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Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

This is a simple exercise requiring no equipment or materials preparation, for groups of any size and age. Split large groups into teams of six to ten people. The activity is quickest when teams are smallest. Minimum team size is four. Instruction to group/teams: We all tend to classify and stereotype each other - 'pigeon-holing' is a common expression for this. ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

This is a fun, fast activity to bring humor to any meeting, while also providing a small opportunity to learn something about fellow team members. This activity can provide an easy opportunity for team members to share in front of the group and practice using the online meeting tool for facilitation. The facilitator preselects one team member and asks him or her ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Overview Home-based staff and remote teams miss out on the valuable social contact normally available to office-based teams. Personal interaction between staff (typically chatting and engaging in the canteen, elevator, lounge areas, etc) is crucial for developing relationships and mutual awareness among teams, so if teams do not meet frequently then the leader must ...

Encourage the team's vision and develop the life project.

This six-step activity is designed to get your group moving in a clear and productive direction. Focused team action like team solving problems, researching, brainstorming, creating, building, and promoting stimulates a willingness to trust, communicate openly, and collaborate. In short, it is the stuff upon which teams are built. Step One: Discussion-- “What is ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

Team members work with partners for this game. Email the rules along with partner assignments and request that before the next team meeting, they take in minutes to play the game and answer the questions. Debrief the entire team at the beginning of your next meeting. Taking turns, partners tell each other a story about themselves. The story could be about a ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

Set UpWriting out the names on the tags ahead of time saves time, and also have brief bios of the people to help with the debrief. DirectionsFrom the participants perspective, the object of this activity is for each group member to discover the personality that is written on their own back. You begin by assigning each group member a “personality” by sticking a ...

Strengthen team work and identify the importance of working together to achieve goals.

This activity is an excellent icebreaker. It introduces problem-solivng and a small amount of conflict for your team to work through. Open the online collaborative document and type a list of numbers equal to the number of people on your team. Tell the team you will be calling out a category, and they have to "line up" in order, based on the category (example, by ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This one is a really simple activity for ice-breakers and team introductions, and great for demonstrating the need for communications and team-working when developing virtual teams and a 'joined up' approach.  Split the group into teams of equal numbers between three and ten people. Ask the teams to stand and form into clusters. (The exercise is a test of ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

A handy way to keep track of who's who in your virtual meeting or conference call is to use the image of a clock face to indicate where people are "seated" at the virtual table. In this activity, your team members will go "around the clock" to honor and recognize the positive contributions made by each member of the team. This is a great activity to do when your team ...

Introduce new teams and/or team members and foster communication.

Intro 140 is a very brief way to introduce team members to each other, patterned after Twitter's "140-character-or-less" messages. Before your team meeting, assign each team member a partner and instruct him or her to call their partner for a one-on-one "get to know you" conversation prior to the next team meeting. At the conclusion of their conversation, each ...
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