Leadership Inspirations Activities
Find the fastest way to pass the ball
Type Of Activity
A couple of balls or objects that are safe to throw
In this activity, participants start by simply passing an object to each other. The challenge becomes finding a way to accomplish this task faster and faster! Groups come up with some incredibly creative ways to achieve this feat together.
- Have everyone stand next to each other in a circle.
- If you have a large group (over 30 participants) you will want to split them into smaller groups to keep everyone engaged.
- Give a tennis ball or other small object to one person.
- They will throw the item to one person, who will then pass the item to another person.
- The item needs to be passed to everyone once, until it is returned to the person who started with the object.
- Participants need to remember who they passed the ball to for the next round.
- Then, challenge the group to go as fast as they can, in the same order as before. Tell them you will be timing them. This time will be their “base time”.
- After this speed round, tell them their new objective is to try to beat their base time.
- The item must follow their established pattern, that is they must continue to pass to the same person.
- Each participant must have “sole possession” of the item at one point in time during the activity.
- Let the group strategize together and when they are ready, start the timer.
- Facilitator Note: This activity challenges the group to come with a variety of ways to solve the problem, as long as they don’t break either of the rules above, any solutions they come up with are great ideas!
- Tell them their new time and ask if they think they can go even faster, often time groups will have more ideas they want to try out.
- Continue until the group is satisfied with their “final time”.
- You can track your group’s time as a graph on a poster paper. This visual is useful during a debrief.
- Complete this activity with multiple items at a time for an added challenge.
- To use this activity as a name game, check out Group Juggle.
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?
- 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?
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 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?