C is for communication - communication plays an even more critical role in virtual and remote team leadership. When teams are not able to see each other every day and cannot drop in to see each other it is critical to be even more focused with communication. Creating the time and space for specific communication touch points with each team members is the key.
Fostering team communication is key as well. Whether it is a group video call using a technology like zoom where people stream and can see each other, or whether it is a traditional phone call fostering the spirit of camaraderie while boosting communication is key.
Several remote team communication considerations are:
What are our formal communication touch points?
What venues do we have to get to know each other to share information? Share successes?
What preferences does each team member have?
What can we do to facilitate sharing among the team members
Pointers to remember with non-face to face communication
*Email is not always the most effective media. We lose any sense of tone – if trust is low this may further inflame situation is especially if the topic can be misread.
- Consider what media is best for delivery.
- Consider the optimal amount and channel for each person
- Make communication regular, and be specific with what needs action, as well as any reply or response period
- Build in face-to-face or screen eyeball to eyeball opportunities.
What is important to note about communication for you?
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