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The Marshmallow Challenge

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Transcript of The Marshmallow Challenge

The
Marshmallow Challenge

Who consistently performs well?
Who consistently performs poorly?

Why?
Prototyping Matters
Lesson One:
Recent Business School Graduates
Recent Kindergarten School Graduates
Typical Progress
Deep Lessons
Simple Activity
How did you do?
So...
Each team needs a table
Each team member needs a chair
Set chairs around the table
Introductions & choose a team name
Form teams of 5-6...
Average Team Performance

‘High Stakes’ Team Performance

* = height is measured from the surface to the bottom of the marshmallow

Build the tallest* structure you can, using...
The Challenge
+ one marshmallow
+ one yard of string
+ one yard of tape
20 sticks of spaghetti
Four months later...

‘High Stakes’ Team - Informed Attempt

CEO's &
Executive
Admins
CEO's
Kindergarten

Lawyers

Average

Specialised Skills
+ Facilitation Skills
= Success

Architects
&
Engineers

Business
School
Students

=
Success
+
Low Skills
Incentives
Skills
+
=
High Success

Incentives
Typical Progress
Lesson Two:
Diverse Skills Matter
Incentives Magnify Outcomes


Lesson Three:
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