Paper Airplane Challenge
This is a fun activity with lots of points for great debriefing and application in leadership.
Debrief: Why is providing the right tools and training important for our staff? As leaders, we are responsible to give them the tools, resources, and support, not just the instructions and to see if they can “figure it out”. Relate this to the desired support you want your leadership team to focus on. It isn’t enough if we have one person who has an airplane that can fly, that won’t make our team successful. How do we make everyone successful?!
Added twist: At the end of the debrief…grab a piece of paper, crumple it up, and throw it across the room – always landing way farther than they did by airplane. They laugh and this is usually eye-opening for them. You can start talking about thinking outside the box to get the objective done. We all make assumptions and look at things through our own lenses/filters, but you should easily get your piece of paper across the area the farthest and the fastest by doing the crumple and throw.
Remind them, there are many ways to meet the same objective. The question is are we focused on the objective or are we focused on the details of how to get there – the details may slow us down and create unnecessary restrictions or added conflict or challenges that really don’t need to be there. Something for them to think about.
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