Leadership Inspirations Activities

Tick Tock

Groups have 10 minutes to complete as many tasks and earn as many points as possible

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Task list, any related supplies

 

SUMMARY

 
Groups have 10 minutes to “win it”. They will try to earn as many points as possible by completing silly tasks together.

 

SET UP

  • On a poster paper, prepare a list of silly tasks and assign each task a point value. Make sure your list is long enough for the collective tasks to take about 15-20 minutes to complete.
    • Make sure to choose tasks that can be completed in your classroom or workspace.
    • Examples:
      • Take a group photo (2 points)
      • Create and perform a group handshake (5 points)
      • Come up with two new event ideas for the year (10 points)
      • Challenge another group to a game of Rock Paper Scissors and WIN (best two out of three wins) (5 points)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Divide the group into small groups of about 4-5 participants each.
  • Have each group decide on a team name – have them share their team names so you can record them to tally points later.
  • Direct their attention to the task list you created.
  • Tell them that each task is worth a certain number of points.
  • Their objective is to collect as many points as possible by completing tasks from your list. It is up to them to determine and decide as a group which tasks to complete.
  • They must complete all of the tasks together – meaning they cannot split up to achieve more tasks in less time.
  • When they have completed a task they must self-report to you so that you can keep track of points.
    • Facilitator Note: For larger groups it will help to have more than one facilitator to help with this .
  • Don’t give them any time to strategize or plan. Give them a 10 minute time limit and let them begin.

VARIATIONS

  • Before giving any of the instructions you could also let the group brainstorm a silly task list and assign points themselves.
  • If you have the space, time, and help from other facilitators, you can do this as a scavenger hunt on your campus or site.

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

  • What 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?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?

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?