On August 18th, 2017, members of the Leadership Jax class of 2018 got a fun surprise at their opening retreat at World Golf Village in St. Augustine – a drum circle! Since they had just spent the day getting to know one another, a team-building drum circle was just the thing to solidify connections. Our 5-step process took them through some energizing drum rolls, a relaxing warm-up, a listening and communication activity, drum jam, and an activity to strengthen bonding.
According to their website, “Leadership Jacksonville educates, connects, and inspires diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities.” Since connection, diversity, and creativity are the cornerstones of Just Add Rhythm’s events, this was an ideal blending of organizational values.
- Give a Little, playing one’s neighbor’s drum and injecting upbeat energy into the group (short video here!)
- Drum jam where participants made up their own rhythms and led the group using volume cues (short video here!)
- Number Walk, which encouraged participants to think on their feet and adapt quickly to change (short video here!)
Participants shared that the event helped them to relax and connect, and they also drew parallels between the Number Walk activity and examples of adapting to change in work-related and personal experiences. Plus, they had tons of fun – just look at those smiles!
Photo credit: Steve Ramcharitar