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The Hungry Chick Inn


This game can be played in about 90 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 180 minutes (based on 3 teams).

• To test participants’ commitment to teamwork, as well as their ability to communicate effectively and work co-operatively together.
• To test participants’ ability to work together under pressure and apply a structured and systematic approach to completing a task.
• To test participants’ ability to prioritise and plan a range of tasks, based on both urgency and importance.
• To develop team skills and test time management skills.
• To test participants’ abilities to prepare a work-plan that will enable them to successfully open the hotel to its guests.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Project management, teamwork, time management, communication, information gathering, problem solving, attention to detail, planning and analytical thinking.

Group Size:
We suggest running this exercise with teams of 3-5 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels. It can also be used to examine the role of leaders within teams.

You'll Need:
• A brief, floor plan and a set of 60 Hungry Chick Inn cards for each team (provided).
• A calculator for each team.
• Plenty of space. (Ideally each of your teams will have a separate breakout room to work in.)

This exercise can be used in a number of ways, and can be applied to many different topics including teamwork, time management, project management and planning. However, it can also be used to examine the role of leaders within teams. If you wish to use the exercise in this way, you might want to pre-assign the role of leader to someone from each team.

The time required for this exercise will be determined by the number of teams. Each team is required to give a 15-minute presentation at the end of their preparation time (90 minutes) and you’ll need to allow a further 30–45 minutes for a general discussion of the key learning points.

Note for Countries where Reference to Alcohol might be Inappropriate:
If you wish to avoid the references to alcohol, you can use the ‘alcohol free’ brief. Cards that reference the Bar can be replaced with those included in the file named ‘alcohol free cards’.