Bodystorming and Problem Solving


In my own consulting and mentoring work I often have to apply game based thinking to scenarios where I know that irrational behavior is likely to influence certain scenarios.  Bodystorming is technique of physically experiencing a situation to derive new ideas. It requires setting up an experience – complete with necessary artifacts and people – and physically “testing” it. Bodystorming can also include physically changing your space during ideation. I have found this approach works best in a group and optimally in a group familiar with the concept of collaborative intelligence. What you’re focused on here is the way you interact with your environment and the choices you make while in it. Think of bodystorming as a physical form brainstorming. Instead of just describing ideas and talking about them, they are acted out in a physical manner. Depending on the group you’re with, it can be a lot of fun to do, and the different mindset can help in discovering insights you wouldn’t easily find in another way.


When done effectively Bodystorming can smooth out the rough edges of a a scenario. It simulates the touch points (contact between payers in a game)  and interactions in actually performing the strategic processes. It animates scenarios so that teams can uncover potential problems and reveal hidden assumptions embedded in the a planned strategy. There are at least four bodystorming techniques documented for different purposes and different stages of strategy development and engagement within the approach.
A bodystorm session might be structured in the following way.

  1. We begin with a “design problem”. A challenge, obstacle or other problems for which a solution is required.
  2. Participants break into small groups to improvise solutions. Post-it notes and pieces of paper serve as stand-ins for any impromptu roles (“angry customer”, “friend under duress”, “a sick patient” etc.) as well as actual solutions. Participants then re-enact their improvised solutions for the other teams, using the post-it notes and paper props.





Lewis Harrison is a writer, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in game based thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.


Known as the RealUGuru. He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.  Including the business books.



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Lewis Speaks about “Maintaining Your Power When Leading Those that Oppose Your Lead”.


I often mentor and coach leaders who do not have the support of those they have been given the responsibility to lead.

This is a complex situation that reading Machiavelli, Sun Tzu or watching reruns of the Sopranos and taking notes will most likely not solve.

Here are some tips you can use derived from my “Advanced Course for Professional mentors and Coaches”.and on Lewis Harrison’s Applied game theory.

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Rather than stake out clear positions radical change must take place through more subtle strategies. These may include:

*  Say nothing when radical thinkers and those looking to bring about radical change.  This implies that this progressive or reform approach Is what the decision maker wants.

*  Implicitly back one group of another without formally endorsing their point of view. This includes using influence to push aside or undermine those who resist the changes or slow the process.

* Expand the parameters of debate over an issue over how far reforms can go. This is an approach taken by Pope Francis as his papacy ran into increased resistance from the conservative cardinals.

* Make statements that are confusing and which can be interpreted by all sides as being in agreement with their position. This approach can be expanded upon by feeding such a statement to the media.

Effective leadership Is a complex affair,  especially when you are leading those with a different vision or agenda than you.

In the end the best one can hope for is to bring them over to your side or when this is not possible to have the ability to limit their influence on the process.

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Many influencers have the ability to present ideas that appear “reasonable and thoughtful” on the surface but on closer inspection turn out to be badly flawed to the absurd.



Lewis Harrison is a best-selling author,  motivational speaker,  mentor, coach. and sales trainer.


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Here is a short interview with Lewis Harrison on unnecessary struggle and visionary thinking