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Break the ice with team members and encourage a healthy virtual working environment.

Divide the meeting participants into groups of four or five people by having them number off. (You do this because people generally begin a meeting by sitting with the people they already know best.) Tell the newly formed groups that their assignment is to find ten things they have in common, with every other person in the group, that have nothing to do with work. ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This exercise is for any group size, although if presentation is required split large groups into smaller teams which can self-facilitate to enable full participation and discussion. If splitting into teams you can reconvene as a whole group for review of the experiences after the team activities. Ask people as individuals to clear their minds, close their eyes, ...

Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Ask your group to form a circle. You will also form part of the circle with the throwables within easy reach. Explain: “I’m going to start by tossing this ball to someone else in the circle. If you receive it, toss it to someone else in the circle not immediately on either side of you. That person will toss it to another person who has not yet received it and ...

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

Personal productivity isn’t necessarily about working harder. It is more about working smarter and more efficiently. Below is a list of things that you might try to increase your productivity. Read through the list of behavioral tactics below and select some things that might work for you. (Note: A simple training exercise follows the list) Nuke it! The most ...

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

Team members work with partners for this game. Email the rules along with partner assignments and request that before the next team meeting, they take in minutes to play the game and answer the questions. Debrief the entire team at the beginning of your next meeting. Taking turns, partners tell each other a story about themselves. The story could be about a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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

Split larger teams into smaller groups of four or five people, and if possible, have the same number of people in each group. Set up a separate conference call for each group. This game is played in two rounds. Each person will need a paper and pen.   ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Round One Tell them you are going to show them a pyramid that contains all the ...

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 ...
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