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

Here are some simple quick ideas to help demonstrate the brain's reaction to change. They are based on having to accomplish a simple everyday task in a different way: do left-handed a simple task normally done right-handed (or vice-versa) blindfolded or with eyes shut (be mindful of safety issues) outside (instead of indoors - maybe even in the rain/wind - which ...

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

Personal productivity isn’t necessarily about working harder. It is more about working smarter and more efficiently. Below is a list of things that you might try to increase your productivity. Read through the list of behavioral tactics below and select some things that might work for you. (Note: A simple training exercise follows the list) Nuke it! The most ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a quick simple activity for a meeting or training session. The activity illustrates some important lessons. Approach a salesperson (or person with similar responsibilities) with a handful of dice. Hold out the dice, handing just one to the person. Avoid encouraging them to take the other dice. Then ask them to throw six 'sixes' in thirty seconds to achieve ...

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. ...

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

You can use the Pick-a-Partner ice breaker to warm up a group and enable participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. While the ice breaker can be used to start off a day’s session, it is most effective when participants break for lunch. Several variations of the basic ice breaker are suggested so that you can add variety on different days of your ...

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 ...

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

In the performing stage, the team has a clear picture of the team's purpose and is focused on reaching their goal. This is a great time to inject a little fun, and at the same time, provide a way for team members to continue to deepen their relationships. As leader, kick off the idea by beginning a team meeting with a song that has significant meaning for you. ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This puzzle is designed to engage a group's verbal communication and problem-solving skills. Members are challenged to work out the solution as a team, without using pencil and paper, relying only on discussion and verbal communication to solve the puzzle. Split large teams into smaller problem-solving groups of four to eight team members. Email one of the ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

The goal of this activity is to gain perspective of team dynamics. Use the Reality Check Questionnaire to assess how your team members are feeling or what their experience is regarding the overall workings of the team. Email the questionnaire to all team members. Ask them to answer the questions and to send the questionnaire back when finished so you can compile ...

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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