So… What is a Gruzzle? That\’s what I said the first time I spoke with G.L Hoffman, a brilliant blogger and entrepreneur with a penchant for word puzzles that stimulate surprisingly deep thinking. Actually it\’s fairly simple. A Gruzzle is a combination graph and puzzle. And they are fantastic for generating conversation and new ideas.
G.L. is working to spread the word about these things, and I enjoy them more than enough to share a few with you. He has created dozens of them and incorporated them into a few packages that are targeted toward HR professionals. The first ones I saw were the onboarding group, and that\’s when I knew he was onto something special. If you are looking for straight talk, then look no further. He helps you to tell employees like it is, and it can help to develop some desperately needed communication.
Sometimes it\’s hard to say what really needs to be said. It can be awkward or just plain weird. Want some help? How about this one?
If you\’d like to know more or order your own pack of HR Gruzzles, contact him on Twitter or via the contact page on his blog. I’m going to do another post on this in the future, but don’t you want to grab one before they’re everywhere?
Ben, I love these, but I don’t think I see how these aren’t simply graphs. Three circles overlapping? That’s a graph. There’s nothing puzzley about them. What am I missing?
@Chris Sometimes you have to “puzzle” them out. ;-) Maybe GL can give me a hand w/that one.
Hi Chris..you may have a good point. The only puzzle that might be there is for the viewer to somehow get the point that I was trying to make. Some are obvious, others less so. My feedback has been very interesting…the fact that they do tend to start discussions is an indicator to me that some people had to ‘figure’ them out, at least, they started the creative juices flowing. Do you disagree?
thanks for your comment and I am glad you got them. My wife doesn’t (Often).
After having seen a huge sampling of G.L.’s Gruzzles I have to agree that they are graphs and also puzzles. While the logic may be a given to one person it surely may not be to the next. As in divine providence I also posted about G.L. if you would like to read more about a really interesting guy http://sn.im/sba1q – What GruzzlesÂ You? | KARLA PORTER | Human Capital & New Media