Leadership Inspirations Activities
Get the group to cooperate and focus by counting together without speaking simultaneously
Storming, Norming, Performing
Type Of Activity
The task is for a small group to count to ten, collectively, without any two people saying a number at the same time and with no verbal planning. The group will need to cooperate and focus in order to be successful.
- Ask your group to form a circle.
- Your group will count to the same number as there are people in the group so that everyone is responsible for one number. Example: There are ten people in a group, they will count to ten, 23 people then have them count to 23 together.
- The timing of this activity will depend heavily on the size of your group. Groups of 10-15 people will take 10-20 minutes. You should allot larger groups 20-30 minutes.
- Explain that no talking or planning is allowed.
- The task is for the group to count (to the number determined above) collectively without any two people saying a number at the same time. For example, one person starts by shouting “one,” and another person shouts “two” and so on.
- Each number must be called out clearly by one person, and no one else may talk when a number is called.
- When two or more people speak simultaneously, the entire group starts back at zero. For example, if two people call out “five,” the group restarts.
- Every member must say a number.
- The group cannot go in any order or pattern (can’t just go around the circle, same people can’t start by saying ‘one’ each time etc.)
- The group must work out an informal solution to accomplish this task.
- Facilitator Note: It may take awhile but group members will work out creative solutions together!
- If your group is successful try a larger number.
- If you have a large group, split them up into smaller groups to start and then bring them together to try with more people.
- Have them turn their backs to the inside of the circle to make the communication even more difficult.
- Online: To lead this activity online, remind participants that the only words they can say are numbers, if needed you may add a rule that they may not use the chat feature or any props.
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?
- 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?
- Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
- What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
- How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?
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?
- 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?