Shift Your But card game


A game called ‘Shift Your But’ – a very simple game using two packs of cards.

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My background is in setting up high performing teams and the first team I ever worked with met me with folded arms and a decided reluctance to ‘change’, so I created a game called ‘Shift Your But’ – a very simple game using two packs of cards. One set are all the ‘buts’ – the reasons people give for resisting change, and a second set of cards has some of the most amazing ‘motivational’ quotes in history.

‘BUTs’ are the reasons we ALL resist change. When an employee draws their ‘but’ card they often laugh because it is so clearly something they have said at some stage

Classic employee ‘buts’ are:

  • I’m far too old for all this technology stuff
  • Will I get more money to do this? Cos if I won’t then I’m not interested
  • I’m quite happy leaving my brains at the door thanks
  • You watch, this ‘high performing team’ thing, is just a covert way of down-sizing

Once people have had a chuckle about the accuracy of the ‘but’ cards, I ask them to draw a motivational card from the second pack. The motivational cards change lives.

These cards are the reasons why we all HAVE to change:

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been
  • When the student is ready the teacher appears
  • Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat
  • The illiterate of the future won’t be those who can’t read or write, but those who can’t learn, unlearn and re-learn

I’ve used this game in all manner of situations:

  • To start meetings where I’ve been called in because there has been conflict in the team
  • To help a company do some re-thinking and re-learning
  • To kick off a brand new year so ideas can be generated to a company doesn’t get stuck in same old products and services.
  • To build brand new teams where two companies have merged
  • To open conferences where the topic is inevitably ‘Daring to be different’ or words to that effect
  • As an Icebreaker to kick-start a creative day off site

These cards change lives. I always let people keep their cards. I’ve even met people at airports who call me out to show me their dog-eared cards telling me it was a light bulb moment for them.

There are 40 cards in each pack and every card is different.

You will NEVER find an easier way to get past resistance to change.