Sometimes the best thing to do when you're under pressure is to take a break, to get away from the job at hand, and to recharge your batteries. No matter how deeply you are involved in solving a difficult problem, sometimes the best thing to do is to force yourself to leave things alone for a while. A few minutes of respite from a difficult task can save hours of brain-numbed wrestling with a problem or situation. The fact is, sometimes the best way to move ahead is to stop altogether for a while.
In those high-pressure times, why not gather your whole team together and give them a group break? A fun game that we, at the Playfair organization, have championed for that purpose is called Tiger, Fireworks, Person. The game is a cooperative variation of the childhood game Rock, Paper, Scissors. However, instead of being a win-lose game, Tiger, Fireworks, Person is what is known as a "sink or swim" activity--- a game where your whole team wins or loses together. But in the end, the "win or lose" result doesn't matter, because either way the teammates feel more bonded together just from playing the game.
Instead of playing the game with just your hands, this game is played with your whole body in motion, which energizes the players even more! The first step is to watch this lively and laugh-filled instructional video for Tiger, Fireworks, Person:
And then before you lead your team in playing Tiger, Pistol,Person, take a look at this hilarious FedEx commercial where the employees play their own physical version of Rock, Paper, Scissors, called "Bear, Hunter, Nija":
And now you're ready to go. The next time you are wrestling with a problem situation... it's time for Tiger, Fireworks, Person!