Learn to understand the team
Help them learn to know each other
Help them understand you
Create an inclusive environment
Everyone grabs a few gummy bears
Sort by color
Each color represents a different question
Red: What is the biggest concern for your students
going into this year?
Yellow: What campus goals would you like to
accomplish this year?
Green: What are the strengths of your SGA?
White: What motivates you to serve in this position?
Orange: What support would you like to have from
Person creates 3 statements
Group tries to guess which statement is the lie.
Each person gets a 3x5 index card.
Each person creates a question based on a common
subject (school, leadership, teamwork, etc.)
Use open-ended questions (who, what, when,
where, why, how)
Each person asks their question, the group answers
There are advantages to using different icebreakers
for different situations.
The Gummy Bear Game: Sugar rush for important, yet
Two Truths & A Lie: Finding your poker players.
You Write The Question: General topic selection can
lead to critical group thinking in a necessary area.
Thomas Berg (and brayden mann)
You have been gifted with a year of service.
Setting the strategy of team development early will
alleviate months of stress down the road
In the end, the next generation will be prepared for
How do you expect your team members to perform?
What is your expected outcome?
Do team members understand their roles?
Do they understand how the strategy will benefit
them & the team?
Are your team members committed to the job at
Are they excited about the opportunity?
Do your members understand the overall mission of
Do they understand how their jobs relate back to that
Have they set goals of how to meet that mission?
Do the members feel like they have ownership of
Do they know what the boundaries are?
Do members understand how to assert their ideas?
Do they understand how to work toward consensus?
Are your members clear on your communications?
Do they clearly know what to do next?
Is communication two-way?
Do they know when & how to approach you?
Do you have an environment open to creative
Do you have resources available for research &
Are your members accountable for their actions?
Is there finger-pointing when a negative situation
Can you use failures as a training method?
Do you make sure to recognize success?
Are you preparing members for transition?
lead to clear roles…
which lead to clear
which leads to good