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

Here are some simple quick ideas to help demonstrate the brain's reaction to change. They are based on having to accomplish a simple everyday task in a different way: do left-handed a simple task normally done right-handed (or vice-versa) blindfolded or with eyes shut (be mindful of safety issues) outside (instead of indoors - maybe even in the rain/wind - which ...

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

Set UpHave the group stand in a circle about arms length apart, while the instructor stands in the middle (or with one less place in the circle than people in the group if the instructor does not want to play). DirectionsThis is a very difficult game to explain, but I've found that the debrief is very useful in teams where people blame others for their groups ...

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

Game SummaryThe Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By using a fixed list of adjectives, such as bold, confident, extroverted, and energetic to describe yourself and then asking your friends and colleagues to do the same, you can build a grid of overlap and difference. This ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Set UpEach person picks a letter card out of the hat (if you have a big group, you will need more letter cards, and it is probably good to include a few extra vowels (A,E,I,O,U) and consider removing the X, Q and Z from the hat. DirectionsTell the group their task is to arrange themselves into complete words given the cards they select from the hat. The group can ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Split groups into teams of between three and six people. Provide the following instruction to group/teams: You have five minutes to discover an interesting, surprising and separate connection you share with each person in your team. (A different connection with each person, not a single connection that every team member shares.) 'Interesting and surprising' ...

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, ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Set Up Create a master "bingo" card and make enough copies for each participant. The bingo card should contain a grid of squares each containing a statement or question that will apply to some members of your group and is in line with the objectives of your class, workshop, or event. Procedure: Hand out the bingo cards and instruct participants to mingle ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Previously to the activity, the facilitator should select and sort out an image about the topic that he prefers, hopefully relative to the team. One team member will describe the image to the rest of the team without the benefit of two-way communication. Send the attached image to one team member. Have all other participants get a paper and pen. The team member ...

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

Have the group sit in a circle Start with a few people in the circle and ask them to follow you as you do the following actions. Make your way around the circle. And when you get back to the first group, do the next action on the list: rub your hands together snap your fingers clap your hands slap your thighs stomp your feet slap your thighs clap your ...

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 ...
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