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

This activity is an excellent icebreaker. It introduces problem-solivng and a small amount of conflict for your team to work through. Open the online collaborative document and type a list of numbers equal to the number of people on your team. Tell the team you will be calling out a category, and they have to "line up" in order, based on the category (example, by ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Start your conference call or virtual meeting by asking one or two light getting-to-know-you questions. Questions can be of a general nature, or more work specific. You may use some questions from the provided list or have team members generate questions of their own. VariationsThis activity also works well for teams separated by time zones, different work shifts, ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This activity is best done during an online meeting to reinforce positive solutions in dealing with the challenges of working together virtually. Break the group into two teams, Xs and Os. Explain to the team that in this game the Xs signify an issue or challenge for the team, and the Os signify a positive solution for the issue. Each team takes turns placing a ...

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 ...

Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

This activity is a virtual version of the party game Pass the Grapefruit. Just as in the party game, team members are passing an item from person to person. In this version, however, the item has been specified by the game leader or facilitator and cannot be passed via the same method twice. This version also encourages friendly competition among and creativity in ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

This fast-paced problem-solving game starts with team members sharing a fun fact about themselves. Tell your team: In the spirit of positive risk taking, please share with the team a nickname you like to be called, either from the past or the present. If there's a story behind the nickname, please share that too. Ill start, then we'll go around and hear from ...

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 ...

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

ProcedureThere are two parts to this game that leverage the brainstorming abilities of your team. This game reinforces brainstorming techniques while taking that information and applying it immediately to a group challenge.During a conference call, the leader asks team members to brainstorm a list of methods of communication they might use to ensure that everyone ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This puzzle is designed to engage a group's verbal communication and problem-solving skills. Members are challenged to work out the solution as a team, without using pencil and paper, relying only on discussion and verbal communication to solve the puzzle. Split large teams into smaller problem-solving groups of four to eight team members. Email one of the ...

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

This activity is a fun and challenging way to encourage the group development. Tell the team that their goal is to create a set of action photos that depicts team members interacting in a physical way, despite their distance from each other. Team members can form partnerships, small groups, or the whole team can work together. The only requirement is that two or ...
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