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The Reality of Virtual Teams

Facilitated Online Experiences

ABOUT:

Corporate Virtual Teams have become the norm. Yet the skills required to lead a remote / distributed team are not the same as those required for leading face to face. The leader must take on the additional role of managing unique virtual team challenges complexities. Developing mutual goals and implementing these independently is hard work, so early wins are paramount. “Recreating the Office Online” is not a sustainable solution for effective teams, and a full functioning virtual team needs to transition to a point where the new distributed team works better than any in-person team ever could.

Research on Antarctic teams in Isolated and Confined Environments (I.C.E.) provides a wealth of information about the challenges of achieving success in these contexts. In this program we draw on decades of research from I.C.E. teams and apply it to contemporary virtual teams using an authentic Antarctic theme. This provides a memorable and engaging experience with clear actionable outcomes. This session includes 2 interactive gamified simulations to recreate the dynamics of a virtual team and then use this experience to debrief ins a safe environment and facilitate action planning outcomes. see video.

THE SESSION:

This online interactive Zoom session recreates the issues of virtual teams in a safe space, and then provides for a facilitator to walk the team through the issues that emerge. The session provides a targeted discussion focused on designing more effective team strategies. It provides experiential learning online games, and covers key areas from issues as simple as improving on conference calls, through to deep dive mapping sociographs for more effective communication, and provides practical solutions such as creating a customised code of conduct and ensuring everyone is involved in the process.

OUTCOMES:

This session will address and provide solutions for 3 main areas ALIGNMENT, COMMUNICATION, RELATIONSHIPS

  1. How to improve team dynamics in a virtual team environment
  2. How to redesign what was ‘the Office' to become an effective online version that takes advantage of the new medium
  3. How to effectively communicate, and with what media to use
  4. How to recognise and manage the tension of a virtual team, so as to learn how to prioritise what's important (and how to choose)
  5. How to build relationships in a virtual team, & a code of conduct
  6. Discover what new skills leaders will need to develop to lead these distributed Teams effectively

MORE DETAILS:

SUITE:
ON THIN ICE
TOPIC:
The Reality of Virtual teams. Deep Dive exploration
PLATFORM:
Workshop OR Virtual interactive Online (Zoom +)
METHOD:
Interactive Workshop with gamification experiential learning tasks that lead to facilitated group discussion, reflection and action planning.
REC SIZE:
5-20
REC TIME:

1-3 X 2 hours
Session 1) Introduction to Virtual Teams (includes: ‘Winter Over Mystery Game’)
Session 2) Simulation and debrief of a VT (includes: ‘Virtual Navigation Game’)
Session 3) Deep Dive Implications & Applications

BLENDED LEARNING OPTIONS:
Pre learning reflection and post follow-up learning journeys (7 weeks / PDFs), Surveys, Polls, YouTube videos are all available.
 

THE FACTS:

The research conducted on virtual teams over the last 20+ years shows that :

  • 50% of virtual I.C.E. teams fail to meet their objectives
  • There is little or no loyalty to the team and is limited trust between team members
  • Well managed virtual teams can access precious skills and expertise and are more flexible (in terms of resourcing and support.)
  • Whilst leaders think digital methods will assist, digital communication too often helps to create & accentuate these above problems.

This is another original and unique program exclusively designed and presented by Tirian.

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