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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 ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

How to Prepare:Walk through workshop and revise to fit participants, if necessary. Prepare all materials, including directional flip charts. Prepare any case studies or scenarios to fit the group andits work. Prepare your own relevant introduction, including history, applications, context. Set up space. How to Do/Brief Outline:1) Introduction and Framing suggested ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Set UpGroup is given 15-20 minutes to determine the order in which they would kill each other off for food. Each Team member is given a piece of paper with the following conditions: (1) Broken Leg (1) Concussion (1) Lacerated abdomen (*) The rest of the team members have minor cuts and scratches but otherwise okay DirectionsYou are in a plane crash over a ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

Split the team into brainstorming groups of four to six people. Each group will require a scribe and need to set up a group conference call. The scribe needs to access or open the online collaborative document for everyone in the group to see during the brainstorming session. Remind the team the of rules for brainstorming: Note each idea. Do not discuss or ...

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

As you bring your virtual team to an end, there are probably some things that team members wish they had known when the team first came together. This activity serves to bring closure and solidify what to do and what not to do as we work on future virtual teams. Prior to one of the team's final conference calls, send out an email requesting that team members take ...

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

Procedure Have the group come up with a meaningful phrase that they will type collaboratively. The phrase can be a quote, a slogan, the lyrics to a song, or something else of their own invention. The phrase should consist of 20 to 30 words and can be more than one sentence in length. An example phrase is, "We are the best virtual team on Planet Earth. We boldly go ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

This activity is twofold: For teams with a number of newcomers to virtual meetings, team members will learn skills to help them take a leadership role and even run a virtual meeting. For teams more versed in virtual meetings, this game is a chance for team members to share something they are good at. Each team member will lead a short virtual team meeting ...

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.

It is healthy for teams to step back occasionally and look to their future. Doing so will help your team understand its overall target and purpose for being. This activity will help your team members reach some kind of consensus about the team’s ideal future. By envisioning the ideal or best case scenario a team can renew and re-commit to excellence. Step One: ...

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 ...
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