In Effective Virtual Conversations I write:
"We don't often pause or take time to go deeper into dialogue. When we fail to do this we lose the opportunity for individuals to explore the rich terrain of assumptions, beliefs and other areas" - pp 71, Effective Virtual Conversations
In many virtual events today - webinars, conference calls - silence and pause points are at a premium, and that's usually what people need. When we are working with virtual, or global teams, taking time to check our assumptions is critical. For example, we may all have a different set of assumptions on what success should look like, or assumptions around quality. Going hand-in-hand with this is the value in exploring, or being aware of, the different beliefs at play.
What is the value of taking more of a pause in your virtual programming?
What will allow you go deeper into dialogue as a team or group?
Different ways you might consider creating a pause point for deeper reflection could be:
- pose a question to the group/team and have dialogue around it during your meeting;
- at the end of your weekly meeting pose a question for team members to reflect on. You can check in around this the next week at the start of your meeting;
- providing each person on the team with a journal to reflect in
- posting a daily/weekly reflection question on your Intranet, shared site or Slack
in order to move into these deeper layers it is important that there is trust on the team. Building trust and connection should be a primary focus for team leaders today. Take a look at what I have written about trust in past Teams365 posts.
What can you do to create more of a pause and opportunity to go into deeper conversation space?
With best wishes,