Needle and Thread: An Activity for Examining Various Management Behaviors


  • Judith S. Ettinger


The Needle and Thread activity serves several purposes and can be designed to meet a variety of objectives. The activity not only incorporates individual dynamics, communication and interpersonal relationships, but also addresses various management and organization issues such as interdependence, influence and delegation. Relatively little time and few resources are needed for an experience where participants have the opportunity to reflect on their own behavior, the behavior of others, and the impact these observations have on managerial responsibilities. This article explains the Needle and Thread activity and then discusses various elements of what personal, interpersonal and organizational dynamics can be examined.