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

Procedure: Ask each person to draw a flag which includes symbols or pictures describing who they are, what's important to them and/or what they enjoy. Each flag is divided into 4 or 6 segments. Each segment can contain a picture i.e. favourite emotion, favourite food, a hobby, a talent/skill, where you were born, your family etc Give everyone 20 minutes to draw ...

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 ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

Before disconnecting your conference call at the end of your next meeting, allow a few minutes for team members to provide praise for others who have helped them out during the past week or performed some action worthy of recognition. The first time, be prepared with your own praise and recognition to get the process started. Doing this at the conclusion of each ...

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

Throughout the duration of your virtual team, you will make countless decisions. Distance, silence, and the lack of nonverbal communication can create the illusion that team members are in agreement with a decision when, in fact, they are not. It is easy for someone to disengage when the team is proceeding in a direction a team member disagrees with. This tool ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Briefing“We all know that within our small teams and within the organization there are several ideas and issues that seem obvious to us and not to anyone else. As a team it is important to create a culture of transparent and open communication of needs and requirements for our teams and individuals to be their most effective. I ask that one representative from each ...

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

The facilitator starts by describing the activity and then demonstrating. Each person will say his/her first name followed by a dance move. The rest of the group imitates the move, while repeating the person's name 3 times (e.g. "Joe!, Joe!, Joe!" while doing the sprinkler dance - example video) The kinesthetic motion and repetition help people remember the ...

Activate the connection between team members.

A quick simple exercise related to questioning, and working together, here is the instruction, for groups of any size and any ages: If you could ask just one question to discover a person's/provider's suitability for (insert situation, see examples below), what would your question be? Examples of situations to use for the activity and insert in the instruction: ...

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

For this activity, team members are tasked to create a team identity so each member can feel more connected to one another. This results in a more meaningful work conversations and a deeper level of trust. Large teams need to be broken up into smaller brainstorming groups. Creating a smaller team allows each member to be more comfortable than being overwhelmed by ...

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.

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 ...
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