It's critical as a virtual or remote team having discussion to identify strategic goals. Even if organizational goals are set, it's likely that those on the ground will be the one who need to implement any key activities, and they are likely to be the ones who may have best knowledge of what's feasible and what's happening in that location/ or around that focus area. One of my favorite activities to undertake is strategic issues mapping with teams, where we ifirst brainstorm all possible options. Next we dtnify the short term, medium term and long term activities at a macro level. This frame can also be country-wide or global issues. Finally, once all ideas are down on the whiteboard, you prioritize the key goals (according to what your frame is).
For virtual or remote teams you may have national plans and regional plans in addition to global plans.
In Teams365 #1177 I indicated that one of the common mistakes made by virtual and remote team leaders was that they do not involve their team in planning and goal setting. Check out that post here.
When going to facilitate strategic issues mapping here's wha you will need to do:
Prepare a blank slide with the strategic issues map on it (see today's slide). Determine what the different layers are for having the focus. Is it short term, medium term, long term?
Amount of time needed - 30 - 120 minutes (could be done in multiple settings)
Materials needed: Annotation ability for everyone. Blank slides and a slide with the strategic issues mapping.
First ask each individual team member to reflect and create a list of the top 3-10 strategic issues they see at their location?
Collect these on one screen -either by having everyone share one at a time or having them annotate their list in a specific spot on a blank slide. Take a screen shot and/or save this.
Next get people to identify whether the issue is short term, long term or medium term. Decide as a tam what those time frames are (i.e. short term is the next quarter OR is short term the next year).
Next, transfer the items from their strategic issues list to the round map. There will be lots of ideas. At this point get all ideas on the table.
Go round and group common issues. Get comments on what issues are showing up.
Finally vote on which ones in each area are priorities. Who is going to take on the task of moving these issues forward?
Have a great Tuesday,