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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 ...

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

Everyone stands in a circle. The leader of this game is called "Big Buddy". The others, going clockwise, are numbered: 1, 2, 3 and so on. Big Buddy establishes a 4-beat clapping rhythm, saying "Big Buddy, Big Buddy, Big Buddy (followed by a rest) - repeat this until everyone got the rhythm. Each round begins with this rhythm. The game then goes as follows: Big ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Send out an email several days before the start of the meeting or team building asking participants to prepare something that is meaningful to them (e.g. toy, award, photo, hobby, etc.). Have them prepare a short talk about what they will be sharing. Start the video conference and instruct team members that they have one minute to show the item via their web cam ...

Activate the connection between team members.

ProcedureThis activity provides a safe way to discuss challenging topics related to project success and lessons learned. Tell the team they have been given a time machine. This time machine will enable them to move backward through time, but only to one specific date. Once they arrive at the selected date, they may do one of three things: Provide missing ...

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

Prior to your team conference call, email the haiku instructions to team members and request that they create a personal haiku to share during the call. Haiku is a Japanese style of poem. Haiku have three lines. The first and last lines have five syllables. The second line contains seven syllables. Haiku do not usually rhyme. During your conference call, ...

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

Spend 5 to 10 minutes brainstorming with your team to generate a list of personality traits and skills that an ideal team member would possess. Use the online collaborative tool to track ideas. Your list should contain items that would be common for any team, as well as traits unique to your specific team. Encourage team members to go beyond the obvious. After ...

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

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four people by having them number off, one through four. Have your number ones sit with the other ones and so forth. (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 look back over their work careers and ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Overview Home-based staff and remote teams miss out on the valuable social contact normally available to office-based teams. Personal interaction between staff (typically chatting and engaging in the canteen, elevator, lounge areas, etc) is crucial for developing relationships and mutual awareness among teams, so if teams do not meet frequently then the leader must ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Overview The Levitron is without doubt one of the most incredible toys ever invented - it's a small precision spinning-top that with the aid of a repelling magnetic base and special weights, actually stays spinning suspended in mid-air, for two or three minutes. And the Levitron is all the more amazing for the fact that hardly anyone has ever heard about it. It was ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Set Up On a table, place as many pieces of paper with a pen as you have teams. Have pre-made simple images or "emails" made (example: Heart, Tree, Smilie Face, Star, Stickman, etc.)The players should be divided up into at least two teams with at least five people per team. Teams should have an even amount of players. Directions Have the teams line up in a straight ...
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