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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 ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

What makes a memorable TV commercial, product design, or marketing campaign? Why do you listen to certain politicians or business leaders, and glaze over at the very mention of others? Why is it that you dread opening certain senders’ emails, but open others as soon as they land in your inbox? It’s all about messaging. When a piece of communication is to the ...

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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Online collaborative tools give virtual work teams a whole new set of resources for working together and building relationships among members. This activity uses an online location- or map-based service to create an interactive, customized (and private) map that's all about your team and its members. Shared maps are a great way for team members to visualize where ...

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

As you bring your virtual team to an end, there are probably some things that team members wish they had known when the team first came together. This activity serves to bring closure and solidify what to do and what not to do as we work on future virtual teams. Prior to one of the team's final conference calls, send out an email requesting that team members take ...

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 ...

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

A cinquain is a type of poem and for this activity, team members will create a cinquain to encapsulate their time together. You can incorporate this into one of your final team meetings. Prior to your meeting, split your team into groups of three or four people and email them the Word Cinquain Brainstorming Worksheet. Have each group set up a conference call to ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

During your meetings, assign a team member the job of Bingo scorekeeper. Everytime a specific phrase of action is spoken during a meeting, the scorekeeper should place a checkmark in that spot on the Bingo card. The same space may be marked several times. At the end of the meeting, let the scorekeeper report the results to the entire team. Variation Actions ...

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, ...

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 ...
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