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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 ...

Strengthen team work and identify the importance of working together to achieve goals.

Procedure This activity requires preparation on the team leader's part. It provides many opportunities to engage in productive debate, learn how to leverage one another's knowledge, and experience the benefits of collaboration. Scenario: Your team has escaped a sinking ship by setting out on a life raft that will hold up to eight people. You look around and see ...

Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Minimize Rules and Policies Every person is motivated. The challenge at work is to create an environment in which people are motivated about work priorities. Too often, organizations fail to pay attention to the employee relations, communication, recognition, and involvement issues that are most important to people. The first step in creating a motivating work ...

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 ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Begin the activity by displaying the picture of an island on a lake. Tell the team that there are four people stranded on the island. Explain that the group was separated from their larger group while hiking on a nearby island waterfall. The rest of their group took a boat across the lake back to the mainland. This stranded group must get off the island and back ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

This activity is twofold: For teams with a number of newcomers to virtual meetings, team members will learn skills to help them take a leadership role and even run a virtual meeting. For teams more versed in virtual meetings, this game is a chance for team members to share something they are good at. Each team member will lead a short virtual team meeting ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

Before disconnecting your conference call at the end of your next meeting, allow a few minutes for team members to provide praise for others who have helped them out during the past week or performed some action worthy of recognition. The first time, be prepared with your own praise and recognition to get the process started. Doing this at the conclusion of each ...

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

This is best suited for a team in the high-performing stage of team development. By then, team members already have a good understanding of the group's dynamics and know each other well enough to know what kind of challenge they are up to. To begin, split larger teams into small groups of four or five people. Give groups 20 to 30 minutes to come up with a ...

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 ...

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 ...
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