Leadership Inspirations Activities

Accountabilibuddies

To develop partnerships that help group members achieve their goals

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Mixer, Bonding

Materials

Paper, Pens

 

SUMMARY

Participants develop a system of individual and group accountability within their groups by creating strategic and supportive partnerships with people that want to see them reach their goals.

SET UP

  • Decide how partners will be determined. Pre-select pairs (or trios if there is an odd number of participants), let the participants find their own partners, or pair this activity with an activity like Dyads where participants naturally end up with a random partner at the end.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • To begin, let partners get to know each other a little bit. Ask them to share things like:
    • What are you excited about doing with this group?
    • Have you been a part of this group or a similar group in the past?
    • What do you enjoy most about this group?
    • What do you enjoy doing outside of this group?
  • Tell participants that they have shared these things with their partner because this person will be their Accountabilibuddy. An Accountabilibuddy is a person who helps another person keep a commitment. They are a positive, pragmatic, and motivating force.
  • Each Accountabilibuddy partnership will look different depending on the individual goals and aspirations of each person.  Give them time in their pairs to draft an Accountability Contract. This contract should consist of five things:
  • What do you hope to achieve? (Goals, milestones, tasks etc.)
  • When do those achievements need to be complete? How often should you check in with each other on progress?
  • What do you need out of this partnership from your partner?
  • What do you have to offer to this partnership?
  • Any other important information
  • Both partners must sign this Accountability Contract. This contract should be kept for future reference and used to see if participants are on track to reach their goals.

VARIATIONS

  • Pair this activity with meaningful activities like Personal Goal Setting
  • Have each partner pair make up a Secret Handshake that they can use to greet each other, it can serve as a fun reminder of the progress they are committing to make together.
  • As a facilitator, set aside time for Accountabilibuddies to check in as often as you see fit depending on the needs of the group or the demands of a particular project or event. 

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Accountability

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?