The Puzzling Team Challenge is one of the best ways to illustrate how each person and each team is part of a larger whole. Each team starts with a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle that they must try to complete– before any other team completes theirs. Another goal for each team is to “find the hidden message” on the back of their completed puzzle- by flipping it over once completed. There are a couple of factors that make this seemingly easy task more difficult, and force them to really organize and communicate. These factors include:
The puzzle pieces they start with come from all the other puzzles as well as their own.
All teams will be told to get up and shift tables at two different times during the exercise– so each team is working on a different puzzle, and has “inherited” someone else’s “problem.” (In real life, we all are required to drop what we’re doing and “shift gears” at some point. This is a test of how the teams handle this.)
The “hidden message” is on the back of each puzzle, and actually, it is one big message, that can only be read when all teams have flipped over their finished puzzles and placed them side by side (the proverbial “Big Picture”). There is a full debriefing on the meaning of the activity.
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