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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 ...

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

Throughout the duration of your virtual team, you will make countless decisions. Distance, silence, and the lack of nonverbal communication can create the illusion that team members are in agreement with a decision when, in fact, they are not. It is easy for someone to disengage when the team is proceeding in a direction a team member disagrees with. This tool ...

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 ...

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 ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a simple exercise for goal-setting and making changes. The activity is based on the simple concept that even small aims actually comprise a series of elements which need to be identified, planned, and implemented in correct order. Notes: Achieving aims, goals and changes is like building houses - they need to be understood and assembled bit by bit - like ...

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

Sometimes a team can get stuck or limited in the way they see their project. Ask team members to consider the current project they are working on. Now ask them to switch perspectives and look at the project differently based on these ideas: Discuss this problem applying a Hollywood movie studio's point of view. Discuss this problem applying Apple's approach. ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

A quick simple powerful activity for groups and teams of any size. The exercise can also be used for yourself, and when working with individuals in counselling, coaching and performance reviews and appraisals. Ask the group to close their eyes, take a few slow deep breaths, and visualise: You are very close to the end your life - perhaps 'on your deathbed'. You ...

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

What if your team had a magic wand it could wave to remove obstacles getting in the way of your project's success? How would you think differently about your project? In this activity, the team wields an imaginary magic wand to help them blast away limiting assumptions and shift their focus from barriers to solutions. All teams operate under constraints such as ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Ask any group (to consider individually): What did you learn yesterday? Review answers through discussion, brief statements, or presentations. Optionally you can first establish what sort of learning qualifies to be mentioned, or leave that aspect open because it's obviously an interesting debate in itself which tends naturally to arise from the discussions ...
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