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Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Delegate responsibility and authority to people who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Besides freeing up your time to focus on the big picture, delegation also nurtures the next generation of team leaders and managers. You should, however, define the parameters of this delegated power. Make it clear that you reserve the right to intervene when necessary. ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This exercise is for any group size, although if presentation is required split large groups into smaller teams which can self-facilitate to enable full participation and discussion. If splitting into teams you can reconvene as a whole group for review of the experiences after the team activities. Ask people as individuals to clear their minds, close their eyes, ...

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 ...

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

Have team members work in pairs. While on the phone, each partner will tap out a simple song on his or her desktop for less than 30 seconds while the other person listens. Team member one taps out a simple song. Team member two guesses the song. Before team member one confirms or denies the accuracy, team member two taps out a different song. Team member one ...

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 ...

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

Welcoming a new employee is more than making a company announcement and a boss assignment. Welcoming a new employee, to give the new employee the best possibility of integrating successfully in your company, requires a series of steps that start after your job offer is accepted. These welcoming steps for the new employee continue right into his or her employment. If ...

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.

Procedure Split the team into smaller discussion groups of three or four people. Challenge each group to brainstorm a list of potential obstacles to working together virtually during the lifetime of the team. Assign each group a different theme. Examples of assignments: Email Conference calls Working from different time zones Technology Online ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

For virtual teams, creating norms is essential. Norms can help teams create consistency, lessen conflict, and promote accountability, and can help team members feel more connected to each other and the team. This activity focuses on communication norms, but you can follow this process to create other team norms, rituals, and operating agreements. Once the team ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

This is a flexible and fascinating scenario-based activity for groups up to 12 people and all ages. Split larger groups into teams and adapt presentations and reviews accordingly. Ask the delegates to discuss in a group and answer the following question: Scenario: Imagine the world suffered a catastrophic event like a meteor strike, plague or nuclear war, ...
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