Leadership Inspirations Activities

Similarities And Differences

Discover similarities and differences between members of a group

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer, Bonding Activity

Materials

Paper, Pens Or Pencils

 

SUMMARY

Use this activity to encourage networking within a group. It can be used to help break the ice or as a more meaningful bonding activity.

SET UP

  • Give each person a paper and a pen or pencil to write with.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Instruct participants to divide their paper into three columns and label them Name, Similarity, and Difference.
  • Then give them time to mingle and meet with each other.
  • For each person they should try to find out something they have in common and something that is different between them.
  • They want to try to do this for as many people as possible in the time given (10-20 minutes).
  • They cannot be obvious things like, “We have different color hair” or “I’m short and they are tall”. They should work to start conversations and discover meaningful things about people.
  • If you have time at the end, invite people to share some of their discoveries with the whole group.

VARIATIONS

  • Consider having them get into groups of 4-5 and come up with three similarities and three differences among them.
  • You can replace Similarities and Differences with any prompts that you would like that can help groups get to know each other better, get creative and have fun with it!

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?

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?

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?