Virtual Team Icebreaker Activity About Hope

Hope is a critical human emotion. It gets us through tough times and inspires us to do better. In times of change and turmoil, spending time thinking about our hopes can help us re-frame our thinking towards a more positive future. When clarified hopes are backed by actions amazing things can happen.

This simple team activity was used with a team as they met in June of 2020.  History will show the first half of 2020 was to say at the very least, stressful and overwhelming. Recently, I wanted to connect a team in a way that got them looking forward and clarifying what they desired for the last months of the year. I asked the following question and left it open to interpretation:

What is your hope for the remainder of 2020?

What is Your Hope?

Then, I gave them 2 minutes to journal their hopes independently. Eagerly, I waited to see what they would share with the team. After two minutes, I asked them to annotate on a slide board (see example above). Then, I asked each person to share their hope plus ONE small action they would take to activate their hope. 

I was touched by their openness and the common themes that emerged. Many hoped about peace and coming together with others. 

Instructions

  1. Ask everyone to answer a question about hope, such as:  What is your hope for the remainder of the year?
  2. Give them 2 minutes to independently journal.
  3. Using a shared whiteboard or annotation tools, ask them to type their hope on the board.
  4. Go around and ask each person to share their hope and one way they will activate it.
  5. Screen shot the board and share it with the team.

Adaptations

This could easily be adapted based on the team and timing. Here are some examples of ways you could modify the question:

What is your hope… (choose one from the list below)

  • …for our team for the remaining fiscal year?
  • …for the next quarter?
  • …as we transition to working back in the office again?
  • …for your future career?
  • …for this team?
  • …for this project?
  • …for our clients/customers?

Summary

This virtual team icebreaker activity gives team members the opportunity to focus on hope and then share their hope in ways to activate them. This simple team building activity also opens the meeting or discussion by shifting the participants into a positive state of mind.

About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.

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