who are we, how do we do things and what is important to us.
Being clear about what our team culture is as a virtual team is critical, given that many, or all of our members may be members of multiple teams. Let’s look at how we can explore these three elements as a virtual team:
- Who are we – What do we do? Why do we exist? Virtual teams excel when they have a clear identity about who they are. This helps to differentiate how they do things on one team versus another. Virtual team members may be members of multiple teams. Spending time as a team to connect, and "get to know each other" - who we are, what are roles are, what we do -is critical for virtual team success.
- How do we do things - What are our agreements around communication? Task completion? Follow-through? Flagging issues? Communicating with each other?
All of these elements can vary dramatically from one team to another.
Taking time to discuss how we do things is an important part of identifying and focusing in on who we are as a team.
3. What is important to us? All members of the team should be well versed with what’s important at multiple levels. This can entail:
- What’s important to us this week?
- This month?
- This quarter?
Having discussion is one way of working with team culture. There are also some other creative ways which we’ll explore in tomorrow’s post. I hope you'll join me tomorrow
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