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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.

Fun Ice Breaker Ideas

Fun ice breakerHere's a great little ice breaker that is a variation on a game we used to play as kids. The game was called "Similarities".

The games master instructs the group to break into smaller groups according to birthdays. Once in the birthday groups the group members introduce themselves to each other, and the largest group of same birthday scored 1 point for each group member.

Next the gamesmaster might call date of birthday and ask people to reform groups according to dates. You might want to introduce a 2 day either-side of date for this for smaller groups. If a person has a choice of two groups they get to choose which group to be a part of. Again the largest group scores 1 point per person.

Continue in this line asking groups to form and re-form according to your criteria. Each time, the group members introduce themselves to each other, and  the largest group wins a point per person. Finally, when groups have had enough and enough introductions are made, the winners are the ones with the most points at the end.

Other criteria could be:

  • Pets
  • Number of siblings
  • Make up of siblings eg. 2 sisters or 1 sister and 2 brothers
  • Place of birth
  • Type of car or transport
  • Age within 2 either side
  • Name begins with...

I hope you have fun with this brilliant little quick ice breaker. Tons more ideas can be downloaded from my ice breaker ideas web-site. Make your meetings rock!



Quick Icebreakers

Here's a great seasonal quick ice breaker game for you to try. It's so simple  and easy!

Snowballs:

  •  Get everyone to sit in a circle and give everyone a pen and a sheet of paper.
  • Ask people to write an interesting thing about themselves on the paper.
  • Ask them to screw up the paper and throw the “snowball” into the middle
  • Mix all the snowballs up and ask each person to take a snowball
  • Taking turns, each person introduces themselves and then reads out what is  contained in the snowball.
  •  They then have 3 guesses to try and work out who the owner is.
  • Continue round the circle until all snowballs have been matched to owners.

It's a really simple way of finding out a bit more about each other.

For a more advanced and riskier version ask participants to write down the most interesting thing about themselves!

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Ice Breaker Games

ice breaker gamesMany team building programs start by asking people to introduce themselves. This helps people to relax and to get to know each other quickly and many more meetings, group sessions, training programs and social functions would be much more engaging and enjoyable for the participant if they too were able to experience the magic of a simple ice breaker at the beginning of an event.
 
Rather than simply ask people to introduce themselves (and some leaders even miss out this stage leaving participants to uncomfortably make connections with others on their own) add a little more fun to proceedings .... tell people you want them to try and find out a bit more about each other in a light-hearted and fun way. Ask people to introduce themselves and then add any of the following:
  • the place where they were born
  • their favourite holiday destination
  • if you had a $million what would you spend it on?
  • favourite food
  • hobby

And a bit more daring you could ask people to describe:

  • their favourite joke
  • if they were an animal what would it be?

These simple techniques bring a bit of fun to the group and allow people to get to know others in a non-threatening way. They give people some basic and interesting information about others in the group, making it easier to make connections and talk together.

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Youth Group Icebreakers

One of the best games I know for youth groups is the "waiting game"! It's not really a game but is a really powerful tool to use with young people.

When you want to start an activity - and it helps here if you are seated in the same positions for most of the time - and your group is busily chatting to their friends - sit patiently and wait until they are silent. This may take a while to start with, but soon the group will become bored and realise that they are wasting time, and that there are much more interesting and fun things to get on with. Tell the group the game is called the "Waiting Game" and that you will not fight to gain their attention. That is a responsibility that they must take on themselves.

It may be tempting to start with to jump in and tell groups that you are waiting to begin, but stay seated and quiet. Soon the group will realise that that they must take responsibility for their own behaviour, and that it is not up to the leader to control the group. At all times when you are waiting you must be neutral and ignore all questions, comments until they are ready.

You must persevere with this, and gradually the time will lessen every time you meet.

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Ice Breaker Games

Everybody can use ice breaker games!

Christmas FunGames can become a way of life! Once you play ice breaker games with your groups and see them work their magic - they'll be with you forever and will be an indispensible tool to call upon for all occasions. It's so useful to be able to play these games, not just for work situations in meetings and for training programs, helping people relax and get to know each other quickly, but in social situations, for parties, youth groups, committee meetings etc.

Who learns how to use and gain the benefits from an ice breaker game? Everyone - business groups, spots clubs, business leaders, conference organisers,college groups, school teachers, guide and scout leaders, social and youth workers, party organisers, church group leaders, families, vouluntary groups etc. etc. The list is endless...

Planning your Christmas party for home, office or club? Then you should think about including an ice breaker game or two. Check-out our ice breaker ideas web-site for tons of fabulous ideas to make your Christmas festivities a time to remember

 

Benefits of Icebreakers

ice breaker gamesWhy do I love ice breaker games?

