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Activate the connection between team members.

Set Up Have group divide into pairs (or groups of three with one person as an observer) and sit on the floor back to back. Give one person the clipboard and a pencil. Give the other part of the pair the template of the shape to be drawn. DirectionsThe individual with the template has to get their partner to draw an exact duplicate of the shape drawn on their ...

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

ProcedureThis advanced version of Virtual Q&A deepens the level of self-disclosure and trust among team members. Start your conference call or virtual meeting by asking one or two of these more in-depth questions. VariationsThis activity works well for teams separated by time zones, different work shifts, or other time barriers. Select one or two questions from ...

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

In the talent management universe, the new employee orientation and mainstreaming process is known as “employee onboarding.” Keeping in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, your business should make absolutely sure that new hires feel welcomed, valued, and prepared for what lies ahead during your new employee orientation or ...

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

Procedure This activity requires preparation on the team leader's part. It provides many opportunities to engage in productive debate, learn how to leverage one another's knowledge, and experience the benefits of collaboration. Scenario: Your team has escaped a sinking ship by setting out on a life raft that will hold up to eight people. You look around and see ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Split groups into teams of between three and six people. Provide the following instruction to group/teams: You have five minutes to discover an interesting, surprising and separate connection you share with each person in your team. (A different connection with each person, not a single connection that every team member shares.) 'Interesting and surprising' ...

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

Set Up Everyone in the group writes down 3 questions they would like to ask others in the group. Not the normal “what’s your name” type questions but something like, "Where is the most interesting place you have ever traveled" or "Name a topic you feel absolutely passionate about".Put all the questions in a hat and ask them to the ...

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 ...

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

Email each team member to provide him or her with the name of another person on the team. Sometime between receipt of the email and the next team meeting (or some other specified time period), each team member must surprise his or her partner by buying the partner lunch. This will require some undercover research as the team members figure out when the other ...

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 ...
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