in addition to all of the ten activities I mentioned yesterday - which ranged from working with vision to modelling, there are some tweaks which need to be made in the virtual world of team development. First, use breakouts liberally. From sending a materials list prior to a call so people can have things ready on their end, to putting materials together electronically in a PDF and having for real-time use, set people up for success in the virtual domain. This is a key message in my upcoming book, Effective Virtual Conversations, where I go into many more strategies and approaches.
Three more favorites for virtual team leaders, some which I have mentioned before are:
What's outside my window - Have team members take a photo of what they look at every day from their office. These snapshots provide a wider lens to everyone's world than we can see on the screen alone. Have people take a photo prior to the call. They can use the photo to check in.
Team Bingo - Doing a virtual iteration of team bingo (mentioned in Teams365 #1211) is a fun way to help people get to know each other. Have team members submit their iteas prior to the session.
Using visual cards - In the virtual realm we benefit from visual anchor points. Leveraging the power of video streaming, we want to make things as "visual as possible" to overcome "Death by Conference Call" mindsets. I continue to love bringing different types of visuals into the session. While I usually use my own Conversation Sparker Cards, there are many other visual cards you can explore digital licensing to including CCLs Visual Explorer, the JICT Deck, or Points of View - The Coaching Gam. or At My Best strengths cards.
What are some of your favorite activities for team development in the virtual space?
Have a great Wednesday,