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

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four or five people by having them number off. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.) Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to share their five favorite movies of all time, or their five favorite novels, or their five least liked films, ...

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 ...

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

This activity is an excellent icebreaker. It introduces problem-solivng and a small amount of conflict for your team to work through. Open the online collaborative document and type a list of numbers equal to the number of people on your team. Tell the team you will be calling out a category, and they have to "line up" in order, based on the category (example, by ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a simple exercise for goal-setting and making changes. The activity is based on the simple concept that even small aims actually comprise a series of elements which need to be identified, planned, and implemented in correct order. Notes: Achieving aims, goals and changes is like building houses - they need to be understood and assembled bit by bit - like ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Assign team members to form partnerships. Email each partner a different set of illustrated origami instructions. Using verbal communication only, one team member attempts to guide his or her partner through the steps required to create a folded origami sculpture out of an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The partner receiving the instructions may ask questions, ...

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

This activity is a fun and challenging way to encourage the group development. Tell the team that their goal is to create a set of action photos that depicts team members interacting in a physical way, despite their distance from each other. Team members can form partnerships, small groups, or the whole team can work together. The only requirement is that two or ...

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

It is healthy for teams to step back occasionally and look to their future. Doing so will help your team understand its overall target and purpose for being. This activity will help your team members reach some kind of consensus about the team’s ideal future. By envisioning the ideal or best case scenario a team can renew and re-commit to excellence. Step One: ...

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

For this activity, team members are tasked to create a team identity so each member can feel more connected to one another. This results in a more meaningful work conversations and a deeper level of trust. Large teams need to be broken up into smaller brainstorming groups. Creating a smaller team allows each member to be more comfortable than being overwhelmed by ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

How to Prepare:Walk through workshop and revise to fit participants, if necessary. Prepare all materials, including directional flip charts. Prepare any case studies or scenarios to fit the group andits work. Prepare your own relevant introduction, including history, applications, context. Set up space. How to Do/Brief Outline:1) Introduction and Framing suggested ...

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

This is best suited for a team in the high-performing stage of team development. By then, team members already have a good understanding of the group's dynamics and know each other well enough to know what kind of challenge they are up to. To begin, split larger teams into small groups of four or five people. Give groups 20 to 30 minutes to come up with a ...
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