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As the world was forced to accept a new way of living due to the COVID-19 pandemic – social/physical distancing, limited travel, remote working stronger hygiene protocols and more, so too were the outdoor education and training sectors forced to come up with new and creative ways to deliver training and activities. Check out the links below …
If you have any great training or activity ideas you’d like to share that can be used remotely or in a post COVID-19 world, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
Seven Teambuilding Activities While Physically Distancing Activities
Source: FUNdoing eNews (Chris Cavert)
Activities originally from PositivePsychology.com called, 84 Leadership Activities, Building Games, and Exercises.
Minefield – Make a super-big ‘obstacle’ field (I like this term better). Notice in the picture, plastic cups are good obstacles, as well as paper, paper plates, foam noodles, activity rope and anything else (that’s not sharp or pointy). Pairs stay together through the field (not one person standing outside the boundary area) – the person that can talk will stay right behind the person that has his/her eyes closed – the talker does not touch the unsighted person. The objective will be to touch as few obstacles in the field AND stay ‘six’ feet away from other pairs.
Ducks in a Row – I like this paired, then share, activity related to leadership. Your group is divided into pairs. Each pair, sitting safely apart, is tasked to. “come up with the steps that an effective leader goes through in order to work out how to manage a difficult situation.” Depending on my group, I might say instead, “When you find, as a group, you are stuck during a problem solving task, what steps might you go through in order to work out the challenge?” Then, pairs come back together as a whole group (safely distancing) and share their steps. When appropriate, decide as a group which one (or two) strategies they will use the next time a challenge occurs.
Same or Different – I like this one for 8 to 12 participants used as a ‘get-to-know-each-other-
Leadership Characteristics – This is a good small group discussion activity. Each person in a small group of 4 or 5 participants (sitting, safely distancing), shares a story about someone they believe is a good (or strong) leader. After each story, the group discusses the characteristics of the person in the story. After all stories are shared, a list is created, by each small group, of their favorite leadership characteristics. Each group then shares out to the other groups. (Supplies: Provide someone in each group with some index cards and a marker to record characteristics.)
The Marshmallow Challenge – This classic could be done safely – maybe with the frontload of the phrase, ‘Alone Together’ as a topic of discussion. Each participant gets 8 marshmallows (poured out of a freshly open bag) and 12 spaghetti noodles (handed out from someone with gloves). (If you can manage to safely distribute some masking tape to each person, add it in.) All participants are safely distanced around the area. Each person builds his/her own structure (Alone) and then, in the end, all structures must be connected (Together). To keep safe distancing, each participant brings his/her structure to a central location one at a time, and then one person (e.g., a/the leader) is tasked to ‘connect’ all the structures in some way – getting guidance from participants. This person is wearing gloves.
Chairs – Check this one out and see if it works towards a specific outcome of choice. Consider these questions: What do the people need from the leader? How does the leader take advice from those in the chairs? Can the leader admit when the plan does not work as expected? How do you deal with the mistakes? What does it feel like when you need to ask for help – do you ask for help and how? How do the participants respond (internally) when they don’t agree with the leader’s decisions? (I’d love to find out how this one works while safely distancing!)
Body of Words – I can see this one being done while safely distancing. And, it gives an opportunity for participants to practice leadership behaviors. Idea: Two groups. One closes eyes (while sitting apart). The other has 1 minute to make the work. The ‘leader’ has the word (given by the facilitator) and can only tell group members what to do – move a body part – they cannot say what letters they are making (these participants are safely distanced). After a minute, the other group opens their eyes and is tasked to say the word the bodies are making.
Leadership plays an important role in the workplace as well as other community organizations. Leadership activities are associated with benefits to business, including increased performance and productivity. However, perhaps the sign of a truly successful leader is a happy, healthy workplace. Interested in what leadership activities can do for your workplace or school? Read on.
With these activities, there may be some overlap with activities found under certain headings – for example, activities suitable for adults may also be useful for groups, or with employees.
Source: Positive Psychology
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