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

This game provides a great way to empower your team to discover inefficiencies and then create solutions regarding the team's processes. Introduce the idea to your team by posting the 10 questions during a team meeting. Let the team know you are committed to helping them work smarter, not harder. To that end, you would like them to consider the 10 questions ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four people by having them number off, one through four. Have your number ones sit with the other ones and so forth. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.) Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to look back over their work careers and ...

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

Personal productivity isn’t necessarily about working harder. It is more about working smarter and more efficiently. Below is a list of things that you might try to increase your productivity. Read through the list of behavioral tactics below and select some things that might work for you. (Note: A simple training exercise follows the list) Nuke it! The most ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Send out an email several days before the start of the meeting or team building asking participants to prepare something that is meaningful to them (e.g. toy, award, photo, hobby, etc.). Have them prepare a short talk about what they will be sharing. Start the video conference and instruct team members that they have one minute to show the item via their web cam ...

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

Set Up: Post the 8 signs around the perimeter of the room so that they are accessible to the group moving to them. Ask the group to come together to the center of the room for instructions. Overview that there are two parts to this activity. One is a silent/reflective part when we are together in the center of the room and one is a sharing part once everyone has made ...

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

During your meetings, assign a team member the job of Bingo scorekeeper. Everytime a specific phrase of action is spoken during a meeting, the scorekeeper should place a checkmark in that spot on the Bingo card. The same space may be marked several times. At the end of the meeting, let the scorekeeper report the results to the entire team. Variation Actions ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

In this activity participants react to three professionalism statements by jotting down short responses on sticky notes. Note that this format will work with a variety of topics - simply write statements that support the topic. The facilitator sets aside three wall spaces for the notes to be posted—one area for each statement. After the notes are posted, ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

This activity is great for any type of virtual team. Team members working from different time zones can gain a better sense of teamwork by participating in this game. Request each team member to create an "All About Me" page. Provide an overview of the task's objectives, which is to gain a better understanding of the people who make up the entire team. After ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Share the Team Communication Matrix with all team members using an online collaborative tool. Have each person fill out his or her own row of the matrix. Review the online document and lead the debriefing discussion at the next team meeting. Team members can refer to the completed Team Communication Matrix when communicating with one another, so be sure to post ...

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

This is best suited for a team in the high-performing stage of team development. By then, team members already have a good understanding of the group's dynamics and know each other well enough to know what kind of challenge they are up to. To begin, split larger teams into small groups of four or five people. Give groups 20 to 30 minutes to come up with a ...
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