The Character Alignment Chart
This icebreaker activity lets you create different actions for any given situation and classify them as lawful, chaotic, good, evil or somewhere in between.
This is an imaginative way to encourage people to think about their values, how they approach decision-making, and the roles they play when working together.
This is a fun way to explore how people’s values play out in different situations.
Why Use One?
- It encourages creativity and solving problems from a different perspective.
- It promotes team building by understanding how different people respond to the same situation.
- People can explain their decision-making process in a non-threatening way.
Who Should Use One?
This activity is well suited for group facilitators, trainers, team leaders, or people leading groups to solve common issues that have multiple solutions.
Its game-based theme works well with retreats, creative problem-solving, and other collaborative settings.
Character Alignment Chart Template
Seeks to maintain the law, but is not bound by good or evil. Is motivated by duty or tradition.
Uses the law to gain power or control. Is motivated by selfish desires.
Seeks to do good, but is not bound by rules or laws. Is driven by empathy and compassion to help others.
Remains balanced between following the law and their beliefs. Seeks to maintain balance and self-interest.
Primarily motivated by their own self interests, rather than the law. May use others to further personal goals.
Prioritizes doing good over following the law or social norms. Is driven by freedom and individuality.
Prioritizes freedom and individuality over law or moral codes. Is unpredictable and difficult to control.
Prioritizes own desires and goals above all else. Enjoys causing harm and destruction, and is difficult to control.
How to Run a Character Alignment Activity.
Firstly, create a few scenarios that you can pose to the group. For example:
- You are the head of a new innovation hub for the company and have been charged with coming up with new ideas to improve the product and service offerings of the team. What kind of actions would you take?
- You are running a community consultation workshop to get policy feedback on greening the neighbourhood, targeting the younger generation. What kind of actions would you take?
You can make the scenario as detailed or as simple as you like. Explain each of the different character types above to the group.
Brainstorm actions for the scenario
Sort actions into each category
Explain your action and reasons
Each person brainstorms a range of actions they could do to address the scenario.
For example, in creating a new product under a new innovation hub, they could –
- Create a Skunk Works-style operation for ad hoc and random collaboration.
- Design an innovation hub that has mentors and a support structure.
- Create an internal competition or run a hackathon with winners and losers.
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