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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. ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

The team members will be taking the attached test to assess their listening skills. First, have team members form partnerships. Email the Listening Test to team members and request they individually take five minutes to answer true or false for each of the twenty statements. Discuss their answers with their partner. They will need to arrange a time to have a ...

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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Start your conference call or virtual meeting by asking one or two light getting-to-know-you questions. Questions can be of a general nature, or more work specific. You may use some questions from the provided list or have team members generate questions of their own. VariationsThis activity also works well for teams separated by time zones, different work shifts, ...

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. ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Previously to the activity, the facilitator should select and sort out an image about the topic that he prefers, hopefully relative to the team. One team member will describe the image to the rest of the team without the benefit of two-way communication. Send the attached image to one team member. Have all other participants get a paper and pen. The team member ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

For virtual teams, creating norms is essential. Norms can help teams create consistency, lessen conflict, and promote accountability, and can help team members feel more connected to each other and the team. This activity focuses on communication norms, but you can follow this process to create other team norms, rituals, and operating agreements. Once the team ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

Randomly assign each team member to act as a coach to another team member. The coach's job is to encourage, support, and recognize his or her "coachee" during the team meeting without that person discovering who his or her personal coach is. TipsThis activity can be incorporated into more than one meeting. Played early on in your team's formation, this game can ...

Activate the connection between team members.

A quick simple exercise related to questioning, and working together, here is the instruction, for groups of any size and any ages: If you could ask just one question to discover a person's/provider's suitability for (insert situation, see examples below), what would your question be? Examples of situations to use for the activity and insert in the instruction: ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

With the introduction of Age Discrimination legislation (UK October 2006, and consistent with European law), there is an increased need to raise awareness and to train people about ageism and age discrimination. Here are some ideas for activities and exercises which will highlight the issues, including the 'objective justification' rules explaining certain allowable ...
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