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The Big Book of Business Games: Icebreakers, Creativity Exercises and Meeting Energizers (Big Book Series) [Paperback]

John W Newstrom , Edward E. Scannell
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1 Jan 1996 Big Book Series

Break the ice at your next meeting with The Big Book of Business Games!

In this exciting resource book, two of today's acknowledged games masters serve up a cookbook of activities that you can learn to use, guaranteed to generate a lively discussion, or simply give a group a "breather" from the monotony of a boring staff meeting or presentation. Each of the 75 group games and activities here is adapted from the best-selling Games Trainers Play series and shortened to suit the needs of managers and team leaders to use with their departments, staff, or committees.


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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070464766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070464766
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. John W. Newstrom and Edward E. Scannell are respected authors, professional speakers, and seminar leaders. They are the coauthors of McGraw-Hill's best-selling Games Trainers Play series, which has sold more than 250,000 copies. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, fun and very effective 17 Oct 2000
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As a lecturer in business studies I found this book invaluable. It is very easy to use, well thought out and the games are fun while also being very instructive. After each game there is a list of suggested discussion questions which provide a greater insight into the objective of each game while helping the class discussion on its way. Many of the games can be adapted for use in meetings, seminars, lectures or presentations and I fully recommend it to anyone wanting to add a bit of variety to any of the above.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some ideas for a low to mid level training 16 Aug 2003
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The book is easy to read and there are some nice ideas which can be used in a standard low to mid level training. There are some very well known ideas like the 9 dots exercise as well. Do not expect to find very interesting and mind bending exercises, but there are a couple good ones in different subjects.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Big Book of Business Games 4 Feb 2013
By Agata
Format:Paperback
The book is for those people who already have basic knowledge on coaching and are somewhow experienced in conducting workshops. You might need to read more on group dynamics and group roles before introducing the games from this book. When you already know your gole- it's easy to pick up one of the games based on objectives or the meeting theme. Generally, a good book for busy ones who need quick ideas on how to do a fairly good workshop.
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A good book for ice-breaker & team-building games; offers a range of games that fit different purposes and timeframes.

Used many of the games therein and have bought a few for friends / colleagues too.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another "Big Book" that doesn't deliver 21 Nov 2002
By Mark R. Kaser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I took a chance and purchased five selections from the "big book" series. I titled a previous review "The Big Book of Disappointment." Too bad. I ought to have saved it for this publication.
Chapter two of "The Big Book of Business Games" is titled, "How to Use This Book." My suggestion? As kindling or compost. In the book you will find 54 activities. The nine dot problem and the human knot are examples of the many common activities found in countless other books.
You'll also find suggestions for "presentation boosters." One "booster" example: Display two flip charts. On one ask what things were valued about how the meeting was run. On the other ask how future meetings might be improved. As part of the description you are reminded to "tear off the flip charts and return to your office. . .celebrate your success and change something needing improvement." In the book, the previous activity actually merits a two page description.
Applying their exercise to their book, I'd say I valued very little if anything. How might future books be improved? Provide NEW activities or suggest creative variations for the countless recycled exercises. Also, be certain the content is relevant to a business audience. A skilled facilitator will find a way to successfully use most any of the activities in this book. However, a skilled facilitator is also likely to have a number of better selections in her bag of tricks to choose from.
Once again if the price entices you to purchase this book, I'd suggest you keep exploring. You will find a number of resource books available on Amazon.com that are significantly better.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, I think 13 Feb 2000
By Debbie Terrill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have used this book quite a bit, and do find it useful, although I find "The Big Book of Presentation Games" better for my purposes. I think the ice-breaker ideas are good, especially the bingo game, which I've used a couple times with success. I also think some of the problem-solving ideas are good.
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Price 19 Feb 2000
By Carole Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've used a number of the games in this book and found they've helped me achieve my goals with the team. They stimulated converstaion and team building. One game I found particularly useful was the "Tie that Binds" in visually demonstrating how interdependent we are as a team. I found this book a real bargain and a good book for getting started at using games within meetings to build teams, emphasis concepts, and introduce topics.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Icebreakers Only 9 July 2006
By C. Seel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If I had the opportunity to flip through this book in a bricks-and-mortar bookstore, I wouldn't have bought it. I was looking for ways to communicate business and organizational lessons through the use of games and activities. This book is just a list of icebreaker activities without providing any of the "meat" of the lesson the activity should have delivered. Providing references for those of us seeking said content would have helped to fill that gap.

Many of the activities require visual aids. It would have been nice for the publishers to provide graphics to go along with these---perhaps a registration key for a website to download the visual tools? I would be far more likely to use the activities (and, of course, credit the authors) if the tools were easily accessible and not burdomsome to create.

I have every confidence that the book meets its intended purpose and the authors have done a good job. However, I don't feel that Amazon.com is presenting the book for what it is. I also believe the publishers could have done a better job of supporting this publication to make it truly useful to the purchaser.

In general, if you are completely at a loss for how to get people interacting with one another at a meeting or training session, this is a good "creativity sparker" to get you thinking.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The big Book of Business Games 30 Nov 2001
By "imneo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Basically from the contents, it can be said to be a very practical book that any manager can use to liven up meetings and more importantly to get the members of the team to come together.
These exercises can be fun and purposeful for the the users and I think I would really like try out some of the great ideas put forth.I run meetings and workshops for my staff and certainly could use the ideas from the book.
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