In today’s post, we’re exploring strengths for virtual teams. How do you make it happen?
Helping team members understand their strengths helps teams leverage their skills and harness their capabilities. Gallup has also found very compelling results when team members are able to bring their strengths to work every day.
In addition to the StrengthsFinder, teams may also want to investigate another strengths assessment that being VIA Strengths – Values in Action.
The following is a short warm-up activity to a more detailed discussion as a team around your strengths.
When I’ve seen you at your best….
Time: 15 minutes
Materials Needed: None
Virtual team members need acknowledgement as well, particularly as they may receive less feedback that teams who can see each other face-to-face.
Ask team members to think about one person on the team who they have liaised with, or worked closely with (virtually) in the last quarter. At one of your team meetings you will give people the opportunity to share with that colleague responses to the following questions:
- I see one of your strengths as….
- I appreciate …..
- Going forward, as we work together, I’d like to ask you to ______
- You bring ….. to our team.
This is an activity which will cultivate positive emotion and will bring team members closer together. Teams need positive reinforcement, as well as constructive feedback. For more on the concept of constructive feedback, check out the Foundations of Feedback series I did. It will be of interest to teams of all kinds who are hoping to build more of a feedback culture.
Enjoy your conversations,
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