You would have been to a party where games are played to assess how well you know your spouse, friend or colleague. I recall being made to stand with Dinky (my wife) looking at opposite directions with our backs next to each-other. Two hosts were taking turns to ask Dinky and me simple questions about each other.
I remember doing fairly badly (Dinky did better than me) but I learnt an important lesson that day – That, we must be show a constant and keen interest in our loved ones desires, habits and feelings. That is important for a healthy relationship which is a crucial element of a successful and happy life.
It can get embarrassing if you didn’t know what color lipstick your wife is wearing or how many rings she has on her fingers today. But, more than that it is a revelation that we really don’t know the person who we otherwise say we love so much.
Something must be done about that, to stop that from becoming a bigger problem in our lives.
So, here’s one simple way you can know how much you know your colleagues which will then act as a revelation and a nudge to do something about it.
This can be played with 3-10 members in a team.
Each person anonymously writes down something they’re spending their time in – it could be a book they’re reading, their favorite pastime, what they are learning or have recently learnt. For example if five of us are playing this game and go with books we’re reading currently, then the list would look like this:
- 48 Days to the work you love by Dan Miller
- The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
- An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
- Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt
- My Life in Full by Indra Nooyi
Once that is done for everyone, the list is shared with all the group members (If you’re playing online, there are online tools to facilitate this my favorite one being Guess Who Likes It available at https://app.funretrospectives.com/.
Each member is now supposed to match who likes which of the listed items.
Basically, you have to guess who is reading which book. When everyone does that, people reveals the answers and the scores are decided based on how many each person got right. Who ever gets the maximum right wins. There could be some interesting discussion about how they guessed that or knew that and this can open up ideas for the rest of the group for what are some interesting books to read or do. It would also help identify common interests among the team members.
I’m looking forward to play this game with my colleagues in the next monthly fun session (retrospective). And, you can play it too with your friends, colleagues and family to gain some interesting insights, and smiles.
See you on the other side. Mohit signing off.