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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: ...

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

Sometimes a team can get stuck or limited in the way they see their project. Ask team members to consider the current project they are working on. Now ask them to switch perspectives and look at the project differently based on these ideas: Discuss this problem applying a Hollywood movie studio's point of view. Discuss this problem applying Apple's approach. ...

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

This brainstorming activity helps your team identify the qualities, characteristics, and behaviors that the ideal team member would possess. To achieve this, the team will develop a job description for the role of a team member. This is especially helpful if you are still building the team or may have new team members joining at later phases. Email the team ...

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

1. Split large teams into at least three smaller brainstorming groups of two to four people. 2. Assign each group a spice from the Project Spice Rack below. The spices listed are suggestions; the game leader or the small groups are welcome to choose other spices not on this list. Salt Cinnamon Pepper Vanilla Curry Chile Powder Allspice Garlic Mint Wasabi ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

What if your team had a magic wand it could wave to remove obstacles getting in the way of your project's success? How would you think differently about your project? In this activity, the team wields an imaginary magic wand to help them blast away limiting assumptions and shift their focus from barriers to solutions. All teams operate under constraints such as ...

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 ...
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