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

Send an email to one person on your team instructing him to write one sentence to start 'The Story'. Instruct this person to email 'The Story' thread to another person. The Story thread is then emailed to the next team member, who must add one additional sentence and his or her name to the list, then email it to the next person. Team members can count the ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Sometimes a team can get stuck or limited in the way they see their project. Ask team members to consider the current project they are working on. Now ask them to switch perspectives and look at the project differently based on these ideas: Discuss this problem applying a Hollywood movie studio's point of view. Discuss this problem applying Apple's approach. ...

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 ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

This activity is best done whenever a project draws to an end. Creating a recommendation and posting it on each other's LinkedIn profile is a great way to express appreciation for each member of the team. Provide a designated time for everyone to do this. Begin the activity by announcing to the team "We are going to start our meeting by taking a break, but this ...

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

What if your team had a magic wand it could wave to remove obstacles getting in the way of your project's success? How would you think differently about your project? In this activity, the team wields an imaginary magic wand to help them blast away limiting assumptions and shift their focus from barriers to solutions. All teams operate under constraints such as ...
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