Leadership Inspirations Activities
Have the group talk about the things that really get under their skin
Type Of Activity
A Ball, Something Else You Can Throw
Set the tone for this activity by setting ground rules for listening and respecting what others say. Be prepared as a facilitator to hold the group accountable to these rules in order to maintain a safe space for people to share. It is a good idea to do this activity a little further into the group development stages as it is higher risk and can be a great segue into feedback discussions.
- Have the group stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder.
- Begin by completing the sentence, “I feel angry when …”
- Ask for a volunteer who is willing to restate what you just said.
- Toss that participant the ball. That participant restates what you said (“John feels angry when…”, then completes the sentence for themselves (“I feel angry when …”).
- They then toss the ball to someone else, who repeats what they said, then completes the sentence for themselves, and so on.
- Continue until everyone has had a chance to share.
- Replace the word ‘angry’ with whatever emotion you would like.
- Use this process as a structure for tough discussions about group challenges or issues. As an example, have the prompt address a need in the group and have your participants share their emotion. “I feel ____ when our group doesn’t get along”
- Use this process as a way to celebrate successes in your group. “I am proud of us for…”
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- 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?
- Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
- What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
- What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?
- Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
- What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
- How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?
- What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
- What motivates our group?
- How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
- 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?