by Christian Bisson
Building a solid team starts with a solid foundation. And one of the best ways to build cohesion is with a steam activity. It can take various formats. What matters is that team members understand the purpose, the importance of trust and the long-term benefits.
Without getting into the details of all the team building activities available out there, allow me to share the latest I’ve did with one of my teams: digital mind maps.
As we know, current circumstances have forced us to switch from typical physical sessions to more virtual interactions. Right now, I’m using a collaborative software, so for this activity, I’ve built the appropriate workspace and invited everyone on my team to work in it. If answers are absent or wrong, you can always jump in, but you need to get the team’s buy-in from the start.
For this activity, I asked them to create a mind map. But before they began, I showed them one I had done. By doing so, I managed their expectations, provided guidance and built trust that I believed that they could do it.
When each team member presented their mind map to the group, it served as an ice breaker and allowed team members to warm up to one another even though we weren’t together physically.
Afterwards, I asked for feedback and learned that the team found the exercise fun and allowed people to connect. We also discovered that we’re all parents, all learning to deal with this new remote life together.
What kind of activities do you use to build trust on your virtual team?