At the same time it is important to provide just-in-time support to our team members, through targeted coaching and mentoring conversations. It is likely that many of the issues that are brought to our attention need attention immediately and working with our team members to generate ideas and solutions is important.
The role of a virtual or remote team leader in terms of support of team members can look different. Our role many ties becomes one of sounding board, thought partner or idea generator. We are rarely there for implementation, so slipping into the role of coach may be much more appealing. I am a real proponent of the art of questions in order to stimulate idea generation. There are couple of different questions we may wan to ask including:
- What are the different options you have available?
- What are the pros and cons of each?
- If you look at it from the 30,000 foot vantage point, what options?
- What is the low hanging fruit?
There are a variety of different idea generating techniques. In the Facilitation Skills training work that I do there are a number of idea generating approaches I teach including:
Using Index Cards
Consider what just-in-time support individual team members can benefit from. What is the role of idea generation in each?
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