Leadership Inspirations Activities

Comfort Zone

An activity that examines how comfortable people in the group are with certain statements

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Tape Or Rope

 

SUMMARY

This activity can be used to address change in the group and encourages conversation about comfort levels between members to strengthen bonds and teamwork.

 

SET UP

  • Make a target with tape, rope or yarn (three concentric circles).
  • Facilitator Note: Since you are asking people what is in/out of their comfort zones, make sure you are choosing your statements appropriately for your group and group stage.

INSTRUCTIONS

Comfort Zone

  • You can introduce this activity with a quote or statement about change. If not, you can simply tell students that you are going to say several statements.
  • For each statement, they should consider their comfort level with the statement.
  • There are three levels of comfort:
    • Comfort Zone: You feel good about this statement. You have the skills, interest, and knowledge to be successful/effective (this is the innermost circle or one third of the room).
    • Challenge Zone: You have some skill, interest, or knowledge to make you successful, but you know you are going to have some difficulty with this statement. You would be able to do it, but you would be learning.
    • Danger Zone: “Do not make me do this!” That’s how you feel in the Danger Zone. You experience significant discomfort even thinking about this issue.
  • Sample Statements:
    • Approaching a stranger at an event
    • Public speaking
    • Running a meeting
    • Leading an event planning process
    • Being a committee member
    • Approaching a business for a donation
    • Getting to know someone new in this group
    • Asking for feedback
    • Giving feedback to someone who is not pulling their weight
    • Being in this group

VARIATIONS

  • It is suggested that you perform this activity with statements that are relevant to your own group’s needs and challenges.

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?

Inclusion and 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?
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?