Leadership Inspirations Activities
See the value of different forms of feedback while participating in a fun activity
Type Of Activity
3 Balls, Box Or Bucket
Participants will offer positive, negative, or no feedback to three blindfolded “freethrow shooters” and examine how this impacts their performance.
- Select three people who are going to be the “free-throw shooters.”
- Give each of these people a blindfold, take these three people outside (or to a place where they cannot hear you giving instructions to the larger group), have them wait for you.
- Place balls in the different parts of the room and the basket in the front/center of the room.
- Large Group Instructions
- The large group’s task will be to give feedback to the three “free-throw shooters.”
- For the first blindfolded person that walks into the room, they will say absolutely nothing.
- For the second blindfolded person, they will yell out negative comments and wrong directions.
- For the third blindfolded person, the group will yell positive comments and correct directions.
- Free-throw Shooter Instructions
- You will then give directions to the three students who will be blindfolded. Tell them there are three balls scattered throughout the room. Their job is to find them and throw them into the basket.
- Bring one blindfolded person into the room at a time.
- Safety: Make sure that the blindfolded individual does not walk into anything or hurt themselves. Also, be cautious of who you are selecting for each position (negative, positive, none). Make sure you are not selecting the most quiet person in the group for “no feedback” or the one that everyone seems to pick on for “negative feedback.”
- You can perform this activity with more than 3 “free-throw shooters.”
- You can also change the type of feedback that each “freethrow shooter” receives. Potentially they only get negative comments but correct instructions, etc.
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?
- 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 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?