Control, Influence, No Control

Over which challenges in your role do you consider you have control, influence, no control at all? Brainstorm to develop a common understanding inside your group, search for solutions


This activity is meant to help participants become aware of what lies in their power and what doesn’t, so they can manage their energy more effectively by focusing on what can actually and positively impact their performance. Also, they discover that sometimes, challenges that may seem outside their control area are perceived differently by other team mates and thus participants have the chance to gain more clarity on the matter and to start building a common perspective and a more positive mindset.



  • Introduce the activity to the participants and split into teams; encourage the teams to nominate a team coordinator that will help the team put the ideas together and then to present the findings to the other teams.
  • Join each team and provide the activity link.


  • Participants start by listing all the challenges they can think of and then they write them down on the sticky notes already prepared for this activity. It could be a silent brainstorming or a normal one, the idea here is to list as many challenges as they can recall.
  • Then they discuss and agree upon the cluster in which each sticky note with a challenge on it should be moved. There are three clusters, based on the theory of Stephan Covey: control, influence, no control.

Debrief (suggested)

  • The team coordinator from each team will present the outcome to the other teams.
  • The facilitator may ask the following questions:
    • How difficult was for you to assign each challenge to a certain cluster?
    • Were there any disagreements within the team? How did you overcome them?
    • Did you notice a certain challenge to be labelled differently among the teams? How do you explain this?
    • Was there anything that surprised you in any way?



Additional info

This activity follows activity type guide from CARTA

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