Leadership Inspirations Activities
Try to win your argument about anything
Type Of Activity
In this activity, participants must try to win an argument about a truly random topic. Use this activity to explore the difference between debate and dialogue, and agree on effective processes to resolve disagreements or conflicts.
- Break your group up into pairs.
- This activity will begin a little like “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, but participants will chant together, “Nothing, Something, Anything”
- After “Anything”, each participant should say the name of any random object that comes to mind (turtle, envelope, water bottle etc.).
- Facilitator Note: Remind participants to be appropriate in their choices.
- Participants will try to win a debate about why their object would “win”.
- Example: Turtle vs. Water Bottle
- Give them each a few minutes to make their cases.
- Have them pause and lead a mini debrief with the group about their conversations so far with questions like these:
- How is the debate going?
- Who is “winning” and why?
- What are you feeling at this point in the debate?
- What is the difference between a debate and dialogue?
- What would you need in this conversation to see the other person’s side?
- Instruct your groups to continue this conversation, but now as a dialogue.
- After a few minutes, have your groups come back together for another debrief:
- What differences did you notice between this conversation and the first?
- What was easier or harder about this conversation?
- In what situations are debates useful to our group? In what situations do we need dialogue?
- How do we want to use this understanding moving forward to work better together?
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?
- 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.?
- 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?
- What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
- When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
- What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?
- 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?