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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 ...

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 ...

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

Procedure Have the group come up with a meaningful phrase that they will type collaboratively. The phrase can be a quote, a slogan, the lyrics to a song, or something else of their own invention. The phrase should consist of 20 to 30 words and can be more than one sentence in length. An example phrase is, "We are the best virtual team on Planet Earth. We boldly go ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Share the Team Communication Matrix with all team members using an online collaborative tool. Have each person fill out his or her own row of the matrix. Review the online document and lead the debriefing discussion at the next team meeting. Team members can refer to the completed Team Communication Matrix when communicating with one another, so be sure to post ...

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

Overview: The members of every team and work group develop particular ways of interacting with each other over time. Effective interpersonal communication among group members and successful communication with managers and employees external to the group are critical components of group functioning. How a group makes decisions, assigns work, and holds people ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Need a quick, no preparation ice breaker that works like a charm to break the ice in a meeting or training session? Highly adaptable, this ice breaker leads the participants right into the content of your meeting or training class. Here is my one word ice breaker and my suggestions about how to endlessly adapt this ice breaker to your participants' needs. One Word ...

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 ...

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

The aim of this exercise is to get people thinking creatively and analytically. Subject: How the increasing proportion of older people in society will change the world. This activity will prompt the use of visioning and imagination, and the consideration of big system changes, consequences, causes and effects. It also encourages people to think about ageism and ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a simple exercise for groups between 8 and 30 people, and involves many different learning elements: understanding strategies, teamwork, presentations, argument, debate, analysis and group decision-making. The activity is based on the funny one-liner (often attributed to comedian Stephen Wright), which is deeper than first seems: "The early bird may get ...

Activate the connection between team members.

ProcedureThis activity provides a safe way to discuss challenging topics related to project success and lessons learned. Tell the team they have been given a time machine. This time machine will enable them to move backward through time, but only to one specific date. Once they arrive at the selected date, they may do one of three things: Provide missing ...
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