Leadership Inspirations Activities

Anger Ball-Toss

Have the group talk about the things that really get under their skin

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

A Ball, Something Else You Can Throw

 

SUMMARY

Anger Ball-Toss allows groups to share and discuss the things that really get under their skin or make them angry and upset. The purpose of this activity is to foster meaningful conversations between members that will help them to better understand one another, improve communication, and resolve conflict.

 

SET UP

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.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

VARIATIONS

  • 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?
  • 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?

Accountability

  • 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?

Feedback

  • 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?

Group Dynamics

  • 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?
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?