Leadership Inspirations Activities

Fortunately Unfortunately

Tell a silly story together as a group


10 minutes

Team Stage


Type Of Activity






In this word game, participants create a silly story comprised of good and bad news.



  • You will need enough space for your whole group to stand or sit in a circle together.


  • The group will go around the circle and each person will have a turn to add to a silly story.
  • The first person will start the story with a sentence (Once upon a time there were three little pigs…)
  • The second person will then continue the story by telling the group something unfortunate that happens (Unfortunately for the pigs, there was a hungry wolf who wanted to eat them…)
  • The third person will then add on to the story with a fortunate event (Fortunately, the pigs had built a very strong house…)
  • The game continues around the circle with each person contributing to the story and alternating between “good” and “bad” news until you get to the last person.



  • 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?
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?