Leadership Inspirations Activities
Random Word Game
Use seemingly unrelated words to promote brainstorming within a group
Type Of Activity
Poster Paper, Pens, Markers
Promote brainstorming by creatively trying to connect seemingly unrelated words and concepts to each other.
- Clearly identify the topic/question to be brainstormed. For instance, “How do we better engage our members?” or “How can we solve…”
- Choose a random word — any word will do (concert, dog, run)
- As a group brainstorm everything you can think of related to the random word. Write every single idea shared down.
- After you are done brainstorming, spend time finding ways to connect each of the brainstormed ideas to the brainstorm topic.
- Next steps: What ideas are relevant and realistic? What are specific action steps you can take to put those ideas in motion?
- Facilitator Note: No idea is a bad idea when brainstorming! Encourage group members to be positive and open minded during this process.
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?
- What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
- How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
- How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
- 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?