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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, ...

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

Assign a game leader for this activity. Have team members email the game leader an interesting story from their past. The story can be work related or from one's personal life. The game leader then copies all the stories into a single new email, taking care to remove any names or other details that may give away the storyteller's identity. Encourage team members ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity is best done during an online meeting to reinforce positive solutions in dealing with the challenges of working together virtually. Break the group into two teams, Xs and Os. Explain to the team that in this game the Xs signify an issue or challenge for the team, and the Os signify a positive solution for the issue. Each team takes turns placing a ...

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

Game SummaryThe Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By using a fixed list of adjectives, such as bold, confident, extroverted, and energetic to describe yourself and then asking your friends and colleagues to do the same, you can build a grid of overlap and difference. This ...

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

This is a simple exercise to get a quick "snapshot view" of the attitudes of your team members. Have them take a few moments to think about how they are feeling at this specific moment about their current work project. Allow each person to describe his or her feelings or attitude using five words or less. No one else may respond or offer feedback during this ...

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

Distribute via email the provided Same but Different pictures to your team members. Each picture will get sent to two team members. If you have an odd number of team members, one person can listen as an observer, making sure to take notes to add to his or her perspective to the debriefing discussion. Via conference call, the team members must find the one and only ...

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.

Set Up Everyone in the group writes down 3 questions they would like to ask others in the group. Not the normal “what’s your name” type questions but something like, "Where is the most interesting place you have ever traveled" or "Name a topic you feel absolutely passionate about".Put all the questions in a hat and ask them to the ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

This activity is great for any type of virtual team. Team members working from different time zones can gain a better sense of teamwork by participating in this game. Request each team member to create an "All About Me" page. Provide an overview of the task's objectives, which is to gain a better understanding of the people who make up the entire team. After ...

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

Set UpHave the group stand in a circle about arms length apart, while the instructor stands in the middle (or with one less place in the circle than people in the group if the instructor does not want to play). DirectionsThis is a very difficult game to explain, but I've found that the debrief is very useful in teams where people blame others for their groups ...
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