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

What if your team had a magic wand it could wave to remove obstacles getting in the way of your project's success? How would you think differently about your project? In this activity, the team wields an imaginary magic wand to help them blast away limiting assumptions and shift their focus from barriers to solutions. All teams operate under constraints such as ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a quick simple activity for a meeting or training session. The activity illustrates some important lessons. Approach a salesperson (or person with similar responsibilities) with a handful of dice. Hold out the dice, handing just one to the person. Avoid encouraging them to take the other dice. Then ask them to throw six 'sixes' in thirty seconds to achieve ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Virtual Roundtable is a creative way for team member to see each other during conference calls. Download the Virtual Roundtable template where you can drop in profile photos of all the team members attending your virtual meeting. You can also add team members' names, geographic location, title, or any other helpful information to the table. Encourage team ...

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.

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 ...

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

1. Split large teams into at least three smaller brainstorming groups of two to four people. 2. Assign each group a spice from the Project Spice Rack below. The spices listed are suggestions; the game leader or the small groups are welcome to choose other spices not on this list. Salt Cinnamon Pepper Vanilla Curry Chile Powder Allspice Garlic Mint Wasabi ...

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 find ten things they have in common, with every other person in the group, that have nothing to do with work. ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Managers in workplaces are on a mission to discover ways to provide employees with performance improvement feedback – comfortably and kindly. The feedback sandwich has been recommended in management development, consulting, and Human Resources practices for years. In a feedback sandwich, the manager layers constructive feedback between two instances of positive ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Delegate responsibility and authority to people who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Besides freeing up your time to focus on the big picture, delegation also nurtures the next generation of team leaders and managers. You should, however, define the parameters of this delegated power. Make it clear that you reserve the right to intervene when necessary. ...

Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Minimize Rules and Policies Every person is motivated. The challenge at work is to create an environment in which people are motivated about work priorities. Too often, organizations fail to pay attention to the employee relations, communication, recognition, and involvement issues that are most important to people. The first step in creating a motivating work ...
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