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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 ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Here is an easy exercise which makes use of the quiz format to teach and improve people's response to diversity issues. The activity is for diverse groups (mixed age, race, gender, religion, and/or other types of people), but the exercise will be useful for groups of apparently less diverse nature too.  The exercise is basically for the group members to ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

This fast-paced problem-solving game starts with team members sharing a fun fact about themselves. Tell your team: In the spirit of positive risk taking, please share with the team a nickname you like to be called, either from the past or the present. If there's a story behind the nickname, please share that too. Ill start, then we'll go around and hear from ...

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

Overview Training sessions and team building activities that involve and engage attendees are a challenge when your group meets regularly. Your participants have different levels of knowledge and need. Additionally, they have different numbers of reporting staff members and the professionalism and experience of their reporting employees ranges widely. Yet, for team ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Previously to the activity, the facilitator should select and sort out an image about the topic that he prefers, hopefully relative to the team. One team member will describe the image to the rest of the team without the benefit of two-way communication. Send the attached image to one team member. Have all other participants get a paper and pen. The team member ...

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.

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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity provides a fun way to learn more about your team members and may be done during online meetings. Preparation: Facilitator emails the attached 'Walk the Plank' sheet to each team member. The sheet needs to be completed and returned. The facts gathered will be turned into ten questions the facilitator will ask during the activity. Facilitator ...

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 work and identify the importance of working together to achieve goals.

Set UpHave the group stand in a circle about arms length apart, while the instructor stands in the middle (or with one less place in the circle than people in the group if the instructor does not want to play). DirectionsThis is a very difficult game to explain, but I've found that the debrief is very useful in teams where people blame others for their groups ...
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