What is the Segue Game and how is it played?

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What is the Segue Game?

The Segue is a game almost anyone can learn which

  1. Solves big problems
  2. Improves communication
  3. Inspires cooperative action
The Segue is a social game for tackling complex organizational issues. It is an easy to learn, non-competitive game of skill and cooperative strategy in which the stakes are real and interestingly high. A Segue Game combines the human love of games with proven collaborative problem solving techniques to create a unique approach when you need cooperation and collaboration.

When is a good opportunity to play a Segue?

  • Whenever the outcome is important to everyone in the group
  • Creating the vision for a project
  • Strategic planning
  • Exploring the possibilities for an emerging opportunity
  • Planning a family reunion
  • Negotiating a contract
  • Streamlining a business process
  • Creating public support for new bike lanes
  • Designing an international conference
  • Deciding where to move the business
  • When you need to come up with a fair work schedule
  • Creating a breakthrough software application
  • When the volunteers want to create a more relevant program for their efforts
  • You want everyone in the organization on the same page

Games in which the stakes are real and interestingly high

Let’s say the game is HOW QUICKLY CAN WE DIVERT THE RISING WATER? Everyone plays and finds their place on the team, from filling sandbags to making sandwiches. There are no bystanders. Leadership and coordination arise from everyone’s eyes, ears and backs responding to the changing situation at hand.
When an outcome matters to everyone, a team naturally develops coherence. It is a quality which  overrides pettiness, destructive internal competition, and protective isolation.  Coherence allows people to show up in their full capabilities, not only in their job descriptions.

What is the secret to the success of the Segue?

The secret behind the Segue consistently producing high level results is that it is based on universal principles.
One of the principles is that a basic human need is to participate in something larger than the individual.  Anyone—from a class of fourth graders to an executive design team—can play a Segue to solve their unique problem or to optimize a new opportunity.  A Segue provides each individual with a critical cooperating role in producing something important to the whole neighborhood, the whole company, the whole congregation, the whole family.
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