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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 ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Overview Home-based staff and remote teams miss out on the valuable social contact normally available to office-based teams. Personal interaction between staff (typically chatting and engaging in the canteen, elevator, lounge areas, etc) is crucial for developing relationships and mutual awareness among teams, so if teams do not meet frequently then the leader must ...

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

This is a simple exercise to get a quick "snapshot view" of the attitudes of your team members. Have them take a few moments to think about how they are feeling at this specific moment about their current work project. Allow each person to describe his or her feelings or attitude using five words or less. No one else may respond or offer feedback during this ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a simple exercise for groups between 8 and 30 people, and involves many different learning elements: understanding strategies, teamwork, presentations, argument, debate, analysis and group decision-making. The activity is based on the funny one-liner (often attributed to comedian Stephen Wright), which is deeper than first seems: "The early bird may get ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Send out an email several days before the start of the meeting or team building asking participants to prepare something that is meaningful to them (e.g. toy, award, photo, hobby, etc.). Have them prepare a short talk about what they will be sharing. Start the video conference and instruct team members that they have one minute to show the item via their web cam ...

Introduce new teams and/or team members and foster communication.

Intro 140 is a very brief way to introduce team members to each other, patterned after Twitter's "140-character-or-less" messages. Before your team meeting, assign each team member a partner and instruct him or her to call their partner for a one-on-one "get to know you" conversation prior to the next team meeting. At the conclusion of their conversation, each ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Online collaborative tools give virtual work teams a whole new set of resources for working together and building relationships among members. This activity uses an online location- or map-based service to create an interactive, customized (and private) map that's all about your team and its members. Shared maps are a great way for team members to visualize where ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

What makes a memorable TV commercial, product design, or marketing campaign? Why do you listen to certain politicians or business leaders, and glaze over at the very mention of others? Why is it that you dread opening certain senders’ emails, but open others as soon as they land in your inbox? It’s all about messaging. When a piece of communication is to the ...

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 ...

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

The facilitator starts by describing the activity and then demonstrating. Each person will say his/her first name followed by a dance move. The rest of the group imitates the move, while repeating the person's name 3 times (e.g. "Joe!, Joe!, Joe!" while doing the sprinkler dance - example video) The kinesthetic motion and repetition help people remember the ...
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