* Regular virtual team meetings - focused and rotating at times that work for the entire team, regular communication amongst team members is key to creating a sense of connection
* Where feasible face to face meetings, even once or twice a year. Replacing the face to face contact is hard to do, even with skype and facetime. If it's feasible, try to bring people together every year or two. Focus of this time together can be on helping team members understand each others' roles, regional focus and priorities, as well as connect the team as a team. Supporting the team to understand what are key strategic priorities for the team are also important.
* Regular one on ones with team members continue to be important. While your team members may be half a world away, knowing your team, their priorities, and supporting them with trouble-shooting, and listening is key. What may be different with a global team is the matrix relationship of management. Knowing your team member and their other "bosses" and supports are key.
* Knowing each individual team member\s preferences and styles continue to be important with virtual teams. How does each team member want to be supported? What frequency? What type of support do they value?
What other activities can you focus on to build connection amongst your global team.
Have a great Tuesday,
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About Jennifer: Jenn is the founder of Potentials Realized a Canadian based performance improvement company. We provide customized training and coaching supports for leaders and their teams in the areas of teamwork, coaching and mentoring skills, and leadership development. Jennifer is the author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and has helped develop leaders and teams globally since the early 1990s, first as a team leader herself, then as Program Director and internal consultant, and for the last 11 years through Potentials Realized as a trainer, consultant and coach. Jennifer offers both public programs for team leaders (The Teams365 Coaching Groups and Teams365 Leadership Foundations programs) and also works with organizations to build their own internal programs