Do Looks Matter?

This activity illustrates the point that people often react based on how they are treated by others. It makes participants aware that if they treat team members with respect that they may be more productive and cooperative.

Create groups of at least 12 people. Create a smaller deck of cards that contains an even amount of each suit so that all four suits will be evenly distributed.

Have each participant draw a card and immediately have the team-building organiser tape it to their backs before they see it.

Instruct team members to treat diamonds like royalty, ignore spades, mock clubs and act neutrally toward hearts.

Encourage participants to use actions as opposed to words when interacting. After the activity occurs for about 20 minutes, discuss how the way people were treated affected their actions.