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"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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A journalist attended the launch party of the Business Club, where I had run a very successful ice breaker just recently. The organizers had said she had been amazed at the impact of this simple ice breaker to get the party started.
Expecting the usual stuffy business meeting with drinks, canapés and a speech and over in about an hour, with a short peice to follow in the local paper; this time she had been amazed.
She was drawn in by the ice breaker game which ended with people sitting in tables with 5 new friends and they eventually had to throw her out with the rest of the group 3 hours later. What followed was a peice eulogizing the benefits of the Club.
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Great teams can be defined in many ways. Check these characteristics against your own team:
Vision and Purpose
Great teams know where they are going and know what they want to achieve. No matter what else happens to distract teams and individuals, great teams know this is the reason for coming together as a team and they never lose sight of this.
Great teams are an enthusiastic bunch - they approach projects and activities with high energy. They are achievers and love having fun whilst doing. They become a dynamic powerhouse in whatever they do. They are positive and influence other people by their natural effervescence. Everybody wants to be part of this team. By contrast negative and unenthusiastic individuals zap energy and destroy creativity and have no place in this team.
Great teams know each other well. they know and accept their differences and understand that not everybody has to have the same ideas, values and opinions. This helps teams to become creative and diverse and any differences of opinion are quickly put aside for the greater vision and goals of the organisation.
How to get your teams to be great? Well you could start by having a bit of fun together. Have regular meetings and build Ice Breaker Games into the start of every meeting. In just a few minutes you will get people laughing, having fun and ready to start the day with high energy. Check out how ice-breaker-ideas.com can help with making your meetings a fun place to be.
I am a member of a local business group called The Foundation, based in Swansea. Next week we are meeting to see if we might, as business people, set-up somekind of business help and support for a community in Zimbabwe. The local schools are already exchanging emails and ideas. I am probabaly going to be asked to run an icebreaker before the meeting starts. As I like to run icebreakers that are relevant to the topic being discussed i wondered if any readers might have a relevant icebreaker or lead-in to such a topic? We are likely to be a small group - perhaps 10 or 12...