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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 ...

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

Spend 5 to 10 minutes brainstorming with your team to generate a list of personality traits and skills that an ideal team member would possess. Use the online collaborative tool to track ideas. Your list should contain items that would be common for any team, as well as traits unique to your specific team. Encourage team members to go beyond the obvious. After ...

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 ...

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

Email each team member to provide him or her with the name of another person on the team. Sometime between receipt of the email and the next team meeting (or some other specified time period), each team member must surprise his or her partner by buying the partner lunch. This will require some undercover research as the team members figure out when the other ...

Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

You can use the Pick-a-Partner ice breaker to warm up a group and enable participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. While the ice breaker can be used to start off a day’s session, it is most effective when participants break for lunch. Several variations of the basic ice breaker are suggested so that you can add variety on different days of your ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity is best done during an online meeting to reinforce positive solutions in dealing with the challenges of working together virtually. Break the group into two teams, Xs and Os. Explain to the team that in this game the Xs signify an issue or challenge for the team, and the Os signify a positive solution for the issue. Each team takes turns placing a ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

Warm Up: Before starting, set up the room so that each corner represents a cardinal point (i.e., north, south, etc.). Small groups will gather in their specified corners. Introduce the Leadership Compass. Like a directional compass, the Leadership Compass has four directions, or ways in which people approach work. Many of us work in all of the directions at ...

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

In the performing stage, the team has a clear picture of the team's purpose and is focused on reaching their goal. This is a great time to inject a little fun, and at the same time, provide a way for team members to continue to deepen their relationships. As leader, kick off the idea by beginning a team meeting with a song that has significant meaning for you. ...

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 ...

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 ...
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