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Roles and Responsibilities for Group Games

Roles and Responsibilities for Group Games – Generic

Organizer, Initiator: You get the group organized.  You make sure that everyone is participating and working on the task at hand. You keep reorganizing throughout the activity, and initiating each new aspect of the activity. You are positive, very verbal, and very task focused.  

Clarifier, Checker for Understanding: You frequently interject questions to the group to ensure that everyone understands what they are doing. You have an overwhelming desire to include everyone and ensure that everyone knows what is going on in every aspect of the activity. You are positive and very verbal, but there may be some in the group that feel you are slowing down progress. 

Harmonizer, Peace Keeper: Throughout the entire activity, you make sure that everyone is getting along. You try to reduce conflict and calm frustration or hurt feelings. You are very positive and nurturing.  You smile, express understanding, empathy, and give a gentle squeeze on the arm for encouragement. You may be seen as annoying and slowing down the process of the group, but you must ensure that everyone is happy.  

Comedian – Tension Reliever: You frequently make funny remarks, and have the group laughing a lot. You make light of any potential conflict situations, and don’t actually try to solve anything. You are there to entertain, gain the limelight, and keep the group members focused on you, not on completing the task at hand or for conflict resolution. You are positive, but may be seen as annoying by other more focused members of the group.  

Praiser, Encourager: You are SOOOO positive! You frequently make comments to individuals in the group and the group in general about how amazing they are. You say things like, ‘Wow, you are awesome’, ‘that was amazing’, ‘how terrific’, ‘you’re so smart’, ‘what a great idea’, etc. You ignore conflict, and just continue with your praising anything remotely positive. You may be seen as ‘out of touch’ with what is happening in the group process. 

Reader, Materials Handler: You are most concerned about everyone in the group reading the material. You may read the activity content out loud just to make sure everyone is on the same page (literally). You ensure that all group members have access to all materials needed for the activity. You are positive, but continue reading everything out loud throughout the activity. You may frustrate more motivated group members, as your need to read slows everyone down. 

Wrap up, Clean up: You are not that interested in the activity itself, but you are interested in what happens when the activity is over. You concentrate all your efforts on wrapping things up related to the activity or event, and cleaning up any materials used and giving these back to the facilitator. Your focus on ‘wrapping up’ will come into play towards the end of the activity. Your increased interest at the end, may catch other group members off guard. 

Complainer: You are not happy with anything. You complain about the activity, your group members, the room, the table, the chairs, the game, and the waste of time. You may complain about the speed of the activity; too fast, too slow. You may complain about personal issues, like being sleepy, hungry etc. You are not a positive participant, and may profoundly irritate others in the group.

Bully: You try to take over the activity. You are bossy, mean, and tell others what to do. If they have an idea, you may tell them how stupid that idea is and how much better your idea is. No matter how others try to facilitate positive group function, you are ultimately in charge. You make fun of other ideas, and put down everyone. You will be extremely irritating to others in the group that are trying to facilitate good group function and activity goals. 

Bored, Disinterested: You are simply not interested in the activity, or the group members. You may say so. You can repeatedly comment about how boring this is, how you are wasting your time, and how little interest you have in the activity. You may disengage entirely and text message on your phone. If others in the group try to engage you, you may refuse to participate because it is boring. 

Impatient, Wants to Finish: You do not care about accomplishing the goals of the activity or letting others express their ideas. All you want to do is finish. Your goal is to get done first – ahead of other groups or individuals in the group. You are impatient with others needs to review the process and you do not like to listen to anyone, especially those people in the group that tend to ‘think out loud’. 

Poor Sport: Your role will become noticeable towards the end of the activity, once the groups accomplish the activity goal. If your group does not finish with the top score, or does not finish first, you are very upset. You are very verbal and physical in your demonstration of unhappiness. If your group does score the highest or comes in first, then you are also very verbal and physical in your efforts to brag about how good you are. 

Victim: You are cautious to participate, but once you do – you take offence with everything everyone says to you. You are the victim, and you assume that everyone thinks you are stupid and unimportant. You attract the attention of the peace keeper in the group quickly, with you take an obvious self silencing role. You say things like; of course you don’t agree with me’, ‘I know, I am stupid’. Others in the group are going to be annoyed with you for slowing down the process and being selfish.  

Disruptive: You are not interested in the group activity. You frequently find other things to talk about or actually do during the activity. You actively engage in distracting group members from the task at hand. You may tap your pen, drum on the table, etc. You are happy and pleasant, but very ADHD. You continue to notice random, non related things in the room, or topics for discussion. You may annoy group members who are more focused than you are. 

Self Centred: You are not interested in the group activity.  All you want to do is talk about yourself. If you can, you share personal information or talk about how this activity makes you feel. If others in the group try to redirect you, you are upset and wonder if they don’t like you. You are quite verbal and frequently try to get others' attention. You may annoy group members who are more focused than you are.