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Motivate your team in new and positive ways.

Procedures Have participants come meet on the carpet and assign everyone a partner. Tell the participants that they have learned a lot about why their senses are important to them, now you want them to experience what it might be like to be without one of their senses. Explain that everyone is going to have a chance to see what it feels like to be blind. Inform ...

Activate the connection between team members.

This one is a really simple activity for ice-breakers and team introductions, and great for demonstrating the need for communications and team-working when developing virtual teams and a 'joined up' approach.  Split the group into teams of equal numbers between three and ten people. Ask the teams to stand and form into clusters. (The exercise is a test of ...

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

A cinquain is a type of poem and for this activity, team members will create a cinquain to encapsulate their time together. You can incorporate this into one of your final team meetings. Prior to your meeting, split your team into groups of three or four people and email them the Word Cinquain Brainstorming Worksheet. Have each group set up a conference call to ...

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. ...

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

You can use the Pick-a-Partner ice breaker to warm up a group and enable participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. While the ice breaker can be used to start off a day’s session, it is most effective when participants break for lunch. Several variations of the basic ice breaker are suggested so that you can add variety on different days of your ...

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.

DirectionsParticipants stand in a circle with one person in the center. The physical skills necessary for spotting are simple – ask participants in the outer circle to develop a firm, flexible stance by placing one foot in front and one foot behind with feet about shoulder-width apart. Members of the circle place hands up at shoulder height with the person in ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

This is a quick table-top exercise for individuals or teams. Issue a single sheet of paper (A4 or international equivalent) to each group member (or one sheet per team if the exercise is to be played as a team game). Using the sheet of paper only - no other materials - construct the tallest free-standing structure - in 5 minutes. Points to review: ...

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 ...

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 ...
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