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Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Play this game early in your team's formation stage. This activity can greatly help especially if you have a globally dispersed team. Each team member can learn more about each other's culture in the process. Send an email to members of your team, letting them know that you will start your next team meeting with a game to help them get to know each other better. ...

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 ...

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

Assign a game leader for this activity. Have team members email the game leader an interesting story from their past. The story can be work related or from one's personal life. The game leader then copies all the stories into a single new email, taking care to remove any names or other details that may give away the storyteller's identity. Encourage team members ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Start your conference call or virtual meeting by asking one or two light getting-to-know-you questions. Questions can be of a general nature, or more work specific. You may use some questions from the provided list or have team members generate questions of their own. VariationsThis activity also works well for teams separated by time zones, different work shifts, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

Warm Up: Before starting, set up the room so that each corner represents a cardinal point (i.e., north, south, etc.). Small groups will gather in their specified corners. Introduce the Leadership Compass. Like a directional compass, the Leadership Compass has four directions, or ways in which people approach work. Many of us work in all of the directions at ...

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

What if your team had a magic wand it could wave to remove obstacles getting in the way of your project's success? How would you think differently about your project? In this activity, the team wields an imaginary magic wand to help them blast away limiting assumptions and shift their focus from barriers to solutions. All teams operate under constraints such as ...

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

This is a simple exercise to lift people out of habitual thought patterns, and to encourage deep evaluation of personal aims, values, purpose and meaning. For groups of any size. Encourage post-activity feedback, review, sharing and discussion (or not), as appropriate, depending group/teams size, facilitators and time available. Encourage and enable follow-up ...
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