Two sets of cards as used in Pay-Off


Dramatic trust-building game to explore impacts of competition.

  • Small group set-up
  • Focus on decision-making
  • Promotes interdependence
  • Inspires powerful metaphors
  • Explores values


Step-by-Step Instructions

How To Play Narrative

Practical Leadership Tips

Social-Emotional Learning

Health & Wellness Programming

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Virtual Adaptation

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Comments (2)

  1. dunnie06

    Tried this today with my 4th grade Health and Wellness class. The goal for the class was to listen to one another and come to an agreement within their group as to what they were going to hold up. I did not give them the formula and I wanted to see how they handled not having a positive score in the end.
    Wondering how long you would leave the formula up for the participants to see?
    Would you leave it up for the entire activity or only at the beginning?
    Thanks in advance for the advice.

    • Mark

      Sheila, in my experience I keep the ‘formula’ in view the whole time. To be honest, I have never considered not showing it for the whole exercise, but that would add a further challenge for the groups to negotiate. Let me know if you need further advice…

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