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Activate the connection between team members.

This exercise is for any group size, although if presentation is required split large groups into smaller teams which can self-facilitate to enable full participation and discussion. If splitting into teams you can reconvene as a whole group for review of the experiences after the team activities. Ask people as individuals to clear their minds, close their eyes, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

The main objective of this activity is to use coins to create a picture or diagram of an organizational system relevant to the team. If the activity involves a large group, the room layout must enable people to make a display on a table or floor where others can see the display clearly. There should be ample space for group members to work around. Coins come in ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Play this game early in your team's formation stage. This activity can greatly help especially if you have a globally dispersed team. Each team member can learn more about each other's culture in the process. Send an email to members of your team, letting them know that you will start your next team meeting with a game to help them get to know each other better. ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a quick table-top exercise for individuals or teams. Issue a single sheet of paper (A4 or international equivalent) to each group member (or one sheet per team if the exercise is to be played as a team game). Using the sheet of paper only - no other materials - construct the tallest free-standing structure - in 5 minutes. Points to review: ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

The goal of this activity is to gain perspective of team dynamics. Use the Reality Check Questionnaire to assess how your team members are feeling or what their experience is regarding the overall workings of the team. Email the questionnaire to all team members. Ask them to answer the questions and to send the questionnaire back when finished so you can compile ...

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

Distribute via email the provided Same but Different pictures to your team members. Each picture will get sent to two team members. If you have an odd number of team members, one person can listen as an observer, making sure to take notes to add to his or her perspective to the debriefing discussion. Via conference call, the team members must find the one and only ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This game provides a colorful, visual portrait of your team to print and share. Using the fun web-based tool Wordle, you will create an image that highlights the qualities your team members have in common as well as those that make your team unique. Have each team member email a short written bio (100 words or less) to the facilitator. The facilitator will ...

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

Assign a game leader for this activity. Have team members email the game leader an interesting story from their past. The story can be work related or from one's personal life. The game leader then copies all the stories into a single new email, taking care to remove any names or other details that may give away the storyteller's identity. Encourage team members ...
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