Leadership Inspirations Activities

Always, Sometimes, Never

Get to know members of your team by responding to various statements

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity, Bonding Activity

Materials

Poster paper

SUMMARY

How often do these statements impact your daily life? Reflect and converse after each statement to get to know the people on your team a little better.

SET UP

  • Prepare three posters: the first should say “always”, the second should say “sometimes” and the third should say “never”.
  • Place the three pre-made posters up in the space you are doing the activity. The posters that say “always” and “never” should be placed on opposite ends, with the poster that says “sometimes” in between the two.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Gather all participants and inform them that they are going to be doing an activity to get to know each other better.
  • The facilitator will read statements one at a time. Participants should respond to each statement by gathering near one of the three posters, essentially answering “always, sometimes, or never” to each statement that is read.
  • Sample statements:
    • How often do you think about living in a different city?
    • How often do you wake up not wanting to go to school?
    • How often do you wake up excited to go to work?
    • How often do you wonder if you’ll get an invite to hang out with your group of friends?
    • How often do you disagree with your friends thought/actions?
    • How often do you feel out of place?
    • How often do you hear racist comments?
    • How often do you face discrimination?
    • How often do you worry about when the next time you will be able to have a meal?
  • Once everyone moves to a spot that they feel happy with, you can ask the participants to discuss their responses in their group. Depending on the risk of the question, and comfortability of the group, you can ask for volunteers to share aloud their thoughts about the statement and why they are by their chosen poster.
  • The activity continues until all of the statements have been read.

VARIATIONS

  • Another great activity to use that touches on similar topics is Four Corners.
  • Change the “risk” of the statements depending on the current stage of the group development model that the group is in – lower risk questions are appropriate for groups that are forming, higher risk questions for groups that are norming or performing.

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?

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 & 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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
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?