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Strengthen team communication and activate the communication channels.

Previously to the activity, the facilitator should select and sort out an image about the topic that he prefers, hopefully relative to the team. One team member will describe the image to the rest of the team without the benefit of two-way communication. Send the attached image to one team member. Have all other participants get a paper and pen. The team member ...

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

Send an email to one person on your team instructing him to write one sentence to start 'The Story'. Instruct this person to email 'The Story' thread to another person. The Story thread is then emailed to the next team member, who must add one additional sentence and his or her name to the list, then email it to the next person. Team members can count the ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Split the group into the teams you'd like to work together. Team sizes can be between two and five people. Teams of three generally work well.  Consider the total presentation time available and the total group size to arrive at optimum size of teams. For example - three teams of three would be fine for a small group event, or ten groups of five would be okay ...

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

Prior to your team conference call, email the haiku instructions to team members and request that they create a personal haiku to share during the call. Haiku is a Japanese style of poem. Haiku have three lines. The first and last lines have five syllables. The second line contains seven syllables. Haiku do not usually rhyme. During your conference call, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

This brainstorming activity helps your team identify the qualities, characteristics, and behaviors that the ideal team member would possess. To achieve this, the team will develop a job description for the role of a team member. This is especially helpful if you are still building the team or may have new team members joining at later phases. Email the team ...

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

Procedure Have the group come up with a meaningful phrase that they will type collaboratively. The phrase can be a quote, a slogan, the lyrics to a song, or something else of their own invention. The phrase should consist of 20 to 30 words and can be more than one sentence in length. An example phrase is, "We are the best virtual team on Planet Earth. We boldly go ...

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

Assign a game leader for this activity. Have team members email the game leader an interesting story from their past. The story can be work related or from one's personal life. The game leader then copies all the stories into a single new email, taking care to remove any names or other details that may give away the storyteller's identity. Encourage team members ...

Entertain your team and have a good time with each other.

During your meetings, assign a team member the job of Bingo scorekeeper. Everytime a specific phrase of action is spoken during a meeting, the scorekeeper should place a checkmark in that spot on the Bingo card. The same space may be marked several times. At the end of the meeting, let the scorekeeper report the results to the entire team. Variation Actions ...
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