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Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

In this activity participants react to three professionalism statements by jotting down short responses on sticky notes. Note that this format will work with a variety of topics - simply write statements that support the topic. The facilitator sets aside three wall spaces for the notes to be posted—one area for each statement. After the notes are posted, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

This is a simple exercise to get a quick "snapshot view" of the attitudes of your team members. Have them take a few moments to think about how they are feeling at this specific moment about their current work project. Allow each person to describe his or her feelings or attitude using five words or less. No one else may respond or offer feedback during this ...

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 ...

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

Overview Training sessions and team building activities that involve and engage attendees are a challenge when your group meets regularly. Your participants have different levels of knowledge and need. Additionally, they have different numbers of reporting staff members and the professionalism and experience of their reporting employees ranges widely. Yet, for team ...

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

This game will appear to begin as a competition, but later on evolves into a collaborative activity. Teams will find value in recognizing what happens as they shift from a competitive mode to a cooperative one. The game itself is simple. For each round of play, groups decide whether to choose Yin or Yang. The scoring will depend on what all of the groups choose: If ...

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

Distribute via email the provided Same but Different pictures to your team members. Each picture will get sent to two team members. If you have an odd number of team members, one person can listen as an observer, making sure to take notes to add to his or her perspective to the debriefing discussion. Via conference call, the team members must find the one and only ...

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

This is best suited for a team in the high-performing stage of team development. By then, team members already have a good understanding of the group's dynamics and know each other well enough to know what kind of challenge they are up to. To begin, split larger teams into small groups of four or five people. Give groups 20 to 30 minutes to come up with a ...

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

Set UpHave the group stand in a circle about arms length apart, while the instructor stands in the middle (or with one less place in the circle than people in the group if the instructor does not want to play). DirectionsThis is a very difficult game to explain, but I've found that the debrief is very useful in teams where people blame others for their groups ...
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