Saturday, August 29, 2020

Corporate lessons from Birthday Party Games

Just the other day (actually a few years ago, this post was lying as a draft), I took my son to a couple of birthday parties back-to-back and was reminded of the birthday party games that we used to play as children . Thinking a little more about it, one realizes that there are some key corporate lessons you can draw from such party games. Here are some:

Passing the parcel
You get a project and you don't know what to do with it. So you push it off to the next guy. Till the music stops and a review happens. The guy holding it gets fired and the project goes around again. Till the last guy left holding the project finally completes it and boom... He wins a prize.

Pin the tail on the donkey
You are blindfolded and  you need to achieve something. What do you do? Take a big canvas and draw up a plan and then all leaders take turns to try and get the exact result as planned. Guess what. Eventually someone puts the pin...

Simon Says
The Boss is always right. nuff said. 

Musical Chairs
The company has some projects. Managers run in circles to get hold of a chair (err.. project). The one left without one is out. And the cycle repeats. Till everyone is out. Eventually There's only one project left. The guy who gets it is declared the CEO.  

There's chaos. do nothing. The first guy who blinks gets kicked out. The last man standing wins. Remember. Do Nothing.

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