small change: “least likely to say” is a great board game


small change
Ciarán Fenton
How small changes in your behaviour have a big impact on how you work, lead and follow.
That’s the working title of a book I’m writing, initially as a series of short blogs.
You can see the full blog index here as it builds.
Blog 45 small change: “least likely to say” is a great board game
•When I say “board” I mean: main & operating boards, ExCos, and management teams
least likely to say is a great board game
“Least likely to say”  is a great board game, it’s easy to play and, although I facilitate these, you don’t need a facilitator.
You can play this at home, as it were, in your own boardroom.
Here are the instructions:
Step 1: It
Choose someone to be “it”.  Say, the CEO.
Step 2: Shout out
The CEO stays quiet and everyone else shouts out at once what the CEO is least likely to say the first thing on a Monday morning.
Step 3: Repeat
Repeat the process for everyone on the board.
It’s hilarious.
Examples of “least likely to say”:
  • “No need to check in with me. Just crack on. I only need the odd email/call”
  • “Sorry”
  • “It’s our fault”
  • Anything.
  • “No”
  • “Yes”
  • “What do you think?”
  • “Great idea”
  • “Well done”
  • “I’m tired”
  • “I’m not tired”
  • “Help”
  • “I don’t need any help”
  • “F**k off`’
  • “Sorry for saying f**k off”
  • “I don’t know the answer”
  • “I know the answer”
  • “I feel…”
  • “I’m not going to tell you how I feel…”
  • “I was wrong”
  • “He/she was wrong”
  • “I was right”
  • “He/she was right”
  • “That’s unethical”
  • “We can’t do that”
  • “I’m fine”
  • “I’m not fine”
  • “Everything is great at home”
  • “Everything is s**t at home”
  • “I read a great book”
  • “I’ll do that”
  • “Can I help you with that”
  • “Sorry I shouldn’t have said that in that way”
  • “Let’s go to the pub”
  • “Let’s not got o the pub”
  • “‘Daring Greatly’ is a great book”
  • “I’m giving up reading business books”
  • “Let’s fix, not point”
  • “Does anyone disagree?”
  • “Let’s have a Devil’s Advocate in the room on this decision”
  • “I can’t – have a family thing on this weekend/this evening”
  • [Others?]

A client once turned the tables on me and played this game on me at a dinner.

He said: “Ciarán is least likely to say ‘I don’t care what you think about me'”.

I blushed a deep red. For he was right, ‘Tis true.

What are you least likely to say?

Ciaran Fenton

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