In today's post I wanted to cover several things to keep in mind when you go to focus on developing your virtual team:
1. Make it regular, make it a priority. In the virtual realm it is easy for "out of sight, out of mind" to be the mantra. Schedule time in well in advance, so that everyone can clear their schedules.
2. Vary approaches - while a vast majority of virtual team building activities will be virtual, consider different ways and times of day you can be focusing on developing yourselves as a team.
3. Leverage the technology that does exist. Team sessions don't need to be like team meetings. Leverage the technology that exists and see how you can translate what you might have done in the room, in the web.
4. Consider where you are with the Six Factors - throughout my work with teams we explore some of the foundational areas for team success. Does the team have a shared vision? What are the shared norms and expectations the team has for each other? What do you notice about roles? What are the team practices that help with connection and communication? Spending time on the foundations of teams can go a long way in virtual teams.
What is going to make your virtual team development exciting?
Some of the recent virtual activities we've facilitated include:
Virtual team retreats
Everything DisC sessions for teams (1 day)
Virtual sprints for program designers
Virtual team planning days
Contact us to learn more about how we can support you and your team. Download a team services brochure.
Have a great Wednesday,