Ice Breaker Ideas for Managers

Jun 28 2012 Thursday
Categories: Team Building

If you happen to be a leader in a commercial organisation, there is a chance that you will also serve as a facilitator in workshops, seminars, and get-togethers. In such company activities, there may be a need for icebreakers to energise the crowd. Such activity can often foster camaraderie as well as keep people entertained while learning.

Speaking of which, here are some of the things you can do to break the ice and keep your workers engaged during assemblies:

Circular Formation

This is a good activity for fostering communication among teams. This is also wonderful if you have many participants.

If you have 30 employees, for example, you can divide the people into 3 groups of 10 people. Have each of them form circles Make sure everyone is settled before you start.

Now, once all the circles are formed, ask one member for each group to move towards the centre of the circle. While this is done, the teammate opposite that person should also begin moving towards the centre. Once they get to the point where they meet, they are to clasp hands and this is to be repeated by the members following those who have initiated the clasping.

Once two people follow the first pair, tell them to put their clasped hands on top of the original pair. This is to be repeated until the workers are all tangled up.

The next step is to let them disentangle themselves return the circle to its original form—but there is a catch: they are not to release their partners from their grasps. Even so, you allow them to communicate with each other to figure out how they will achieve this.

This serves as an excellent springboard for a group sharing on the importance of communication.


This is another activity you can do in a circle. If, once again your group comprises some 30 trainees, you can group them all together in one big circle.

Pass around some blank pieces of paper and be sure everyone has a pen to write with.

If you have a whiteboard, write for everyone to see a certain problem or hypothetical situation. For example, you may put:

“How are we to continue with production if there is a lack of tools or malfunction of equipment?”

Ask each participant to write down 5 solutions to the hypothetical problem. After everyone is done, have each person pass the paper to the person on their right. Here is the challenging part: This process is to be repeated until every participant’s paper returns to them. What you can do is let them add 3 more solutions to the papers that they receive but they are not allowed to repeat the solutions already provided.

This is truly excellent for brainstorming and is good for the shy ones who are not fond of speaking before a crowd.

Use any of these two icebreakers the next time you are required to handle a company activity and you can end up entertaining and engaging your participants.

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