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 ...

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.

Procedure Split the team into smaller discussion groups of three or four people. Challenge each group to brainstorm a list of potential obstacles to working together virtually during the lifetime of the team. Assign each group a different theme. Examples of assignments: Email Conference calls Working from different time zones Technology Online ...

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.

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 ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

With the introduction of Age Discrimination legislation (UK October 2006, and consistent with European law), there is an increased need to raise awareness and to train people about ageism and age discrimination. Here are some ideas for activities and exercises which will highlight the issues, including the 'objective justification' rules explaining certain allowable ...

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

This is a simple exercise to get a quick "snapshot view" of the attitudes of your team members. Have them take a few moments to think about how they are feeling at this specific moment about their current work project. Allow each person to describe his or her feelings or attitude using five words or less. No one else may respond or offer feedback during this ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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