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Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Here is an easy exercise which makes use of the quiz format to teach and improve people's response to diversity issues. The activity is for diverse groups (mixed age, race, gender, religion, and/or other types of people), but the exercise will be useful for groups of apparently less diverse nature too.  The exercise is basically for the group members to ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

This activity is a virtual version of the party game Pass the Grapefruit. Just as in the party game, team members are passing an item from person to person. In this version, however, the item has been specified by the game leader or facilitator and cannot be passed via the same method twice. This version also encourages friendly competition among and creativity in ...

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

Set UpHave the group stand in a circle about arms length apart, while the instructor stands in the middle (or with one less place in the circle than people in the group if the instructor does not want to play). DirectionsThis is a very difficult game to explain, but I've found that the debrief is very useful in teams where people blame others for their groups ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

This fast-paced problem-solving game starts with team members sharing a fun fact about themselves. Tell your team: In the spirit of positive risk taking, please share with the team a nickname you like to be called, either from the past or the present. If there's a story behind the nickname, please share that too. Ill start, then we'll go around and hear from ...

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 ...

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.

Throughout the duration of your virtual team, you will make countless decisions. Distance, silence, and the lack of nonverbal communication can create the illusion that team members are in agreement with a decision when, in fact, they are not. It is easy for someone to disengage when the team is proceeding in a direction a team member disagrees with. This tool ...

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

Need a quick, no preparation ice breaker that works like a charm to break the ice in a meeting or training session? Highly adaptable, this ice breaker leads the participants right into the content of your meeting or training class. Here is my one word ice breaker and my suggestions about how to endlessly adapt this ice breaker to your participants' needs. One Word ...

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. ...

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

As you bring your virtual team to an end, there are probably some things that team members wish they had known when the team first came together. This activity serves to bring closure and solidify what to do and what not to do as we work on future virtual teams. Prior to one of the team's final conference calls, send out an email requesting that team members take ...
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