Leadership Inspirations Activities

Random Word Game

Use seemingly unrelated words to promote brainstorming within a group

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Poster Paper, Pens, Markers

 

SUMMARY

Promote brainstorming by creatively trying to connect seemingly unrelated words and concepts to each other.

 

SET UP

  • Clearly identify the topic/question to be brainstormed. For instance, “How do we better engage our members?” or “How can we solve…”

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

VARIATIONS

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?

Project Planning

  • 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?
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?