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

ProcedureThis advanced version of Virtual Q&A deepens the level of self-disclosure and trust among team members. Start your conference call or virtual meeting by asking one or two of these more in-depth questions. VariationsThis activity works well for teams separated by time zones, different work shifts, or other time barriers. Select one or two questions from ...

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

Procedure This activity requires preparation on the team leader's part. It provides many opportunities to engage in productive debate, learn how to leverage one another's knowledge, and experience the benefits of collaboration. Scenario: Your team has escaped a sinking ship by setting out on a life raft that will hold up to eight people. You look around and see ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

This activity is great for any type of virtual team. Team members working from different time zones can gain a better sense of teamwork by participating in this game. Request each team member to create an "All About Me" page. Provide an overview of the task's objectives, which is to gain a better understanding of the people who make up the entire team. After ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

The goal of this activity is to gain perspective of team dynamics. Use the Reality Check Questionnaire to assess how your team members are feeling or what their experience is regarding the overall workings of the team. Email the questionnaire to all team members. Ask them to answer the questions and to send the questionnaire back when finished so you can compile ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Set Up Create a master "bingo" card and make enough copies for each participant. The bingo card should contain a grid of squares each containing a statement or question that will apply to some members of your group and is in line with the objectives of your class, workshop, or event. Procedure: Hand out the bingo cards and instruct participants to mingle ...

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 ...

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 ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

The team members will be taking the attached test to assess their listening skills. First, have team members form partnerships. Email the Listening Test to team members and request they individually take five minutes to answer true or false for each of the twenty statements. Discuss their answers with their partner. They will need to arrange a time to have a ...

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 ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Delegate responsibility and authority to people who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Besides freeing up your time to focus on the big picture, delegation also nurtures the next generation of team leaders and managers. You should, however, define the parameters of this delegated power. Make it clear that you reserve the right to intervene when necessary. ...
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