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Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

For virtual teams, creating norms is essential. Norms can help teams create consistency, lessen conflict, and promote accountability, and can help team members feel more connected to each other and the team. This activity focuses on communication norms, but you can follow this process to create other team norms, rituals, and operating agreements. Once the team ...

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

Intro 140 is a very brief way to introduce team members to each other, patterned after Twitter's "140-character-or-less" messages. Before your team meeting, assign each team member a partner and instruct him or her to call their partner for a one-on-one "get to know you" conversation prior to the next team meeting. At the conclusion of their conversation, each ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

This activity is best done whenever a project draws to an end. Creating a recommendation and posting it on each other's LinkedIn profile is a great way to express appreciation for each member of the team. Provide a designated time for everyone to do this. Begin the activity by announcing to the team "We are going to start our meeting by taking a break, but this ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Send out an email several days before the start of the meeting or team building asking participants to prepare something that is meaningful to them (e.g. toy, award, photo, hobby, etc.). Have them prepare a short talk about what they will be sharing. Start the video conference and instruct team members that they have one minute to show the item via their web cam ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity is best done during an online meeting to reinforce positive solutions in dealing with the challenges of working together virtually. Break the group into two teams, Xs and Os. Explain to the team that in this game the Xs signify an issue or challenge for the team, and the Os signify a positive solution for the issue. Each team takes turns placing a ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity provides a fun way to learn more about your team members and may be done during online meetings. Preparation: Facilitator emails the attached 'Walk the Plank' sheet to each team member. The sheet needs to be completed and returned. The facts gathered will be turned into ten questions the facilitator will ask during the activity. Facilitator ...

Activate the connection between team members.

A quick simple exercise related to questioning, and working together, here is the instruction, for groups of any size and any ages: If you could ask just one question to discover a person's/provider's suitability for (insert situation, see examples below), what would your question be? Examples of situations to use for the activity and insert in the instruction: ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Share the Team Communication Matrix with all team members using an online collaborative tool. Have each person fill out his or her own row of the matrix. Review the online document and lead the debriefing discussion at the next team meeting. Team members can refer to the completed Team Communication Matrix when communicating with one another, so be sure to post ...

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. ...

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 ...
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