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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 ...

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

This six-step activity is designed to get your group moving in a clear and productive direction. Focused team action like team solving problems, researching, brainstorming, creating, building, and promoting stimulates a willingness to trust, communicate openly, and collaborate. In short, it is the stuff upon which teams are built. Step One: Discussion-- “What is ...

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

Set UpWriting out the names on the tags ahead of time saves time, and also have brief bios of the people to help with the debrief. DirectionsFrom the participants perspective, the object of this activity is for each group member to discover the personality that is written on their own back. You begin by assigning each group member a “personality” by sticking a ...

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 ...

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

A handy way to keep track of who's who in your virtual meeting or conference call is to use the image of a clock face to indicate where people are "seated" at the virtual table. In this activity, your team members will go "around the clock" to honor and recognize the positive contributions made by each member of the team. This is a great activity to do when your team ...

Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Procedures Have participants come meet on the carpet and assign everyone a partner. Tell the participants that they have learned a lot about why their senses are important to them, now you want them to experience what it might be like to be without one of their senses. Explain that everyone is going to have a chance to see what it feels like to be blind. Inform ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Procedure: Ask participants to list across the top of their paper the days of the week starting with Monday through Sunday. Have participants close their eyes and imagine a color for each day of the week. Have participants write the color they identified under each day on their paper.  Start with Monday and ask for volunteers to share their ...

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

The main objective of this activity is to use coins to create a picture or diagram of an organizational system relevant to the team. If the activity involves a large group, the room layout must enable people to make a display on a table or floor where others can see the display clearly. There should be ample space for group members to work around. Coins come in ...

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 ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

Before disconnecting your conference call at the end of your next meeting, allow a few minutes for team members to provide praise for others who have helped them out during the past week or performed some action worthy of recognition. The first time, be prepared with your own praise and recognition to get the process started. Doing this at the conclusion of each ...
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