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

Here are some simple quick ideas to help demonstrate the brain's reaction to change. They are based on having to accomplish a simple everyday task in a different way: do left-handed a simple task normally done right-handed (or vice-versa) blindfolded or with eyes shut (be mindful of safety issues) outside (instead of indoors - maybe even in the rain/wind - which ...

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, ...

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

Procedure Split the team into smaller discussion groups of three or four people. Challenge each group to brainstorm a list of potential obstacles to working together virtually during the lifetime of the team. Assign each group a different theme. Examples of assignments: Email Conference calls Working from different time zones Technology Online ...

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, ...

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

Setting GoalsTeam goals are statements that guide teams to meet their responsibilities and business needs. If goals are clear and doable, they not only serve as a team’s blueprint for action, they also serve as its energy. Goals are important on many different levels: Goals set standards for improvement They focus activity They measure progress They connect ...

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.

The objective of this activity is to have team members count off up to the exact number of the people in the team. For example, a team of twenty needs to count off from 1 to 20. Each team member may only shout a number once while trying to avoid two or more members speaking at the same time. If this happens, the count off starts from the beginning with a different ...

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

Team members work with partners for this game. Email the rules along with partner assignments and request that before the next team meeting, they take in minutes to play the game and answer the questions. Debrief the entire team at the beginning of your next meeting. Taking turns, partners tell each other a story about themselves. The story could be about a ...

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 ...

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

Have team members work in pairs. While on the phone, each partner will tap out a simple song on his or her desktop for less than 30 seconds while the other person listens. Team member one taps out a simple song. Team member two guesses the song. Before team member one confirms or denies the accuracy, team member two taps out a different song. Team member one ...
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