An extremely fun and educational way to reinforce key concepts of the practice, Challenge the Process. This is an easy activity that requires minimal space and very few supplies to perform.
No more than 5 people per team. If the total group size is just 5 or 6 people, divide the group into teams of 3, if at all possible. Team size is more important than total number of participants involved in the activity.
45 minutes or less
5 minute introduction; 18 minute activity; 5 minute video. Additional time for discussion. The 18 minute exercise is fixed. Other times can be adjusted as needed.
Each team needs 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, 20 pieces of spaghetti (uncooked, of course), and one marshmallow. I also recommend making available one or two small scissors for all teams in the group to access during the activity.
Each team has 18 minutes to build the tallest, free-standing structure using the materials supplied to each group. The marshmallow must be attached to the top of the structure you build. After 18 minutes, I will measure the height of each structure that remains standing with the marshmallow on top. The winner is the team whose free-standing structure is the tallest.
Follow-up questions to ask of the group to facilitate discussion and further learning:
Encourage the Heart of all participants by giving everyone the marshmallows remaining in the bag. Everyone loves marshmallows!
Jody Rogers, PhD, FACHE, is a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge® Workshop within the Army Medical Department and a Visiting Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.