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NATO Meetings Ice Breaker

Topical Ice Breaker on NATO for a Meeting this week

NATO Meetings Ice Breaker Game

NATO Meetings Ice Breaker Game

Such an important gathering of world leaders is taking place at the moment  in South Wales where I live. It is the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in the UK.

More than 60 world leaders are attending including US President Barack Obama and British PM David Cameron. Thousands more of their entourages will also be at the event, including representatives from each of the 28 Nato member countries.

Nearly 10,000 police officers from forces across England and Wales have mounted a major security operation. Right now they will be talking about Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan

It is such a serious debate at a time of real importance, however if you are holding a meeting today you could introduce a  hot topic  ice breaker along the lines of:

List as many of the 28 NATO countries as you can, work in pairs or small groups

Answers with joining dates:

ALBANIA (2009)
BELGIUM (1949)
BULGARIA (2004)
CANADA (1949)
CROATIA (2009)
CZECH REPUBLIC (1999)
DENMARK (1949)
ESTONIA (2004)
FRANCE (1949)
GERMANY (1955)
GREECE (1952)
HUNGARY (1999)
ICELAND (1949)
ITALY (1949)
LATVIA (2004) 


LITHUANIA (2004)
LUXEMBOURG (1949)
NETHERLANDS (1949)
NORWAY (1949)
POLAND (1999)
PORTUGAL (1949)
ROMANIA (2004)
SLOVAKIA (2004)
SLOVENIA (2004)
SPAIN (1982)
TURKEY (1952)
THE UNITED KINGDOM (1949)
THE UNITED STATES (1949)

You could also ask:

  • list as many of the leaders of the 28 countries as you can (tricky as there are presidents, prime ministers, chancellors etc)
  • Flags of the NATO countries match to country

For more brilliant  topical and leadership ice breakers for your meetings visit the ice breaker ideas website

 

 

Leadership Ice Breaker

Barack ObamaAn interesting way to start a leadership program with delegates who don't know each other would be to run an ice breaker game to help people get to know each other quickly and spark a few discussions. Try to find an ice breaker that has a leadership theme as a lead-in to the topic of the day. The following leadership ice breaker idea would serve to generate enthusiasm and opinions about the topic:

You will need to prepare beforehand a set of speeches from world class leaders. This can be easily done on the internet. You will need a speech and the name of the famous leader.

When your group have assembled give each one a few lines of the speech and another the name of the leader. Ask people to mingle and find the person with whom the speech matches. Once they have paired up famous leader and famous speech they should spend a few minutes sharing a bit about themselves to each other and their thoughts on this particular leader.

When everyone has paired up ask the group to come back together and then ask pairs to introduce each other. Ask them to read out a few lines of the speech and see if anyone else can guess who the leader is. Once the leader is identifed by the rest of the group the pair can then share a few thoughts on the leadership style of the leader. Carry on around the circle.

  • This exercise can be quite difficult unless well know leaders and speeches are picked.
  • The ice breaker can be quite lengthy with discussions of various leaders. With this in mind it's a great lead-in to leadership styles. However if this is not required at this moment in time you can omit this stage or keep it brief.
Here's a few leaders and lines of speeches you can use:
Martin Luther King
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
Queen Elizabeth I
"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; butI have the heart and stomach of a king"
George Washington
"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."
Charles de Gaulle
"The flame of French resistance must not and shall not die"
John F Kennedy
"Ask not what your country can do  for you; ask what you can do for your country"
Nelson Mandela
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is aAn ideal for which I am prepared to die"
Ronald Reagan
"Mr Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall"
Barack Obama
"America is a place where all things are possible"
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Leadership Icebreakers 2

Famous Quotes

At some point during your leaderhip training programme you will no doubt be discussing famous leaders; their traits and personalities. Why not turn this into an interesting leadership icebreaker game or energizer?

Make a list of famous leaders and their quotes. Print 2 lists; 1 is your master copy and the other is cut up into strips giving each person a quote or the name of a famous leader. Their job is to match the quote to the leader and hopefully have some meaningful discussions about leadership along the way.

Here's a list of quotes you might like to use:

  • Steve Jobs  "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
  • Peter F. Drucker   "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
  • Theodore Roosevelt   "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." 
  • Kenneth Blanchard     "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."
  • "Eleanor Roosevelt     "A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves"
  • Nelson Mandela      "When you let your own light shine, you unconsciously give others permission to do the same."  
  • Winston Churchill     "Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war."
  • Thomas Jefferson   "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it." 

This could be quite a difficult task unless you choose famous quotes, but can be a great lead-in to a discussion and reflection on famous leadership styles. Once the game is over take time to really try and understand the meaning behind the words.

Leadership icebreakers are a brilliant way to start your leadership programs. They can be used as energizers too to break up the session and engage your participants.

Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games for training, meetings, away days, team building and conferences.  A quick ice breaker at the start of a meeting or event helps people relax,  injects a sense of fun into gatherings and speeds up that getting to know you stage, and ready to face the rest of the event with high energy and expectation. 

Tons more fantastic leadership icebreakers for warming-up groups  can be found on the ice-breaker-ideas web-site.

 

Leadership Icebreakers

Leadership housebreakersIf you are running a leadership training programme or seminar you must include this fun-filled leadership icebreaker!

Ask participants to sit in a circle and choose one person to go out of the room. This person is the detective.

Appoint a leader and have everyone follow the leader. The leader might start with a hand clap, and everyone joins in in unison. The leader might then stamp feet or snap fingers or choose a different rhythm of clapping. The goal is to follow the leader seamlessly so the detective when they come into the room does not know who the leader is and their job is to work out who it is.

The team can get really good at this with practise. The key is for everyone to follow the leader without giving the game away and by staring directly at the leader. The team could wait for a ripple effect instead.. so waiting for their neighbours to change action before they do. The leader should also change movements slowly so as not to give the game away, and make movement changes when the detective is looking elsewhere.

A more advanced variation can include a change of leader by an agreed signal eg. a wink at another person.

The detective has 1 guess only. Once they have guessed another person takes on the role of detective.

You can review this exercise by:

  •  Examining what made the game successful or unsucessful.
  • What qualities of a leader were needed to make it happen?

Leadership icebreakers are a fun and novel way to start your leadership programs. They can be used as energizers too to break up the session and engage your participants.

Sharon Naylor is passionate about ice breaker games for work, play, parties, meetings, groups and clubs. A quick ice breaker at the start of a meeting or event helps people relax,  injects a sense of fun into gatherings, speed up that getting to know you stage and gets people ready to face the rest of the event with high energy and expectation. 

Tons more fantastic leadership icebreakers for warming-up groups and can be found on the ice-breaker-ideas web-site.