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The Feedback Game

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Learning Focus

  • Change Management
  • Coaching Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Feedback
  • Improving Performance
  • Working with Conflict

Group Size

2 - 6
1 - 8


10-20 Minutes
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Next day delivery available

The Feedback Game aims to help coach and facilitate a safe environment for giving and receiving feedback, either in a small group, or on a one-to-one coaching basis. Used for employee performance evaluation, or for personal development, there are a number of ways to use the Feedback Game to acknowledge each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
Developed by Peter Gerrickens, more than 1 million people in the Netherlands have played this game!

The Feedback Game consists of 140 cards split into two groups:

  1. Strengths: 70 cards  portray positive human qualities such as: helpful, honest, enterprising, creative, or responsible.
  2. Weaknesses: The other 70 cards contain, what might be called 'distorted' qualities or weaknesses such as arrogant, inhibited, inflexible, hesitant.

Four blank cards are also enclosed so that you can add extra customised strengths/weaknesses if you wish. Three versions of playing the game are included for groups of between 2 and 8 players.

A complete and recently updated 172 page manual and guide to using The Feedback Game and a Strengths Approach is also available as an additional downloadable product. This manual has been created based on 20 year experience and contains 20 methods for playing the game, and a significant amount of research and theory on working with strengths.


Research shows that most people working in organisations today suffer from a lack of feedback, and they, in turn, fail to give feedback to the people around them.
An increase in the amount and the quality of feedback that people receive leads to an improvement in their motivation, the quality of their work, and their ability and willingness to develop.
By playing The Feedback Game, you will find out how well you know yourself and the other players.

  • How do others view you?
  • What image do others have of you?
  • Perhaps others see strengths in you that you didn't even know you had.
  • Rehearse providing feedback that focuses on strengths


Use this game for the purposes of:

  • Becoming more aware of one's own strengths and weaknesses
  • Giving feedback
  • Introduction and evaluation in groups
  • Team building and teamwork
  • Forming one's opinion about a certain function
  • Discovering one's latent qualities
  • Warming up in training sessions

The Feedback Game consists of 3 different activity versions, depending on how well the group know and trust each other. 
The words and pictures on the cards depicting strengths convey positiveness. Each card carries a picture of the rainbow. The different colours of the rainbow symbolise the spectrum of different human qualities.
The words on the cards depicting weaknesses convey negativity. The colours of the rainbow are once again used, but in this case the angular shapes illustrate how a weakness can distort or hide a positive quality. For example, being 'determined' (a strength) may become 'obstructive' (a weakness), and 'playful' (a strength) may become 'undisciplined' (a weakness).

Activity Example

Version 1: 2 to 4 players

  1. Deal five cards to each player. Place the rest of the cards in a pile, face down.
  2. Pick the top card from the pile. From your six cards, select one strength which is most uncharacteristic of yourself. Pass this card to another player who you think could demonstrate this strength, explaining the reason for your choice. This card is placed face up in front of the chosen player.
  3. Discard the card if it does not reflect any of the players. This process continues until the pile of cards is depleted.
  4. All players now have five cards in their hands which they feel are best suited to them. Place these in front of you, face up, alongside the cards passed to you by other players depicting how they see you.
  5. Compare and discuss the similarities and differences between how you see yourself and how others see you.
  6. On the basis of the strengths that you yourself have chosen, the strengths that were passed on to you, and the remaining cards, make a list of 8 strengths that are most typical of you.

Consider the comparison of this Feedback Game Activity with the At My Best Strength Cards in the blog entry HERE

A full German translation of the manual is available see The Feedback Game Manual German Version.

Activity Contents

140x Feedback Playing cards, 1x Facilitator guide with activity suggestions
Product Weight: 0.8kg


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