The world is flat. More and more teaming occurs virtually. But how do you build rapport when you don’t have a water cooler to meet near? How can you really know what your employee is doing? What does the science of positive psychology say about all this? Join us with an expert, Melissa Hammer, who shares some tips and techniques. She will also share some research on brain science and how you can use the way you learn (auditory, kinesthetic, visual) to engage your team…and yourself. Join us on March 31st, 2015 from 12 – 1 pm EDT for Thriving on Virtual Teams. Register here.
Mastery in building strong virtual teams lies in the capacity to effectively connect and collaborate across barriers like time zones, cultures, business units and technology. To successfully sustain this connection and translate it to high performance, leaders must learn to ‘weave a web’ that links all the critical success factors.
Why a web? It symbolizes both the worldwide web that connects us across the globe and also the intricate strength of a spider web. The web reminds us that it’s critical as virtual team leaders to help people connect to us, each other and the organization. Once a web is built, it has a strength and flexibility far beyond what we — as individual leaders — can sustain ourselves. As a leader, each time we help people genuinely connect, communicate well and work collaboratively — the web gets stronger.
In this course, we show leaders how to forge a stronger web by:
- Building avenues for clear communication
- Creating and sustaining trust on a virtual team
- Staying attuned to team dynamics in the absence of physical connections
- Developing transparency with clearly defined roles and responsibilities
- Leveraging cutting-edge technology
Tina Jackson, M.A., M.C.C., is an organization development consultant, corporate trainer, and leadership coach. She has helped over 10,000 people develop sustainable skills to enhance individual and team performance. Working with Fortune 500 companies, professional services firms, and government agencies, Tina frequently facilitates programs on leading virtual teams, presenting with impact, leading with emotional intelligence, and coaching skills for managers. As a Master Certified Coach, she holds the highest certification level awarded by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She holds her Master Coach training certification from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and a M.A. degree in Organization Development from Fielding. She is co-author of A Practical Guide to Diversity, published by the American Management Association.