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

Procedure This activity requires preparation on the team leader's part. It provides many opportunities to engage in productive debate, learn how to leverage one another's knowledge, and experience the benefits of collaboration. Scenario: Your team has escaped a sinking ship by setting out on a life raft that will hold up to eight people. You look around and see ...

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.

Assign team members to form partnerships. Email each partner a different set of illustrated origami instructions. Using verbal communication only, one team member attempts to guide his or her partner through the steps required to create a folded origami sculpture out of an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The partner receiving the instructions may ask questions, ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Popular social networking tools such as Facebook and Google+ encourage friends to share what is on their mind in very brief status updates. These status updates may be written words, images, videos, or songs. For this activity, each team member will provide a status update to share his or her feelings about the team or the project they are working on. Other team ...

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 find ten things they have in common, with every other person in the group, that have nothing to do with work. ...

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

Overview Training sessions and team building activities that involve and engage attendees are a challenge when your group meets regularly. Your participants have different levels of knowledge and need. Additionally, they have different numbers of reporting staff members and the professionalism and experience of their reporting employees ranges widely. Yet, for team ...

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 ...

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

This brainstorming activity helps your team identify the qualities, characteristics, and behaviors that the ideal team member would possess. To achieve this, the team will develop a job description for the role of a team member. This is especially helpful if you are still building the team or may have new team members joining at later phases. Email the team ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Set UpGroup is given 15-20 minutes to determine the order in which they would kill each other off for food. Each Team member is given a piece of paper with the following conditions: (1) Broken Leg (1) Concussion (1) Lacerated abdomen (*) The rest of the team members have minor cuts and scratches but otherwise okay DirectionsYou are in a plane crash over a ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

In this activity participants react to three professionalism statements by jotting down short responses on sticky notes. Note that this format will work with a variety of topics - simply write statements that support the topic. The facilitator sets aside three wall spaces for the notes to be posted—one area for each statement. After the notes are posted, ...
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