Leadership Inspirations Activities
Post-It Displays Of Appreciation (PDAs)
To express gratitude and appreciation for different people in the group
Type Of Activity
- You will need enough sticky notes and pens for everyone in your group.
- If it is helpful to you as a facilitator, you can write the ‘POST-IT’ acronym on a poster and keep is somewhere visible as a reminder for your group.
- Give participants post-it notes (however many you would like).
- Tell participants that their task it to write a note at least once a day for ANYONE in your group using post-its.
- The note should have the following characteristics:
- Personal – It’s not something that you would say to just anyone.
- Opportune – It is appropriate, favorable, and suitable.
- Specific – It’s about something you saw, heard, or felt.
- Timely – Do it as soon as you notice it. Give the post-it as soon as you can, being sure not to cause a distraction.
- Intentional – Think carefully about your appreciation.
- Tactful – Don’t mix in a backhanded put-down.
- Depending on the size of your group, you can challenge your group to write more than one post-it notes a day.
- For speakers, guests, or advisors you may consider all writing one giant PDA to give to them as a thanks.
- Encourage team members to keep their PDAs somewhere (a binder, cork board etc) so they can look back on them later for motivation.
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?
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?
- When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
- When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
- What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
- 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?