How It Works
In Common Currency, teams representing fictional countries must cooperate in trading information while competing for the most valuable combination of coins. Why? The concept of change and how it affects the process of cooperative competition can be illustrated clearly with this variation.
The coins and cards are randomly distributed in portions to each participating group. Therefore, teams would have diverse assortments of coin values and pieces of information. In an attempt to gain the most valuable coin collection, participants would need to cooperate within their team as well as negotiate with other groups for information and coins. The resulting interactions would establish the basis for the debriefing topics.
Uses and Applications
This game is a flexible, team-based activity utilizing a wealth of interpersonal and group process skills. We especially like using it as part of negotiating and strategic planning workshops, but it's ideal for a wide array of training topics. The facilitator guide includes debriefs for training in team building, communication, negotiating, strategic planning, decision making, problem-solving, resource sharing, and more. Also included is a separate change module, which demonstrates the value of cooperative-competition in times of change.
All group interactions involve both task (outcome) and relationship (process) skills. Common Currency is an excellent tool to address all aspects of teamwork and strategic planning, including:
- Leadership development
- Open communication
- Conflict resolution
- Principled negotiation
- Problem solving
- Managing change
- Decision making
By the end of this workshop, participants will:
- Learn the basic principles of cooperative competition
- Discover how cooperative competition helps teams and individuals achieve the greatest results
- Develop the team and interpersonal skills that drive cooperative competition
- Understand how cooperative competition benefits the entire organization