Reversal Zoom

Reversal Experiential Learning Activity


Reversal is an excellent team building activity to assess individual ability and strengths, along with leadership skills and being able to delegate responsibility accordingly under strict time pressure.

The activity provides the conditions under which all individuals can do their best work, when managing a remote task as a team.

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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Effective Communication
  • Instruction & Delegation
  • Problem Solving
  • Resource Management
  • Teambuilding
  • Time Management
  • Group Size
  • Ideal: 8
  • Possible: 6 - 16
  • Duration
  • 20-40 Minutes plus review

Activity Overview

At its simplest, Reversal is an excellent team building activity. It quickly shows differences in personal styles, levels of confidence and the ability to support each other within the team requiring basic project planning skills.

Reversal™ requires a team to make really efficient use of their individual skills and the limited time available to them to solve a problem, that is only viewed by one team member at a time. The exercise requires the team to collect and then use a large volume of visual information to prepare a complex diagram. Some individuals will find the task much easier than others, so identifying ability and confidence within each team member is fundamental to building a successful plan.

However, the exercise is particularly valuable for use in supervisory and leadership skills training or to challenge anyone who needs to allocate workloads, monitor performance, build confidence and capability in team members and keep to time deadlines.

Learning Objectives

  • • Develop an understanding of how to effectively delegate to use the resources of individual team members in task achievement
  • • Explore the impact of time pressure and quality standards on individual and team performance
  • • Identify ways of creating flexible operational plans that can be adapted to cope with change and uncertainty
  • • Recognise the importance of creating effective communication systems and sharing and analysing information within these systems
  • • Encourage on-going reflection and review as part of a learning process in complex problem solving

Activity Description

Activity Contents:

1x Magnetic game board, Carrying case, 93x Magnetic pieces, 1x Brief, Facilitator Manual, and 3D Model

Package Weight: 3.4kg

Reversal is a very simple concept that is much more difficult to carry out than it might appear!

A complex 3D model can only be viewed by team members for very limited periods of time within a task time frame. Every member of the team needs to bring information back from the model in order to recreate a completely accurate 2D plan...easy if you have great visual memory and spatial awareness: more demanding if you are challenged by a set of flat-pack furniture assembly instructions! In order to be successful teams need a shared strategy, appropriate responsibility delegation and good discipline.

They need clear and specific instructions about their responsibilities, precise and effective time management and a shared process for recording information as it arrives.


Used in supervisory programReview by Ryan Whitlow
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We have Reversal in a front line supervisory program that focuses on the fundamental skills that are used to have the conversations that all leaders should have with their teams. We use Reversal at the beginning of the program to illustrate the challenges and skills involved.

Ryan Whitlow
Sr. Manager, Learning & Organizational Development
Devon Energy
(Posted on 30/04/2015)
Shows that everyone can offer something to the groupReview by S.
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I have used Reversal a number of times with both functional teams and learning groups or sets formed for the duration of a programme. When used alongside other experiential activities, it gives a mental/spatial dimension to group problem-solving that compliments other more physical or kinaesthetic tasks. The ability to handle spatial information correlates closely to Strategic Thinking. Reversal really challenges groups but I've also seen it allow some quieter, more reflective team members the opportunity to demonstrate that they can offer something to the group. The ability to memorise 3D patterns, transpose them onto a 2D surface while your colleagues are asking you lots of questions and interrupting you train of thought requires tenacity!
Sandy Wilkie
Head of Organisational Development
NHS Dumfries & Galloway
(Posted on 20/01/2015)

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