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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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This game provides a colorful, visual portrait of your team to print and share. Using the fun web-based tool Wordle, you will create an image that highlights the qualities your team members have in common as well as those that make your team unique. Have each team member email a short written bio (100 words or less) to the facilitator. The facilitator will ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

You can use the Pick-a-Partner ice breaker to warm up a group and enable participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. While the ice breaker can be used to start off a day’s session, it is most effective when participants break for lunch. Several variations of the basic ice breaker are suggested so that you can add variety on different days of your ...

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: ...

Introduce new teams and/or team members and foster communication.

In the talent management universe, the new employee orientation and mainstreaming process is known as “employee onboarding.” Keeping in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, your business should make absolutely sure that new hires feel welcomed, valued, and prepared for what lies ahead during your new employee orientation or ...

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

What if your team had a magic wand it could wave to remove obstacles getting in the way of your project's success? How would you think differently about your project? In this activity, the team wields an imaginary magic wand to help them blast away limiting assumptions and shift their focus from barriers to solutions. All teams operate under constraints such as ...

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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This one is a really simple activity for ice-breakers and team introductions, and great for demonstrating the need for communications and team-working when developing virtual teams and a 'joined up' approach.  Split the group into teams of equal numbers between three and ten people. Ask the teams to stand and form into clusters. (The exercise is a test of ...
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