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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 ...

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 ...

Introduce new teams and/or team members and foster communication.

Intro 140 is a very brief way to introduce team members to each other, patterned after Twitter's "140-character-or-less" messages. Before your team meeting, assign each team member a partner and instruct him or her to call their partner for a one-on-one "get to know you" conversation prior to the next team meeting. At the conclusion of their conversation, each ...

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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Ask any group (to consider individually): What did you learn yesterday? Review answers through discussion, brief statements, or presentations. Optionally you can first establish what sort of learning qualifies to be mentioned, or leave that aspect open because it's obviously an interesting debate in itself which tends naturally to arise from the discussions ...

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

Setting GoalsTeam goals are statements that guide teams to meet their responsibilities and business needs. If goals are clear and doable, they not only serve as a team’s blueprint for action, they also serve as its energy. Goals are important on many different levels: Goals set standards for improvement They focus activity They measure progress They connect ...

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 ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

For virtual teams, creating norms is essential. Norms can help teams create consistency, lessen conflict, and promote accountability, and can help team members feel more connected to each other and the team. This activity focuses on communication norms, but you can follow this process to create other team norms, rituals, and operating agreements. Once the team ...

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 ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

One volunteer should stand at the platform. The rest of the members should form two vertical lines facing each other on the ground. The volunteer should stand with his or her back to her team and with his or her arms crossed. The rest of the members should provide a stable landing area through their arms. When the catchers are ready, the volunteer should freely ...
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