Stonehenge | Business Simulation | Managing Conflict - FocusU


A Northgate Training UK Activity

Diving into the mysterious

The Stonehenge in UK is considered to be one of the most mysterious places in the world. This set of stones laid out in concentric rings and horseshoe shapes on the empty Salisbury Plain, is estimated to be 4000 – 5000 years old. It is a fantastic creation with stones weighing 4 – 25 tons having been transported from quarries as far as 225km away. It’s a matter of speculation and mystery how people in antiquity moved them that far and managed to construct such a megalith structure!

In this engaging activity used as a prop to understand the nuances of negotiations, teams get into the shoes of these builders of yore. The stones are all available (we made it a few tons lighter though!) but in mixed colors – White granite, Tan brown granite, Off white granite and Baltic brown granite. These resources though, as it is always with resources – are mixed up between different building teams.

The challenge for the individual teams is to build their Stonehenge in pieces of the same color. But first they have to construct a ‘shield’ to hide their pieces from prying eyes and industrial espionage! Given the roles of Manager, Negotiator, Buyers and Surveyor, teams need to plan their strategy before information-gathering and negotiation periods begin. Can they negotiate with each other to get what they want?

A few key parameters:

120-150 minutes 

Time Limit


Where this can be run

4 to 6 people

Team sizes

Ideally 24

Group sizes

Can be done on demand


Is the Stonehenge right for your team?

Yes, it is – if the key learning that you want your team to arrive upon are:
• Allows teams to practice bartering and influencing skills
• Highlights the importance of planning for negotiations
• Encourages teams to have a negotiation strategy and team roles
• Tests ethics and honesty of team members
• Assesses whether teams can break down natural barriers in order to work together

Immerse your team in taking the Stonehenge. And learn negotiations in a fun, engaging way.
Contact Us today – we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!

Contact Us today – we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!