Leadership Inspirations Activities

Post-It Displays Of Appreciation (PDAs)

To express gratitude and appreciation for different people in the group

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Post-Its, Pens

 

SUMMARY

In this activity team members give thoughtful notes on Post-Its to other members of their group. It is a great way to foster a climate of appreciation and recognition!

 

SET UP

  • 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.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

VARIATIONS

  • 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?
  • 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?

Teambuilding

  • 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?
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?