Listening to Your Marshmallow

October 24, 2014 1:59 AM

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Listening to Your Marshmallow

The six-minute TED talk, "Build a tower, build a team," by Tom Wujec, has been viewed well over 2 million times. In the video, we see small teams, from CEOs to recent kindergarten graduates, given 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of string, a yard of tape, one marshmallow, and 18 minutes to build the tallest, free standing tower they can with the marshmallow on top -- typically in competition with other teams.

This exercise has been used for team building around the world by organizations and management gurus. Teams that do the best found ways not to get locked into one idea or to wait until mounting the marshmallow until the very end because, untested, it was very apt to collapse the structure so laborio...

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