Icebreaker: What’s Your Rhythm?

Reading Time: 1 minute Icebreaker Time:  10-15 minutes ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Here's a drum circle technique you can use anywhere, even when you have to be really, really quiet. 1. Have a participant say their name, then tap our the … [Continue reading]

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The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Icebreaker

Reading Time: 2 minutes ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ R.E.S.P.E.C.T.  Since Aretha Franklin's recent death, I've been hearing this song everywhere - blaring from a bar as I walk past, on someone's phone at the next table over, from the … [Continue reading]

How to change someone else

Reading Time:  45 seconds +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ There's a elegant, simple way to do this and there's the other way. The other way is to employ a variety of passive, aggressive or passive-aggressive techniques to get others to … [Continue reading]

The “Yes, And…” Icebreaker

Reading Time: 1.5 mins Icebreaker Time:  6-10 mins ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It's 92 degrees with 90% humidity and there isn't even a fan in the room. Our teacher is twenty minutes late. A long-time student stands and turns to face … [Continue reading]

One-Word Story, a Team-Building Icebreaker

This is just like the clap-pass icebreaker, but words replace a hand-clap.   It's just as fast and energizing, with one change:  It can be harder to let go into the flow of the story. SET-UP The group can either sit or stand in a circle.  Tell … [Continue reading]

CG #66 – “Smooth Seas Do Not Make Skillful Sailors.”

Do you ever feel like the universe is sending you a postcard?  When I came home last night, the title of this post was scrawled in chalk on the ramp to my dock. ________________________ Reading Time:  Under 2 … [Continue reading]

CG #65 – To Lead or Include, that is the Question

Getting a task done well and on time no matter who I trample, or losing my way in the messiness of including others:  Is it just me, or is this the primary dilemma of leaders everywhere? ______________________ Reading Time:  2.5 … [Continue reading]

CG #63 – Why Not Declare Peace?

CG #63 –Why Not Declare Peace? We polarize over our differences and turn what is merely strenuous into something stressful and exhausting. What if there was a better way? Reading Time: About 2 minutes The internet exposes our tendency to go to … [Continue reading]

CG #62 – Don’t Let Fear Stop You

If a bank regulator for the Federal Reserve can't ask uncomfortable questions without losing her job, what hope is there for the rest of us? "...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes … [Continue reading]

CG #61 – Culture is what you do right here, right now

“That’s just the culture here. We can’t get anything done quickly.”  Organizational culture has gotten a reputation for being difficult to unravel and nearly impossible to change. Is your organization’s culture really a trap you can’t escape?  That's … [Continue reading]