Managing Change Icebreaker

By | November 23, 2013

If you’re facilitating training on how to manage change, you’re likely addressing these three needs: 

  1. Change needs acceptance & buy in
  2. Change needs emotional intelligence to recognize and address resistance
  3. Change needs teamwork and organization

This activity allows for participants to experience and manage change in real time and infuses the room with energy.


  1. Once participants are settled and comfortable, the facilitator requests that everyone stand up and move themselves and their materials three chairs to the left. 
  2. Once this is done, the facilitator thanks the group and requests they stand again and organize their seating based on skillsets or a pre-decided category.  For example, you might divide by department or position.  You might use years of service with the company. 
  3. After they have resettled into new seats, the facilitator asks them to move again. This time, request that the person sitting next to them choose their seat. 
  4. Read the room and either allow participants to remain in these final seats or go back to their original seats. 

Now you’re ready to discuss the three “needs” above.  Use these questions to expand the discussion:    

  • How did they feel during the activity? 
  • What was it like to move from a comfortable seat? 
  • Did they mind?
  • Were they prepared?
  • Which move was the easiest? 


How was work today?