Leadership Inspirations Activities

Come On Over

Convince other group members to join your “side”

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Rope, chalk or cones, written instructions for each group

 

SUMMARY

 
The objective of this activity is for participants to try to get other groups to join them in their specific area. Participants must come up with creative strategies to convince people to “come on over”.

 

SET UP

  • You will need an open playing space for this activity with enough room for your group to move around comfortably. Divide this space into sections using rope, chalk or cones. Depending on the size of your group you will want 4-8 sections.
  • Prepare written instructions for each group. Each set of instructions should say “Your job is to get everyone to cross the line, into your area. You may not adjust the size of your area. This must be done safely and appropriately.”
  • Divide group up into 4-8 small groups depending on how you set up your playing space.  

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Assign each small group one of the sections in your playing area.
  • Give each group their own set of instructions to read.
  • Once everyone is clear about their objective, let them begin.
  • As the facilitator, monitor the activity for appropriateness and physical safety (no pushing, grabbing, insulting etc.)

VARIATIONS

  • Assign specific strategies to different groups – they can only try to get the other groups to cross the line using that tactic. Examples:
    • Compliment others
    • Challenge people to Rock Paper Scissors
    • Offer hugs or high fives
    • Use the phrase, “If you’re really my friend you’ll come on over”
  • Also try the activity Will You Buy My Donkey? for a silly alternative

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?

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?

Inclusion & Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

Meeting Skills

  • What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
  • When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
  • What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?

 

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?