Team Building Activity: Stretch Goals

Posted by Kristin Arnold on October 10, 2018

This is an entertaining team activity that demonstrates the concept of a “stretch” goal. It works with any size group and requires about five to 10 minutes. You will need an easel chart or whiteboard and a marking pen.

Start with a space large enough for the team to see each other and the easel. When the team is ready to set a goal, ask for three team members to “set the goal” as high as they can.

Give each team member a different color marker and ask them to draw a line on an easel chart as high as they can reach.

Next, ask them to return to the easel chart, and draw another line, this time higher than the first. Note: I have never seen them unable to stretch a bit higher. Encourage them to get a little creative!

Debrief and Summarize
After the lines have been drawn, debrief the results:

  • What happened?
  • What did you discover about goal setting?
  • How might we apply these lessons to our team’s work?

If you like this activity, check out my book, Team Energizers, for 49 other team activities!


KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 20 years. She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action.

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