Leadership Inspirations Activities

Team Musical Chairs

This version of Musical Chairs highlights trust and inclusion within a team

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Chairs (One Per Person), Music

 

SUMMARY

A twist on the traditional game of Musical Chairs where no one gets out and everyone must be included and involved.

 

SET UP

  • Set up enough chairs for everyone in your group in a circle facing outward.
  • Safety: Even though no one gets “out” there is still sense of urgency to get to the next chair. As there are fewer chairs, be aware of large groups sitting on one chair or in each others laps. Encourage everyone to slow down and be aware of each other as they play.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • This is just like traditional Musical Chairs, but with a twist: no one can be ‘out’.
  • When you start the music everyone will walk/dance around the circle of chairs, everyone must keep moving around the circle.
  • When the music stops, everyone must be seated.
  • You will always remove at least one chair after each round, but again, everyone still needs to find a seat.
  • After everyone is seated, take a chair(s) away and repeat.
  • Do this until there are no chairs left.

VARIATIONS

  • Play musical chairs the traditional way first, then do teamwork style. In the end, it makes for an interesting “aha!” moment when participants discover that the first way creates mostly losers and the second way creates all winners.

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?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

Alignment

  • 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.?

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?
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?