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

Throughout the duration of your virtual team, you will make countless decisions. Distance, silence, and the lack of nonverbal communication can create the illusion that team members are in agreement with a decision when, in fact, they are not. It is easy for someone to disengage when the team is proceeding in a direction a team member disagrees with. This tool ...

Improve the Team Leader's abilities.

Before disconnecting your conference call at the end of your next meeting, allow a few minutes for team members to provide praise for others who have helped them out during the past week or performed some action worthy of recognition. The first time, be prepared with your own praise and recognition to get the process started. Doing this at the conclusion of each ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

Begin the activity by displaying the picture of an island on a lake. Tell the team that there are four people stranded on the island. Explain that the group was separated from their larger group while hiking on a nearby island waterfall. The rest of their group took a boat across the lake back to the mainland. This stranded group must get off the island and back ...

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

In the talent management universe, the new employee orientation and mainstreaming process is known as “employee onboarding.” Keeping in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, your business should make absolutely sure that new hires feel welcomed, valued, and prepared for what lies ahead during your new employee orientation or ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

This six-step activity is designed to get your group moving in a clear and productive direction. Focused team action like team solving problems, researching, brainstorming, creating, building, and promoting stimulates a willingness to trust, communicate openly, and collaborate. In short, it is the stuff upon which teams are built. Step One: Discussion-- “What is ...

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

Procedure This challenging logic puzzler will test your team's ability to solve a problem and reach a consensus under pressure. Although achieving a perfect score is possible, the real value in this activity comes from exploring how teams operate when they have a hard-set deadline. Often in the performing stage of group development, a team experiences some conflict ...

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 ...

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

The objective of this activity is to have team members count off up to the exact number of the people in the team. For example, a team of twenty needs to count off from 1 to 20. Each team member may only shout a number once while trying to avoid two or more members speaking at the same time. If this happens, the count off starts from the beginning with a different ...
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