Leading Virtual Teams to High Performance Presentation

Virtual teams can be perceived as second-best, a mere shadow of their more robust sibling, the co-located team. They have crept up on businesses almost un-noticed, lost amid the plethora of electronic documentation that flies from desk to desk, room to room, region to region and nation to nation.

Virtual team members soon discovered that adhering to co-located team principles did not produce optimum results. Common assumptions regarding an institutionalised workplace no longer held true; first thing in the morning could mean anything; unknown 'foreign' public holidays lay in wait to hijack conference calls and cross-cultural misunderstanding lurked in hidden corners waiting to pounce. Who and how to trust also became an issue, compounded by the unease felt by teams who don't know each other at all. Complete teams rarely got together, instead elite sub-groups met in capitals around the world orchestrated by the virtual team leader who, by nature of this process, often alienated the rest of the team.

So how do you successfully convert a collection of physically remote individuals into a high performing virtual team? How do you make optimum use of the technology that connects you? How do you establish the purpose? How do you gain trust and agreement? How can you help individuals cope with being virtual? The questions seem endless.

This session comes packed with a how-to-do-it approach, insights, tips and tools for facing up to the realities of virtual working.

Some Highlights

  • Explore what virtual teamwork really means - dispelling the myths and challenging the complacency that can impede virtual teamworking
  • Increase your leadership tool kit with tips and insights for virtual leadership and refresh your thinking on how you fulfil this role
  • Understand how to weave the safety net - assisting people to cope with virtuality and anticipate the highs and lows that can accompany this way of working
  • Explore how to really engage and connect with people through technology
  • Pick up some refreshingly pragmatic and "blindingly obvious" virtual operating principles and practices that provide a strong foundation for virtual working to flourish