Leadership Inspirations Activities

Ground Rules Check In

Check in on the ground rules that were set when a group started working together

Duration

10-15 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Ground rules list

 

SUMMARY

As a group continues to get to know each other, encounters conflict, or learns more about themselves, they may want to add or amend some of the ground rules they agreed on. This activity will allow them to do so.

 

SET UP

  • Make sure that there has been a previous conversation to set ground rules within the group, and make sure that you have the list of ground rules that were agreed upon.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Remind the group that they previously agreed to a set of ground rules and ask them to reflect honestly on how their group has done with each ground rule so far.
  • Go through the ground rules list rule by rule and ask participants to evaluate with a number or thumb scale how well they think they do at upholding that ground rule as a group.
  • Discuss each answer and decide how to make changes to each rule so that they are a better fit for your group or discuss how to better uphold rules that are not being upheld. 
  • After the ground rules list has been discussed and amended as needed, ask participants to reaffirm their commitment to upholding and abiding by the ground rules.

VARIATIONS

  • You can have participants individually evaluate and reflect on each ground rule before discussing them as a group.
  • You can do a mini “Plus Delta Evaluation” for each ground rule. Have the group come up with what they’re doing well for each ground rule and what they can change or improve about each ground rule.

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?

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?

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.?
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?