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Encourage Gossip Within Your Team and Learn to Trust Each Other. What?

Dec 14, 2021 11:43:38 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins

To kick off our annual strategic planning meetings, we like to start out with an ice breaker.  This year Jesse Dison was in charge.  (I know - that is a scary thought).
After doing this group exercise, we all unanimously agreed this was a great game to do as a team!!!  It was fun, built team spirit, and we learned how much we really liked each other!  (Plus, we affirmed that we are truly living one of our core values:  Trust - we establish trust with our customers, vendors, and each other by doing what we say and following our core values.)
Jesse found this trust ice breaker at quizbreaker.com, so we wanted to share with our customers. 
Young pretty woman telling the fascinating story to her girlfriends

Gossip Time

Objective: To get team members learning new and interesting things about each other

We recommend using this icebreaker when your team players know each other fairly well and when there is a level of trust among the group. 

Recent research has actually found that trust is linked directly to positive team performance, so we can’t recommend enough ensuring that trust is at the forefront of your team's culture


  1. Pick one team member to be the first target, they must stand outside the room.
  2. All other team members write one thing (make sure it’s a nice or complimentary thing!) about the target on a piece of paper.
  3. Collect all the pieces of paper and randomly select one to read aloud. The target must guess who they think wrote the ‘gossip’ about them.
  4. If the target’s guess is correct, a new target is selected. However, if the target guesses incorrectly, then keep reading out the statements until the target gets it right!
  5. Play this game until every person has had a go at being the target.

We all came away with a better appreciation of each other and smiles on our face.

If you have an ice breaker you would like to share, click the link below.  We would love to learn what works for your team!

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Tags: Trusted Business Partner, teamwork, Team Skurla's, Team Building, Trust

Lynn Skurla Perkins

Written by Lynn Skurla Perkins

Lynn grew up in the point of sale and cash register industry working in the family business – and is now at the helm of Skurla's POS Solutions. She enjoys working with local Alaskan businesses, especially restaurants, grocery stores, and retail operations - helping them control costs and increase revenues through well managed point of sale solutions. Besides running the company, Lynn has also served on the Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Board, for the Retail Solutions Provider Association. In her spare time, she loves cooking, camping and volunteering with organizations that are passionate about helping children.

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