someone told their memory, next to responding with similar memories, the others can also ask questions. You can tell them that each person can come up with one question for the person that has just told his memory.
  3. After the exercise you can divide the coins and give each person his ten coins back. But you can also paste the used coins onto a piece of paper and frame it. This way they have a great souvenir to put somewhere in the workplace.

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