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Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

This activity is twofold: For teams with a number of newcomers to virtual meetings, team members will learn skills to help them take a leadership role and even run a virtual meeting. For teams more versed in virtual meetings, this game is a chance for team members to share something they are good at. Each team member will lead a short virtual team meeting ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Set Up Everyone in the group writes down 3 questions they would like to ask others in the group. Not the normal “what’s your name” type questions but something like, "Where is the most interesting place you have ever traveled" or "Name a topic you feel absolutely passionate about".Put all the questions in a hat and ask them to the ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Split the group into the teams you'd like to work together. Team sizes can be between two and five people. Teams of three generally work well.  Consider the total presentation time available and the total group size to arrive at optimum size of teams. For example - three teams of three would be fine for a small group event, or ten groups of five would be okay ...

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 ...

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

In the performing stage, the team has a clear picture of the team's purpose and is focused on reaching their goal. This is a great time to inject a little fun, and at the same time, provide a way for team members to continue to deepen their relationships. As leader, kick off the idea by beginning a team meeting with a song that has significant meaning for you. ...

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

Email each team member to provide him or her with the name of another person on the team. Sometime between receipt of the email and the next team meeting (or some other specified time period), each team member must surprise his or her partner by buying the partner lunch. This will require some undercover research as the team members figure out when the other ...

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

You can use the Pick-a-Partner ice breaker to warm up a group and enable participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. While the ice breaker can be used to start off a day’s session, it is most effective when participants break for lunch. Several variations of the basic ice breaker are suggested so that you can add variety on different days of your ...
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