Leadership Inspirations Activities
Participants will need to coordinate their efforts in order to create a complete picture together as a group
Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing
Type Of Activity
Poster Paper, String, Markers
This activity challenges groups to work together to write a word or draw a picture using only one marker and their coordinated efforts to control it using only string. It will require communication, collaboration, and creative thinking for them to create a ‘complete’ illustration.
- Tie a piece of string to the marker, for each participant. If you have five people in each group that are going to participate, you will need five strings per marker.
- You will want to tie each string on really well, and leave a two foot tail hanging off the marker.
- You may need to tape the strings to the marker if they continue to fall off.
- Break your group up into smaller teams.
- Give each team paper and their marker.
- Each participant takes a hold of one of the strings.
- Choose a word for the groups to write.
- Everyone will need to work together to write each letter.
- They are only allowed to hold onto the end of the string (last 6 inches) which means they can’t sneak their hands up close to the marker to write.
- See how well they do!
- Have your group draw a picture (house, animal etc) instead of writing a word!
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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?
- Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
- How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
- Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
- 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?
- 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?