The roles we play is a team building activity to trigger a conversation about all the roles we play in our lives. It is especially useful for a diverse group of people that starts working together. Typically, the group will increase the group bounding once they get to know the many roles each one plays beyond their current job description.
Your life is like a play with several acts. Some of the characters who enter have short roles to play, others, much larger. Some are villains and others are good guys. But all of them are necessary; otherwise, they wouldn’t be in the play. Embrace them all, and move on to the next act.
This is a quote by Wayne Dyer, psychologist and author of many books like: Change Your Thoughts, Can See Clearly Now, Wishes Fulfilled, The Power of Intention, Being in Balance, and Living an Inspired Life.
Activity step by step
- Read Wayne Dyer quote
- Draw the week schedule, including slots for before work, work hours, after work and weekends and holidays.
- Ask the participants to write each role they play on a different post it (with their initials on it) and place on the most appropriate slot on the week schedule
- Affinity grouping by common roles (example: pet owner, dog owner, cat daddy)
- Group conversation about all the roles played by all the participants
“For my teacher assistant role I have to…” is an example of one of the many conversations triggered by this activity.
Typically, many notes (post-it) will be placed on the week schedule, and people will openly talk about many roles they play. A good way to close the meeting is by saying a few words such as: “As we all can see on the board, there are many roles we play. I am sure you learned something new about each person in this room. For example, next time you say good morning to Bob you can ask him about his early morning yoga.“