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

Prior to your team conference call, email the haiku instructions to team members and request that they create a personal haiku to share during the call. Haiku is a Japanese style of poem. Haiku have three lines. The first and last lines have five syllables. The second line contains seven syllables. Haiku do not usually rhyme. During your conference call, ...

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

Set UpWriting out the names on the tags ahead of time saves time, and also have brief bios of the people to help with the debrief. DirectionsFrom the participants perspective, the object of this activity is for each group member to discover the personality that is written on their own back. You begin by assigning each group member a “personality” by sticking a ...

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

Set Up: Post the 8 signs around the perimeter of the room so that they are accessible to the group moving to them. Ask the group to come together to the center of the room for instructions. Overview that there are two parts to this activity. One is a silent/reflective part when we are together in the center of the room and one is a sharing part once everyone has made ...

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

Personal productivity isn’t necessarily about working harder. It is more about working smarter and more efficiently. Below is a list of things that you might try to increase your productivity. Read through the list of behavioral tactics below and select some things that might work for you. (Note: A simple training exercise follows the list) Nuke it! The most ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Virtual Roundtable is a creative way for team member to see each other during conference calls. Download the Virtual Roundtable template where you can drop in profile photos of all the team members attending your virtual meeting. You can also add team members' names, geographic location, title, or any other helpful information to the table. Encourage team ...

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

A handy way to keep track of who's who in your virtual meeting or conference call is to use the image of a clock face to indicate where people are "seated" at the virtual table. In this activity, your team members will go "around the clock" to honor and recognize the positive contributions made by each member of the team. This is a great activity to do when your team ...

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

ProcedureThis advanced version of Virtual Q&A deepens the level of self-disclosure and trust among team members. Start your conference call or virtual meeting by asking one or two of these more in-depth questions. VariationsThis activity works well for teams separated by time zones, different work shifts, or other time barriers. Select one or two questions from ...

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

This game will appear to begin as a competition, but later on evolves into a collaborative activity. Teams will find value in recognizing what happens as they shift from a competitive mode to a cooperative one. The game itself is simple. For each round of play, groups decide whether to choose Yin or Yang. The scoring will depend on what all of the groups choose: If ...

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

A cinquain is a type of poem and for this activity, team members will create a cinquain to encapsulate their time together. You can incorporate this into one of your final team meetings. Prior to your meeting, split your team into groups of three or four people and email them the Word Cinquain Brainstorming Worksheet. Have each group set up a conference call to ...

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

Send an email to one person on your team instructing him to write one sentence to start 'The Story'. Instruct this person to email 'The Story' thread to another person. The Story thread is then emailed to the next team member, who must add one additional sentence and his or her name to the list, then email it to the next person. Team members can count the ...
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