Well over three-quarters of people who use webmeeting tools use only 20% of their features. So do you know what you really have at your disposal? Are you making the most of your tools? How do you know?
Social capital is vital to every team. But in remote teams, the incidental and tacit communication that helps form social bonds just isn’t there. So you have to go about building it on purpose rather than expecting it to grow organically.
Working in remote teams isn’t intrinsically more difficult than working together, but it is different. And one of those differences is the role risk plays in building or damaging team trust when working in isolation from others.
Here’s an incredibly simple technique that will radically improve the effectiveness of any online presentation, meetings or training session. All you need to do is count to five slowly.
Managing change isn't easy. It’s even harder when people are scattered across time zones, oceans and departments. Change is both inevitable and necessary. But it doesn’t have to be messy. So how can you effectively lead change in remote teams?
Project management and team leadership are often viewed as chess games. But there’s one important difference. Those pieces on the chess board aren’t human. Your team members are - and they need to be treated accordingly.
Speaking to large groups online can be deeply disconcerting. Why? Because even in a one-way, lecture-type of presentation, you’re getting all kinds of feedback. But doing it virtually feels like you’re talking into a void.
Like baseball, every workplace has “unwritten rules” about how things work. That’s great, until something goes wrong. Since teamwork is a fragile dynamic at the best of times, it’s a good idea to determine the behaviors you expect from each other and make them explicit.
It’s a simple question: “why is this meeting different from every other meeting?” But if you are mindful as to your meeting's purpose and desired outcome, you will accomplish far more than if you approach it as an empty ritual.
Having faith is a wonderful thing. But today's project and functional teams need to run on trust. Why? Because unlike faith, trust is evidence-based, built on measurable results and can be restored through hard work.
If virtual meetings aren't real meetings, what are they? What purpose do they serve? So if we think about webmeetings and conferences as meetings first, and technology-enabled communication second, it could make a huge difference in the outcome.
If you feel that no one is paying attention on your conference calls, don’t worry about it. You’re not alone. Calls need to be managed to maintain focus and involvement. So plan them , don’t expect them to just magically happen.
With performance review season looming, how should remote team leaders be evaluated? While the differences between managing remotely and co-locating are few, they are significant, and your terms of reference need to reflect that reality.
It doesn't matter what you call it, the fact is that every team needs is a set of communication guidelines to help them work together more effectively. So what does one of these communication agreements look like - and how do you go about creating one?
We all know how important it is for managers to coach team members. But with remote teams, coaching conversations can be particularly tough to get right. Here’s how to get round the lack of non-verbal cues to make your remote coaching sessions more effective.