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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

£299.00 £235.00

Colourblind develops a wide variety of skills including: verbal communication, interdependence, and coaching/instructional skills.


Number of Participants: 4 – 15

Running Time: Between 15 – 40 minutes depending on group

Key Benefits

  • Communication & problem solving exercise
  • Development of skills in versatile environments
  • Portable & easy to use
  • Small time scale, yet addresses a large variety of skills & learning outcomes

Colourblind is a practical exercise in verbal communication that demonstrates effectively the fascinating variety of strategies that individuals use to make sense of their worlds.

This is a group exercise that neatly replicates the periodic confusion and loss of vision experienced in our workplaces.

The Colourblind Business Mirror explores how perceptions are presented, how meaning comes to be shared between individuals and groups, and how organisational strategies are developed to account for the wide range of individual thinking and learning styles. Solutions are achieved only via co-operative information and ideas sharing, and a respect for the equal importance each member plays.


  • Acts as an ice breaker between groups and leads to greater understanding between group members
  • Focuses upon individuals’ understanding of their communication style and listening skills, and in particular develops the use of appropriate language
  • Creates a territory in which the group must devise a strategy for progress
  • Encourages participants to understand the importance of interdependency
  • Highlights the need for both effective team and individual skills
  • Sets guidelines for giving and receiving effective feedback

Colourblind facilitates the development of a wide variety of skills including: verbal communication, cultural awareness, acceptance of interdependence, and coaching/instructional skills.


  • Portable and simple to set up and administer
  • Ready to use and needing no additional equipment or facilities
  • Supplied with clear instructions and review suggestions
  • Appropriate for groups of 4 – 15 members
  • Repeatable, even with the same team members
  • A fast route to powerful and transferable learning
  • Attractive, absorbing and challenging
  • Versatile enough to meet a wide range of learning objectives
  • Appropriate to any group with a shared language easily integrated into any training situation

Additional information

Weight 1500 g

2 reviews for Colourblind

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hazel Inness

    Angus Council ran an intensive Course for teachers called “Leadership & Management” last year. I attended this two day course and one of the activities we did was “Colourblind” produced by future factory ltd.

    Two groups of ten teachers competed against each other to solve the problem. It was certainly one of the highlights of the two days! The activity was really enlightening as we discovered who were leaders, who sat quiet, who was helpful, who was listening, who was arguing and as a result, who were effective communicators. It was great fun and at the time, I decided it would be a really good tool to use with our senior pupils at Forfar Academy. Two groups of S5 pupils have used “Colourblind” as part of their Social Education Programme.

    It was a good exercise in problem-solving and team work and it allowed pupils to see the importance of working together to achieve a goal. The observers also learned a lot from the exercise, everybody thought it was good fun. Some comments from pupils included “Fantastic!” “Useful insight to me as a person” “I really had to listen”.One observer noted that to begin with, the group were a bit unsure and only talked to the people round about them and did not work together as a whole at first. Then one pupil spoke to the whole group and got the ball rolling. Another pupil then took over and helped people to understand the task. By the end of the game, they were working well as a group.

    This was possibly the best lesson I have had with an S5 SE class who have not really ‘gelled’ so far. I think they finally did in this game.

    Hazel Inness,
    Pupils Care & Support Department,
    Forfar Academy.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Leishman

    “Colour Blind”: seeking resolution and relationship between obscure shapes, identifying colours from under one’s blind-fold. This is a group exercise that neatly replicates the periodic confusion and loss of vision experienced in our workplaces, through which change gallops apace.

    Colour Blind leads the individual to a fuller questioning of their communication style and listening skills. Outcomes may be identified at two levels: one, the individual’s response to his or her own role in the exercise: ‘How do I make sense of these shapes’? ‘What words and phrases do I use to convey this and what value, if any, is this adding to the exercise as a whole?’.

    At the second level one watches the group at work; how they interact with each other – or not. One group of senior project managers did not utter a word for the first 10 minutes or so; without any consultation each had taken the decision and considered that the solution could be sought independently of one another, whatever the rules had stated.

    Colour Blind creates a territory in which the group must devise a strategy for progress. The solution is achieved only via co-operative information and ideas-sharing, and a respect for the equal importance each member plays. The assured group will establish a means of progress based upon collective ideas and information sharing. The less confident individual will focus on the problem as opposed to the direction, and allow themselves to be diverted by more outspoken players.

    Whether or not groups resolve the task, the learning from Colour Blind is rich. It is an exercise that revitalises self-awareness, and rewards a sense of accomplishment from a start of utter obscurity. Humour and laughter play a huge role, and groups have found this in itself to unleash unspoken tension.

    From the facilitator’s point of view Colour Blind is a gift: easy to set up and explain, and provides a rich “hands-on” learning exercise. I applaud its versatility, creativity and sheer good fun – hurray for future factory learning!

    Kirsty Leishman

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