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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, ...

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 ...

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, ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity provides a fun way to learn more about your team members and may be done during online meetings. Preparation: Facilitator emails the attached 'Walk the Plank' sheet to each team member. The sheet needs to be completed and returned. The facts gathered will be turned into ten questions the facilitator will ask during the activity. Facilitator ...

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 ...

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 ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Procedure: Ask participants to list across the top of their paper the days of the week starting with Monday through Sunday. Have participants close their eyes and imagine a color for each day of the week. Have participants write the color they identified under each day on their paper.  Start with Monday and ask for volunteers to share their ...

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 ...

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 ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This puzzle is designed to engage a group's verbal communication and problem-solving skills. Members are challenged to work out the solution as a team, without using pencil and paper, relying only on discussion and verbal communication to solve the puzzle. Split large teams into smaller problem-solving groups of four to eight team members. Email one of the ...
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