Purpose: Developing an understanding of different communication styles.
How many: 20+
- Each person writes a list of core values they have with regards to communication
- Groups are then formed based on their workplace teams
- Each person in the breakout group shares their top three values they generated prior to joining the group
- Create a Recipe page that represents the combined communication values of each member in your group
- Be prepared to share your recipe page and discuss the process you used to come to consensus
Adaptation: Use this exercise to support gaining empathy and understanding into various generations in the workplace
- Divide into 4 groups
- Each group will represent one of the generations in the workplace
- Next, groups spend 5 minutes doing a quick internet search about what was “hot during that generations high school years (for example meatloaf and potatoes as well as mac & cheese were popular for Baby Boomers) – not just food, but pop-culture, music, movies, politics, inventions
- From this research, create a Poster that shows what the perceived values were of that generation based on findings
- Be prepared to share your recipe page and discuss the process you used to research and create- also be prepared to discuss how different is the generation you worked on versus your own- and what is similar?
Source: The original cookbook exercise was an adaptation from a cereal box exercise I learned from Bruce Honig.
As with all games, it is important to debrief the experience, process, and outcomes so that while fun is inevitable, learning is key!