lean training

A nice Ice breaker to start a lean training session

Guess who?

This works well in bigger groups, and also groups that know each other relatively well.

Ask people to write on a single ’post-it’ note, 3 things about themselves that they think nobody else would know.

A twist on this is ask for 2 true and 2 false statement. tell the group to keep the statements secret and do all they can to hide their identity, perhaps disguise their writing.

Give a few minutes then you collect the ‘post-it notes’, mix them up and stick to a wall.

Pick a few and read them out, the group have to collectively decide on who they think it is. If correct the post gets moved to one side, if incorrect remains on the wall. Of course the person who’s ‘post-it’ note is being read out must not give the game away.

The key is – just pick a few at random. You can also save a few for later in the day.

You will find that people will just go and look at the wall during the breaks. Then when you wish to focus the group and the start of the next session simple read a few more out.  Keep returning to the ‘Post-its’ that have not been guessed in order, slowly eliminating them as the group guess the identity of the person who wrote the note. Some times a small prize like a chocolate bar adds an incredible amount of competition !

Some of the answers can be really revealing. I once had a person who did dry stone brick walling as a hobby and even one person who was in the Circus for a short time.