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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: ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

This is a simple exercise requiring no equipment or materials preparation, for groups of any size and age. Split large groups into teams of six to ten people. The activity is quickest when teams are smallest. Minimum team size is four. Instruction to group/teams: We all tend to classify and stereotype each other - 'pigeon-holing' is a common expression for this. ...

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.

Online collaborative tools give virtual work teams a whole new set of resources for working together and building relationships among members. This activity uses an online location- or map-based service to create an interactive, customized (and private) map that's all about your team and its members. Shared maps are a great way for team members to visualize where ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Popular social networking tools such as Facebook and Google+ encourage friends to share what is on their mind in very brief status updates. These status updates may be written words, images, videos, or songs. For this activity, each team member will provide a status update to share his or her feelings about the team or the project they are working on. Other team ...

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

During your meetings, assign a team member the job of Bingo scorekeeper. Everytime a specific phrase of action is spoken during a meeting, the scorekeeper should place a checkmark in that spot on the Bingo card. The same space may be marked several times. At the end of the meeting, let the scorekeeper report the results to the entire team. Variation Actions ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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