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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 ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

A quick simple powerful activity for groups and teams of any size. The exercise can also be used for yourself, and when working with individuals in counselling, coaching and performance reviews and appraisals. Ask the group to close their eyes, take a few slow deep breaths, and visualise: You are very close to the end your life - perhaps 'on your deathbed'. You ...

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 ...

Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Procedures Have participants come meet on the carpet and assign everyone a partner. Tell the participants that they have learned a lot about why their senses are important to them, now you want them to experience what it might be like to be without one of their senses. Explain that everyone is going to have a chance to see what it feels like to be blind. Inform ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Set UpEach person picks a letter card out of the hat (if you have a big group, you will need more letter cards, and it is probably good to include a few extra vowels (A,E,I,O,U) and consider removing the X, Q and Z from the hat. DirectionsTell the group their task is to arrange themselves into complete words given the cards they select from the hat. The group can ...

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

The aim of this exercise is to get people thinking creatively and analytically. Subject: How the increasing proportion of older people in society will change the world. This activity will prompt the use of visioning and imagination, and the consideration of big system changes, consequences, causes and effects. It also encourages people to think about ageism and ...

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

The main objective of this activity is to use coins to create a picture or diagram of an organizational system relevant to the team. If the activity involves a large group, the room layout must enable people to make a display on a table or floor where others can see the display clearly. There should be ample space for group members to work around. Coins come in ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Procedure: Ask participants to list across the top of their paper the days of the week starting with Monday through Sunday. Have participants close their eyes and imagine a color for each day of the week. Have participants write the color they identified under each day on their paper.  Start with Monday and ask for volunteers to share their ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This game provides a colorful, visual portrait of your team to print and share. Using the fun web-based tool Wordle, you will create an image that highlights the qualities your team members have in common as well as those that make your team unique. Have each team member email a short written bio (100 words or less) to the facilitator. The facilitator will ...

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 ...
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