Leadership Inspirations Activities

Name Acronyms

Write affirmations using the letters of a person’s name

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Poster paper, markers

 

SUMMARY

 
Participants write affirmations for the members of their group that start with one of the letters of that person’s name.

 

SET UP

  • Prepare a piece of poster paper for each participant in the group.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give each participant a piece of poster paper and have them write their first name in large letters across the top.
    • Facilitator Note: If a participant has a short name, have them add their last initial or last name as well so that other participants have more letters to choose from.
  • Hang the posters or place them on desks around the room for the next part of the activity.
  • Have each participant visit everyone else’s poster and write one affirmation for them under one of the letters in their name. The affirmation should be a word or phrase that starts with that letter and should be something that they like or appreciate about that person. For example: Under an “A“, write “Always contributes great ideas“.
    • Facilitator Note: Decide whether the thank you notes should be anonymous, if the participants should sign their name, or allow them to choose. Pick whatever would be best for the group.
  • Encourage participants to pick a letter that hasn’t been used yet if there are already several affirmations under a particular letter.
    • Facilitator Note: As a facilitator, walk around to the posters to ensure that all affirmations being written are appropriate and add affirmations to difficult letters that other participants may skip over. Be especially aware of the depth of affirmations for each participant. If appropriate, participate and include a meaningful affirmation for each person.
  • After everyone has visited each poster, have the participants find their own poster, take it down, and read the affirmations that were written about them.

VARIATIONS

  • For a large groups, split the group in half (or thirds, etc.) and have each smaller group hang their posters in a designated area of the room. Have participants only write on the posters for the people in their small group.
  • For other activities for affirming individual group members, try Lasting Impressions or Thank You For.

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?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

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?