Leadership Inspirations Activities

Welded Ankles

Groups must get from one point to another without ever letting their ankles break apart

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Rope Or Cones

 

SUMMARY

This experiential activity challenges groups to work together to get from one point to another without ever letting their ankles break apart. They will need to collaborate and trust each other to be successful.

 

SET UP

  • Determine a starting line and ending line for your group and mark it with cones, rope or chalk. These points should be 15-20 feet apart.
  • You can also use lines in the sidewalk or other natural boundaries so that you don’t need any supplies.
  • Be aware of participants physical abilities because this is a physically demanding activity.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Line up in a straight line next to each other, shoulder to shoulder.
  • Be close enough so your ankles are touching.
  • As a group, you must get from point A to Point B while keeping your ankles together.
  • If the group breaks ankles, they must start over. This is up to the facilitator’s discretion. If the facilitator thinks ankles break apart they can send them back.

VARIATIONS

  • Create limitations. Participants could be blind or not be able to talk. This is a good time to allow quieter leaders to shine through. Ask all participants to remain silent besides one or two of the participants.
  • Safety: Only a few participants should have their eyes closed. If participants feel unsafe with their eyes closed you might ask them to see if another group member would take on the limitation for them.
  • For large groups you could split the group into two and create a mild competition. Both teams face each other and race to one center line. Whichever group gets all toes on to the center-line first wins.
  • Put a time limit on it. If they don’t get to Point B in the allotted time use that during your debrief.

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.?

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?
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?