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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 ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

Split the team into brainstorming groups of four to six people. Each group will require a scribe and need to set up a group conference call. The scribe needs to access or open the online collaborative document for everyone in the group to see during the brainstorming session. Remind the team the of rules for brainstorming: Note each idea. Do not discuss or ...

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

The aim of this exercise is to get people thinking creatively and analytically. Subject: How the increasing proportion of older people in society will change the world. This activity will prompt the use of visioning and imagination, and the consideration of big system changes, consequences, causes and effects. It also encourages people to think about ageism and ...

Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Ask your group to form a circle. You will also form part of the circle with the throwables within easy reach. Explain: “I’m going to start by tossing this ball to someone else in the circle. If you receive it, toss it to someone else in the circle not immediately on either side of you. That person will toss it to another person who has not yet received it and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

ProcedureThere are two parts to this game that leverage the brainstorming abilities of your team. This game reinforces brainstorming techniques while taking that information and applying it immediately to a group challenge.During a conference call, the leader asks team members to brainstorm a list of methods of communication they might use to ensure that everyone ...

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 ...

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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Ask any group (to consider individually): What did you learn yesterday? Review answers through discussion, brief statements, or presentations. Optionally you can first establish what sort of learning qualifies to be mentioned, or leave that aspect open because it's obviously an interesting debate in itself which tends naturally to arise from the discussions ...
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