What is unique is that many virtual teams may be part of matrix structures, often when involved in project work. They may be supported by a Manager or Director at Head office, and also report to a local level supervisor. When this is the case it’s important that remote staff are also proactive in terms of meting regularly with both leaders and thinking about what needs to be communicated.
It is likely that virtual teams will already have a number of key goals for the year or quarter already indicated from higher levels. If this is the case, a virtual goal setting meeting may involve going around the team and having team members either input or identify how their own work with impact or influence these areas. If team size is larger it may be a case where team members are only impacting or influencing certain goals. As such it can be useful to have team members join different virtual breakout rooms so that they can influence each other.
In next Tuesday’s post we’ll look at strategic planning for virtual teams. If strategic planning is being undertaken consider using tools such as the SWOT or Strategic Issues Mapping exercises, using annotation and virtual white boards to capture ideas.
Take a look at other Goal Setting activities I have written about, as well as other team development initiatives here.
What can goal setting for your virtual/remote team look like in this next iteration?
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