Leadership Inspirations Activities

Appreciation Taps

Give the group time to show appreciation and gratitude to each other

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

This activity allows groups to really recognize and appreciate each other for their contributions to the team. It’s an incredibly powerful bonding activity and is a meaningful way for groups to finish a workshop, adjourn a meeting, or say goodbye to each other.

 

SET UP

  • Prepare a series of statements that allow participants to show their recognition, appreciation and gratitude for the members of their group. Make sure you have a good variety and enough for 3-4 statements per round. Here are some examples to choose from: Tap someone who…
    • Has a large heart
    • You want to get to know
    • Is logical
    • Is genuine
    • Has impeccable taste
    • Cares for others
    • You believe in
    • You appreciate
    • Make up your own!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Gather your group in a circle facing outwards.
  • Have everyone close their eyes to ensure anonymity.
  • You will quietly select a small group of people by tapping on their shoulders to open their eyes and join you silently in the middle of the circle.
  • They will silently move around the circle, and for each statement that you read aloud, acknowledge people who that statement applies to by tapping them lightly on the shoulder.
  • Allow about fifteen seconds between each statement for people to move around and tap people.
  • After a few rounds of statements, have the first group go back and join the big circle. Wait until all of their eyes are closed to select another group of people to join you in the middle.
  • Repeat until everyone has had a chance to show and receive appreciation.
  • Safety: Create a safe environment for your entire group. Make sure that everyone in the group is acknowledged for something in activities like this by keeping track of who has been recognized and participating yourself in this activity.

VARIATIONS

  • Here are many more suggestions for statements to use during this activity: Tap someone who…
    • Is wise
    • Is kind
    • Offers a lot
    • Makes a good hero
    • Has a zest for life
    • Has great understanding
    • Has noble dreams
    • You would go to bat for
    • Is elegant
    • You are encouraged by
    • You look up to
    • Makes you happy
    • Is compassionate
    • You find fascinating
    • Is brave
    • Is generous
    • Is intelligent
    • Is sensible
    • You have faith in
    • Has overcome adversity
    • Is rational
    • Brings out your best
    • Is admirable
    • Is giving
    • Is beautiful
    • Makes you smile

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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What does your group do well as a team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?

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?