Form Your Virtual Team & Lead Your Virtual Team

These days everything’s moving online, even your team. Learn what it takes to form your team & lead, virtual style.
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

These days everything's moving online… even your team. Are you ready? Knowing how to identify the dynamics of your team, communicate clearly with everyone & foster trust will give you the basic skills you need as a manager to bridge the distance & form your virtual team. During this course you'll learn how to recognize and manage conflict when team members aren't necessarily in the same location, how to coach effectively from across a distance, how to appreciate and respect cultural diversity, and how to host productive virtual meetings. Find out what it takes to be the leader your team needs, virtual style.

Course 1: Form Your Virtual Team

Establish your virtual team and set communication and environmental standards.

  • Bridge the cultural and physical gap
  • Understand your team's perspectives
  • Foster trust and set your team up for success

Course 2: Lead Your Virtual Team

Your virtual team is ready to go. Find out what it takes to keep them on task and get the project done.

  • Lead virtual meetings, even when they go wrong
  • Resolve conflict across distances
  • Coach your team to success

This two course bundle will teach you how to form and lead your virtual team to success. It includes dynamic video, interactive practice lessons, tips from industry leaders, and downloadable PDFs. Each component is designed to be completed in short time allotments, or all at once, to suit your schedule. It will take approximately 1 hour to complete both courses.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need Adobe Acrobat to download PDFs
  • You will need internet access. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari are preferred browsers to open links to interactive lessons

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Communicate clearly & openly with diverse teams
  • Resolve conflict & coach effectively
  • Foster trust & formalize team roles
  • Lead successful & productive virtual meetings

Who is the target audience?

  • New managers who are leading their first virtual team
  • New managers who are forming their first virtual team
  • Experienced managers who have led co-located teams that are now moving online
  • Experienced managers who want to learn new skills for the online era

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course 1 - Form Your Virtual Team

Whether your organization is going global or you're bringing on remote hires, there are a few things you'll need to do consistently to form an effective virtual team.

Section 2: Identify the Environment

The environment surrounding your team matters to your management strategy. Consider how physical location, time difference, & cultural norms will affect how you & your team interact.

2 pages

Use this worksheet to help identify the environment your team operates in.

1 page

Bringing your virtual office culture to life & keeping people engaged as they work from separate locations are challenging aspects of having a virtual team. Dive into Dan Golden's blog on the best practices for keeping people engaged to combat stagnation on your team.

Section 3: Formalize Roles & Responsibilities

Extra, open & honest communication is needed to keep a virtual team running smoothly. Learn how clearly defined roles & designated responsibilities will keep things on track.

1 page

Practice differentiating well-defined roles from poorly-defined roles to help you maintain clarity on your virtual team.

Section 4: Build & Maintain Trust

Trust is critical for all teams, but how do you foster trust when people are separated? Discover how to build rapport, either in person or online, to help your virtual team members learn to trust one another.

1 page

Credibility, reliability, intimacy & self-orientation make up the four variables of the Trust Equation. Let Charlie Green explain how the Trust Creation Process can improve the trust within your team.

1 page

Intimacy is an unusual business term, but according to Charlie Green, it's the most important factor of the Trust Equation. Dive deeper with a video interview of Green to understand more about building intimacy on your virtual team.

Section 5: Facilitate Communication

Getting everyone on the same page on a virtual team means being thorough & specific with your communication details. Find out how to select the right technological tools & use agreed upon terms to make communication easier.

1 page

Consider these 3 case studies on team members' perspectives with their virtual teams to better understand how communication impacts daily life on a virtual team.

1 page

Providing feedback on a virtual team can be difficult. Make things easier with this simple assessment from Alan Fine to make feedback easier to give & to receive.

Section 6: Put It to Work

Consider this final piece of advice on how to keep team members engaged through casual communication channels as you work to form your virtual team.

5 pages

Use the tips & tools in this printable PDF to help you form your virtual team.

5 questions

Assess your readiness to form your virtual team. You need an 80% to pass.

Section 7: Course 2 - Lead Your Virtual Team

What's your role as the leader of a virtual team? It starts with your ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Section 8: Master Meeting Management

Leading a good meeting is hard. Leading a good virtual meeting is even harder. Find out what you can do to make your virtual meetings successful from day one.

1 page

Discover the “Three Deadly Sins” of virtual leadership, and how you can avoid them during your virtual meetings, by diving into an article by Bernice Ross and Byron Van Arsdale.

1 page

Sometimes virtual meetings don't run smoothly, and that can lead to some pretty funny moments. Dive into the humor of the situation, and consider how you might make your meeting better, with a comedy sketch by Tripp and Tyler.

Section 9: Conquer Conflict

Conflict happens. Learn how to diffuse tension and manage situations appropriately with the three C's of conflict management.

1 page

Do you know how you deal with conflict? Uncover your natural conflict management style with this short self-assessment.

Section 10: Coach Across Distance

Move beyond simply managing your virtual team to coaching them and building relationships that foster results.

1 page

Coaching from a distance may seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Polish your skills by practicing how to coach a virtual team member with this interaction.

1 page

How well do you understand the cultural differences that may be present on your team? Explore different cultural dimensions, and how they might differ from your own cultural expectations, in this interaction.

1 page

Put your knowledge of cultural differences into practice by matching the cultural values and attitudes with the country they represent.

Section 11: Put It to Work

Consider this final piece of advice about body language as you lead your virtual team.

8 pages

Use the tips and tools in this printable PDF to help you lead your virtual team.

5 questions

Assess your readiness to lead your virtual team. You need an 80% to pass.

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Instructor Biography

Eleventure Team, Higher Learning. @ Work

Let's face it - a lot of elearning out there is downright boring. The truth is, everyone wants the skills they need to do their jobs well. That's where Eleventure comes in. It's critical, on-the-job skills people need. It's fast. It's fresh. It's action based & it's designed and developed by award winning and veteran author, presenter & trainer, Megan Torrance of TorranceLearning.

Megan brings over a decade of business consulting and project management experience to her instructional design and development work. She teaches LLAMA (Agile project management) and instructional design classes, kicks off new design projects and makes sure everyone's having a good time. Elearning guru by day, and ice hockey goaltender by night, Megan is devoted to not only delivering outstanding work, but also creating a top-notch work environment based on trust, flexibility, compassion, and fun. Megan and her team have developed elearning for a variety of industries and topics including food ingredients, industrial chemicals, medical, non-profit, human resources, sales, marketing, and IT. Megan holds a BS in Communications with an emphasis on Organizational Communication and Public Relations, and an MBA, both from Cornell University.

TorranceLearning's instructional design processes are designed to quickly focus on the desired performance and learning objectives, then make the most of visual and verbal techniques to take full advantage of the learning opportunity.

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