  • Because they can transform a rather average or dull meeting into something rather special.
  • Carefully crafted, an ice breaker can be a brilliant lead in to the main topic of the day
  • People learn better when they're having fun, and an ice breaker should be FUN!
  • Ice breakers introduce people to one another in a fun and informal way
  • Ice breakers relax people and help them to get to know each other far more quickly than without
  • An ice breaker at the beginning of a meeting or conference means people are participating and joining in, they become more engaged than if merely listening
  • And once engaged, your participants will be more receptive to your main message of the day
  • Once you start using ice breakers you'll never look back - people will look forward to your next meeting or session with anticipation

Never run a boring meeting or training session again. Set your social functions ablaze and have your audience eating out of your hand. We show you how. Go to our ice breaker ideas web-site for tons of fantastic ice breaker ideas to really set your events on fire!


Ice Breaker Idea

 "Who would you do anything to meet?"
   

This interesting ice breaker idea was in the Daily East News, and written by a journalist called Doug Graham - I'm not advocating that you go ahead with the stalking bit but it would make an interesting ice breaker idea!

Inspired by a story about a young Rod Blagojevich, I believe I may have created an icebreaker that will reveal more about your friends than a rousing game of "never have I ever" ever could.

The story goes that the recently graduated Blagojevich, decades away from devastating the state of Illinois with his shady dealings, took a trip with a friend to New York City to see the sights.

Blago, ever the determined young man, decided that the trip would only be complete if he seized the opportunity and hassled one of his personal heroes for an autograph.

The personal hero who Blago sought to meet was none other than Richard M. Nixon.

No matter how deliciously ironic it is that a man destined to be an impeached governor would seek the autograph of an impeached President, that is not what interests me most-it is the method that Blagojevich used to procure the autograph.

He enlisted the help of a friend and at 4:30 a.m. he went to Nixon's apartment and stood outside of it until the former President came out.

This behavior is creepy and borderline illegal, and while I am usually in favor of scumbags inconveniencing scumbags, Blago's autograph stalking seemed at first to be too bizarre to ever consider doing.
After much reflection, I've begun to see Blagojevich's logic.

After all, he got what he wanted-an autograph given to him by his hero with photo evidence to prove it. All he had to spend was a few hours of loitering and a few friendship points with his buddy he asked to take the picture.

With this story in mind, the game is this: "Who would you autograph stalk?"

Players of the game must choose a person who they like enough to want to meet, but whose privacy they don't respect enough to leave alone.

I'll go first.

I'd autograph stalk Zinadine Zedan - brilliantly ingeneous French footballer and international hero until he head-butted Marco Materazzi in the most talked about incident of the 2006  World Cup, ending in a red card which marred his glorious career. Having seen this incident on TV and incredulously gob-smacked for several minutes - I would want to know why!!

 So "Who would you autograph stalk and why?"

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Fun at Work

Can Serious Business Include Fun?

 Brian Chernett, Founder, The Academy for Chief Executives writes an interesting article:

 
fun at work!Just the expression 'serious business' suggests that we need to have our faces set into a serious expression whilst we embrace the 'work ethic' and drive ourselves and our employees into the ground. What if it didn't have to be that way? What if work was leavened with fun, indeed what if work was fun? How would that be? Would it impact your bottom line? Which way?

Everything starts with the culture of the business and business leaders can help to create a positive culture. In my book, The Entrepreneur Within, I describe it this way...

You may be asking - but does 'fun' add to the bottom line? My instinct and my experience is that it does. Creativity and performance are both best generated by a positive and enjoyable work environment. People are more productive when they enjoy what they are doing and/or they enjoy the environment in which they do it. Corporate culture and top management have a leading role in creating an enjoyable work environment.

Having a balanced workplace can help retain people and reduce recruitment costs. It can develop people and maximise return on training and development and make coming to work an enjoyable experience. Happy employees work better and communicate their enjoyment to customers and suppliers - and to anyone they come into contact with.

All of which DOES impact on the bottom line.

I have to say we whole heartedly agree with this view. Put yourself in your employees' shoes - wouldn't you prefer a fun environment in which to work - wouldn't it make you that bit keener to come to work? A bit more loyal? A bit more enthusiastic? More likely to have a smile on your face?

  Create a bit of fun in the office with a few ice breaker games at your next team meeting or just for a bit of morale boosting fun!

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Training Closers

Training ClosersI attended a very good training program last week. The program ended with a little closer that was so simple but so effective. Seated in a circle all participants were given a few post-it notes and asked to write down:

  1.           1.Their most memorable moment
  2.           2.The main learning point they will take away

In turn the participants were asked to come forward and place their 2 post-it notes on the 2 flipcharts which were headed with the above statements whilst explaining their choices.

Everyone listened intently for funny and meaningful moments on the program; some were moved to tears with some of the insights and thoughtfulness of others. It was a nice way to say thank you publicly to some people and above all it was a very simple exercise that worked very well.

At the end of the closer the tutors had a record of all that was said, ready to take away and record if necessary.

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