Red or Black
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This is a good exercise to use in a negotiating course. It demonstrates how people work with each other and shows how trust can be built or destroyed.|
Divide the group into pairs and give each pair a pack of cards with the jokers removed. Inform everyone that the objective of this card game is to end up with a positive accumulative score after playing seven rounds. The person with the higher positive score will win a prize. Zero is not a positive score. The facilitator gets the prize if neither person gets a positive score or if the final score is tied.
Each round consists of both people selecting a red or black card and putting it face down on the table. Both cards are turned over and scores are awarded as follows:
There are seven rounds and the last two rounds score double. If both players agree, they can talk to each other after round two and then again after round five. They should remain silent for the rest of the game.
Debrief by asking questions such as:
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