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Activate the connection between team members.

Popular social networking tools such as Facebook and Google+ encourage friends to share what is on their mind in very brief status updates. These status updates may be written words, images, videos, or songs. For this activity, each team member will provide a status update to share his or her feelings about the team or the project they are working on. Other team ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Procedure: Ask participants to list across the top of their paper the days of the week starting with Monday through Sunday. Have participants close their eyes and imagine a color for each day of the week. Have participants write the color they identified under each day on their paper.  Start with Monday and ask for volunteers to share their ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This game provides a colorful, visual portrait of your team to print and share. Using the fun web-based tool Wordle, you will create an image that highlights the qualities your team members have in common as well as those that make your team unique. Have each team member email a short written bio (100 words or less) to the facilitator. The facilitator will ...

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 ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

Split the team into brainstorming groups of four to six people. Each group will require a scribe and need to set up a group conference call. The scribe needs to access or open the online collaborative document for everyone in the group to see during the brainstorming session. Remind the team the of rules for brainstorming: Note each idea. Do not discuss or ...

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

Have team members work in pairs. While on the phone, each partner will tap out a simple song on his or her desktop for less than 30 seconds while the other person listens. Team member one taps out a simple song. Team member two guesses the song. Before team member one confirms or denies the accuracy, team member two taps out a different song. Team member one ...

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 ...

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.

A quick simple exercise related to questioning, and working together, here is the instruction, for groups of any size and any ages: If you could ask just one question to discover a person's/provider's suitability for (insert situation, see examples below), what would your question be? Examples of situations to use for the activity and insert in the instruction: ...

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

This is a fun, fast activity to bring humor to any meeting, while also providing a small opportunity to learn something about fellow team members. This activity can provide an easy opportunity for team members to share in front of the group and practice using the online meeting tool for facilitation. The facilitator preselects one team member and asks him or her ...
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