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

Have the group sit in a circle Start with a few people in the circle and ask them to follow you as you do the following actions. Make your way around the circle. And when you get back to the first group, do the next action on the list: rub your hands together snap your fingers clap your hands slap your thighs stomp your feet slap your thighs clap your ...

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 ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Share the Team Communication Matrix with all team members using an online collaborative tool. Have each person fill out his or her own row of the matrix. Review the online document and lead the debriefing discussion at the next team meeting. Team members can refer to the completed Team Communication Matrix when communicating with one another, so be sure to post ...

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

Send an email to one person on your team instructing him to write one sentence to start 'The Story'. Instruct this person to email 'The Story' thread to another person. The Story thread is then emailed to the next team member, who must add one additional sentence and his or her name to the list, then email it to the next person. Team members can count the ...

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

This game provides a great way to empower your team to discover inefficiencies and then create solutions regarding the team's processes. Introduce the idea to your team by posting the 10 questions during a team meeting. Let the team know you are committed to helping them work smarter, not harder. To that end, you would like them to consider the 10 questions ...

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

For this activity, team members are tasked to create a team identity so each member can feel more connected to one another. This results in a more meaningful work conversations and a deeper level of trust. Large teams need to be broken up into smaller brainstorming groups. Creating a smaller team allows each member to be more comfortable than being overwhelmed by ...

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 ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

For virtual teams, creating norms is essential. Norms can help teams create consistency, lessen conflict, and promote accountability, and can help team members feel more connected to each other and the team. This activity focuses on communication norms, but you can follow this process to create other team norms, rituals, and operating agreements. Once the team ...

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

Everyone stands in a circle. The leader of this game is called "Big Buddy". The others, going clockwise, are numbered: 1, 2, 3 and so on. Big Buddy establishes a 4-beat clapping rhythm, saying "Big Buddy, Big Buddy, Big Buddy (followed by a rest) - repeat this until everyone got the rhythm. Each round begins with this rhythm. The game then goes as follows: Big ...

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 ...
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