Leadership Inspirations Activities

Finish The Quote

Focus the energy of the group through a guided visualization exercise

Duration

10-15 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this word game, participants recreate the Helen Keller quote, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,“ using their own ideas about collaboration in their group.

 

SET UP

  • Preface this activity with a conversation about teamwork and collaboration, or a reflection on the ways that teamwork and collaboration can help the group.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Read the Helen Keller quote, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much“ out loud to the group.
  • Have each participant recreate the quote by filling in the blanks in the quote structure, “Alone we can ___, together we can ___“. The first blank should be something that individual members of the group can do on their own. The second blank should be something that the group can do together through teamwork and collaboration. For example, “Alone I can brainstorm new ideas, together we can bring those ideas to reality“.
    • Then, have each participant read their version of the quote out loud to the group.

VARIATIONS

  • You can have participants create the quotes in small groups or as one large instead of individually.
  • You can focus the quotes on a particular subject, such as event planning or accountability.
 

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?
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?